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Paul Christensen: The Testament of Winter

The wind last night was fierce and numbingly cold. It moved like a carving knife through the remaining remnants of summer, easing away the reluctant last memories we have of the warm and sunny past.

November 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tracey L. Rogers: Black Voters Saved Our Democracy

Black voters waited in 10-hour lines to show up for Joe Biden. Now Biden needs to return the favor.

November 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sharon Austin: A record number of women will serve in the 117th Congress, including at least 51 women of color

Women will be at least 27% of the House and 24% of the Senate. Women make up 50.52% of the U.S. population.

November 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: State of Chaos

Do I sound extreme? I damn well hope so. We’re in a gridlocked, post-election moment of previously unimaginable extremity in an increasingly over-armed, ever more divided country…

November 11, 2020 · 5 Comments

Video: What if a presidential candidate refuses to concede after an election? | Van Jones

Lawyer and political commentator, Van Jones exposes shocking legal loopholes that could enable a candidate to grab power even if they lose both the popular vote and the electoral college — and shares what ordinary citizens can do if there’s no peaceful transfer of power.

November 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: Still Here, Just Barely

We are spent, bereft, uneasy, deeply sorrowful to see exposed a country so broken, its myths so grievously extinquished, that almost half its heedless people would still, defying reason and decency, vote for an evil clown who’s so utterly failed us – that they’d look at the lies, crimes, cruelty, vengefulness, ineptitude, homicidal indifference, and decide they like it, and want four more years of it.

November 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Paul Christensen: Election Terrors

No one seems to know what to think or how to feel right now. The stress is building and the threats to this election are so poisonous, it makes you quiver with fear.

November 4, 2020 · 6 Comments

Kolina Koltai: How to be a good digital citizen during the election – and its aftermath

U.S. intelligence services have reported that the Russian government is orchestrating disinformation campaigns aimed at the U.S. elections and pandemic response, but the biggest source of disinformation, according to studies, is the president himself.

November 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lu Aya: Poems to get out the vote

In times of unprecedented destruction, these poems encourage all people to get out the vote as an act of love.

November 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Beyond Our Control

It was summer almost half a century ago when I got into that Volkswagen van and began my trip across country with Peter, a photographer friend. I was officially doing so as a reporter for a small San Francisco news service, having been sent out to tap the mood of the nation in a politically fraught moment.

November 2, 2020 · 3 Comments

David D. Daniels III: Black Church has been getting ‘souls to the polls’ for more than 60 years

To King and other civil rights leaders, the Black Church was a key institution within the pro-democracy movement.

November 1, 2020 · 2 Comments

Gail Langstroth: How to Fill-out your Mail-in Ballot

And I Saw. The Lamb opens one of the seven seals
and I hear one of the four animals with
a thunderous voice cry

October 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Video: The Day Democracy Died

No, don’t let democracy die
He’s a famous ignoramus
Can’t tell truth from a lie

October 24, 2020 · 1 Comment

Donald Trump: MAGA Sonnets

…you’re lucky I’m your president.
You’re so lucky. You’re so lucky, I always tell our great
First Lady, Darling, you’re so lucky.

October 24, 2020 · 7 Comments

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