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Video: Stephen Jenkinson | Money & the Soul’s Desires

“Who takes care of the money?” Wisdom leader Stephen Jenkinson discusses money and its ways.

July 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

Federico García Lorca: New York (Office and Denunciation)

I know there are mountains and eyeglasses
And wisdom. But I didn’t come to see the sky.
I’m here to see the clouded blood,
the blood that sweeps machines over waterfalls
and the soul toward the cobra’s tongue.

July 10, 2021 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: Those Pesky Socialists Claiming There’s Anybody Here But White Men

The supposed dangers of truth-telling about history, even when we aren’t the good guys, is bedrock right-wing rubbish, because of course the truth can be a pain and then you have to learn, change, do better and ewww, who wants to do that?

July 8, 2021 · 3 Comments

David Adès: These Are the Men

Into the lush gardens of their hearts
they took me,
gardens of unexpected flowerings
amid bracken and tangles of vines

July 8, 2021 · 1 Comment

Alfred W. McCoy: America’s Drug Wars

Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism

July 7, 2021 · 5 Comments

Majid Naficy: Khomeini’s Visit

My father never told us
That Khomeini had visited him
For medical treatment many years ago

July 6, 2021 · 13 Comments

Michael Gregory: Two Songs (audio and text)

I went to the drugstore and I looked inside
Saw my good gal had upped and died
Hung my head down and I cried
Don’t want no more war

July 4, 2021 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Four Coups of Joe Medicine Crow

According to the Crow tradition of counting coups, a warrior can earn the title by completing four coups or deeds in battle. The four coups are: lead a war party into battle, sneak into an enemy camp at night and steal a horse, take away an enemy’s weapon, and touch an enemy without being harmed.

July 4, 2021 · 5 Comments

Video: Tower

This animated documentary from director Nádia Mangolini mines the memories the four Gomes da Silva siblings whose father went missing and whose mother was imprisoned in a tower during a period oppressive dictatorship in Brazil.

July 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Naomi Shihab Nye, Michael Simms & Friends: Poets for the People of Gaza

Naomi Shihab Nye, the current Young People’s Poet Laureate, and poet Michael Simms gather international poets to share works that navigate themes of identity, displacement, and home in Gaza.

July 1, 2021 · 8 Comments

Robert B. Talisse: What today’s GOP demonstrates about the dangers of partisan conformity

The GOP’s return to Trump is not really a surprise because of the psychological forces known as ‘belief polarization’ and the ‘black sheep effect.’

June 28, 2021 · 1 Comment

Frida Berrigan: Meatball Subs, Not Nuclear Subs

Or How to Deliver 16,128 Hiroshimas

June 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Gerry LaFemina: Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green

church bells call out deliberately
the twelfth hour, thus reminding us
we’re halfway between yesterday
& tomorrow

June 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Planet Earth To Outer Space, When Bezos Blasts Off, Please Keep Him There

With enough money to end world hunger or curb climate change or house the homeless but evidently little will to do so, the founder of the dystopian empire of Amazon and the world’s second-richest man with an estimated $186 billion is instead taking an insouciant  space ride…

June 24, 2021 · 2 Comments

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