Vox Populi

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Fred Rogers: On Strength, Love, and Heroism

When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nahal Amouzadeh: 3 Things America Doesn’t Want To Tell You About White Terrorism

I was 6 years old when 9/11 happened. I don’t remember a lot. I don’t remember what the news was reporting. I don’t even remember how or if my parents … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Henry Giroux: Donald Trump’s passion for cruelty

Donald Trump seems addicted to violence. It shapes his language, politics and policies. He revels in a public discourse that threatens, humiliates and bullies. He has used language as a … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Trump is changing America

Trump may be living in the past with his ideas and policies, but they are 100% 21st century GOP. It seems as if the pace of Trump Administration abominations is … Continue reading

October 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

Anthony Ciotoli: Camp

A friend of mine recently returned from working at a Syrian refugee camp in Greece. He can barely speak of his experience. All he can say is he feels he … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Strange Angels

  the burnt torso of a monk an enemy monk tonight a cigarette glows in the dark and is crushed . I’ve been asked to teach a course in American … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The dirty poet: i’m actually arguing with a robot here at work

the future i’m actually arguing with a robot here at work a mobile linen cart rolls up to me and intones approaching elevator, please stand aside i’m not moving a … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · 3 Comments

Jon Tribble: War

Red maple, sweetgum slashed and torn out by the roots so we could build a jungle underneath the pines, so our camouflage would blend us with crows’ panic, with honeysuckle … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The End of Empire

The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joan E. Bauer: Manzanar

Manzanar   for Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston,             author of Farewell to Manzanar   The word, Spanish for apple orchard but by 1942, no orchards in the Owens Valley.   Water … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: A 21st century Contract with America for left-leaning Democrats

A new Contract with America: economic equity, health care for all, integrated quality public schools, and reduced military. During the heat of the 1994 mid-term elections some 23 years ago, … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Buddha Shakyamuni: A Real Leader

A leader should not crave wealth and property, and should dedicate personal resources to the welfare of all. A leader should cultivate morality: never killing, cheating, stealing, exploiting others, committing … Continue reading

September 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: DACA, white people, Offenbach and the flag(s)

This morning, I took down my American flag. I always fly the flag for holidays and such. I like the flag. For one thing, I think it’s pretty, a bit … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

Marcelo Rochabrun: The Trump Administration Plans to End a Refugee Program for Children

Minors from violence-plagued El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala will no longer be permitted to reunite with their parents in the United States. The Trump administration plans to stop accepting refugee … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment