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Video: Black Owned — Jackson

Introducing Black Owned, a film series exploring the Black entrepreneurial spirit and its essential contribution to the American economy through the perspectives of business owners.

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ariel Dorfman: How Spanish Can Help Us Survive Viral Times

A Journey into the Heart of a Language We Need Now More Than Ever.

February 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Isabella Garcia: Re-Visionary Artists

These creators are reclaiming their pasts and futures through transformative art.

February 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mike Schneider: A Hammer not a Mirror

A Discussion with Anne Feeney & Utah Phillips

February 17, 2021 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Connecting the Shots

U.S. Quakers have launched an Israeli arms exports database to help Palestinian victims of “battle proven” weapons and other activists track Israel’s deadly contributions to human rights abuses around the world.

February 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: The Fire Next Time

If we do succeed in destroying ourselves, it seems increasingly likely that it will be by fire, whether the accelerating heating of the globe over decades, or a nuclear conflagration any time we choose. The good news, the flame of hope, is that we still have time — at least 100 seconds — to prevent it.

February 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Pamela Haines, George Lakey: Why we must start imagining the world we want to live in


The center of America is not Washington, D.C. The center of America is the neighborhoods where 330 million Americans are raising their kids and trying to put food on the table and trying to love their neighbor. That’s the center of America.

February 9, 2021 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: New charges over Flint’s water crisis offer only a trickle of justice

No punishment has yet fit the crime of the Flint water crisis, complete with its child poisoning and lethal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. After a prior investigation fell apart in 2019, Michigan state prosecutors unveiled a slew of fresh charges against the nine former officials involved.

February 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rachel Hadas: Trying to Get to School

But making my way from A to B
could not be managed easily.
Locked courtyard, blocked alleys, a high wall –
I had to cross or climb them all.

February 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: Joe Biden and Elizabeth Alexander discuss “Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

President-elect Joe Biden, poet Elizabeth Alexander, psychologist Angela Duckworth, and a chorus of working fathers and sons join Poetry in America host Elisa New to reflect on Robert Hayden’s sonnet “Those Winter Sundays.”

February 7, 2021 · 4 Comments

Paul Christensen: Snow

Ghosts wear snow in the early morning hours and walk around like debutants at a ball. The wind lifts the hems of their long dresses and there is nothing beneath but a few dog tracks. How lonely it must be to be dead.

February 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: Stacey Abrams | 3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do

Stacey Abrams’s 2018 campaign for governor of Georgia turned more voters than any Democrat in Georgia history, including former President Barack Obama, and invested in critical infrastructure to build progress in the state.

February 5, 2021 · 4 Comments

William Stafford: Traveling through the Dark

Traveling through the dark I found a deer
dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.

February 5, 2021 · 3 Comments

William Astore: A Ten-Point Plan to Make Joe Biden a Peace-Time President

“What could be more exceptional, more laudable, than seeking a lasting global peace?”

February 4, 2021 · 2 Comments

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