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Gerald Fleming: To My Student Kenny, Before the Inauguration of Donald Trump

Who will speak these days, if not I, if not you?             —Muriel Rukeyser . November 9, 2016  Mr. Fleming,  I can’t believe what happened last night. I am shocked, … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Relatively Free

. Journalist and activist Barrett Brown is released from prison after four years. On his drive across Texas to a halfway house, he discusses his extraordinary case and considers what … Continue reading

January 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

Fran Korten: The Trump Era Will Test Us. What Are You Willing to Risk?

Many of us have never had our courage or convictions challenged in frightening ways. That may change. The signs of defiance and compassion are everywhere. Cities from San Francisco to … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Adrienne Rich reads “What Kind of Times Are These?”

. Adrienne Rich reads her poem “What Kind of Times Are These.” Filmed at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929 – 2012) was an American poet … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Kayla Sargeson: Keeping my Dick in My Pants

I’m inside the Atwood Street Mini Mart, staring at the selection of fudge pops in the cooler when a guy walks up, bends down to my ear says “I live … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Don’t Lie Down

There will always be bigots who insist on denying the rights of others not like them, and those driven by greed who only want to take, to consume and devour … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

Donald Trump is the biggest popular vote loser in history to ever call himself President- Elect. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Sun Tzu: How to win against Donald Trump and the forces he represents

Pretend inferiority and encourage his arrogance. — If your opponent is of choleric temper, irritate him. — He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pablo Neruda: Poetry is Rebellion

I have never known how to be eloquent in my appreciation. The world’s magnitude, knowledge, acknowledgement, the joy of a gift received, smooth as a comet’s passing, all this and … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: The Very American Poetry of Jose Padua

What are poets for in destitute times? — Hölderlin . Every poem is a subversive act. In an age when our senses are benumbed by competing media screaming for our … Continue reading

January 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: Defying Donald Trump’s Kleptocracy

The final stages of capitalism, Karl Marx predicted, would be marked by global capital being unable to expand and generate profits at former levels. Capitalists would begin to consume the … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Michael Moore: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now About Donald J. Trump

It’s been seven weeks since Hillary beat Trump by nearly 3 million votes but lost the presidency to him. So if your head is still spinning from that mindf***, or … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Operation Badger Tooth

Once a year, on December 25, a darkness comes up from the earth into my life. On December 24th, nineteen sixty-seven, a battalion landing team comprised of three infantry companies … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Video: Women Wage Peace — “Prayer of the Mothers”

. First Published on Nov 15, 2016. Yael Deckelbaum, Lubna Salame, Daniel Rubin, Miriam Tukan, Rana choir, the Hebrews of Dimona and singers from all sectors and religions of Israeli society. … Continue reading

December 29, 2016 · Leave a comment