Iranian-American Boy Gives Life Savings For Peace: Should He Be Sent Back Too Mr. Trump?

First Published by @SocialEarth  As the media shines the spotlight on Trump’s circus-carnival-barking they overlook the stories of another side of America—the side of America that celebrates our successful interweaving of immigrant cultures, the great American patchwork that has made our land a beacon to those fleeing oppression and poverty since our nation’s dawn. Equally overlooked […]

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Those Radical Aussie’s Solution To Gun Violence

In reflecting on the San Bernadino Massacre, what the shooters, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, appeared to have in common with other people driven to carry out such mass murders—in many cases white, male, American citizens—appears to be anger, alienation and easy access to semi-automatic assault weapons. Had those weapons and ammunition been harder to come by, perhaps they might have thought longer and harder about other ways to vent their rage.

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Your Guns or My Kids? (from @Truthdig)

Source: Your Guns or My Kids? (from @Truthdig) Has gun violence against schoolchildren, college kids, moviegoers, churchgoers, black and Latino men, and now journalists on live TV become so commonplace that we can just turn the channel and thank God it’s not our children or our sisters or brothers who were targeted? Are we a […]

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The Mexicans I Know: Open Letter To Donald Trump

First Published @truthdig.com Dear Mr. Trump:  The Mexicans I know are mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sisters, fathers, grandfathers, sons, and brothers; they have walked miles and miles in scorching desert past scorpions and vultures, past the bones of their cousins and the discarded dreams of those who didn’t have the pesos, the fortitude, or the audacity […]

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Gratitude In A Warring World

First published @Truthdig Even in San Francisco where Columbus Day has been renamed Indigenous People’s Day, progressive parents are faced with the awkwardness of how to celebrate Thanksgiving, our historically fictionalized holiday. Do we mourn the slaughter of the Native Americans or celebrate the rise of colonial European capitalism? Or do we celebrate the dysfunctional […]

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Books

  Ms. Magazine Writes, “Outside of a few high-profile writers such as Anne Lamott, women who write explicitly about being a mother risk being seen as lightweight by the literary establishment. Not real writers. The anthology Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit and Grit turns this assumption on its head. You won’t find cliché advice on how to […]

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