When a Word Goes to War

When a Word Goes to War

by Jean Waight Remember the so-called War on Christmas—just another snit by Fox News, right? In the wake of last year’s presidential election results, we—secular and religious progressives, liberals, centrists, and presumably, a good many conservatives—have looked far...
When a Word Goes to War

Nevertheless, She Persisted

by Sara Stamey “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” Mitch McConnell said after invoking an obscure, antiquated rule to silence Elizabeth Warren on the Senate floor. “Bullshit!” I responded when I heard what he’d...
When a Word Goes to War

RESIST, PERSIST, EXIST

by Matt Thuney We human beings are a cooperative species by nature. We have to be in order to survive. We come together for protection. We come together for growth. We come together to make our lives better. If we don’t come together, we fall apart. When human beings...
When a Word Goes to War

How Do You Spell “No”?

by Cile Stanbrough I am an American and I’m not thrilled about protest marching. I’ve done it a few times in my life and I’m not keen on it. Each time I marched, I did it in response to feeling impotent and thinking of myself as not doing enough to...
When a Word Goes to War

Labels

by Judith Shantz “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. That was the childhood response to playground bullies, but it was never true. Words do hurt, far more than sticks or stones. Mindless cruelties. Retard and queer. We never outgrew...
When a Word Goes to War

Burn ~ Part 2 (cont. from last week’s part 1): Refusal

by Nancy Grayum I see withholding as a practice, a way of living lightly, spending small, taking time to think and feel, pacing ourselves. Progressive refusal, increasingly tweaking our resistance to the culture of waste and greed, can create meaningful outcomes....

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