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The Women’s March in Pictures

The second day of the Trump administration saw an unprecedented wave of protests swell across the globe, as the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches on all continents—yes, … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Charles Davidson: A Call to Action — Christians in response to Donald Trump

Dr. Martin Luther King declared in a speech exactly one year before his death: “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lynn Lobash: A Feminist Reading List

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929) This extended essay examines the question of whether a woman is capable of producing work on par with Shakespeare. Woolf asserts … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: Thank you, Mr. President

Barack Obama: School’s out! . Thank you, President Obama! You served the country with dignity, grace, and honesty. You accomplished a great deal in eight years. You pushed through health … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

William deBuys: How to Hijack an Election

Election Rigging 101 Donald Trump was right. The election was rigged. What Trump got wrong (and, boy, does he get things wrong) is that the rigging worked in his favor. … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Nina Pick: Radical Orthography

Taking off the Caps Lock It came to me in a dream: Trump with a lower case t. It appeared in a flash as an ingenious solution, a subtle yet … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

Emily De Ferrari: In the Belly

1. In Aliquippa The mill loomed large and after dark, nightmarishly glowing red on the river road we would take before I was five to my grandmother’s sweet, warm and yeasty … Continue reading

January 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

Ellery Akers: Before the Inauguaration

I go out and apologize to the leaves. I’m sorry, I say. I love the way you shake in the wind. The way you uncrinkle in the spring. I wish … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Gerald Fleming: To My Student Kenny, Before the Inauguration of Donald Trump

Who will speak these days, if not I, if not you?             —Muriel Rukeyser . November 9, 2016  Mr. Fleming,  I can’t believe what happened last night. I am shocked, … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Arlene and the Arlettes: Bad Boyfriend

A Song for America to be sung in the style of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. . Oh girlfriend, I could have told you he’s a Bad boyfriend I don’t … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: Messengers of the Right

When news media changed its definition of objectivity, they opened the door to ignorance & Trumpism. Once upon a time, the news media defined objectivity as presenting the facts, and … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Toi Derricotte reads “Blackbottom”

. Toi Derricotte reads her poem “Blackbottom” at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. . Blackbottom … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Two Speeches by Rep. John Lewis at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years apart

. Above is a video of Rep. John Lewis’ speech at the March on Washington in 1963, and below is a transcript of his remarks at the “Let Freedom Ring” … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Manifest

Downtown there’s this place across from the Old Courthouse just up from the river a fashionable hotel where the best folks disappear into the evening that’s where the slave pen … Continue reading

January 16, 2017 · Leave a comment