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Elizabeth West: Living Like It Matters — Silver Linings in the Very Dark Cloud of Climate Catastrophe

Death offers wise and consoling advice if you have the courage to listen. We actually do not have all the time in the world, so I am going to be … Continue reading

February 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Zoltán Böszörmény: The Wind

(A szél) Asks me if I lied, then bored, pushes me aside, a lonesome moon lights up the sky. I watch it motionless, it wounds me, I confess, it melts … Continue reading

February 8, 2019 · 1 Comment

Bailey Williams: Oscar Grant Was Shot by Police 10 Years Ago. Now His Family Is Helping Others to Heal

The United States has the highest number of police killings than any other industrialized country. In 2018, nearly 1,000 people were killed by police, according to The Washington Post. Of those killed, 38 were unarmed.

February 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Doug Anderson: Only the hard things remain

Only the hard things remain. That bucket with the bottom rusted out won’t do. That old horse will – see how he still runs toward the barn when he hears … Continue reading

February 7, 2019 · 3 Comments

Bob Lord: Black America’s Vanishing Wealth Is Bad For All Americans

The racial wealth divide gives billionaires more power over all of us. The answer? Reparations.

February 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Romero: To You, Martin

. When I saw you on film tonight I remembered the dream I had when I was mourning you You were rolling A bolt of cloth at an altar Thump … Continue reading

February 6, 2019 · 1 Comment

Before Venezuela: The long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro accuses the United States of trying to orchestrate a coup against him, and that allegation has resonance among many in a region where Washington has a … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · 1 Comment

Chard DeNiord: In my Unknowing

Oh taste and see. –Psalm 34, 8 . I was driving through the fields of Heaven when I realized I was still on Earth, because Earth was all I had … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · Leave a comment

Les Leopold: Beware the Moderate Democrat

Moderates are united by their unwillingness to take on Wall Street. And because of that unwillingness, they are unable to confront the defining problem of our era—runaway inequality.

February 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lauren Camp: Exposure

After Ansel Adams’ “Moonrise Over Hernandez, New Mexico 1941″

February 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: How do you raise a black child? A poem by Cortney Lamar Charleston

A poem by Cortney Lamar Charleston — presented as a film directed by Seyi Peter Thomas of Station Film. HOW DO YOU RAISE A BLACK CHILD? From the dead. With pallbearers … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Peter Schireson: Cauliflower Soup

  I try and get it right,  how she loves the cauliflower soup  in that little Italian place uptown  with dark red walls and the grumpy old maitre d’  with … Continue reading

February 2, 2019 · 1 Comment

Thomas Campbell, MD: A Plant-Based Doctor’s Take on Choosing a Plant-Based Milk

There is a proliferating variety of plant-based milks available. Sorry, dairy industry – I’m going to go ahead and use the word “milk”. I commonly get asked about which plant-based … Continue reading

February 2, 2019 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: An Affront To Justice

Amidst our grim, slow slide into a police state where almost no one is safe comes a new report showing ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants at courthouses in New York state have … Continue reading

February 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

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