…millions of Americans cast a vote for a candidate who told white supremacists to “stand back and stand by,” advocated for the execution of the Central Park Five, and famously bragged about sexually assaulting women (to say nothing of his catastrophic mishandling of the novel coronavirus and brazen disdain for…

Dying takes skill
but it is one you must manage
without practice.

Mark playing soccer
leaves the bench for his rotation
face flat on the ground
no heart beat — no
second chance
no fuss no muss for him
his family left to sort through
what remains of a life.

Photo by Jan Schwartz

like a man, like a woman, in the city
my visionary anger cleansing my sight
and the detailed perceptions of mercy
flowering from that anger

Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck (1973)

As we move into the third year of the Trump presidency, I want to remember how I felt…

Permitted Harm

How can we begin to withdraw the cultural permission for racism, misogyny, and other forms of bigotry that seems to be prevailing as the law of the land?

Thousands of words have been written about the recent election, from every perspective imaginable. How did we get here? What next? …

Looming storm…photo by Jan Schwartz

like a man, like a woman, in the city
my visionary anger cleansing my sight
and the detailed perceptions of mercy
flowering from that anger

Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck (1973)

I first heard Adrienne Rich use the phrase “visionary anger” in the mid 1970s at a reading she…

Judith McDaniel

Judith McDaniel, PhD, JD, teaches Law and Social Change at the University of Arizona. Her book, Sanctuary: A Journey, was published by Firebrand Books in 1986

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