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Mel Packer: A History of Deadly Meddling

In this essay, we hear a first-hand account from Mel Packer who was one of the Americans who visited Iran during the hostage crisis of 1980.

February 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

Michael Simms: Here are the most popular Vox Populi posts of 2019

In 2019 Vox Populi published 751 posts, usually two per day, resulting in over 8 million views. Here is a list of our most popular posts in 2019 listed by category: poetry, personal essays, political articles, and art/music/cinema.

December 26, 2019 · 6 Comments

Mel Packer: Big Rock Vacation

  We drank cold homemade limoncello In the swirling water of the hot tub on the porch And we didn’t worry about anyone seeing us Naked.   Later, we made … Continue reading

March 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Mel Packer: Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Feb. 13 and 14 were “Global Divestment Days” devoted to the international movement calling for governments, universities and financial and religious institutions to divest from fossil fuels. In Pittsburgh, college students … Continue reading

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Martin Luther King’s Radical Legacy

Now, some might say, “Radical?, King was no radical!” And, in fact, the image all too often projected in our children’s classrooms and in the mass media on MLK Day … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Mel Packer: Expendable Workers

The number of people seen as “expendable” by those in charge of our world is growing dramatically. Once, in an industrial era, the wealthy needed two-legged mules (read human laborers) … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Yes, my nation is guilty of torture…

Yes, my nation is guilty of torture, of murder, of discrimination, guilty of waging wars to make campaign donors even richer, guilty of many crimes that I was told in … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: Fighting the Frackers

On Nov 4, 2014, the town of Denton, TX, with 123,000 residents, situated in the middle of the Barnett Shale formation and one of the most heavily fracked areas of … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: We Seek Justice

Welcoming remarks to the Great Climate March in Butler, PA October 11, 2014, and Pittsburgh, PA October 14, 2014. We are gathered here to welcome the marchers to Pittsburgh, which … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Is It Time To Be Outlaws Again?

Only large-scale civil disobedience will make our leaders address economic injustice. In 1989, Bob Dylan recorded a song titled “Everything Is Broken”. That song seemed to go largely ignored, perhaps … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Mel Packer: Why Bombing Iraq Again is a Terrible Idea

If I see a wounded animal by the side of the road with vultures cautiously approaching it and others circling overhead, should I swerve onto the shoulder and deliberately run … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

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