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Neil M. Maher: Biden Needs to Go Big to Rebuild America

The Biden administration should take a page from FDR’s playbook and immediately create a new and improved CCC. The majority of Americans support such a move…

December 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jena Schwartz: Day 209

God pulls into a run-down motel and pays in cash. God wears a mask and walks slowly down the hallway and the one light bulb is flickering as he turns the key in the door.

December 20, 2020 · 3 Comments

Christine Fair: The Revenge of Farkhunda

The mullah falsely accused Farkhunda of burning a Quran. Those who overheard the allegation immediately decided that she must be killed. She was beaten with bats, stomped upon, and driven over by a car after which her body was dragged by a car and then immolated. Her real crime? She had the temerity as a woman to challenge superstitious practices propounded by ignorant male clerics.

December 19, 2020 · 1 Comment

Robert Frost: Reluctance

The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping

December 18, 2020 · 12 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: It’s Almost Twenty Years Since 9/11

Perhaps the horrors of 2020—the fires and hurricanes, Trump’s vicious attacks on democracy, the death, sickness, and economic dislocation caused by Covid-19—can force a real conversation about national security in 2021. Maybe this time we can finally ask whether trying to prop up a dying empire actually makes us—or indeed the world—any safer.

December 18, 2020 · 1 Comment

Olivia Pace: Policing keeps us safe? It’s a myth. Here’s why.

When you peel back the facade, police and military perpetuate violence on a personal and professional level.

December 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Paul Buchheit: How Right-Wing Conservatives Have Laid Waste to America for 50 Years

Thanks to a half century of insidious “trickle-down” philosophy—which astoundingly continues to be preached by many of the super-rich—inequality has stretched our nation nearly to the breaking point.

December 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Nothing To See Here, Just Marauding Neo-Fascists Wearing Frocks

It seems things here in the apocalypse can always get weirder.

December 15, 2020 · 3 Comments

Lachmann, Schwartz and Young: Is a Green New Deal Planet Possible?

We may be at a tipping point for the defeat of fossil fuels.

December 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Rachel Hadas: February 29, 2020

An extra day, an ordinary day,
predictable even in being extraordinary –
a bonus day in the old dispensation
we couldn’t guess was close to termination.
When did we start to sense the great subtraction?

December 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: 10 ways to boost your immune system against COVID-19

Join Dr. Irminne Van Dyken as she shares how to boost your immune system against the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. We discuss practical ways to get your immune system up to snuff, making you more defensible against illness.

December 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: 2020 unmasked the truth about ‘all lives matter’

This is the year when we really learned that not even white lives matter to most white people.

December 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Bread and Roses | Joan Baez (lyrics included)

As we go marching, marching
We battle too for men
For they are women’s children
And we mother them again

December 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: Pittsburgh

When I was a child,
I used to hear of this faraway place
where my people came to drown
themselves in search of America.

December 9, 2020 · 6 Comments

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