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Video: Elders

. After leaving India for the industrial north of England in the 1960’s, Karim and Kartari Chand never imagined they would end up being married longer than any other couple … Continue reading

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Walter Bargen: Vaudeville Visigoths

The first couple in a cartoon bed on prime time television was Fred and Wilma Flintstone. All Fred could yell was, “Yabba dabba do!” We didn’t see anything more except … Continue reading

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Michael Moore: Call to Action — Disrupt Trump’s Inauguration

Call for a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017: On Friday, January 20, 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United … Continue reading

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Jose Padua: The Wall and What Surrounds It

I’m thinking that someone else has probably already written a poem about building a wall around Donald Trump’s penis so I’m going to write about the leaves this fall; the … Continue reading

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Mahatma Gandhi’s List of the 7 Social Sins

In 590 AD, Pope Gregory I unveiled a list of the Seven Deadly Sins – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride – as a way to keep the … Continue reading

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Video: “We beg for your forgiveness,” Veterans say to Native Elders

. What a sight. The extraordinary coming together of Natives and veterans at Standing Rock culminated with a deeply moving forgiveness ceremony where vets sought atonement for U.S. military aggression … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

American Psychological Association: Apology to the Native People of America

Full Apology to the Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian People, from Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility, Section 9 of Division 39, the Division of Psychoanalysis, American Psychological Association The … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Video: What is the Optimal Vitamin C intake?

. Dr. Michael Greger explains that experiments showing how much vitamin C our bodies absorb and excrete can give us a sense of how many vitamin C rich fruits and … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Morning Poem

  In the detail from Botticelli’s painting, the one of the oranges in their deep green trees at twilight, I’m able to feel it again. As a child, I didn’t … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jon Eagle, Sr: Veterans at Standing Rock Beg Forgiveness for War Crimes against Tribal Nations

I witnessed something powerful and profound today. Wes Clark Jr and the assembled veterans took a knee and collectively asked for forgiveness for the genocide and war crimes committed by … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Chard deNiord: Prophecy Against Those

They will grow ass’s ears and stand and stand like guards at the funerals of their own mothers.   They will forget history as if it were a bad memory … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: (Everyone) Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Unamerica broke up with America on Election Day. It was messy, especially since Unamerica had violated the pre-nup written in 1776. Unamerica got tired of that black guy hanging around the … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 8 Comments

Rebecca Solnit: Hope in Dark Times

This has been a truly remarkable decade for movement-building, social change, and deep, profound shifts in ideas, perspective, and frameworks for broad parts of the population (and, of course, backlashes … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: On the Revolutionary Properties of Sound and Speech

Silence is the edge of everything that makes sound; the slicing tone of the violin is preceded by a pushing back of the border of everything that is not that … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: I am a Dangerous Professor

Those familiar with George Orwell’s “1984” will recall that “Newspeak was designed not to extend but to diminish the range of thought.” I recently felt the weight of this Orwellian … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · 3 Comments