Christopher Joseph is a poet and political writer and activist from Providence, RI.
By Christopher Joseph on March 11, 2017
When I first started writing for RI Future about volunteering for the Bernie Sanders campaign about a year ago, I noted how great it felt to be voting for a candidate and not against one, and how exciting it was to organize in favor of a better future, not just against a political adversary. For most […]
By Christopher Joseph on February 12, 2017
On February 1, 2017, Milo Yiannopoulos, alt-right speaker, provocateur, and Breitbart editor known for his conservative, misogynistic, and Islamophobic views was scheduled to speak at the UC Berkeley campus. Approximately 1,500 faculty and students assembled peacefully in protest, but a minority of protestors clothed in black and wearing black masks stormed the police barricades and […]
By Christopher Joseph on January 30, 2017
You don’t have to choose one kind of protest or the other–you can participate in any or all with whichever methods you see fit and whatever tactics suit your beliefs. However, you should respect and support fellow anti-Trump protestors for the sake of building strong alliances and finding common ground to rely on in the future.
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By Christopher Joseph on August 1, 2016
Come November, we’re going to have a reckoning. Not just between two parties and their two unfavorable candidates, but a reckoning among a plurality of ideas on how to move forward as a nation. That includes the protest vote, the third party vote, the write-in vote. We’re all going to make a vital choice, because […]
By Christopher Joseph on July 29, 2016
One of the most frustrating events that I saw at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night was when Jill Stein joined Sanders delegates during their walkout protest of Clinton’s nomination with a Fox News crew in tow. I understand her motivation–to woo disillusioned Sanders supporters–but even more frustrating was Stein’s willingness to promote the walk-out on social […]
By Christopher Joseph on July 16, 2016
If you watch the video on YouTube entitled “The Struggle Continues,” where Bernie Sanders gives a speech in Santa Monica, California on the day of the California primary, there’s a moment around the 9:30 mark where the crowd starts chanting “Ber-NIE! Ber-NIE!” And if you pay close attention to his reaction, he doesn’t smile. He doesn’t raise […]
By Christopher Joseph on July 13, 2016
You may feel disappointed or embittered towards Bernie Sanders and his not-so-ringing endorsement of Hillary Clinton, which was more of a Bernie stump speech with the word “endorse” mentioned once and the name “Hillary” tacked on to policy statements. When he did endorse, she smiled, and he nodded somberly. And as saddening it is for this […]
By Christopher Joseph on April 6, 2016
Bernie Sanders has won 7 of the last 8 states that have voted in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary, many of which Sanders won by huuuuge margins. His most recent prize was a double-digit win in Wisconsin, and soon to vote are New York and Pennsylvania, more delegate-rich states that could swing in Bernie’s favor. Remember […]
By Christopher Joseph on March 18, 2016
Sanders Democrats. That’s the name of an up-and-coming progressive coalition that aims to enact Sanders-style policies in all levels of government, and particularly in Congress.
By Christopher Joseph on March 11, 2016
I have been waiting for a leader like Bernie Sanders for my entire life. The politics of empathy that he personifies are those of an honest statesman who serves on principle and strength, rooted in a deep care for and understanding of poor and disenfranchised people, those who deserve someone who leads by virtue of an ethically and morally grounded heart and soul.
By Christopher Joseph on March 7, 2016
So, where does Bernie go from here, and how can he get momentum back on his side?
Strangely enough, Fox News may have given Bernie the chance to do just that.
By Christopher Joseph on March 3, 2016
There’s only one clear and clean winner here, and that is Bernie Sanders. He is the only candidate to rise above the rabble and fray, and he is the only candidate that has the power of revolution behind him. He is the sole candidate who fights for the restoration of our democracy while other candidates seek to divide up what is left of it to benefit their own camps and donors, and, unlike Trump and Clinton, he is the sole candidate across the board that has no political baggage.
By Christopher Joseph on March 1, 2016
In one of Bernie Sanders’s most powerful and moving endorsements, Erica Garner explains how she became an activist after her father was murdered by the NYPD. She explains how she felt compelled to stand up for the rights of those who feel intimidated, persecuted, and oppressed by systemic racism in law enforcement. She explains how […]
By Christopher Joseph on February 29, 2016
If you were in New Bedford during GOTV week, you wouldn’t even think that Bernie got crushed in South Carolina. If you saw the number of canvassers, or the Bernie fanatics waving signs on street corners and telling passersby to vote on Tuesday, you’d think that the campaign is thriving and full of positive energy. […]
By Christopher Joseph on February 24, 2016
Bernie lost the Nevada caucuses. So what? Think of it this way: a baseball season is 162 games long. It is physically impossible to win every game. Sometimes you’ll sweep your rival in a resounding victory (New Hampshire) of 22 percentage points, and sometimes you’ll lose a close one that’s a bit of a heartbreaker […]
By Christopher Joseph on February 19, 2016
It was a cold night in Concord, probably 15 degrees with a light, damp breeze that numbed my fingers and toes, my nose, then my legs. I was running in place to keep warm. South Kingstown Town Council President Abel Collins and I had been waiting for an hour outside of a local high school, […]