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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Conscience asks the question

Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Billy Clem: As My Death Approaches

I am gravely ill. Medical tests indicate that my blood and many of my internal organs now fail to perform necessary functions. My body, enervated, starving, looks and feels terrible. … Continue reading

February 22, 2017 · 11 Comments

Kareem Tayyar: The Electrical Engineer

He could make a radio out of anything You’d come home and he’d have put one together out of the parts of that old Defunct television set that died one … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Shirley Ann Higuchi: Suddenly What Happened to Japanese Americans 75 Years Ago Is Relevant

In May 1942, just six months into World War II, a medical doctor in the U.S. Army went to a notary in Fort Smith, Arkansas and signed over the sale … Continue reading

February 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Trump Threatens National Security, Invoke Amendment 25

The Trump administration poses an existential threat to the United States and must be removed from office.   We know that seventeen US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia hacked the … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Adriana Ramírez: What does it mean to be a poet in the face of violence?

On Black Bodies, Metaphor, and Mourning . What roles does poetry play in response to violence? Can poets write about racialized violence without reinscribing it on others? –Susan B. A. … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Best of Luck with the Wall

. What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like? The US-Mexico border fence, a major topic in the 2016 US presidential race, is a sprawling structure … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: A Joan Miró-inspired Animation of Federico García-Lorca’s “Romance Sonámbulo”

. Winner of a dozen international awards in 2016, “Sonámbulo/ The Sleepwalker” is a fantastic dream journey through colors and shapes inspired by the poem Romance Sonámbulo by Federico García-Lorca. The … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

George Monbiot: Primal Thrill

Kayaking with basking sharks provides a glimpse of the wonders we could experience if our seas are rewilded. I believe we possess a ghost psyche: a set of capacities that … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Bright Lights Late Nights — The Speakeasies Swing Band

. The Speakeasies Swing Band  is made up Caterina Sisinni on vocals, Manolis Stamatiadis on Piano, Panos Karnoutsos on electric guitar, Christos Papadopoulos on clarinet and Ilias Gkirmpas on saxophone. Together … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Joan E. Bauer: Progress Street

For Halloween in 1960, I dressed as an election booth festooned with Kennedy stickers & buttons.   If you’re a woman over 60 & someone says ‘coat hanger,’ you don’t … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: The Treason of the Republican Presidents

The GOP has a history of striking deals with foreign governments to help it win presidential elections while out of power. Nixon and Reagan did it… and possibly Trump. If … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Patricia A. Nugent: Only a Nazi Should be Called a Nazi

Drumming nervously on the steering wheel, I begin to mutter to myself. “C’mon, Renee. You told me 7:45, right? Actually, you demanded I pick you up precisely at 7:45. Well, … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

David Ades: In Response to the Accusation that I am Part of a Vast Jewish Conspiracy to Control the World

  If I could stop wrestling with entropy   long enough to consider this notion raised over and over the years like a scaffold, like a hangman’s noose and dangled … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 1 Comment