Guest Blog

The Responsibility of the Writer

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By Octaviano Merecias (June 26, 2019) The responsibility of the writer Is to measure the rising poison into our soul by reminding us of our numbness of distraction into the apathy of oblivion as the dissolving heart of our neighbor lingers in our pupils Is to face evil with a piece of pen and ink as mighty weapons And biting…
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No More Concentration Camps: A Movement Beginning

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By Joseph Orosco (June 25, 2019) Many people have responded in the last week to Arun Gupta’s call for a movement to end the mass detention of immigrants at the US/Mexico Border.  He has created a Facebook social media presence to coordinate efforts: https://www.facebook.com/NoConcCamps/ He adds the following: “Hey Folks, I know many of you are eager to get involved…
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We Need a March on the Concentration Camps

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By Arun Gupta (June 19, 2019) We need a massive march on the border, tens of thousands who will peacefully, nonviolently disrupt the machinery of ethnic cleansing, to give aid to migrants, to witness and record the concentration camps, the killings, the torture, the ethnic cleansing. The Left is good at mobilizing in large-scale protest: the anti-globalization movement, the anti-Iraq…
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Keeping the Faith: Compassion, Understanding, and the Future of the Left

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By Arun Gupta (May 21, 2019) I am hearing a lot of despair lately, so I would like to share this story with you. In the early 1990s, when I was international news editor at The Guardian Newsweekly, we hired a bookkeeper named Frances. Being a political newspaper run by the staff, our interviews were a mix of questions about…
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Black Women and Choice in Alabama

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By Teka Lark (May 17, 2019) My mother said when she was pregnant with me the doctor asked her if she wanted an abortion. My mother was married, a housewife, had no other children, and owned a home with my father, but still that was the first question that the doctor asked when she went to the doctor to confirm…
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Open Letter to the White Male Legislators in Alabama and Georgia

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By Sonia Gutierrez (May 15, 2019) Dear White Guy, You Don’t Own My Body I had a miscarriage. At the clinic, the doctor told me I had a blighted ovum and said she was sorry. According to her, I would have to go to the hospital for a procedure—if nature didn’t take its course. Well, I didn’t want that and…
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Cersei is Far More Than a Raging Mother

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By Theresa Hogue (May 14, 2019) There are plenty of valid criticisms floating about regarding Game of Thrones’ brutal penultimate episode, many of which focus on the unexpected and frankly wild veering that many beloved characters do from the path the writers had previously put them on. Whether it’s Jaime’s sudden crash from his redemption arc with Brienne to Dany’s…
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Thank the Chicago Anarchists for Creating a Better World for Everyone

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By Paul Messersmith-Glavin (May 1, 2019) If you like the idea of only working an eight-hour day, as opposed to say, twelve, thank an anarchist. This first of May – May Day – represents the day people around the world, for over a hundred years, celebrate and renew the commitment of anarchist organizers in Chicago in the 1800s to making…
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