BLOGS


  • News Roundup for March 9, 2017 The news is catching up with us. 1. Doctors, hospitals, and insurers oppose the new Republican health care plan. So, it’s all still going so well. More here. 2. Bolivian President Evo Morales has doubled the amount of land legally allowed to be used to grow coca. Opposition lawmakers fear this will only help the illegal drug ...
  • This Cannot End Well: Iraq (2003-2017 And Beyond) Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Every now and then, I think back to the millions of people who turned out in this country and across the globe in early 2003 to protest the coming invasion of Iraq.  Until the recent Women’s March against Donald Trump, that may have been the largest set of demonstrations in American history or, ...
  • The Final Solution: The Death Of Liberalism There has been much talk of Donald Trump curtailing First Amendment rights and silencing the press, but there are even more subliminal reactions to the new regime which are likely to modify the nature of what used to be called drawing room banter. Let’s take for instance liberal-baiting, a fun activity enjoyed by otherwise humanistic ...
  • 7 Reasons Why My Being Gay And Over 50 Is Tragic, According To Everyone Else 1.) Because I’m way too old to be sexually active. It’s not uncommon to get a Scruff message from a stranger along the lines of “What are you, like 60? Jesus.” That’s the one I received a few days back. I didn’t engage, but if I were 60 I don’t think being on Grindr or ...
  • Intolerance Rising “First they came for the Socialists…”, began a famous quote from the late pastor Martin Niemoller, a one-time supporter of Hitler who became a concentration camp survivor. By the time Niemoller was carted off by the Nazis, “there was no one left to speak for me.” In recent weeks, at gatherings of immigrants of color, ...
  • An Open Letter To Trump: The GOP Health Plan Won’t Work, Replace ACA With Single Payer The following open letter is co-signed by several others whose names appear at the end. Dear Mr. President, You vowed to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with something great that would provide Americans with universal coverage and lower deductibles and copayments. As leaders of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), a nonpartisan ...
  • The ‘American Health Care Act’ Is a Wealth Grab, Not A Health Plan Donald Trump’s Republicans unveiled their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act this week. It’s a disaster for the health of the American people. But that may be nothing more than a byproduct of the bill’s real effect: to increase inequality and make the rich even richer than they’ve become in the last few decades. It’s ...
  • Australian Gay Pride: Cheap Thrills Sydney Mardi Gras. Coming to Australia has been a 20 year dream, and as I conclude my tenth day here I can honestly say it’s been just that, a dream. I’m not entirely sure why I’ve dreamt of coming here for so long, but it’s been a place that has fascinated me forever. The weather, the ...
  • Rapper Gay Bashed In 2014: Trump Has Given People A ‘Hall Pass to Act Crazy’ J.P. Masterson remembers the night he celebrated a decade with his partner vividly. As a matter of fact, says the out rapper known professionally as Jipsta, the scar next to his right eye won’t let him forget. “I can’t say ‘hate crime’ or ‘gay bashing,’” said the Billboard charting dance artist of his March 2014 ...
  • Yes, Presidential Leadership Matters In Fighting Antisemitism Let’s take responsibility to fight bigotry passionately, consistently and effectively, especially from our political allies, where our objections will have more credibility – and impact. Last week’s arrest of an African-American liberal for phoning in antisemitic bomb threats to American Jewish Community Centers seemingly ruined two popular narratives. It proved that American antisemitism is not a ...
  • How To Share Your Political Views On Social Media Without Losing Your Job   Social media is exploding with political discussion these days, and we’ve all read the stories about employees being fired for something they posted on their personal social media accounts. Are you putting your job at risk by sharing political opinions on social media? How far can you go without attracting the wrong kind of attention ...
  • As Trump’s Team Faces More Scrutiny Over Russia Ties, Russians See End Of Bromance MOSCOW ― While Americans are wondering if U.S. President Donald Trump’s team is too closely tied to Russia, Russians themselves are unconcerned with these connections. Instead, politicians, media and ordinary people express an anxious frustration rooted in the impact of the unending controversy rather than the allegations themselves. The worry is that the U.S. president ...
  • 15 Feminist Baby Names For Women’s History Month It is women’s history month and what better way to honor the past by naming the future? The following 15 female names reflect three hundred years of fighters for women’s rights. Most of these women have advocated several other causes, most commonly civil rights, well before their time. Each name below includes the origin and ...
  • It’s Important For Everyone To Celebrate #InternationalWomensDay Every year on March 8th, we celebrate #InternationalWomensDay. It’s a day to acknowledge that women serve, women solve, and women lead. It’s perhaps never been more important to consider these things. As when it comes to women’s empowerment and equality, the past year has given us plenty to consider. From Donald Trump’s boasting about predatory ...
  • The Global Gag Rule Doesn’t Save Lives, It Puts Women In Jeopardy The following piece was written by Aerlyn Pfeil, midwife and member of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF-USA) board of directors. This content was originally published on MSF’s Because Tomorrow Needs Her blog. I remember coaching a young woman as she pushed her first baby out of her womb following nine months of nightmares. She ...
  • Let Me Whitesplain ‘Get Out’ So You Have Nothing To Fear, White People Hello, my name is Martin Morrow, and I studied film at the prestigious (¯\(ツ)_/¯ ) Auburn University. I’ve also studied white people for close to 23 tears ― I mean years; just know I’m an expert in my field. Recently, the Jordan Peele written/directed movie “Get Out” has garnered rave reviews, media buzz and a breakout ...
  • A *Day* Without A Woman? A day without a woman? What about two weeks? What about three months ― a year even? These are the lengths of time that families go without a woman in their lives because she is incarcerated in a U.S. jail, often not even convicted of a crime. Today on International Women’s Day, and also a ...
  • Love Letter To The Childless Aunties In My Life On International Women’s Day It’s International Women’s Day and I wanted to take a minute to honor the women in my life who are not moms, by choice or otherwise, and have had an incredible impact on my family. I am an only child so I don’t have any sisters or brothers to call on as actual aunts and uncles. ...
  • When Women Have Had Enough International Women’s Day is getting more attention than usual in the U.S. this year. You can see it in the marches, rallies and strikes today, in the numbers of women at work wearing red, and in the diverse actions being taken nationwide for dignity, equality and respect. Historically, this day was called International Working Women’s Day. ...
  • Stolen Future: How Money Bail Really Works… If You’re Poor Sandra Bland is the one you knew about. In the year after her well-publicized death, 815 people died in jail awaiting trial. A third of them died within the first three days of incarceration. Most were in jail for one reason only: They were too poor to pay bail. This reality is what terrified Tai ...