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How soybeans — yes, soybeans — could impact the midterm elections

Trump’s policies not only don’t help white people, they actively harm white people. The question is, how much are white people willing to pay to inflict pain on people of color?

During the sixties, white people put acid in public swimming pools rather than let black children use them. How much are white people today willing to sacrifice to hurt people of color? Our healthcare? Our schools? Their own farms?

“The same tariffs that Trump touted on Wednesday have left these growers as collateral damage in an escalating fight with China. Tariffs beget tariffs in the fight, and the Chinese have targeted both American staples, pushing down commodity prices and sinking farm values …

“Growers in the area talk of their farms losing over $200,000 in value as commodity prices slump, all while the back and forth between the two countries has played out like a game of chicken, with each side trying to one up each other by raising the size of tariffs they plan to implement on each other … Soybeans, whose prices hit a nine-year low amid trade fears with China this week, are the biggest export for [Minnesota] … According to the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, every third row of soybeans in the area ends up in China.”

“Over the last two weeks, as soybeans tanked, [Petefish] said his farm value has lost around $250,000.”

“Ever lost $100 at the casino? How does that make you feel? Ever lost $500 at the casino? You go home and say, damn, I shouldn’t have done that,” he said with a laugh. “A quarter of a million dollars in the last two weeks, somehow you have to find a way to sleep at night.”
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H-1B spouses at risk of losing their work permits

“Kokonda, 28, is one of the estimated 100,000 spouses of specialized visa holders whose work authorization, known as H-4EAD, will likely be revoked this year as federal agencies act on President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.

“For the last three years, the H-4EAD program has allowed, predominantly, Indian families to make major financial decisions based on having a second income while they wait for their green cards to be processed. It has granted thousands of highly educated Indian women a chance to pursue careers in engineering, medicinal research, entrepreneurship and, in Houston, the energy sector.”

“Now, it may all come undone.”

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Perspective | ‘Breathe! Push!’ Watch this Sikh activist’s powerful prayer for America.

“And in America today, as we enter an era of enormous rage, as white nationalists hail this moment as their great awakening, as hate acts against Sikhs and our Muslim brothers and sisters are at an all-time high, I know that there will be moments whether on the streets or in the school yards where my son will be seen as foreign, as suspect, as a terrorist. Just as black bodies are still seen as criminal, brown bodies are still seen as illegal, trans bodies are still seen as immoral, indigenous bodies are still seen as savage, the bodies of women and girls seen as someone else’s property. And when we see these bodies not as brothers and sisters then it becomes easier to bully them, to rape them, to allow policies that neglect them, that incarcerate them, that kill them.

“Yes, rabbi, the future is dark. On this New Year’s Eve, this watch night, I close my eyes and I see the darkness of my grandfather’s cell. And I can feel the spirit of ever rising optimism in the Sikh tradition Chardi Kala (ever-rising high spirits) within him.

“So the mother and me asks what if? What if this darkness is not the darkness of the tomb, but the darkness of the womb? What if our America is not dead but a country that is waiting to be born? What if the story of America is one long labor? What if all of our grandfathers and grandmothers are standing behind now, those who survived occupation and genocide, slavery and Jim Crow, detentions and political assault? What if they are whispering in our ears “You are brave”? What if this is our nation’s greatest transition?

“What does the midwife tell us to do? Breathe. And then? Push. Because if we don’t push we will die. If we don’t push our nation will die. Tonight we will breathe. Tomorrow we will labor in love through love and your revolutionary love is the magic we will show our children.”

h/t Ana Maria Archila Gualy

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The Generational Trauma of Separating Families

As recently as last year, Republican Congressman Steve King was considered an outlier when he opined that “we can’t restore our civilization with someone else’s babies.” Now the Trump administration has endorsed this politics of blood and soil, full bore.

“They’re not innocent,” says our president of children torn from their parents at the border. “These aren’t people” is how he describes adolescents about whom he knows nothing but their nationality. Immigrants “are animals, and we’re taking them out of the country at a level and a rate that’s never happened before,” Trump adds. Their children will be put in “foster care or whatever,” according to the White House chief of staff, Gen. John Kelly.

Those children may come from abroad, but they are our babies. They represent the legacy of American policies that go back decades. After all, it was the United States that financed the infamous US Army School of the Americas and trained genocidal warlords, such as Efraín Ríos Montt, who went on to destabilize all of Central America. If countries like Guatemala and Honduras have fallen into chaos since the 1980s, it’s partly because those wars took a toll on their social structures: the trauma of families wiped out and entire villages disappeared. The refugees at our southern border are part of the blowback from the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people still seeking safety from US-financed violence.

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Google Doodle Celebrates Science Fiction Legend Octavia E. Butler’s 71st Birthday

From the brilliant Nse Ufot:

“The Work”™️
has had me thinking deeply about which of my superpowers I need to cultivate for this moment. I think I found the answer. And I want to thank my ancestor, Octavia Butler, for giving me the tools to do so.

“Any time we try to envision a different world—without poverty, prisons, capitalism, war—we are engaging in science fiction. When we can dream those realities together, that’s when we can begin to build them right here and now.” – Walidah Imarisha

“all organizing is science fiction.
we are bending the future, together, into something we have never experienced. a world where everyone experiences abundance, access, pleasure, human rights, dignity, freedom, transformative justice, peace. we long for this, we believe it is possible.” – Adrienne Maree Brown

I am still in Octavia’s Brood, I am still working to create the future that currently only exists in my mind. I’ve been in “Human Torch” mode this week and I’m very proud of the fires I started this week. But the last 16 hours in Camilla, GA and Albany, GA almost broke me.

Anyway, this morning… I’m headed to Pearly’s Famous Country Cooking in Albany, GA. I’m going to tell them that its my birthday and ask them to put a candle in my pancake stack. I am going to celebrate and thank my ancestor, Octavia Butler, for teaching me how to flex my imagination muscles in service of my people and the future we deserve.

Happy Birthday!
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Nathan

“These aren’t our kids … it’s not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas. These are people from another country.”

Please read the 8 stages of Genocide in the comments. Where are we?
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