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Ira Chernus: Who Will Speak Up for My Child, the Drag Queen?

How we treat the most marginal and vulnerable among us determines the quality of life for the rest of us…. A good society takes care of the most vulnerable by assuring their safety…

January 25, 2023 · 10 Comments

Thom Hartmann: This Is the Dying Phase of Reaganism–and It’s Hideous

The question today is whether we as a nation and a people will recover from Reaganism, or if it will, as Reagan promised, destroy the American experiment of pluralistic liberal democracy.

January 18, 2023 · 9 Comments

Maria J. Stephan: Achieving a Multiracial Democracy

King understood that no single approach would be sufficient to combat the interconnected evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism. 

January 16, 2023 · 4 Comments

Steve Fraser: The Trump Supreme Court Is Nothing New

Has the Trump Supreme Court gone rogue? Certainly, its recent judicial blitzkrieg has run roughshod over a century’s worth of settled law.

September 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Bill Blum: Welcome to the New Era of Rightwing Judicial Supremacy

The U.S. Supreme Court has entered a legal fantasy world: advancing a regressive political agenda free from democratic accountability.

August 3, 2022 · 2 Comments

Ruth King: A Journey From Rage to Mindfulness

An approach to examining systems, navigating emotional distress, and increasing social harmony.

March 15, 2022 · 4 Comments

Rev. Dr. William Barber: This Vote That I Have…

We must come together as a coalition powerful enough to end and overcome the suppression and organize the resurrection of fusion politics in the South.

March 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: These Are Not the Best of Times

On the vital, longtime, increasingly bonkers battleground of culture wars that are our schools and our kids and what they can learn, it keeps getting worse. A new report finds … Continue reading

January 28, 2022 · 7 Comments

George Yancy: bell hooks, We Will Always Rage On With You

You see, bell, who left us on December 15, 2021, wasn’t just a public intellectual to me, a prominent writer; she was a friend.

December 22, 2021 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: Slipping Free of the Shame To Say His Name, Now More Than Ever

If he’d been allowed to live his “one wild and precious life,” Sunday July 25 would have been the 80th birthday of Emmett Till, who at 14 was kidnapped, whipped, … Continue reading

July 29, 2021 · 7 Comments

Video: A Concerto Is a Conversation

Featuring intimate cinematography from the Canadian director Ben Proudfoot and a stirring score provided by Kris Bowers himself, the film tracks the musical rhythms of a conversation between loved ones, and across the generations, with grace and heart.

May 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Stacey Abrams | 3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do

Stacey Abrams’s 2018 campaign for governor of Georgia turned more voters than any Democrat in Georgia history, including former President Barack Obama, and invested in critical infrastructure to build progress in the state.

February 5, 2021 · 4 Comments

Kathleen O’Toole: For Such a Time as This

The poet’s ability to inhabit the events, and actors, with King himself center stage, contribute to the power of this collection. Moreover, the questions these poems raise could not be more timely.

January 18, 2021 · 1 Comment

Breanna Draxler: The Power of Inclusive Intergenerational Climate Activism

The energy and intersectionality of youth along with the experience and engagement of elders are putting climate issues at the forefront of the 2020 elections.

September 29, 2020 · 1 Comment

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