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Camisha Jones: How to Save the Life of the Next Michael Brown.

We all must build a common understanding of race, become aware of the role we play in upholding systems of oppression, and get comfortable with vulnerability. I don’t want to … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: On growing up in Ferguson and Palestine

I grew up in Ferguson, Mo.  No one ever heard of it, unless you lived elsewhere in St. Louis County. Then my family moved to Palestine – my father’s first … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

‘After 3,000 Years of Pain’: Women’s Liberation at Barefoot College

Women work on electronic units for solar arrays at the Barefoot College in India. (Photo: Afghan Peace Volunteers)TILONIA, India —   A few months ago, the Afghan Peace Volunteers began … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Joseph E. Stiglitz: People Who Break the Rules Have Raked in Huge Profits, Sickening Our Politics

The following is taken from a transcript of Joseph Stiglitz’s remarks to the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles on September 8, 2013. I’m an economist — I study how economies … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

Nadia Prupis: Decade of Court Cases Quietly Wiped from Online Database.

PACER removes electronic copies of cases from five US courts with no warning in ‘upgrade’ to new system A decade of records from four U.S. appeals courts and one bankruptcy … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Robert C. Koehler: The Courage to Disarm

The Ferguson tragedy, like all those that preceded it and all that will follow — involving the trivial and panicky use of lethal force, by the police or anyone else … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

World War I, the Death of Chivalry, and the False End of War

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Wilfred Owen W.J. Astore This summer marks the 100th anniversary of World War I.  Today in my daily “alert” from The New York Times,…

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: The Meaning of Death – Stephen Jenkinson

What is the meaning of death? Stephen Jenkinson, who has counseled and comforted hundreds of dying people, has some words to share with you: “Grief is the willingness to be … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Six Patriotic Songs for Labor Day Weekend

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
W.J. Astore (Also at Huffington Post at this link.) This year the USA celebrates the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner.  Francis Scott Key…

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me

I still don’t know why Sallie and I bothered to go to that party in the forest slope above Aspen. The people were all older than us and dull in … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 5 Comments

Jose Padua: Aquarius, And My Name Is Ralph

I’m sitting at a table in a nightclub during the disco 70s with my friend Paul and his older friend who’s also named Paul who’s about five feet tall and … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Is It Time to Quit Facebook?

When researchers from Facebook and Cornell University published their findings on emotional contagion among Facebook users (PDF) last month, they did so in the matter-of-fact language of social scientists: “The … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Video: “Accents” by Denice Frohman

My Mom holds her accent like a shotgun, with two good hands her tongue all brass knuckled slipping in-between her lips, her hips are all laughter and wind clap ? She speaks…

August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tealight Taylor: Women in the Directing World

Director Audrey Wells One of the things I could never understand was why they weren’t women in the filmmaking industry, behind the camera as well. That was what I thought for a very…

August 28, 2014 · 1 Comment