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Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, Stephen Miles: Dismantle the War Economy

To create real security, we must slash the Pentagon budget and invest in meeting everyone’s basic human needs.

June 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

Loretta Graceffo: Music is a living thing

We are all your children
If you hear us, join us now
We’re gonna strike because the waters are rising
We’re gonna strike because our people are dying
We’re gonna strike for life and everything we love

June 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Charles Davidson: The Fundamental Failure of Donald Trump

A Christian looks at Donald Trump.

June 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Variations on Vallejo

They killed you in Memphis on a Thursday.
On a balcony with your friends
You held your hands on the railing
And looked over the long field
Into the next life.

June 20, 2020 · 6 Comments

Josephine Baker: Siren of the Resistance

Iconic entertainer of the Jazz Age, famous for her risqué performances, Josephine Baker responded to the start of World War II by becoming a spy for the French Resistance. Known as the “Creole Goddess” of France, Baker used her celebrity to gain access to high-ranking Axis officials.

June 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Michelle Theriault Boots: Assault Was Only the Beginning of Her Trauma

Everything Mary Savage did in the hours after the attack was dissected on the witness stand, an experience so upsetting she vomited. But years later, she finds comfort knowing her testimony led to his conviction.

June 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Charles Bukowski: Odes to Los Angeles

man mowing the lawn across the way from me
don’t you see the young girls walking down the sidewalks now
with knives in their purses?

June 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Israeli Soldiers Kill Autistic Man For No Discernible Reason

Israeli soldiers shot and killed at point-blank range Iyad Khairi Halak, a severely autistic, 32-year-old Palestinian man as he cowered on the ground, bleeding, terrified and uncomprehending, behind garbage cans.

June 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Marc Jampole: The Recalcitrance of Police Unions

Police unions and minorities should be allies in the battle to reduce economic inequality.

June 17, 2020 · 1 Comment

Lornet Turnbull: Cities Reimagine Public Safety Amid Calls to #DefundPolice

Lawmakers across the country are proposing policy measures to cut or loosen ties to traditional policing.

June 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: The Looming Second Wave of Covid-19

The pressure to re-open America is being pressed by the extreme right. It represents an open declaration that the pursuit of white happiness is an unalienable, unalterable right.

June 15, 2020 · 2 Comments

Video: “Black Boy” by Richard Wright

The American Place Theatre – Literature to Life Stage Presentation of Black Boy by Richard Wright.

June 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: The Reluctant Summer

I could feel the rage building as I saw the nation writhe, then uncoil its wrath and take to the streets. I was demoralized to realize that my whole life had been lived in the twisted emotions of a country poisoned to its soul with racist hatred.

June 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: Reflections on a Lesson that Would Soon Be Made More Clear to Me by Gil Scott-Heron

In 1971 I’m
thirteen years old
watching a big
Vietnam war protest
on television

June 13, 2020 · 6 Comments

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