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Nicole S Maskiell: Cicely was young, Black and enslaved – her death during an epidemic in 1714 has lessons that resonate in today’s pandemic

What may be the oldest surviving gravestone for a Black person in the Americas memorializes an enslaved teenager named Cicely.

December 3, 2020 · 1 Comment

William D. Hartung & Mandy Smithberger: Shrinking the Pentagon

Will the Biden administration dare cut military spending?

December 1, 2020 · Leave a comment

Aidan Rooney: Human

I knocked at your door,
I knocked at your heart,
looking for a good bed,
looking for a good fire.

December 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: The Testament of Winter

The wind last night was fierce and numbingly cold. It moved like a carving knife through the remaining remnants of summer, easing away the reluctant last memories we have of the warm and sunny past.

November 29, 2020 · 2 Comments

Audio: Art Tatum | Tiger Rag

“I only play the piano, but tonight God is in the house” — Fats Waller, on Art Tatum

November 28, 2020 · 1 Comment

Emily Dickinson: They shut me up in Prose

They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason — in the Pound —

November 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Valerie Segrest: Cranberries are Good Medicine

Both Western and traditional medicine agree, cranberries are more than just tart and tasty.

November 26, 2020 · 1 Comment

Peter Lake: On restoring the soul of the nation

The normal to which we are supposed to want to return is what gave us Donald Trump in the first place, and the forces that produced that outcome have not gotten weaker in the interim

November 25, 2020 · 4 Comments

Tracey L. Rogers: Black Voters Saved Our Democracy

Black voters waited in 10-hour lines to show up for Joe Biden. Now Biden needs to return the favor.

November 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Rachel Hadas: Shopping Upstairs

Terror, stasis, glints of hope.
Ghosts of evils that came before,
plague and depression, civil war,
take on new life. So here we are.

November 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Faiz Shakir: Democrats Must Commit Themselves to the Needs of Non-College Educated Workers

Workers without college degrees have suffered most from recent decades of neoliberal fetishization with globalization, unregulated open markets, and corporate-friendly free trade.

November 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Freed by Fire

“Freed by Fire” follows Molina, a 12-year old Malawian girl who becomes another child in a forced marriage. One female chief is tirelessly working to stop it.

November 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Robert Wrigley: What She Said

She said to him, Oh, Jack, what have they done?

November 22, 2020 · 8 Comments

Philip Levine: They Feed They Lion

They feed they Lion and he comes

November 20, 2020 · 5 Comments

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