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Bernie Sanders: We Must Act With Unprecedented Boldness to Meet These Historical Crises

The job of Congress now is to listen to the American people, move our country boldly forward on a path to economic success and show voters that Democrats are prepared to do everything possible to improve their lives.

January 22, 2021 · 5 Comments

Kenny Stancil: Janet Yellen Bolsters Demand for Biden to Enact Bold FDR-Style Agenda

During her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen endorsed progressives’ demand for Biden to pursue a bold and egalitarian relief, recovery, and reform program.

January 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

Lyndsey Stonebridge: The plague novel you need to read is by Bachmann, not Camus

What does it mean to live in the plague – every day, across generations and without an exit strategy?

January 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

Neil M. Maher: Biden Needs to Go Big to Rebuild America

The Biden administration should take a page from FDR’s playbook and immediately create a new and improved CCC. The majority of Americans support such a move…

December 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Linda Parsons: Visitations

Everything seems to glow richer before first frost, a last hurrah before the ghostly breath passes over.

December 22, 2020 · 11 Comments

Rachel Hadas: February 29, 2020

An extra day, an ordinary day,
predictable even in being extraordinary –
a bonus day in the old dispensation
we couldn’t guess was close to termination.
When did we start to sense the great subtraction?

December 14, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: 2020 unmasked the truth about ‘all lives matter’

This is the year when we really learned that not even white lives matter to most white people.

December 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Nicole S Maskiell: Cicely was young, Black and enslaved – her death during an epidemic in 1714 has lessons that resonate in today’s pandemic

What may be the oldest surviving gravestone for a Black person in the Americas memorializes an enslaved teenager named Cicely.

December 3, 2020 · 5 Comments

Brett Wilkins: US Food Banks Struggle as 1 in 6 Families With Children Don’t Have Enough to Eat

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), said that “Congress has the power to address this crisis,” and asked, “Why aren’t we doing it?”

November 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

Rachel Hadas: Shopping Upstairs

Terror, stasis, glints of hope.
Ghosts of evils that came before,
plague and depression, civil war,
take on new life. So here we are.

November 23, 2020 · 1 Comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Fighting the Pandemic Can’t Wait for Inauguration Day

A nation could not have been more poorly positioned to fight COVID-19 than by the Trump administration.

November 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Kenny Stancil: Covid-19 Soars to New Heights as Trump Sabotages Transition

We’re in an unbelievably dangerous moment with coronavirus where the full weight of government at all levels needs to be focused on saving lives, and instead Donald Trump is trying a ham-fisted theft of the election.

November 13, 2020 · 1 Comment

Tom Engelhardt: State of Chaos

Do I sound extreme? I damn well hope so. We’re in a gridlocked, post-election moment of previously unimaginable extremity in an increasingly over-armed, ever more divided country…

November 11, 2020 · 5 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: In a Looking-Glass World, Our Work Is Just Beginning

For the last four years, Donald Trump has made war on the people of this country and indeed on the people of the entire world.

November 6, 2020 · 1 Comment

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