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Abby Zimet: Teach Your Children Well

Four days before the massacre, they bought their 15-year-old son Ethan an early (and, as a minor, illegal) Christmas present: a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun.

December 7, 2021 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: Climate Colonialism at COP26

The refusal of the United States and fellow rich nations to compensate developing countries for the devastation wrought by air pollution and climate change smacks of a kind of modern colonialism at its worst.

December 6, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: San Miguel

In order to heal her grieving mother, a devout 9 year old girl pushes her faith to its limit in hopes of divine intervention.

December 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

Majid Naficy: The Family Koran

There, in the tradition of the Old Testament,
He stoned the unruly women
And hanged the disillusioned youth
In the market place.

December 5, 2021 · 1 Comment

Julia Conley: AOC Laments How Accused Predator Kavanaugh Ready to Rule on ‘Whether to Legalize Forced Birth in the US’

The congresswoman suggested Justice Brett Kavanaugh should recuse himself from Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, considering multiple sexual assault allegations against him that the FBI failed to investigate.

December 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: What it wasn’t

It wasn’t bigger than a breadbox.
It wasn’t smooth as glass.
It didn’t smell good or bad
Or have any taste whatsoever.

December 4, 2021 · 5 Comments

Countee Cullen: Yet Do I Marvel

I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kind,
And did He stoop to quibble could tell why
The little buried mole continues blind

December 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Gary Fincke: Selflessness

In the animal kingdom, among fish,
one father carries all of the laid eggs
in his mouth, sixty-five day starvation
to make that flexible, deep mouth a womb. 

December 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: On Moms For Liberty and Other Racist Fascist Vigilantes

Earlier this month, the United States was for the first time demoted to the status of a “backsliding” democracy by global think tank International IDEA, which cited a “visible deterioration” of our civil liberties and checks on government indicating “serious problems with the fundamentals of democracy.”

December 2, 2021 · 2 Comments

Kenny Stancil: Majority of World’s Oil and Gas Workers Want to Seek Employment in Renewable Energy Industry

A study published earlier this year found that shifting from fossil fuels to renewables would add eight million jobs worldwide, boosting overall employment in the energy sector by more than 40% by 2050.

December 1, 2021 · 2 Comments

Fred Everett Maus: Yellow

In the days after, we did not weep in each other’s
presence, nor hold each other, nor say much
about our feelings. It was how we had always been.

November 30, 2021 · 5 Comments

Jessica Corbett: Cyber Monday Report Reveals Climate-Wrecking Supply Chain of US Retail Giants

Pandemic-fueled demand increases, record-breaking profits, and the supply chain crisis reveal the current maritime shipping system is ripe for transformation.

November 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Pauletta Hansel: The Stepmother’s Lament

Tell me,
what am I
supposed to do
with all this love?

November 29, 2021 · 4 Comments

Video: My Story of Love and Loss as a Transracial Adoptee

A mysterious tattoo on her forearm was all that linked Sara Jones, adopted as a child by white parents, to her South Korean origins.

November 29, 2021 · Leave a comment

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