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Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: Entertaining Strangers

Come to my hospitality table– I will feed you from every pot I will allow you to wear my clothes, my blue kimono, my black hat.   I will call … Continue reading

July 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

Brett Wilkins: What Have We Become? What We Have Always Been.

We are a nation that has, since its earliest days, stolen children from their parents. . Such was the case with the more than 100,000 Japanese men, women and children, … Continue reading

June 23, 2018 · 2 Comments

Lornet Turnbull: Two-thirds of Americans live in the “Constitution-Free Zone”

In Hartford, Vermont, last year, U.S. Border Patrol agents boarded a Greyhound bus as it arrived from Boston, asking passengers about their citizenship and checking the IDs of people of … Continue reading

April 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: And the Green Card Moon Shines Brightly Over the Beautiful Black Ocean

That weekend started off with another encounter with the woman who always tailgates me when I’m trying to stay somewhat close to the school zone speed limit. I’d just dropped … Continue reading

March 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Becoming Stable Geniuses

Seeking New (and Very Old) Habits for a New Year A little over a year ago I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: On Genealogical Glass Houses

. The Racist-In-Chief continues to spout his pitiless rhetoric on immigration – aka don’t want no more brown-skinned people in my wannabe chaste white kingdom – even appropriating the memory … Continue reading

January 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Oliver Willis: White House adviser loses his mind, attacks Statue of Liberty

The Trump White House again demonstrated how out of touch their views are of America, as senior adviser Stephen Miller launched into a defense of harsh immigration policies by attacking … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Angele Ellis: Kashishi

For Raff Ellis How many generations have we been peddlers of notions, our ribbons of battle fluttering from kashishi – livelihood out of suitcases – from packs, from the karra … Continue reading

May 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

Marc Jampole: Trump’s War On Us

Trump’s war on immigrants comes home. Guess what? It’s part of a larger war on our economy and our values. The other day I was at a friend’s house when … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Dr. Seuss: Political Cartoons

Little-known editorial cartoons by Dr. Seuss re-emerged recently, as critics of President Donald Trump’s order on immigration drew parallels between the author’s warnings seventy years ago and America’s current political … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

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