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George Monbiot: The Roots of Fascism

Some countries, separately and together, are beginning to head towards the darkest of all political places.

February 17, 2020 · 4 Comments

Walt Whitman: When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d

For the sweetest, wisest soul of all my days and lands—and this for his dear sake,
Lilac and star and bird twined with the chant of my soul,
There in the fragrant pines and the cedars dusk and dim.

February 16, 2020 · 6 Comments

Donna M. Cox: The power of a song in a strange land

“they were tones loud, long, and deep; they breathed the prayer and complaint of souls boiling over with the bitterest anguish. Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains.” — Frederick Douglass

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Outdooring

A young man attends his nephew’s Ghanaian baptism with a plan: steal the donated money and keep a deep secret hidden from his family.

February 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

W. Carsten Andresen: The Gay Panic Defense

Defense attorneys who enter gay panic defenses can reduce a defendants’ murder charges 32% of the time, even though the majority of these homicides involve incredible violence.

February 13, 2020 · 2 Comments

Robert McChesney: If Bloomberg Wants to Buy an Election, He Should Run as a Republican Against Trump—Not Sabotage Democrats

The mega-billionaire should be running against Trump in the Republican primaries, not as a Democrat. If he actually cared about this country more than stroking his massive ego that is exactly what he would be doing.

February 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: "We Get to Live in the Mayor's House!"

Running for Office in the Age of Donald Trump and Climate Change

February 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Ellery Akers: We Have the Power to Pull Back from the Brink

I call fire.
And fire answers with its flaming mouth
and strange whining pronunciation
as it clears the underbrush

February 10, 2020 · 1 Comment

Steven Pressman: Democratic plans for raising taxes on the rich|A guide for the middle class

It’s hardly surprising that if a Democrat wins the White House, taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations will probably go up. How they’ll go up is the more interesting question.

February 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: For Sama (full film)

NOW AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

February 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Christine Rhein: Alphabetical Order

Assertion by committee:
double-dare ethos.
Fibbed goodwill,
handshakes.

February 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: The Trauma of Systematic Racism is Killing Black Women

T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among Black women — and build communities in the process.

February 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Amy Lowell: The Blue Scarf

Pale, with the blue of high zeniths, shimmered over with silver, brocaded
In smooth, running patterns, a soft stuff, with dark knotted fringes, it lies there,
Warm from a woman’s soft shoulders…

February 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: The Democratic Field Narrows to Three Candidates

Although the Iowa Caucus was an epic fail, it did make a few things clear.

February 7, 2020 · 6 Comments

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