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Alison R. Parker: Mother of Heather Heyer urges action — “If I gotta give her up, we’re gonna make it count.”

In a poignant and rallying message, Susan Bro, the mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer, spoke beautifully about her daughter’s life — and how all of us can honor her … Continue reading

August 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Eva-Maria Simms: Fascism is never democratic

It was St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, and I was out in my garden digging the ground in preparation for the spring planting season.  The day was warm, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 5 Comments

George Monbiot: Accidental Re-Wilding

I stepped out into the sunlight, scarcely able to believe what I had seen or, rather, what I had not. I stared at the hills around me, contrasting them with … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ken Schwencke: Why Don’t People Report Hate Crimes?

It is one of the most striking and curious statistics contained in a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics report on hate crimes in America: 54 percent of the roughly 250,000 … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Kareem Tayyar: James Baldwin

I try to imagine you on a night when the moon is full. When the woman you are with did not have to leave the house before you. When the … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries: Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent,” It Was a Planned Race Riot

Isn’t it time for the media to be honest and call white supremacists the domestic terrorists that they are? In July of last year, after The New York Post ran … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck — Virginia is for Lovers, not Nazis

. “I’m absolutely disgusted by this weekend in Charlottesville. But I maintain….love will prevail y’all.”  Trae Crowder is an American comedian and author. Crowder grew up in rural Celina, Tennessee, near … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gail Ablow: Making Change — Gabe Gonzalez

. When federal agents began cracking down on undocumented immigrants in the Chicago area, Gabe Gonzalez launched a rapid-response network of neighbors to block them. The city of Chicago sued … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Isaiah J. Poole: On the Road From Protest to Power — A Rising Tide

The millions who gathered in Washington and around the country for the historic Women’s March, one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, made an indisputable statement: Trump may have won the … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: It Ain’t Over

Some things are over before they’re over. A bad marriage. A bad war. It got so a squad would go out, call in checkpoints as if on the move, sit … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rachel Krantz: An Inconvenient Sequel Doesn’t Talk About Animal Agriculture—and That’s Absurd

When I spotted fellow vegan James Cromwell in line for food at an advance screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, I couldn’t help but try to talk to … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Julia Conley: Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ against North Korea

If North Korea makes any more threats to the U.S., “they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before.” — … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Appalachian Voices: Mountaintop Removal 101

Mountaintop removal is any method of surface coal mining that destroys a mountaintop or ridgeline, whether or not the mined area will be returned to what is legally described as … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: As White House Ramps Up Attacks on Free Press, NRA Issues Warning to New York Times

. Conservative commentator tells newspaper, “We’re coming for you.” The National Rifle Association (NRA) drew attention this weekend after its newest ad went viral. The New York Times is the … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment