Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The NRA's Financial Weakness Explained

by Professor , Ohio State University

In August, the National Rifle Association (NRA) made a fairly shocking announcement. According to a recent court filing, the organization was "in grave financial jeopardy" and could soon “be unable to exist… or pursue its advocacy mission.”

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Film: America, Also my Home

by Nomad

Things we all take for granted are, for the undocumented immigrant, filled with risk. This short film depicts a situation most of us cannot begin to imagine. The intro explains:
After arriving in the US against her will, a young woman's children are caught in the 35W bridge collapse. As an undocumented immigrant, she is forced to choose between driving without a license, and caring for her kids.
America: Also My Home from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Coming Schism between Israel and the American Jewish Community

by Dov Waxman, Northeastern University

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A protest by ‘If Not Now’ outside the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C., March 2017. Gili Getz
Messy Breakup

This week, The New York Times, ran an op-ed piece entitled "American Jews and Israeli Jews Are Headed for a Messy Breakup." The article highlighted the widening schism between American Jews and their counterparts in Israel. Much of that dissension has to do with the right-wing views and authoritarian tactics of the leaders of their respective countries.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Hidden Connections between Racism, Income Inequality and the Demise of Unions

by  Nick Mullins, from Thoughts of a Coal Miner

In his article, former coal miner, lecturer, and writer Nick Mullins offers his unique perspective on the rise of racial inequality in coal country. 
And he draws an unexpected conclusion.

Civil Rights and the All Mighty Economy

When I attended Clintwood High School throughout the mid-90s, there was an amazing lack of ethnic diversity.  Our school was 99.8% white.

It goes without saying that we had a very limited understanding of diversity. What little we did know came in the form of 80’s and 90’s whitewashed television programming pulled in with our 10-foot diameter c-band satellite dishes perched on the hillside.