…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…

“War Criminal Found Dead at 88” was the headline in the July 1, 2021, issue of The Nation. Not a war criminal in Africa or the Balkans, but our very own former Secretary of Defense, the so-called “architect” of the entirely unnecessary Iraq war, Donald Rumsfeld. …

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.

What are you seeing? What are you not seeing?

My partner posted a picture of me on Facebook. We were hiking in Greer in the Arizona White Mountains. In the picture, I am looking out over the valley that is filled with new green growth after a fire a decade…

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…

The Washington Post reports that Republicans are gleefully spreading the word that Democrats and the “liberal mob” are out of control and that Republicans represent the bulwark against this chaos.

We must challenge the characterization of nonviolent protests as “mob rule.” It is not. …

I never talked to my parents about sex. My father referred to it as “the birds and the bees” and told us that our mother would explain. I don’t recall that she ever did. But in a late January winter in 1973, after I had been home from graduate school…

Education is the foundation of democracy. As a society, we Americans knew that once. A unanimous Supreme Court said in the 1953 Brown v Board of Education decision: “Today, education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments. Compulsory school attendance laws and the great expenditures for…

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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