Essex Drops Massive Library Closure Plan After Protests

Essex Drops Massive Library Closure Plan After Protests

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      Thanks to a large campaign of activists and authors, a plan to close up to twenty-five libraries in Essex has come to an end.   A conservative-led council proposed budget cuts that would lead to the closure of 25 of Essex’s 74 libraries, as well as another 34 being handed off to private companies. This led to several protest marches in Galleywood and Chelmsford as well as several petitions gathering almost 60,000 signatures.     This biggest movement was during the council’s public consultation, which received 21,000 responses criticizing the council for the decision. Several authors also …

Bookstores and Libraries New Targets for Far-Right Demonstrations

Bookstores and Libraries New Targets for Far-Right Demonstrations

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A white nationalist group called American Identity Movement chose a Washington bookstore, Politics and Prose, as the site for its latest “peaceful disruption.” This continues a current trend of bookstores as the latest destinations for such nationalist demonstrations. The group’s demonstration was apparently in response to Politics and Prose hosting author Jonathan M. Metzl, who was discussing his book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland. According to the summary provided by Amazon, his book aims to address the idea that, “Many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make …

How David Morrell and ‘Rambo’ Helped Dissolve the USSR

How David Morrell and ‘Rambo’ Helped Dissolve the USSR

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You may already know all about David Morrell, the legendary bestselling author of First Blood (the 1972 novel that the entire Rambo franchise is based on.) What you may not know, however, is that Rambo actually had a pretty big part in dissolving the USSR.    David Morrell and Sylvester Stallone | Image via IMDB   Now, Morrell (AKA: Rambo’s Father) hadn’t actually set-out to achieve something so historic; he never could’ve known the power his words might hold while he was putting them on the page. And he didn’t actually learn about Rambo’s involvement in the dismantling of the Soviet Union until about fifteen-or-so-years after the initial Rambo adaptation was released. …

17 Quotes from LGBTQ+ Trailblazers

17 Quotes from LGBTQ+ Trailblazers

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It’s Pride month!   Now is the time for freedom, celebration, liberation, and love! The LGBTQ+ community has fought hard (and is still fighting) against societal and systemic oppression every single day (especially the Transgender community; here’s a list of all the lives that have been lost in 2018 alone).   This month is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come, to acknowledge the oppressions and inequalities that are still so prevalent, and to keep marching toward and fighting for the revolution we need.   It is also a time to recognize and remember the activists who got us here. We wouldn’t …