• women's reproductive rights

    They’re Just About Ready to Destroy Roe v. Wade

    They’re Just About Ready to Destroy Roe v. Wade Published at CounterPunch on May 20, 2019 Militarism, consumerism, and racism have drawn alongside, and even to, misogyny and anti-immigrant hate. The juggernaut of greed, power, and hate may be impossible to stop at this point in U.S. history. Those of goodwill have been fighting the good fight against these regressive forces for decades. When the Vietnam War ended, only a brief hiatus of warmongering took place before the right was drawing up its vicious plans again. Racism has never had a vacation in the U.S. Slavery led to Jim Crow, and that turned into mass incarceration and white supremacy. Now, the…

  • poetry,  young love

    It Had To Be A Dream

    It Had To Be A Dream In the surreal realm of dream thinking We met at the edge of the emerald green spring forest of new leaf Bordered by still unturned earth and plowed fields  Beneath an undulating sky of gray slate We were new again and the wearing away by this imperfect world Had not yet had its lethal effect Killing innocence.

  • Criminalizing Protest

    They’re Beating-Up Protesters in D.C.

      They’re Beating-up Protesters in D.C. The full-court press of repression against protest is taking place at the Venezuelan Embassy (“Venezuelan Embassy’s Power Cut Off in Tense Washington Standoff,”New York Times, May 10, 2019) in Washington, D.C. Pay attention! Pay close attention to how representatives from Veterans for Peace and Code Pink have been beaten-up, physically abused, and treated as criminals for the simple act of bringing food to those occupying the embassy and keeping that property, which belongs to the government of Venezuela, out of the hands of the puppet government “headed” by Juan Guaido and out of the hands of the imbeciles in the administration headed by Donald Trump. Medea Benjamin of Code Pink…

  • Remembering Syl on Mother's Day

    My Mom, Sylvia

      My Mom, Sylvia Readers may wonder why I pen a Mother’s Day tribute about my mother on a Website that publishes political commentary. The answer is easy: Sylvia was a political person. Sylvia was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1921. She grew up in a family that did not want for much since Syl’s father, Bill, had a good job working as the superintendent at his bother’s textile mill in Rhode Island, where the family moved for that work. The mill was quite successful and produced dyed synthetic fibers. It was one of many mills that Bill’s brother operated. Syl married my dad, Irv, in the early 1940s. Irv’s…

  • returning home

    You Can Go Home Again, but You Might Not Like What You Find

      You Can Go Home Again, but You Might Not Like What You Find I went home after 34 years to the town where I grew up. The town is located in central Rhode Island. It was the epicenter for the textile industry in the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. Because of that industry, a robust business district existed in the town’s center that sold everything from clothing to hardware. My family came to this town to work in its textile industry and to establish a clothing business. My childhood memories include the busy streets of the town on Friday evenings, when stores remained open until 9:00…

  • U.S. Census

    The Day People Disappeared: A New Strategy for Stealing Votes

      The Day People Disappeared: A New Strategy for Stealing Votes   Published at CounterPunch on May 6, 2019 It was a routine day in completing census enumeration for the U.S. Census in 2010. The census was great work because no one was above me in a supervisory role while I was out on the streets. I really loved the work. And then I came upon two groups of individuals that seemed to disappear after I attempted to complete the census with them. The first group of four people lived above a business in a community in western Massachusetts. There were three or four apartments surrounding the hallway on the…

  • income inequality

    In Your Face Income Inequality

      In Your Face Income Inequality The delivery trucks have been driving on a driveway next to mine in the rural Berkshires of western Massachusetts for eight months. They drive home (no pun intended here) income inequality in a way that other experiences cannot. The home that I write about here is a second home on well over thirty acres of farmland. There are two separate houses on the land and a gargantuan pool building beside an outdoor pool. The houses and land sold for about $1 million in 2013, and two major construction projects have gone on there since its purchase. This real estate is similar to scores of others in the area…

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