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The Super Bowl Promotes War

By David Swanson | Originally Published at Let's Try Democracy. February 7, 2016 Super Bowl 50 will be the first National Football League championship to happen since it was reported that much of the pro-military hoopla at football games, the honoring of troops and glorifying of wars [...]

We’ve Turned Our Back on a Proven Method to Curtail Gun Violence

Despite proven success, Project Ceasefire, first trialled in 1996, has been continually cut back, even as gun homicides keep rising By Bobby Constantino | Originally Published at The Guardian and Observer. Monday 14 December 2015 06.30 EST Last modified on Tuesday 15 December 2015 11.28 EST [...]

Are Some Kids Really Smarter Just Because They Know More Words?

By Molly McManus, University of Texas at Austin | Originally Published at The Conversation. October 12, 2015 3.43am EDT Photographic Credit; Why is there so much attention being paid to ‘word gap’? Jeff Moore, CC BY-NC-ND Why do rich kids end up doing better than poor kids [...]

The Piercing Cry of Child Poverty in Economically Rich but Spiritually Poor America

Pope Francis speaks out faithfully and forcefully against poverty and has been called “the pope of the poor.” But on his first visit to the United States there was demoralizing news about poverty, especially child poverty, in our nation—the world’s largest [...]

Black Churches Taught Us to Forgive White People. We Learned to Shame Ourselves

“These white folks, they think the world belongs to them,” Grandma told me 12 hours after Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Depyane Middleton Doctor, Daniel Simmons and Myra Thompson were murdered in a black Charleston church by a cowardly [...]

It’s Not About Mental Illness: The Big Lie that Always Follows Mass Shootings by White Males

Blaming 'mental illness' is a cop-out -- and one that lets us avoid talking about race, guns, hatred and terrorism By Arthur Chu | Originally Published at ,Salon. June 18, 2015 7:00 PM EDT | Photographic Credit; Adam Lanza, Dylann Roof, Elliot Rodger (Credit: AP/Reuters)] I get [...]

Keywords in Black Protest: A(n Anti-)Vocabulary

By Shana L. Redmond and Damien Sojoyner | Originally Published at Truthout May 29, 2015 | Photographic Credit; Protesters in Seattle march in solidarity with Ferguson protesters on December 6, 2014. (Scottlum) Baltimore is a narrative project. In addition to the massive material loses [...]