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Posts from February 2017

People with banner reading "End Solitary Confinement" at a rally to support Corcoran Prison hunger strikers, California, 2013.
By: Lester Alford
Published: February 28, 2017

Note: This piece is in a series of stories about spiritual journeys in prison, written by incarcerated people. Read more here and here

"Good morning ladies and gentlemen, my name is Lester Shakil Alford and I am the Plaintiff in this civil matter. I am a Pro-se Plaintiff which means I will be representing myself...

There are things you can do to fight against fake news.
By: Ritch Yaure
Published: February 28, 2017

Fake news has been a hot topic this year, so much so that Politifact wrote an in-depth article discussing it and “post-truth” was chosen as the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year.

It’s not hard to understand why fake news is so popular: outrageous stories garner a lot of online traffic, after all, and there is...

By: Nia Eubanks-Dixon
Published: February 24, 2017

As Congress headed back to their districts for their recess, thousands of angry constituents across the country attended local "town halls" to make their voices heard. Both Democrats and Republicans are facing strong criticisms for their failure to take positive actions to protect human rights and the environment. Here's what we’re reading to learn more:


Watch these videos of furious voters holding Republicans accountable at town halls across America, by Katherine Krueger via Fusion


By: Mike Merryman-Lotze
Published: February 24, 2017

My Great-grandpa Jarvis came over to the U.S. on his own from Greece when he was a young teenager. He didn’t want to go to school or stay in his small village, so he packed up and moved to the U.S. where some of his cousins lived. He eventually ended up in Portland and gradually moved from selling fruit out of a cart to owning a fruit and vegetable store. 

My Grandpa Lotze’s parents moved to the U.S. from Germany in the early part of the 1900s. They were Brethren pacifists and moved to keep their kids out of military service. They settled in L.A. where they opened a plumbing...

By: John Lindsay-Poland
Published: February 23, 2017

New executive order doubles down on failed policies that drove crime, violence, and human rights violations in Mexico.

Amid the turbulence of recent weeks, a lot of us have struggled to absorb the portent of all the Trump administration’s actions. Of three executive orders issued by the White House on Feb. 9, for example, most news stories focused on the orders' false claims about crime within the United States, border militarization, and protection of U.S. police.

But the executive order Trump...