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Michelle D. Holmes, MD, DRPH: The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game

We need to address the needs of students—and parents, and teachers. One size does not fit all, and race complicates the challenge.

January 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Patricia Spears Jones: The Devil’s Wife Explains Broken “45s”

The devil hates Black genius. Made him work harder than hard to render
it witless and dope stung.

January 17, 2022 · 4 Comments

Jake Johnson: Poor People’s Campaign Readies ‘Massive, Nonviolent’ Effort to Save Democracy

“We are not in this for a moment, but for a movement,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. “Our deadline is victory.”

January 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Video: An Antiwar Couple Who Shaped History

“Radical Love” tells the story of Michael and Eleanora Kennedy’s lifelong dedication to radical political movements—from the Black Panthers to the Weather Underground—and to each other.

January 16, 2022 · 7 Comments

Terry Blackhawk: Cambridge, Massachusetts — 1951

the boy with curlier hair and light brown skin
over by the windows and Roland, who was darker,
with short cut hair, whose name I’ve carried all these years

January 16, 2022 · 7 Comments

Joe Kadi: The Charmed Life of Danny Lopez

Some of us are blessed to be born into a time when daily life aligns beautifully.

January 15, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Day Release (Freigang)

In this internationally acclaimed film, single mother Kathi receives day release from prison and finds her three-year-old son, who is living with her unstable mother, in bad circumstances. She is forced to find a way to enable a better future for him, while time is against her, she has to be back in prison at six pm.

January 14, 2022 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Losing It

Faced with the gathering collapse of the biosphere, and governments’ refusal to take the necessary action, how do we stop ourselves from falling apart?

January 12, 2022 · 7 Comments

Jefferson Carter: Life Partner

For convenience, I & my life partner
(the woman formerly known as my wife)
have numbered our arguments. 

January 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Maryfrances Wagner: Chuck

‘What are we? Humans? Animals? Savages?’ — William Golding – Lord of the Flies

January 10, 2022 · 5 Comments

Video: Ada Blackjack Rising

In the pre-dawn twilight of an Alaskan shore, a young Native woman reflects on the story of Ada Blackjack, the sole survivor of a disastrous 1921 Arctic expedition, and the loneliness she must have felt waiting for a rescue through the months-long polar night.

January 9, 2022 · 1 Comment

Henry David Thoreau: On Eating Animals

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilised.

January 8, 2022 · 3 Comments

Jake Johnson: ‘Huge Increase’ in Child Poverty Feared as Tax Credit Expires Amid Omicron Wave

“Unless Build Back Better is passed, the expansion will end and we will see a huge increase in childhood poverty,” says Bernie Sanders.

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jane Taylor: Poverty

O then, let the wealthy and gay
But see such a hovel as this,
That in a poor cottage of clay
They may know what true misery is.

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

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