Black Literature is a Mirror to America
Over the years of teaching, I found some books on their own, or in odd pairs really spoke to students. So, you’ll find here authors who never met, holding hands. Or new ways of reading familiar names.
Tenant groups in New York and around the country urge lawmakers to cancel rent.
Choose a New Name For Washington’s Football Team
America’s most racist professional sports team name is finally being retired. But no word yet on what the new team name will be. Here are our nominations for a mascot appropriate for our nation’s capital. Grifters, Bombers, Despots or… Swamp Rats?
‘Pandemic Solidarity’ Offers Hope Amid COVID Gloom
The global crisis of COVID-19 has lasted long enough for us to see books published on how we responded…
2020 America is a Bad Joke, and It Was Told By Ronald Reagan
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” …
Rekindling the ‘Romance of American Communism’
The reissue of Vivian Gornick’s classic work of oral history offers activists lessons for today.
School Reopening Controversy Poses False Choice For Parents
Now is the time to talk about a national childcare policy, a child allowance, paid family leave and universal healthcare that is not tied to employment.
Street Riders NYC: The Roving Black Lives Matter Protest Pedaling Through a Neighborhood Near You
Fifteen thousand bicyclists converged on Gracie Mansion this July, protesting police brutality and racism and calling on Mayor Bill…
Why I’ll Be Teaching Outside This Fall
For weeks, I’ve been telling colleagues, administrators, anyone who would listen, really, that I plan to teach all my…
Kim Phillips-Fein: What NYC’s Fiscal Crisis of the 1970s Can Teach Us Today
The author of ‘Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis And The Rise of Austerity Politics,’ offers insight.
I’ve Survived the COVID Pandemic. So Far. Now What?
As playwright Karen Malpede emerges from lockdown, she reflects on the meaning of life and creativity in an age of systems collapse.
The Family of Jamel Floyd Demands Justice
They hope an independent autopsy will shed light on the 35-year-old’s death after he was pepper-sprayed by corrections officers at the Metropolitan Detention Center.