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Henry Giroux: Trump’s fascist efforts to demolish democracy

Fascist politics is once again on the rise in the United States, Europe and Latin America.  As an echo from the past, its principles and attitudes are re-emerging in a populist … Continue reading

December 2, 2018 · 3 Comments

Joan E. Bauer: Dramatic Monologue — Joseph Brodsky

We tap dance down the highway. There’s an exit. Who made me a pharoah? Dare I gesture — or reach for a cigarette?   Shouldn’t I be on the banks … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Tough

. An immigrant mother and her daughter finally explore the things they had left unsaid. Born in the UK to a Chinese mother whose parents were targeted by the state … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Bernice Yeung: The Women #MeToo Leaves Behind

Another day, another startling story about sexual harassment, or worse. The reality is that every day, about 50 people experience extreme sexual harassment when they are sexually assaulted or raped on the … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Days and Nights in the City Where I First Opened My Eyes

My mother worked nights at home, daytime too, in the house, at the sewing machine, making dresses for women who could afford to have dresses made for them. We bought … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mary Swander: Hunger Among the Amber Fields of Grain

“Over 80 percent of our school children here in Storm Lake, Iowa, are in danger of going hungry,” the director of a Food Insecurity Summit tells me. “They eat breakfast … Continue reading

November 11, 2017 · 3 Comments

Philip Terman: My Russian-Jewish Grandparents and The Birth Parents of Our Chinese Child Meet at a Café and Discuss My Child’s Future

Schmu-el and Malka and our child’s Chinese birth parents are sipping tea at a café somewhere between the Pale Settlement of Russia and central-rural China.   They speak in signs … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

Richard St. John: Maria’s Song

An old story: the girl was pregnant, had spent the night on the streets of Washington.  It looked like she’d come for a green card, or maybe to get warm … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Angele Ellis: If We Live

For John Reoli   to be of arab descent is a practice of disassociation, you write. I read dislocation, wrenched identity. Hanging limply from sorrow’s shoulder. You write, i guess … Continue reading

May 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Majid Naficy: To Mexican Immigrants

That weekend, on Fourth Street Where the No. One meets the Nine, It was only I Who brought the two lines together. The line going downtown Carried sleepy immigrant men … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Erik Rosen: Leaving Brooklyn

Camphor apartments, creaky stairs and cockroaches, shaky elevators that smelled of cigars and sweat, parking lots with breaking waves of shattered glass, Playboys stacked in hidden stashes on rooftops, small … Continue reading

November 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

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