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Mehnaaz Mome: The Missing Piece in the Gun Violence Discourse — The Porous Border Between Republic and Empire

It may not be a coincidence that the rise in the killings of unarmed civilians thrives at a time when America remains engaged in a multitude of wars, some visible, … Continue reading

December 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert C. Koehler: Gunfire and Wildfire — The New Abnormal

This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways. Thousand Oaks, California: a city torn apart by wildfire and gunfire. Both are unnatural disasters. “This is the new … Continue reading

November 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Belle Chesler: Students as Teachers

Facing the World Adults Are Wrecking During the first week of May 1963, more than 800 African-American students walked out of their classrooms and into the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, … Continue reading

April 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Still Following the Money

. The woke kids are still at it. Days before a planned National School Walkout to mark the anniversary of the Columbine shootings, Parkland survivor and firebrand David Hogg has … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Frida Berrigan: Growing Up With the Threat of Pervasive Violence

The Weaponization of Everyday Life Guns. In a country with more than 300 million of them, a country that’s recently been swept up in a round of protests over the … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Nora Biette-Timmons and James Burnett: The Parkland Kids’ Gun Reform Platform, Explained

In an online petition, and in testimony by one of their leaders to a shadow congressional hearing organized by Democrats in Washington, the Stoneman Douglas students galvanizing the new teen movement against gun … Continue reading

March 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Zenobia Jeffries: The Racist Origin of the Second Amendment and the Rise of Black Gun Ownership

Many people of color are faced with uneasy support for a civil right that began as a way to oppress them.  . Siwatu-Salama Ra, 26, will likely spend the next … Continue reading

March 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Steven Singer: Reasons People Hate, Hate, HATE Betsy DeVos

Lesley Stahl: Why have you become, people say, the most hated Cabinet secretary? Education Sec. Betsy DeVos: I’m not sure exactly how that happened… I’m more misunderstood than anything. . … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Belle Chesler: High School Students — The Canaries in the Coal Mine of American Disaster

“It was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter.” — Emma Gonzalez, Senior, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Over the past three weeks, … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: With a Rod of Iron

AR-15-Toting So-Called Churchgoers Renew Their Commitment To the Blood-Soaked Lunacy of Our Nation Amen. “Church” “Leaders.” Reuters Photo . At This Point Why Not Dept: Amidst the fiery debate about … Continue reading

March 9, 2018 · 4 Comments

Robert Reich: The Moral Movement Against Violence

Join the Ku Klux Klan and get 10 percent off on your next Fed Ex shipment! Okay, the National Rifle Association isn’t quite the Klan. But it’s getting closer. For … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Randall Amster: Young America

Perhaps we will someday look back on this time in a manner similar to how Gandhi saw India a century ago, on the cusp of a mass mobilization aimed at … Continue reading

February 23, 2018 · 1 Comment

Christian Christensen: Are Dead Children The Price of Freedom?

The most common question asked on this side of the Atlantic is: “Why can’t they see what these weapons are doing to their country?” There is a sickness eating at … Continue reading

February 19, 2018 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: The Kids Have Had Enough

“The NRA is a terrorist organization.” With evidence growing that prayer will not stop bullets from killing school children, the kids themselves are stepping up to be the grownups in … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

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