Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Joan E. Bauer: Progress Street

For Halloween in 1960, I dressed as an election booth festooned with Kennedy stickers & buttons.   If you’re a woman over 60 & someone says ‘coat hanger,’ you don’t … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

Gerald Fleming: To My Student Kenny, Before the Inauguration of Donald Trump

Who will speak these days, if not I, if not you?             —Muriel Rukeyser . November 9, 2016  Mr. Fleming,  I can’t believe what happened last night. I am shocked, … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Daniel R. Cobb: Don’t Lie Down

There will always be bigots who insist on denying the rights of others not like them, and those driven by greed who only want to take, to consume and devour … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Tashi Nyima: Rage and Outrage

Some well-intentioned persons believe that rage and outrage are necessary for beneficial activism. However, all variations of anger, while making us feel “sharp”, actually dull the mind and make us … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Chris Hedges: The Real Enemy is Within

If you are not dedicated to the destruction of empire and the dismantling of American militarism, then you cannot count yourself as a member of the left. It is not … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 1 Comment

Chris Hedges: Evoking the Wrath of Nature

MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H.—The wind on the peak of Mount Washington—the East Coast’s highest point, where some of the most erratic and treacherous weather in the world occurs—reached 60 miles an … Continue reading

August 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Shifting Our Energy

“Hey, want to get arrested with me next weekend?” she casually asks over a latte. “No,” I answer without hesitation, surprising even myself with the alacrity of my decision. My … Continue reading

August 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Nadia Prupis: Montana Oil Train Derailment Renews Call for Ban on Crude-By-Rail

Communities in northern Montana on Friday continued to grapple with the aftermath of an oil train derailment, which saw 21 of 106 train cars split off the track Thursday night, … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

George Yancy and Peter Singer: On Racism, Animal Rights, and Human Rights

George Yancy: You have popularized the concept of speciesism, which, I believe was first used by the animal activist Richard Ryder. Briefly, define that term and how do you see … Continue reading

June 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Pope Francis: On Our Common Home (a selection of passages from the Encyclical)

Our Relationship with the Earth Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: Go in Ferocious

Go in ferocious. make the eye contact. make the eye contact and tell every sister you see that you Love her. say.i love you. find every embrace and meet it … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Lauren McCauley: Raging Grannies Arrested for Protecting Arctic from Oil Drillers

A fearless band of grannies faced down police officers and semi-trucks early Tuesday as they led a direct action blockading the entrances to the Seattle Port terminal where the Shell … Continue reading

June 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wenonah Hauter: EPA’s Fracking Study, Explained

Don’t be fooled. Headlines in the New York Times and other news media about the EPA’s long-awaited study on the impacts of fracking on drinking water are another tragic case … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

George Yancy and Molefi Kete Asante: Why Afrocentricity?

. Molefi Kete Asante, a professor of African-American studies at Temple University, is known for his pioneering work in the area of Afrocentricity. He is the author of more than … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · Leave a comment