‘Hamilton’ Makes $3.3 Million In A Week Despite Boycott Attempt From Trump Supports

Hamilton came under a fair share of controversy after Vice President-elect Mike Pence was in attendance on Nov. 19 and was met with boos from the audience and a plea for equality form the cast. As a result, President-Elect Donald Trump demanded an apology and his supporters threatened to boycott the highly successful Broadway production.

Their efforts may have backfired as the musical broke records by making $3.3 million over the next week after only putting on eight performances.

A Discussion with Mariame Kaba On The #ByeAnita Campaign and Grassroots Organizing

There are very few activists today who can boast the experience and accomplishments of Mariame Kaba. The New York native, whose work brought her to Chicago for over 20 years, is an educator, organizer, and curator whose work “focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development.” She has worked tirelessly to create a more just world for marginalized communities. And now, Kaba has created a video about the Chicago effort to successfully oust Anita Alvarez, the ex-State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois who lost her Democratic primary to Kim Foxx in March 2016.

We had the chance to ask Kaba about her work on this campaign, her reasons for creating the video, and what the implications are for social organizing today.

Where to Give on this #GivingTuesday

In the activism world, physical presence is important but there’s no denying that financial contributions are just as vital. Given the current climate of the U.S., many communities are fighting injustices at every turn, on every level. This Giving Tuesday, we are asking that you consider supporting organizations that work for justice for all people.

Here is a list of organizations and meaningful efforts that you can invest in on this Giving Tuesday:

New App Helps You Avoid Businesses Supported By Trump

One of the many, many nonconventional steps Donald Trump has made on his path to the White House is only taking a half-step away from his business ventures. It’s common practice (prior to this very unique election) to completely sever all connections. If this sounds like a conflict of interest to you, you’re far from alone.

Because of the hundreds or thousands of connections that Trump’s corporation has to a variety of industries, a lot of voters have raised concerns over inadvertently supporting the President-elect by supporting his business partners. Fortunately, a new app has arrived to help us all from helping our next president get even richer. 

The Complexities of Revolution We Can Learn from Fidel Castro

On Friday, the world learned that Fidel Castro, at 90 years old, had died. Over the days since, I have learned more about both the revolutionary and the tyrant than I did in school. Honestly, I have more questions than answers.

I am by no means an expert on Fidel Castro or the longstanding political conditions in Cuba but I do believe that we should advance radical ideas in the pursuit of justice; and to do so, we have to study.