Talia M. Blatt

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A One-Way Conversation with Tocqueville

I hope, and believe, that the river will not retreat peacefully. The demands for more complete equality and representation are continuing past election day, and unlike Tocqueville, I say: Rage on.

Cambridge Considers Banning Police Use of Tear Gas in Wake of Protests

On April 15, 1970, Massachusetts State Police deployed tear gas in a crowd of nearly 3,000 anti-Vietnam War protesters in Harvard Square. On May 31, 2020 — roughly fifty years later — police deployed tear gas on protesters in the Boston Common and Downtown Crossing area who were demonstrating against the police killing of George Floyd. Months later, both moments are fresh in Cambridge City Councilor Jivan G. Sobrinho-Wheeler’s mind. Sobrinho-Wheeler sponsored a policy order to ban the use of tear gas by police in a City Council meeting on Oct. 26.

Zoomers and Boomers

I do not know how my friend will vote. But our cross-generational, unexpected friendship is a constant reminder that though we may not always see eye to eye, we can at least sit across a table and share a cup of coffee.

Massachusetts Drought Forecasts a Turbulent Future

Brittle yellowed leaves cluttered Harvard Yard in early August, well before they typically change color. The fallen leaves are a symptom of a much larger problem: the significant drought currently affecting Massachusetts.

Why You Can Have Your Vote and Protest it Too

We should move towards a vision of political engagement that includes the ballot box and calls for revolution and abolition, a recognition of short term gains that does not abandon long term imagination.

Ranked-Choice Voting from 30,000 Feet

The strongest case for ranked-choice voting is not that it offers interesting advantages. Rather, we must understand that the current plurality system is untenable and unsustainable.

Bittersweet Empathy: Immigrants, Progressives, and One Failed Conversation

We cannot value immigrants’ lived experiences only when those experiences inform politics we like.