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Chris Winters: How This Year’s Struggles Set Us Up for a Bold, Hopeful 2019

Our fragile democracy needs the will of the people to protect it, but the events of 2018 prove that Americans are up to the challenge. Those of us constantly assessing … Continue reading

December 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

Medea Benjamin: 10 Good Things About 2018

Yes, you could say I’m trying to put lipstick on a pig. 2018 was a year of whiplash, a never-ending series of assaults on our environment, immigrants, people of color, … Continue reading

December 30, 2018 · 1 Comment

Claude McKay: America

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth, Stealing my breath of life, I will confess I love this cultured hell that tests … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Democracy Dies Without You

Everything that lives needs sustenance.  Every rose. Every child. Without sustenance, life perishes. Democracy is a living thing because it embodies the vibrant, shining hopes and dreams of the people.  Democracy is … Continue reading

November 6, 2018 · 3 Comments

Naomi Shihab Nye: United

When sleepless, it’s helpful to meditate on mottoes of the states. South Carolina, “While I breathe I hope.”  Perhaps this could be the new flag on the empty flagpole. Or … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · 6 Comments

Daniel S. Goldman: Robert Mueller Is on the Ballot This Year, Too

The midterms are about control of Congress — it will determine the future of the special counsel’s investigation, especially who will run it after Sessions and Rosenstein. With the election … Continue reading

November 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: This Is An Invasion of Our Country

No, not these spent and sweet-faced kids asleep on a floor in God knows where, having trudged for days with their families and thousands of bedraggled others seeking safety and … Continue reading

November 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: The White House Desperately Wants this Election to be ‘Us’ Vs. ‘Them’

As the midterms approach, the administration is ratcheting up its attacks on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, native-born Christian. In the days leading up to the election, the news … Continue reading

November 3, 2018 · 2 Comments

Christine Rhein: Before the Election

The window was open just enough to let in the cool night air. September— like always—the two of us talking, in bed, about the garden, a late flood of tomatoes, … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 2 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: The Republican Party is a Criminal Enterprise

The Republican Party and allied organizations are guilty of engaging in a lengthy and widespread conspiracy to deny the right to vote to millions of American citizens – low income, … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · 3 Comments

John Nichols: Evolution or Death

The 2018 midterm elections are a battle for the souls of both parties. President Donald Trump keeps signaling his determination to remake the Republican Party in the image of Steve … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Nothing Else Matters

Dear Friends of the Republic: These are the times that try our souls. Right now, in this United States of America, there must be one goal and one goal only: … Continue reading

October 2, 2018 · 7 Comments

Abby Zimet: When you’re such a weasel, even your own siblings can’t stand to see you elected

. Between contemplating the sorry spectacle of world leaders laughing out loud at Dear Clown Leader and awaiting the latest Kavanaugh implosion of scandal and lies – best headline goes … Continue reading

September 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: Why I’m Betting on Millennials, This November 6th

In my thirty-five years of teaching college students, I’ve not encountered a generation as dedicated to making the nation better as this one. Millennials (and their younger siblings, generation Z’s) … Continue reading

September 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

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