Vox Populi

Vox Populi: A Public Sphere for Politics and Poetry

Libero Della Piana: When Protests Are Powerful, The Powerful Punish Protest

We are likely to see more State laws aimed at curbing protest. But we are going to see a lot more protest too. It’s our only option. When people feel … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese: A Failing Empire

The United States is a failing empire: the domestic economy has fallen to a level equivalent to a developing nation for most of us while the stock markets, especially for weapons-makers, are … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Nika Knight: Joan Baez Goes Viral With ‘Nasty Man,’ a Protest Song for the Trump Era

“Here’s a little song/about a man gone wrong/while building up his evil empire.” . Email subscribers may click on the title of this post to watch the video. Joan Baez, … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

UN: Americans’ Right to Protest is in Grave Danger Under Trump

At least 19 U.S. states have introduced bills that attack the right to protest since Donald Trump’s election as president, an “alarming and undemocratic” trend, U.N. human rights investigators said … Continue reading

April 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Saul Alinsky’s 13 strategies to take your community back from Trump

Saul Alinsky (1909 – 1972) is generally considered to be the founder of modern American community organizing. Alinsky focused on improving the living conditions of poor communities across America, especially the … Continue reading

February 25, 2017 · 4 Comments

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