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Derek W. Black: Congressional oversight is at the heart of America’s democracy

The people can fire Congress every two years, but they rely on their representatives to hold the White House accountable all the time. Americans need Congress to make sure presidents and their staff are enforcing the law in ways that meet the public’s needs.

April 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Bill Traylor: Sidewalk Genius

Born into slavery, Traylor spent the majority of his life after emancipation as a sharecropper. It was only after 1939, following his move to Montgomery, Alabama that Traylor began to draw. At the age of 85, he took up a pencil and a scrap of cardboard to document his recollections and observations. From 1939 to 1942, while working on the sidewalks of Montgomery, Traylor produced nearly 1,500 pieces of art.

April 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Robert Reich — Everything you need to know about the new economy

The biggest economic story of our time isn’t about supply and demand. It’s about institutions and power.

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Spring

To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.

April 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: The Part About MLK Many White People Don’t Like to Talk About

Many of the conditions that he marched, boycotted, and spoke out against still exist today—racism, materialism, militarism.

April 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Audio: Martin Luther King — Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. – April 4, 1967 – Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence [Full and unabridged] “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence“, also referred as Riverside … Continue reading

April 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: The Wages of War

If instead of waging wars, we spent money on education, alternative fuels and infrastructure, we would create millions more jobs. The first week after the announcement of the arrests of … Continue reading

April 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Niaz Dorry: Rural America Is Reeling. What’s the Remedy?

While the U.S. government has prioritized the bailout of Wall Street with public monies, it has marginalized distressed rural communities and failed to provide the necessary funds, expertise and assistance to help revitalize them.

April 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

David Huddle: My Presidents

The nation formerly known as the United States of America has revealed its new name –– Trumpiana Unum Aeternitas.           —Fox News, June 22, 2022 . Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, … Continue reading

April 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Certo: Russia was never the real scandal

Evidence of much more serious “collusion” — with corporations and the wealthy — has always been hiding in plain sight. Though these unique excesses of the Trump era have gotten some coverage, they were never treated as the threat to his legitimacy that Russia was.

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

Federico García Lorca: Simple song of the first desire

In the green morning,
I wanted to be heart.
Heart.

March 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: I am eating my shame

The dishes are scattered around me and the dogs won’t touch the scraps. You who have condemned me take back what belongs to you, for you are not pure. If … Continue reading

March 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Turning Our Backs on Nuremberg

Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it’s easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! … Continue reading

March 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: A House of Cards

Trump supporters and the GOP are building a house of cards on Attorney General William Barr’s four-page interpretation of the Mueller report.

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

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