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Posts from July 2017

Published: July 28, 2017

In the early hours of the morning, the Senate narrowly defeated the Health Care Freedom Act, which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act and potentially stripped health insurance from 16 million people. The bill was defeated after months of courageous protests in Washington, DC and across the country. Here’s what we’re reading to learn more.


How Civil Disobedience Helped Kill Trumpcare -- At Least For Now, by...

"Great countries have healthcare for all" protest sign at healthcare rally June 2017. Photo courtesy of Steve Chase.
By: Steve Chase
Published: July 25, 2017

When I opened my mailbox last night, I found an envelope with a card in it from the Friends Meeting of Washington (FMW). It was a thank you card signed by several meeting members for my getting arrested on July 13 at an interfaith civil disobedience action with Reverend William Barber in defense of universal healthcare. As a new sojourner at FMW, I was deeply touched by the meeting’s support for this action.

On the...

By: Martha Yager
Published: July 22, 2017

After a five-year campaign, Providence, Rhode Island passed one of the country's most progressive ordinances on policing. 

Linda was only a high school senior when the Providence City Council appointed her to a working group charged with finalizing language for the proposed “Community Safety Act”—an ordinance to hold police accountable and reduce racial profiling in Providence. 

Published: July 21, 2017

A bill called the Israel Anti-Boycott Act is gaining traction in the Senate. The bill—sponsored by 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats—would make supporting the international boycott against Israel a felony punishable by up to a $1 million fine and 20 years in prison. Here’s what we’re reading to learn more: 

U.S. lawmakers seek to criminally outlaw support for boycott campaign against Israel, by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Grim via The...

By: Emily McGrew
Published: July 20, 2017

Last July, my six housemates and I finally finished hauling all our furniture off the enormous moving truck and sat down in the cross-breeze of two fans to hash out who lived in what room in our rented Victorian rowhouse in West Philadelphia.  

Home sweet home. Photo by Emily McGrew.

Each person laid out their ideal room criteria—I wanted a room on the third floor to be isolated from most of the noise from downstairs, Richie wanted a room big enough to put a couch in, Gage wanted to beat...