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Save Us, Al Gore

November 15, 2018

It’s almost impossible not to be thinking of Gore this week, with the words “Florida” and “recount” so prominent in the news, and it’s hard not to credit him with virtues increasingly rare in politics these days.

Via: New York Times

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Rosanne Cash: She Remembers Everything

November 13, 2018

Twenty-eight years ago, after scoring 11 No. 1 country singles, Johnny Cash’s daughter left Nashville behind, tired of the industry’s limitations. Ever since, she’s lived in Manhattan, made exactly the kind of art she wanted to make and fought publicly against gun violence. Now, Cash no longer gives much of a damn what anyone thinks about her, and she’s crystal clear about what she wants her life to be.

Via: The Bitter Southerner

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Christine Blasey Ford Powerfully Spoke For Those Who Experience The Humiliations Of Girlhood

September 28, 2018

What some men refuse to understand is that small humiliations at the hands of boys become a part of a girl’s daily life, sometimes whirring in the background like white noise and other times poisoning every minute of her day. Over time, they eat away at her sense of self and make it likely that many of those girls, who actually experience sexual assault, will stay silent.

Via: Daily Beast

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Anita Hill: How To Get The Kavanaugh Hearings Right

September 19, 2018

“Do not rush these hearings. Doing so would not only signal that sexual assault accusations are not important — hastily appraising this situation would very likely lead to facts being overlooked that are necessary for the Senate and the public to evaluate. That the committee plans to hold a hearing this coming Monday is discouraging.”

Via: New York Times

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John McCain Believed In America. Let’s Redeem It In His Passing.

September 1, 2018

Now the nation mourns for what we had and what we fear has been lost. And yet, as so much of John McCain’s life and legacy was spent learning how to deal with loss, he also symbolized hope, strength and the beauty of the second chance. He stood determined that this splendid country called America will forever stand in the sunlight.

Via: Daily Beast

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The Twilight And Power Of Joan Baez

August 29, 2018

“I feel a sense of responsibility that I am leaving,” Baez says of her imminent retirement from the road. “At this point in history, me and my stuff are needed.” What can be hard to grasp today is how top-of-the-charts popular the lone folk singer was, and how much she was willing to stake her celebrity on artivism.

Via: Washington Post

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Fred Rogers And The Loveliness Of The Little Good

July 6, 2018

In ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ children are our superiors in the way they trust each person they meet, the way they lack guile, the way a child can admit simple vulnerability. They are superior for their instinctive small acts of neighborliness, the small hug, sharing a toy.

Via: New York Times