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A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature

Joe Kadi | Good Poetry: A Force To Be Reckoned With

As soon as I became an activist, as soon as I connected with Arabs and feminists and queers and folks with disabilities and poor people fighting to re-make the world, poetry demanded my attention.

July 19, 2021 · 2 Comments

Frida Berrigan: Meatball Subs, Not Nuclear Subs

Or How to Deliver 16,128 Hiroshimas

June 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

Alessia Carneval: The history of protest songs in Tunisia and their link to popular culture

In Tunisia, the protest song is called al-ughniya al-multazima in Arabic, or chanson engagée in French. Both literally mean “committed song” and put an emphasis on the political and social aim of this genre.

May 25, 2021 · 1 Comment

Rev. John Dear: Daniel Berrigan and his fearless nonviolence, at 100

Five years since his death and 100 since his birth, legendary priest, author, poet and activist Daniel Berrigan continues to offer wisdom and insight on living a life of creative nonviolence.

May 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Katey Lauer: How to develop movement candidates and win rural governing power


In elections, we are facing setbacks locally and more broadly. A bold new experiment in West Virginia offers lessons for long-term success.

April 13, 2021 · 4 Comments

Sandra Mitchell: To have you listen at all, I have to stop talking

In times like these, to get you to listen,
I must show you how
To grasp history with your hands.


April 7, 2021 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Cornel West | The Whiteness of Harvard and Wall Street Is “Jim Crow, New Style”

We are bluesmen and women and we are never, ever surprised by evil, we are never ever paralyzed by despair.

March 12, 2021 · 5 Comments

Leslie Anne Mcilroy: Be Quiet

The secret police
wore shirts that said “secret police,”
which makes one wonder.

March 1, 2021 · 1 Comment

Michael Simms: The Courage of Teachers

In 1987, students gathered in front of the admin building angry over the corruption of the university’s board. The crowd was getting ugly. I was a young teacher standing to the side, listening to the speeches, watching warily as the crowd grew. Someone shouted Take Over the Administration! and the crowd chanted Take Over! Take over! Take Over! The crowd, now a mob…

February 27, 2021 · 8 Comments

Nick Engelfried: Indigenous-led resistance to Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline threatens Big Oil’s last stand

The nonviolent resistance by Native Americans in Minnesota is likely to be the next massive, sustained direct action campaign in the U.S. climate movement.

January 4, 2021 · 4 Comments

Mike Schneider: Photograph in TIME, 1985

A man in battle camouflage holds a machete
at the throat of a peasant farmer on his knees
genuflecting in a shallow grave he just dug.

December 10, 2020 · 6 Comments

Basav Sev: Paying Politicians to Criminalize Protest

More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony.

December 7, 2020 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Guns, Germs and Smoke

UNITE-HERE! Canvassers take on Trump in Nevada.

October 22, 2020 · 1 Comment

Denise Levertov: The Ache of Marriage

two by two in the ark of
the ache of it

October 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

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