Posts By Ben O'Keefe

Remembering Activist Grace Lee Boggs

“The only way to survive is by taking care of one another.” —Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) Yesterday, the world lost one of the greatest activists of our time. For the past seven decades, Grace tirelessly fought for the labor, civil rights, black power, feminist, and environmental justice movements as a community activist in Detroit. As President Obama […]

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The O'Keefe Brief: Not Another Government Shutdown

Remember when the U.S. government shutdown for 16 days in 2013 because Republicans in Congress opposed Obamacare—you know the law that gave millions of uninsured Americans access to affordable healthcare? (Thanks a lot Obama.) Well guess what? You’re not having deja vu, Republicans are threatening to do it again. Here’s another flashback. Remember in 1973 […]

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An Innocent Man is About to Be Put to Death

I have long abhorred the death penalty. The thought of killing someone for the crime of killing someone else seems so cruelly ironic. My abhorrence only intensified when I learned of a study that showed at least 4.1% of those put to death in America are innocent. When you figure that more than 1,400 people […]

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Call now: Stop the execution of an innocent man

Oklahoma plans to execute an innocent man this Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.1 Governor Mary Fallin has the power to stop this deadly mistake by issuing a 60-day stay of execution—but we need to act fast to save Richard Glossip. Can you call Gov. Fallin right now? Tell her: “Don’t execute an innocent man. Grant Richard […]

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Of course #AllLivesMatter, But Here’s Why You Need To Stop Saying It To Me

By now you’ve probably seen the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Created by three Black women in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin—and now the subsequent high-profile killings of other unarmed Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement—it is a hashtag often used after statements that expose the oppression and violence that Black Americans still face […]

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Want to Save the Economy? Well Then it's Time We "Make Polluters Pay"

Dear fellow MoveOn member, Here’s a big-picture idea: instead of investing in dirty fuels, let’s start charging polluters for poisoning our skies and then invest the revenue so that it benefits everyone. Every ton of carbon that’s released into the atmosphere costs our nation between $40 and $100, and we release millions tons of it […]

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