Walking out

The school walkouts that have followed the big marches over the past few weeks are rippling across the U.S.–even in Texas–as more kids in more places are joining in, despite veiled threats from school administrators, who worry about the effect the absences will have on the federal money they recieve. Predictably, the state’s response is becoming increasingly militarized and repressive.

Meantime: Compared to Congress, the president gets to seem like a principled antiracist, while making it clear that the needs of capital dictate immigration policy. Progressives worry that Democrats are being unfairly lumped together with the president (when of course they are mostly worse). Media makes sure we know that the protests are an illegal-immigrant-only affair. And labor unions expres solidarity with immigrants, while letting it be known they should be kept out at all cost.

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