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Valerie Bacharach: Night, Descending

Night explodes in fractures of shining glass.
Sidewalks hold storefront fragments,
deadly crystals glitter,
almost beautiful with still-red blood.

November 9, 2022 · 4 Comments

Daniel Burston: The Boston Mapping Project | A Critique

Are Zionism and feminism incompatible? Many on the Left today think so.

July 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jon Queally: Buffalo Gunman’s Racism Directly Tied to Mainstreaming of White Nationalism

White nationalism is the greatest threat to our nation’s security and we must hold everyone who spreads this hate accountable before anyone else is harmed.

May 16, 2022 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: If the State of the World Makes You Want to Scream, You’re Not Alone

We must face the weight of such social evils and be prepared to also face the ways in which we are complicit with them, especially when we are often indifferent.

April 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Valerie Bacharach: The Synagogue

Someone enters the sanctuary, picks up the chair
thrown by the Rabbi,
places it gently with the others, a straight row
waiting for bodies.

January 27, 2022 · 5 Comments

Gail Langstroth | Running: Christchurch / Pittsburgh

—we know
hate-bullets halt
prayer, unleash grief/
death

October 27, 2021 · 1 Comment

Daniel Burston: Remembering the Tree of Life Massacre

Robert Bowers was convinced that the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, which met regularly at the Tree of Life that day, was taking money from Jewish liberals to bring refugees in the United States to destroy America.

October 27, 2021 · 4 Comments

Daniel Burston: Anti-Semitism on the Left

Many Left wing activists disparage the majority of American Jews, saying that we enjoy all the perks of White privilege, and therefore seek to “uphold”, rather than to oppose or dismantle White Supremacy; the very thing far-Right activists insist that we are secretly intent on destroying.

March 1, 2020 · 4 Comments

Emma Parker: This young woman created 784 paintings while hiding from the Nazis

Together these sequential images tell a family history, focussing on a central character called Charlotte Kann, a semi-autobiographical version of Salomon herself. They document Charlotte’s development as an artist, her struggles against madness and her first love affair, all painted against a backdrop of increasingly violent Nazi rule.

January 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Baruch November: St. Louis Park, M.N.

they would ask how it felt
“to be a kike, to taste a baby’s
blood, to kill a savior?”

January 7, 2020 · Leave a comment

Southern Poverty Law Center: Hate Map

Each year since 1990, the SPLC has published an annual census of hate groups operating within the United States. The number is a barometer, albeit only one, of the level of hate activity in the country.

March 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: We Know What Hate Looks Like — Standing With Ilhan

Amidst the ongoing, breathtaking hypocrisy of rabid charges of anti-Semitism – aka daring to criticize America’s toxic complicity with Israeli war crimes – heedlessly leveled against her, often from down-and-dirty bigots, Ilhan Omar is all done apologizing.

March 7, 2019 · 1 Comment

Jordan Goldwarg, Aneela Afzali: Progressives Must Stop Weaponizing Charges of Anti-Semitism Against Critics of Israel

We need to accept in our American political discourse that anti-Zionism does not equate to anti-Semitism. When we fail to do this and instead conflate the two, the American Jewish community becomes less safe.

March 1, 2019 · Leave a 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

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