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George Monbiot: The Unlearning

Boarding school, a peculiarly British form of abuse, has devastating impacts not only on the boarders, but on those they grow up to dominate.

November 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Kirschner: Jones Beach

He went out. Into the ocean’s black maw. To save. To rescue. Didn’t, as they say, come back. Death is funny like that, precise, dissolute.

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Karen J. Greenberg: No Fairy Tale

The Trump administration has taken a giant step in trying to abolish the very idea of human rights as a part of the country’s identity.

July 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ginger Thompson: A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children

With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it’s like to do his job. “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal.”

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan: Abolish Migrant Child Jails Now

Debating the fate of jailed migrant children is important, but the life-and-death crisis that they have been thrown into demands immediate action.

July 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

A.C. Thompson: Over 200 Allegations of Abuse of Migrant Children; DHS protecting agents from prosecution

A federal judge found the department’s own records disturbing and ordered the names of the accused agents made public. Now, DHS has taken its fight against doing so to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

June 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Adrie Kusserow: Bus Station, Kampala, Uganda

For Willem, age 3 . We are lost. . Holding you tight, the drunks pawing me . as I weave through the stalls sticky with beer and urine . looking … Continue reading

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jay Carson: Luminary

Just in case you think I got screwed up only recently, let me tell you about the fire: My wife in those days was a candle maker as well as … Continue reading

January 1, 2019 · 2 Comments

Claudia Castro Luna: To the Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S — This is my Wish for You

“That your days may soon change, that the love your parents and relatives feel for you glow inside you to give you strength.” Dear Children Seeking Asylum in the U.S., … Continue reading

December 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ashoka Mukpo: ‘When I Saw Her I Felt My Soul Ache’

An Immigrant Father Is Reunited With His Four-Year-Old Daughter After Nearly 10 Months Apart. Caught at the Border On the day last December when Ricardo and his daughter Luna crossed … Continue reading

October 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Sonnet for the 50th Reunion of the Mercy High Class of ’68

Let us make a little list from our lives,  who of us got a little fame and who got a little probation, who of us lived tame and who recalls … Continue reading

October 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Medieval Martha Stewart

. A documentary by Taylor Hawkins. Damaged by childhood abuse, PTSD, and chronic loneliness, Iraq war veteran Josh Brock has turned his anger and sorrow into a personal ethos of … Continue reading

October 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Cross My Heart

  . An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. This film explores the culture … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: Six poems tracing an arc of forgiveness with real world examples

. My brother who is dying of cancer   My brother who is dying of cancer Tells me the time has come To forgive our father because It’s not about … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 29 Comments

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