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Amy M. Alvarez, Jameka Harley: How Black poets and writers gave a voice to ‘Affrilachia’

A turning point took place 30 years ago, when Black Appalachian culture experienced a renaissance centered around a single word: “Affrilachia.”

May 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

Ted Kooser: Mudflaps

Out driving, I like to come up behind trucks
with mudflaps, chalky, slate-colored ones
hanging onto their hard jobs

May 11, 2021 · 1 Comment

Robert P. Alvarez: Humanizing the People Police Kill

The standard, often unreliable reporting on police killings dehumanizes victims — a fact my own family knows too well.

May 10, 2021 · 3 Comments

Janette Schafer: On the day I testify for Homeland Security

Janette agreed to share these details publicly to help allay the stigma, shame, and secrecy inherent with being a sex abuse survivor.

May 8, 2021 · 3 Comments

Joe Loria: Factory Farming Is Killing Our Planet. Here’s How.

To protect the planet, we need to protect farmed animals.

May 7, 2021 · 3 Comments

William Wordsworth: Lines Written in Early Spring

Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

May 7, 2021 · 3 Comments

Karen Greenberg: Will America’s Forever Offshore Prison Ever Be Closed?

Can Guantánamo ever be shut down?

May 6, 2021 · 1 Comment

Thaddeus L. Johnson, Natasha N. Johnson: American cities have long struggled to reform their police – but isolated success stories suggest community and officer buy-in might be key

Getting police and community on board with reforms is crucial for success.

May 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Nina Kossman: Upon seeing a portrait of Genrikh Yagoda* on a wall in a Moscow police station

so many feet that did not run away,
so many mouths that did not speak,
so many inheritors of what can’t be described

May 5, 2021 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet | Killology Inc: America’s Police

The murders by cop go on – the latest, Lymond Moses, was asleep in his car – prompting furious calls for police reform from many weary of the carnage.

May 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Biden’s new moonshot — An offshore wind industry to rival Europe’s

Today, Europe has 5,400 turbines rising from the ocean with a capacity of 25 gigawatts, of energy – enough to power more than 8 million homes.

May 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Joe Kadi: Musings about a Gender Transition

My dear friends, I am here to tell you that men do indeed talk in bathrooms and in changerooms.

May 2, 2021 · 7 Comments

Video: Meeting the Enemy | Cassie Jaye

A feminist comes to terms with the Men’s Rights movement.

May 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: There is Power in a Union by Joe Hill (with bio and lyrics)

From San Diego up to Maine,
In every mine and mill,
Where working-men defend their rights,
It’s there you find Joe Hill

May 1, 2021 · Leave a comment

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