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Letter to Santa

By | 2017-11-29T12:42:18+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Categories: Issue 50: 30 Nov 2017|Tags: , |

By Anne Anthony   Dear Santa, You disappointed me. I was (mostly) good last year. Maybe I cursed, but I was frustrated and baffled. Somehow my family (?), my friends (?), my neighbors (?) voted in a president who—and I’ve got to be honest here—terrifies me. Did you even read my letter?? I quoted Pope Francis, [...]

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Midwest Activism: What I Learned from Marshawn McCarrel

By | 2017-10-26T08:32:57+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Issue 46: 26 Oct 2017|Tags: , , |

By Jaime Gonzalez   I remember it in sequential order, in the same way, no matter how or when I think about it. It was a month into the 2016 winter term at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and we were on a five-minute break from my history class. Consistent with every other break, the first [...]

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Say It Aloud

By | 2017-09-20T13:05:14+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Issue 41: 21 Sep 2017|Tags: , |

By Jamie Davenport   Something entirely disturbing happened last night on my commute to rehearsal. Bare with me. It is a long tale. But one that is necessary to read and digest. I was sitting in the corner of the Red Line T, closest to the conductor, when a group of about eight black kids from [...]

Women in Parking Lots

By | 2017-09-06T11:28:54+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Categories: Issue 39: 07 Sep 2017|Tags: , |

By Sara Marchant   My hands were full in the post office parking lot. I held out-going bills, my car and postal box keys, my purse, and a heavy manila envelope containing a manuscript destined for greatness (one can always hope, right?). When I heard a loud car horn and a male voice yelling “Votes for [...]

Of Gas and Guilt

By | 2017-08-27T11:35:25+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Categories: Issue 38: 31 Aug 2017|Tags: , |

By Alexander Schuhr   My grandfather farted a lot. Sometimes it took as little as rising from a chair or a slight adjustment of his position and he’d let one fly. In my preadolescent years, I used to burst into laughter. And why not? Among my classmates, a thunderous salute called for proper acknowledgement. Embarrassment was [...]

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How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

By | 2017-08-16T12:08:30+00:00 August 17th, 2017|Categories: Issue 36: 17 Aug 2017|Tags: , |

By Maggie Downs   Gather your ingredients. You’ll need peanut butter, jelly, the bread of your choice, and a clean, sharp knife. Spread peanut butter evenly onto one side of the bread using your knife. Acknowledge the fact that the winner of our constitutionally legitimate but antiquated electoral process is a person who threatens democracy on [...]

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You

By | 2017-07-18T13:17:45+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Categories: Issue 33: 13 July 2017|Tags: , , |

By Tara Campbell   On June 29, to little fanfare, the State Department reinstated the approximately sixty Foreign Service job offers it had abruptly rescinded from Pickering and Rangel Fellows earlier in the month. The Pickering and Rangel programs seek to diversify the U.S. Foreign Service by providing undergraduate and graduate scholarships and Foreign Service jobs to women, [...]

The Tao that Trump Won’t Hear

By | 2017-06-27T15:08:37+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: Issue 31: 29 June 2017|Tags: , , , |

By H.L.M. Lee   When I take my younger daughter to school, I see the rush of her first grade friends running to hug each other and share head lice (much to the chagrin of every parent). My daughter’s BFF has a father from England and a mother from Maine. Another girl’s father is Muslim and [...]

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In the Trump Era, Factory Workers Send Secret Messages

By | 2017-06-20T16:44:30+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Issue 30: 22 June 2017|Tags: , |

By Amy L. Freeman   resist Last Thursday, I found that single word scrawled in black Sharpie on the cardboard inside a package of photos I’d ordered. Odd, I thought, turning over the first of my photos. The pictures were of me with my children, holding signs at the recent Women’s March, smiling and determined amidst [...]

Reflections on Trump, Torture and Camus’ The Rebel

By | 2017-05-26T12:49:42+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Categories: Issue 26: 25 May 2017|Tags: , , , , |

By Karen Malpede   It will get worse. Much worse with the Trump Administration fully in place. The Cabinet from hell, a collection of incompetents, racists, sexists, fossil fuel and other business moguls, Islamophobes, and ignoramuses, is in a slow, agonizing process of confirmation, one by one, against widespread civil protest and principled opposition from most [...]

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The Violence of Ageism

By | 2017-05-17T13:22:42+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Categories: Issue 25: 18 May 2017|Tags: , , , |

By Margaret Morganroth Gullette   As the entire world now knows, Dr. David Dao is the passenger who was dragged off a United Airlines Flight on April 9th by Chicago police who broke his nose, gave him a concussion and smashed two of his teeth. He may need restorative surgery. Some media have treated this as [...]

First 100 Days: March of the Millennials and Grandmas

By | 2017-04-26T17:34:54+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Categories: Issue 22: 27 Apr 2017|Tags: , , , |

By Candy Schulman Editor's note: Trump's inauguration initiated a series of public demonstrations that have continued throughout his first 100 days—including, challenging his refusal to release his taxes, in support of science and the environment, in defiance of his bigoted attempts to limit immigration and, as this essay reminds us, to make clear the power of women inspired [...]