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Frida Berrigan: "We Get to Live in the Mayor's House!"

Running for Office in the Age of Donald Trump and Climate Change

February 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellery Akers: We Have the Power to Pull Back from the Brink

I call fire.
And fire answers with its flaming mouth
and strange whining pronunciation
as it clears the underbrush

February 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: The Democratic Field Narrows to Three Candidates

Although the Iowa Caucus was an epic fail, it did make a few things clear.

February 7, 2020 · 6 Comments

Paul Christensen: When the Ice Won't Melt

It’s one of those diamond-bright days of early winter, with the ground ringing like iron when you walk on it.

February 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Orchid Room, Phipps Conservatory

Grandma lived to be ninety-three
and wore the fabric of that tale to a soft sheen
with her retelling. Where does the past lie?

February 6, 2020 · 3 Comments

Erin McCarley: An Open Letter to the DNC From an American Centrist

I respectfully encourage the DNC to abandon its corporate allegiance, re-configure its membership and shift into alignment with the will of the people.

February 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Jason Irwin: Smoke Rising

Back then to see dark clouds of smoke
rising above the housetops meant that God, in his wisdom and mercy,
was still on our side.

February 5, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ralph Nader: It Should Be Easy to Defeat Trump, But Corporate Democrats Look Ready and Willing to Blow It

Trump should be the most defeatable president in history.

February 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Walter Bargen: Which brings us to one certainty. . .

can you tell me the colors
sweeping the sky this evening,
can you tell me exactly the volcanic-ash
effects, the drought and dust effects,
the shift of light along the spectrum

January 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: RIP Fresh Water and Life on the Planet

Trump’s bold plan to poison his own citizens in the name of corporate pandering came after a Davos trip where he bad-mouthed mean Greta Thunberg and other “prophets of doom” who “want to see us do badly,” and praised Elon Musk, “one of our very smart people, one of our great geniuses,” who “does good at rockets.”

January 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

David Korten: The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over

Humanity is reawakening to a basic truth understood by earlier humans, by many Indigenous people today, and now confirmed by the leading scientists: We are born of and members of a living Earth community.

January 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Olga Tokarczuk: The Tender Narrator (Nobel Lecture)

I believe I must tell stories as if the world were a living, single entity, constantly forming before our eyes, and as if we were a small and at the same time powerful part of it.

January 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

S. B. Merrow: A Becoming Place

A pop-up wilderness west of the Piedmont,
folded land of sudden impediments
scored by creeks and runs

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nick Engelfried: How Generation Z is leading the climate movement

From the rise of organizations like Zero Hour to Greta Thunberg’s Fridays For Future, the youth climate movement is only just getting started.

January 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

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