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James J. Zogby: Most Democratic Candidates Still Afraid To Criticize Israel’s Violations Of Palestinian Rights

Benjamin Netanyahu and his policies are viewed negatively by most Democrats. This shift in opinion has placed many Democratic presidential candidates in a bind.

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Danusha Laméris: Insha’Allah

How lightly we learn to hold hope,
as if it were an animal that could turn around
and bite your hand.

June 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Margaret Klein Salamon: Facing the Climate Emergency — Grieving The Future You Thought You Had

If humanity’s two choices are to transform or collapse, the only rational, moral choice is to immerse yourself in the struggle to protect all life.

June 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Louie Skipper: A single minute

What great assemblies must come to order
before summer can begin?

June 25, 2019 · 2 Comments

Alex Myers: Fifty Years After Stonewall, the Real Fight for LBGTQ Rights Is Local

As legislation has languished in Congress, many cities and states are moving forward with their own non-discrimination bills.

June 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Yana Djin: Love

what i have asked, Lord, you have granted
thank you for the days
and nights
for the rays
that fall slanted
across the face

June 24, 2019 · 1 Comment

Lynn Emanuel: Some Notes on Intoxication and Simile

If my mother had not been an alcoholic, I might not have been a poet.

June 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Ugly

but God,
doesn’t she wear
the world well.

June 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: Nora Brown plays two old-time banjo tunes

In a mesmerizing set, musician Nora Brown breathes new life into two old-time banjo tunes: “East Virginia” and “John Brown’s Dream.” An evocative performance paired with a quick history of the banjo’s evolution.

June 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Mark Allan Jackson: Reactionaries love it, but country music has a progressive heart

Right from the start, country music spoke up with a progressive voice.

June 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Art of Moving or Alternate Interpretations of an Old Blues Song

Back then, whether or not you agreed with the white man, you didn’t question him, because that meant trouble and my family didn’t want trouble with anyone.

June 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: Police Are Still Killing Unarmed Black People

So far this year, 390 people have been killed by police, according to a Washington Post database of police shootings. Since the newspaper began tracking that information in 2015, about 1,000 people have been killed each year by police.

June 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Company

She left him food and locked him in the house
to go to work. No blame, no money

June 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Abort. Now.

Sharia law: when laws are created or interpreted based on religion.

June 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

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