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Video: The Office of Missing Children

Nearly 15,000 unaccompanied minors currently are detained in the U.S.; they’re held in places ranging from tent cities to trailers and shelters, some of which have a history of mistreatment, including forced drugging, sexual assault and physical abuse.

July 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Occurrence on the Lake Shore Limited

The officer stopped at my seat and thrust his face toward mine. “Are you an American?”

July 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Cassandra Burke Robertson, Irina D. Manta: The government sometimes detains and deports US citizens

More than 1,500 U.S. citizens spent time in immigration detention between 2007 and 2015. In many cases, they were deported.

July 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: Variations

I heard the history
of the Huberman Stradivarius
how it was stolen and painted
with shoe polish to hide it

July 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Willie Nelson’s new song “Immigrant Eyes” (with lyrics)

It turns out that Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter Angie Valeria were just two of dozens who’ve died in the Rio Grande this year. In this spirit, here’s Willie Nelson’s new song celebrating immigrants.

July 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith — Shaken 48: How careful was I when I took my way

Hands in my pockets, the salt on the streets,
the yellowing aura that means you are here
by my side again, waking me in dread
with no buffer or bounce. It’s been ten years.

July 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Frances Moore Lappé, Zachary Field: Who Can Afford a Green New Deal? We Can!

Despite ridicule by Republican leaders, calls for a Green New Deal resonate with 80 percent of Americans.

July 9, 2019 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: That Quotation from the Talmud

I understand the world will be what it is
when I’m dead. I sometimes look at my hands
and know they are not mine. This body on loan.

July 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

David Korten: 8 Essential Steps to Radically Transform Our Economy

An economic system that serves everyone and the planet is necessary for our survival. Here are some guiding principles to get us there.

July 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Luray Gross: If Two People Are Aware of the Rising Moon

When his mind grew empty
and his heartbeat slowed to a vague stutter,
our father no longer walked the fields at night.

July 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Video: We are built to be kind

Human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry, but research by Dacher Keltner finds that we are hard-wired to be kind.

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Charles Davidson: From Blue Mountain Ridges to Desert Sand Concentration Camps

North Carolina Pastor Kim Wells charges her congregation to take action against the government’s abuse of children on the border.

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Origin of Strawberries

She sat down, but the longer she waited the stronger became her desire for her husband, and at last she gathered a bunch of the finest berries and started back along the path to give them to him. He met her kindly and they went home together.

July 6, 2019 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: It Was the Summer After the Summer of Love

it’s the first time in my life
that I’ve ever had an image
or maybe it just an idea
(which was still bad enough)
of my parents doing it,
having sex, grabbing each other

July 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

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