Vox Populi

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John Atcheson: How the Deranged Took Over America

And why they may be here to stay. It’s not news to most people that the US is no longer a true Democracy.  Gilens and Page proved it in 2014, … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · 3 Comments

Audio: Rosanne Cash Reads “Power” by Adrienne Rich

. POWER by Adrienne Rich Living    in the earth-deposits    of our history Today a backhoe divulged    out of a crumbling flank of earth one bottle    amber    perfect    a hundred-year-old cure for fever    or melancholy    a tonic for living … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Amid crime and blight, Natalie Thomas plants peace and community

. Since 2011, Natalie Thomas has been the caretaker of the Unified Positive Effect Community Garden at the corner of Climax Street and Estella Avenue in the Beltzhoover neighborhood of … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Fred Rogers: On Strength, Love, and Heroism

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Leah Samberg: World hunger is increasing thanks to wars and climate change

Around the globe, about 815 million people – 11 percent of the world’s population – went hungry in 2016, according to the latest data from the United Nations. This was … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Party Invitation for the Age of Unnatural Disasters

If life were like a perfume commercial I’d be spending even more time than I already do gazing pensively into the distance the top buttons of my shirt undone my … Continue reading

October 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gail Ablow: The Truth About Gun Laws Under Trump

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Fort Hood. Sandy Hook. Orlando. Las Vegas. Each deadly shooting rampage sends shockwaves through the country. We grieve. We get angry. Time and again, irate and bereaved … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kristofer Collins: Asylum

for Kenneth Patchen   When the sky opens up I hurry for the bus shelter hoping for some kind of asylum. I’ve nowhere to be and today I just want … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Nahal Amouzadeh: 3 Things America Doesn’t Want To Tell You About White Terrorism

I was 6 years old when 9/11 happened. I don’t remember a lot. I don’t remember what the news was reporting. I don’t even remember how or if my parents … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Henry Giroux: Donald Trump’s passion for cruelty

Donald Trump seems addicted to violence. It shapes his language, politics and policies. He revels in a public discourse that threatens, humiliates and bullies. He has used language as a … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Muriel Rukeyser reads “The Speed of Darkness”

.   Don Yorty says about this post: I had never heard Muriel Rukeyser’s voice before I began to make a vimeo of her reading her poem The Speed of … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Trump is changing America

Trump may be living in the past with his ideas and policies, but they are 100% 21st century GOP. It seems as if the pace of Trump Administration abominations is … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

Leslie McGrath: Litany

Each day’s a train bound for Calgary, St. Paul, Santa Fe, its flickering windows a foreign film.   The doors will never open. But the tracks will beckon. You’ll lay … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Anthony Ciotoli: Camp

A friend of mine recently returned from working at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece. He can barely speak of his experience. All he can say is he feels he … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment