"Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is that we will sacrifice all the beauty of our lives, will imprison ourselves in totems, taboos, crosses, blood sacrifices, steeples, mosques, races, armies, flags, nations, in … [Read more...]
We will not sit idly by and watch our country be dragged back into the past
For many of us, last week’s election loss was about more than politics and we’re still coming to terms with the fact that millions of our fellow citizens voted for a candidate who is brazenly racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic. Since … [Read more...]
How Will We Prepare for a Potentially Ugly Presidential Campaign?
Back in 2010, during the special election contest between Martha Coakley and Scott Brown, among other election activities, I stood for many hours on street corners with Coakley banners. I and my colleagues, and probably many reading this as … [Read more...]
Lifting the Charter School Cap: A Look at the Numbers
I read this story about a civil rights lawsuit being used as an end-run around the legislature and their increasingly-skeptical constituents to raise the charter school cap. I decided to put my feelings aside and take a hard look at the … [Read more...]
Intertribal Problems Stuck on Stupid
We are going into our fifth month of demonstrations and actions all over the USA about police violence and sanctioned summary judgment. Hearing, reading, seeing the news, it seems as if brutality, terror, and torture are breaking out … [Read more...]
Confronting Inequality on MLK Day & Beyond
Martin Luther King Jr. Day challenges each of us to confront the racial and economic inequality of our time. Geography, income, and race stubbornly and persistently shape opportunities for too many Massachusetts families. The census tract … [Read more...]
The G.O.P. and a Platform Built for the Past
To hear the pundits and political professionals talk about it, this election is all about turning out a party’s base. That’s because there are few if any undecided voters left and the only undecided voters that count are the ones residing … [Read more...]
On Protecting The Innocent, Or, Is There A Death Penalty Compromise?
I don’t feel very good about this country this morning, and as so many of us are I’m thinking of how Troy Davis was hustled off this mortal coil by the State of Georgia without a lot of thought of what it means to execute the … [Read more...]
On Reopening For Business, Or, What? No Flying Cars?
So I took a bit of a break this past month, and I figured by the time I came back y’all would have things sorted out: people would be surely by flying around with jet packs by now, God would have sent fires and floods to smite the … [Read more...]
On Petals And Metal, Or, Today And Tomorrow, Street Actions Are Afoot
A young lady visitor on the set of "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" asked W.C.Fields if he liked flowers. Fields replied he was very fond of Four Roses. --Ronald J. Fields, from the book "W.C.Fields By Himself" So here's what's up: … [Read more...]
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