Vox Populi

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Gail Ablow: Making Change — Gabe Gonzalez

. When federal agents began cracking down on undocumented immigrants in the Chicago area, Gabe Gonzalez launched a rapid-response network of neighbors to block them. The city of Chicago sued … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Jon Queally: White Supremacists demonstrate at U. of Virginia. Deadly violence ensues.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Saturday as far-right groups and counter-protesters clashed on the streets of Charlottesville. A vehicle plowed through a crowd of peaceful protesters in … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Isaiah J. Poole: On the Road From Protest to Power — A Rising Tide

The millions who gathered in Washington and around the country for the historic Women’s March, one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, made an indisputable statement: Trump may have won the … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

Arlene Weiner: Wordless

My mother’s magazines advised “togetherness,” advertised Simplicity patterns   for matching mother-and-daughter dresses, asked “Can This Marriage Survive?”   I found Popular Science, admired the clear lines and cheerful mien … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Doug Anderson: It Ain’t Over

Some things are over before they’re over. A bad marriage. A bad war. It got so a squad would go out, call in checkpoints as if on the move, sit … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rachel Krantz: An Inconvenient Sequel Doesn’t Talk About Animal Agriculture—and That’s Absurd

When I spotted fellow vegan James Cromwell in line for food at an advance screening of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, I couldn’t help but try to talk to … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Julia Conley: Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ against North Korea

If North Korea makes any more threats to the U.S., “they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before.” — … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Never Again (a tribute to Hiroshima and Nagasaki)

. During the final stage of World War Two, the United States dropped nuclear weapons on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 5 Comments

Patricia Youngblood: Two West Virginia Poems

five hundred mountains   over 500 mountains in Appalachia have been leveled by mountaintop removal mining, more than 1,000 miles of streams poisoned and buried in mine waste . the … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Appalachian Voices: Mountaintop Removal 101

Mountaintop removal is any method of surface coal mining that destroys a mountaintop or ridgeline, whether or not the mined area will be returned to what is legally described as … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Video: As White House Ramps Up Attacks on Free Press, NRA Issues Warning to New York Times

. Conservative commentator tells newspaper, “We’re coming for you.” The National Rifle Association (NRA) drew attention this weekend after its newest ad went viral. The New York Times is the … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Because Even in the Darkest of Days Revolution Is a Movement Towards the Light

On the same day in August 1967 when American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell was killed, my younger brother was born: one bad guy down, one good guy up … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: The Como Mamas “Count Your Blessings”

. Old school Gospel music from the album Come Upstairs by The Como Mamas, produced by Daptone Records. The Como Mamas — Ester Smith Mae, Della Daniels, and Angela Taylor — are three … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jocelyn Frye and Michele L. Jawando: Leveraging the Power of Black Women

On the eve of the 2016 presidential election, pundits and political watchers opined on whether the Obama coalition—the multiracial, multiethnic, cross-class coalition made up of African Americans, Latinos, women, young people, … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · Leave a comment