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Rebecca Gordon: I Had an Abortion and Now I’m Not Ashamed

At this moment in the age of Trump, it’s long past time for people like me to go public about our abortions. Efforts to deny women abortion access (not to mention contraception) have only accelerated as the president seeks to appease his right-wing Christian supporters.

July 21, 2019 · 4 Comments

George Yancy: #IAmSexist

Men, listen up. In light of a year of disturbing revelations from the #MeToo movement and from last month’s profoundly troubling Brett Kavanaugh hearings and his eventual confirmation to the … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Sodden

About the Kavanaugh hearings…   Awash, amuck in gunk and mud, the slogging bile of the rain Doused and logged, the watered tier of dying garden suddenly slippery, sopping, drenched. … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On Zinn and An Aroused Citizenry

A member of Code Pink protests as US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ellen McGrath Smith: I want to put on a show like a Congressman

Dogs in the dog park, fighting pretty nice until someone unleashes their alpha, and the humans rush in to do the rough equivalent of calling their elected representatives, pulling their … Continue reading

October 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Winship: Brett Kavanaugh, the All-American Privileged Boy

His was not a judicial temperament. It was the unhinged ranting of a right-wing ideologue who should not be allowed to serve as an associate justice of SCOTUS. Thursday’s Senate … Continue reading

October 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Yolanda Parker: I grew up in the segregated South. For me, Supreme Court rulings are personal.

I fear a return to a time when our rights were considered secondary, if at all. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a history of interpreting the law in a way … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jill Richardson: Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault

When Christine Blasey Ford came forward to report that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her in 1982, you could cue the response: Why didn’t she speak … Continue reading

September 20, 2018 · 4 Comments

Eileen McCabe: We are all Pro-Choice

Who among us can say that we know another person’s challenges and conscience, and that we can judge for her? On July 9, 2018,  President Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh as … Continue reading

July 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

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