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Bailey Williams: Oscar Grant Was Shot by Police 10 Years Ago. Now His Family Is Helping Others to Heal

The United States has the highest number of police killings than any other industrialized country. In 2018, nearly 1,000 people were killed by police, according to The Washington Post. Of those killed, 38 were unarmed.

February 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Ruth Conniff: Our Dangerous Impulse to Demonize the Other Side

We need to check our impulse to see young white men as evil.

January 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marco North: The Street of Flowers

Two weeks ago, I spied those splotches of blood against the white concrete, the roses scattered across the sidewalk. I imagined it was a fist fight or a knifing at … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: January’s Two Faces

Nothing can make the soul shiver more than to look upon those tree-covered slopes with their icy diamonds shimmering on their skin. They are there to remind you that your mortality means nothing to them. They stand for the severity of time, the rules of the universe that have nothing to do with our petty lives.

January 13, 2019 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Confronting “Alternative Facts”

This popular belief that nobody really does or can know anything is the perfect soil for an authoritarian leader to take root.

January 11, 2019 · 3 Comments

Jodie Evans: What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border

From the individual stories, we saw the systems of oppression and the effects of the war economy and wondered what kind of world we live in that we treat other human beings this way.

January 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Time to Breathe

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that life has been far more stressful over these last… oh… two years?  The continuous meltdown in DC sends shockwaves around … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 5 Comments

Lornet Turnbull: Grandmothers Bring Food and Comfort to Asylum Seekers at Bus Stations

Each day at Greyhound stations across the nation, families released from detention and traveling to sponsors’ homes find grandmotherly help. Every morning, Bonita Amaro and her sister Yolanda Sanchez arrive … Continue reading

December 25, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: A life lesson from a volunteer firefighter

. Volunteer firefighter Mark Bezos tells a story of an act of heroism that didn’t go quite as expected — but that taught him a big lesson: Don’t wait to … Continue reading

December 22, 2018 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: Hard Times

The grim news that a Texas judge declared that the ACA – i.e., “Obama Care,” is unconstitutional filled cyber space last night. It was hard to trudge up the steps … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Desirée H Melton: Why report injustice when being justly treated is unimaginable?

As decades-old sexual assault allegations increase, so does the question: why didn’t women report it sooner? Shame, fear of reprisals and the unfortunately common belief that they are responsible for … Continue reading

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fay Bound Alberti: One is the loneliest number

The history of a Western problem ‘God, but life is loneliness,’ declared the writer Sylvia Plath in her private journals. Despite all the grins and smiles we exchange, she says, … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

Rennyo Shonin: Yesterday is Spent

Summer and fall slip away; the months and years go by; yesterday is spent, and today draws to a close. Little did I know that I would grow old before I … Continue reading

December 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Claudia Castro Luna: To the Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S — This is my Wish for You

“That your days may soon change, that the love your parents and relatives feel for you glow inside you to give you strength.” Dear Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S., … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

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