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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

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

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

Michael Winship: For America’s Sake, We Need Answers about Russia. Now.

These first weeks of the Trump White House have felt like one of those tennis ball machines run amok, volley after volley shooting at us in such rapid fire that … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Trump and Friends, Treasonous From Day One?

The news is stunning, but remarkably unreported. Trump, Flynn and others may well be guilty of treason. Here are some of the facts. US intelligence agencies know that Michael Flynn, … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

Video: Postmodern Jukebox — All About That Bass

  Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two But I can shake it, shake it like I’m supposed to do ‘Cause I got that boom boom that all … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Christina Rossetti: February 14. 1883

A world of change & loss, a world of death, Of heart & eyes that fail, of labouring breath, Of pains to bear & painful deeds to do:— Nevertheless a … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment