Posts in American Culture
The Widespread Abuse and Traumatization of Children in the United States Stops Here.

It is not enough for us to simply stop separating families, stop dehumanizing other people, and stop shuffling their children into a system of widespread sexual assault if not outright trafficking—as important as ending each of those things is. We owe it to these people we have injured to care for the physical and psychological wounds we have inflicted.

We owe it to ourselves, to our own children, and to future generations of global citizens to acknowledge the reality of this situation, to acknowledge what our bigotry, willful ignorance, and civic passivity have permitted, and to educate one another on the processes that led us here so that we may better avoid them in the future. We owe it to every child in the world to take responsibility for our contributions to the society where they grow up.

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More Than Just Sickness Care: What Chronically Ill Americans Like Me Fight For

To say it’s refreshing to hear Marianne acknowledge the integrative nature of health and the interconnectivity of public conditions which sicken and disable many of us is an understatement. No one I’ve so far encountered in the medical establishment wants to hear this stuff. And no other politician or non-disabled activist group seems to want to go that deep with us. Whether you’re on board with her campaign or not, Marianne Williamson has raised the bar. This conversation is no longer ending at what kind of healthcare plans candidates are pledging to fight for. We’re no longer stopping at what meds individuals can access or how we personally relate to our bodies. We’re talking about environmental, nutritional, and economic conditions now too.

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Let’s Make 2019 the Peak of Our Carbon Emissions

“The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere just hit its highest level in 800,000 years, and scientists predict deadly consequences.”

You may feel like you just read that at the start of this week when it was discovered that humanity has reached a new high in carbon emissions. But actually that’s the headline from a Business Insider article published eleven months ago in 2018. And it’s one possible future we’ll see again in 2020 if we don’t do something about it.

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Sitting Shiva for the State of Jewish America

On October 27th, 2018, Robert Bowers entered the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and opened fire on congregants while proclaiming his desire to kill all Jews. This was an antisemitic massacre, plain and simple. It was not an isolated incident, but a violent outburst in a climate of antisemitism which has festered in the United States for some time.

In the last week since the massacre, Jews in America have been in mourning and in reflection over what this attack means for our community, our understanding of Jewish identity in the States, and how we address the cultural antisemitism which informed it.

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Pokémon Go--No, Wait. Loading...

I’ll admit: when Pokémon Go first came out, my first reaction was close to disgust. The world is burning. It seems like the United States is on the brink of social upheaval. Racist violence continues. My own state’s tyrannical aversion to accountability and justice just included cutting public access to cop cameras meant to hold police responsible for acts like the executions that launched this recent round of protests.

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