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Arlene Weiner: A Photo of Jalen, Age 12, in a Batman Costume

Say yes, sir when the officers stop you
for the fourteenth time, looking
for somebody

June 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Are the George Floyd Riots the American Reichstag Fire?

Police in Pittsburgh, Nashville, and Minneapolis suspect that riots in these cities were started by white nationalists.

June 4, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: And Jesus Wept

Our friend Christian, an African-American and one of the best men I know, told my wife that when he saw the video of the murder of George Floyd, he wept for hours.

June 3, 2020 · 6 Comments

Abby Zimet: I Just Want To Live

America rages, reels, mourns. Brutal police violence – tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, batons – blazes across the country, in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, New York, possibly inflamed by white nationalists seeking to accelerate the carnage.

June 2, 2020 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: Fly

They can hide. What’s the point of hiding?
They can run. Why bother running?
They feel defeated by the world’s terrors.

June 2, 2020 · 4 Comments

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II: May the Screams and Tears and Protests Shake the Very Conscience of This Nation

If we want to reach a better place on the other side of this, we must refuse to be comforted too quickly.

June 1, 2020 · 1 Comment

Video: Wavy Gravy & Ace of Cups | “Basic Human Needs”

And wouldn’t it be neat if the people that you meet had shoes upon their feet
And something to eat
And wouldn’t it be fine, now if all of human kind had shelter

May 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Burning Man

Burning man comes from an instinct and need for carnival, a masking of the respectable self in order to release the animal/imaginative self, but with ritualized decorum and boundaries.

May 30, 2020 · 6 Comments

Video: The Urgency of Intersectionality |Kimberlé Crenshaw

Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm.

May 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Stephanie Hiller: COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

Could this be the beginning of a new food economy?

May 28, 2020 · 4 Comments

Daniel Burston: A Dirge for American Democracy

Authoritarian populism, brazen corruption and wild conspiracy theories are so prevalent that we are thoroughly enmeshed in what some call a “mafia state”, teetering on the brink of fascism…

May 27, 2020 · 4 Comments

Video: Liberal Redneck | Progress in Rural America

There’s votes to be had, ya’ll.

May 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

Steven Rosenfeld: GOP Resists Voting By Mail In Red States

Many conservative politicians are resisting best-practice reforms intended to protect voters from the Covid virus.

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lise Ragbir: How Coronavirus Will Shape a Generation

This generation now collectively understands that one’s daily existence can change overnight.

May 21, 2020 · 1 Comment

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