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Lisa Mullenneaux: The Raft of the Medusa

Today when newspapers carry daily reports of migrants drowning in capsized vessels, Géricault’s achievement, The Raft of the Medusa (1819), is the perfect metaphor for human refuse pushed aside and ignored by the state.

September 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

Philip Terman: On the Way to Get Chicken Wings We Listen to a Podcast About a Somalian Struggling to Come to America

Most of the others have turned themselves in.
But Abdi is in the basement with his brother.

July 9, 2020 · 6 Comments

Karen J. Greenberg: While Rome Burns, Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted

In unsettling ways, the crisis is working for him as previously untenable policy options are becoming essential to curtailing the coronavirus.

April 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Lornet Turnbull: What Happens When a Person Is Deported?

A new guide provides resources to help those being returned to their countries of origin.

February 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Three stories: People fight the system and win

A farmer prevails against Monsanto in court. Refugees find ingenious ways to scale Trump’s wall. And 100 cities around the world provide free public transportation everyday for everyone.

February 19, 2020 · Leave a comment

Warsan Shire: Home

no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark

December 21, 2019 · 4 Comments

Regina Schwartz: Immigration | “Loving Justice”

When we fail to respond humanely to refugees, we not only deny their vulnerability, we also deny our own.

November 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: The Cruelty is the Point

Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people – by the sick demons running our country.

September 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

Harry Blain: American Concentration Camps

When human beings are framed as a national security threat, barbed wire is the next logical step. But unlike during the Japanese internment, today there’s high-level political resistance.

July 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Warsan Shire — Young Poet Laureate for London 2013-14

In her personal London Story, the latest of her commissions as part of her role as Young Poet Laureate for London, Warsan Shire uses the city as the backdrop for an exploration of her feelings of falling in love.

July 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Ugly

but God,
doesn’t she wear
the world well.

June 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: To Tell You the Story

Yannis Behrakis, one of the world’s most respected photographers who chronicled with empathy “the best and the worst of humankind” in global conflicts and crises, has died of cancer at 58. Born … Continue reading

March 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Lornet Turnbull: Grandmothers Bring Food and Comfort to Asylum Seekers at Bus Stations

Each day at Greyhound stations across the nation, families released from detention and traveling to sponsors’ homes find grandmotherly help. Every morning, Bonita Amaro and her sister Yolanda Sanchez arrive … Continue reading

December 25, 2018 · 2 Comments

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