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Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jon Tribble: 38,000,000 Reasons

I had left the Colonel and his kitchen behind for good and was detoxing as a movie theater usher in the last of my senior year of high school, but … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: On Queshm Island, Iran

Last night I saw you in the Valley of Stars. “Ghost country”, you called it, As you floated through the rock formations like a prophet in love with the loss … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: The Dirty War

desaparecido it’s not the police you see Eduardo says fear the police you can’t sometimes you hear the missing sometimes you don’t they open their mouths and make that sound … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Accidental Re-Wilding

I stepped out into the sunlight, scarcely able to believe what I had seen or, rather, what I had not. I stared at the hills around me, contrasting them with … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ken Schwencke: Why Don’t People Report Hate Crimes?

It is one of the most striking and curious statistics contained in a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics report on hate crimes in America: 54 percent of the roughly 250,000 … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: James Baldwin

I try to imagine you on a night when the moon is full. When the woman you are with did not have to leave the house before you. When the … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries: Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent,” It Was a Planned Race Riot

Isn’t it time for the media to be honest and call white supremacists the domestic terrorists that they are? In July of last year, after The New York Post ran … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck — Virginia is for Lovers, not Nazis

. “I’m absolutely disgusted by this weekend in Charlottesville. But I maintain….love will prevail y’all.”  Trae Crowder is an American comedian and author. Crowder grew up in rural Celina, Tennessee, near … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Hammer

On East Carson Street, skinny white boys Slump in front of tattoo parlors Scratching their arms. Girls In short skirts take long pulls On cigs, stand in groups Smiling at … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 18 Comments

Video: Stylo G x Jacob Plant “Bike Engine”

. Directed by Keith Schofield, this short film is the strangest visual poem you will ever experience. . . Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gary Margolis: Pancakes and Kabobs

Our town invites in three thousand refugees. We used to count ourselves in, our town of nine hundred fifty three. We’ll have to   rent extra seats for them to … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gail Ablow: Making Change — Gabe Gonzalez

. When federal agents began cracking down on undocumented immigrants in the Chicago area, Gabe Gonzalez launched a rapid-response network of neighbors to block them. The city of Chicago sued … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: White Supremacists demonstrate at U. of Virginia. Deadly violence ensues.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Saturday as far-right groups and counter-protesters clashed on the streets of Charlottesville. A vehicle plowed through a crowd of peaceful protesters in … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment