Archive | December, 2016

John Feffer | Pulling the Lever for Doomsday

I DIDN’T VOTE in the pivotal American election of 2016. Thirty-five years ago, in that unseasonably warm month of November, I was in Antarctica’s Allan Hills taking ice core samples with a hand augur. The pictures I have from that time show my team drilling deep into the blue ice, but what we were actually doing was digging a million years into the planetary past to gaze upon the panorama […]

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Nicholas Powers | How to topple a wall with a heartbeat

“HE WON WITH A METAPHOR.” I pressed my hands against the air as if touching a surface. “He won with the image of a wall.” They looked at me, waiting for words to strike like a flint on reality, to spark a flash and make everything briefly visible. “We’re scared.” I walked to the stage’s edge. The audience was sparse but a classic New York crowd. A mix of everyone. […]

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Martin Leyva | Love will keep us together

Eight years ago when Martin Leyva walked out of Chino State Prison, a guard told him: “We’ll leave the lights on for you…” insinuating that Leyva would be back. Instead, seven years later, Leyva walked across the stage to accept his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts/psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. Leyva’s youth and early adulthood reflected the toughness and bravado he believed were required for survival. Dropping out […]

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MOON Shine | We were made for these times

“I did not tell you that it would be okay, because I have never believed it would be okay. What I told you is what your grandparents tried to tell me: that this is your country, that this is your world, that this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates “As there is power in fear, there is power […]

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