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Audio: The Ballad of Birmingham

At 10:22 a.m. on the morning of September 15, 1963, some 200 church members were in the building—many attending Sunday school classes before the start of the 11 am service—when the bomb detonated on the church’s east side, spraying mortar and bricks from the front of the church and caving in its interior walls.

February 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

Laura Flanders: Is Donald Trump Responsible for Violence? Yes.

Is Donald Trump responsible for unhinged violence against innocent people? Absolutely. You only have to look at Yemen to see that. Since pipe bombs started targeting prominent critics of the … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Little Letter to the Future I

In our time we reckoned our dead in firearms— handguns, rifles, automatic weapons; in much-parsed constitutional clauses; in politicians bought by lobbyists and salesmen. In our time, we objected most … Continue reading

January 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Doug Shields: On The Massacre in Charleston

I am sure someone, a politician, a civic leader, a talking head on the news will be quoted as saying, “This is not who we are as a nation.” That … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tashi Nyima: Rest in Peace

We pray for our Emanuel AME Church Sisters and Brothers The Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41: A state senator and the senior pastor of Emanuel, he was married to Jennifer Benjamin … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

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