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Abby Zimet: People Have The Power

For a break from the madness and slime, here’s ever-cool Patti Smith joining the fabulous Choir! Choir! Choir! who transform crowds of strangers into a joyful, impromptu, powerful community in the name of “leveraging music as a global language.”

September 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

Naureen Shah: DHS is Locking Immigrants in Solitary Confinement

Government documents detail 8,488 cases of solitary confinement. In half the cases, solitary lasted longer than 15 days — the point at which some of its psychological harms may become irreversible and it can amount to torture.

May 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Feffer — World to Refugees: Go to Hell

Over 22.5 million people have been forced to flee their countries. Last year, less than 200,000 were resettled. It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage … Continue reading

July 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Karen J. Greenberg: A Children’s Gitmo on the Border

Heartless America’s Latest Nightmare By the time Donald J. Trump threw in the towel, who among us hadn’t seen or heard the chilling videos in which U.S. border officials shamelessly … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

Pamela Uschuk: Three Poems About Borders

. CRACKING 100 Near the border, preschoolers worry about butterflies. How can they fly over the wall?  Fifty feet tall, thick steel plates would sear delicate wings.  And, lizards, Miss, … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

Dr. Eva-Maria Simms: Under International Law, Children Have The Right To Be With Their Families

Over the past weeks, we have seen horrific pictures of children separated from their parents and detained in tents and holding pens. Politicians justify this by claiming that they are enforcing … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · 4 Comments

Kristofer Collins: Asylum

for Kenneth Patchen   When the sky opens up I hurry for the bus shelter hoping for some kind of asylum. I’ve nowhere to be and today I just want … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

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