“Featured Book” archives

Aug 15 2014

Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence

In July, the nation was shocked to hear of the sky-high rate of holiday weekend violence in Chicago. Dozens of people were killed in just the first two weeks of the month. Even though homicides from shooting incidents are apparently slowly decreasing, Chicago remains the American city most plagued by gun violence.

Now, the …

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Jul 16 2014

Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia

When Arizona State University English professor Ersula Ore was stopped by a campus cop for jay walking, she found herself in a tussle that ended up with her being pushed to the ground and handcuffed. Perhaps it was presumed that she did not belong on campus because she was a black …

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Jul 15 2014

Award Winning Journalist Sonia Nazario Humanizes Central American Child Migrants

Texas Republican house member Michael McCaul has offered his opinion in the debate over Central American child migration: build warehouses in countries like Guatemala and Honduras to which migrant children can directly be deported and processed. It seems incredible that conservatives in the US are able to demonize children without batting an eye but …

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Jul 08 2014

The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

The American freeway is both a blessing and a curse. It enables speedy travel across cities and states. But it also divides communities physically and economically, pollutes and decimates surrounding neighborhoods, and provokes major political battles.

Often communities of color have been on the negative end of the impacts of freeway construction. Freeways are …

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Jul 07 2014

The Babylon Complex: Theopolitical Fantasies of War, Sex, and Sovereignty

At a national prayer breakfast in 2010, President Obama reflected on the devastating earthquake in Haiti that had just taken place, saying, “We become numb to the day-to-day crises. We become absorbed with our abstract arguments, our ideological disputes, our contests for power. And in this Tower of Babel, we lose the sound of …

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Jul 03 2014

Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

The name Goliath is a Biblical reference to “a giant Philistine warrior who was slain by David with a stone and sling.” In today’s colloquial usage we commonly use the battle between David and Goliath as an analogy for a conflict in which one side of a war is so disproportionately and overwhelmingly stronger than the other that it is an unfair fight.

The intrepid …

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Jun 30 2014

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food

California has hundreds of farmers markets all over the state. Whether you live in a big or small city, chances are you have access to locally grown fresh food, raised with minimal pesticides. Many conscientious eaters are also what we call “foodies,” convinced that our mere act of shopping at local farmers markets and …

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Jun 24 2014

A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.” The question is which people have decided. Bonaparte, the French conqueror, had the power to shape how history would treat him. But what of all the ordinary people who labored, and suffered, and died from the …

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Jun 23 2014

No Place to Hide: Award Winning Journalist Glenn Greenwald Discusses Journalism, Orwell, and Snowden

The US House of Representatives passed a key measure late last week in an attempt to curb some aspects of the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass surveillance program. The measure passed overwhelmingly, as an amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill, and prohibits warrantless surveillance of Americans’ communications, as well as the implanting of …

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Jun 18 2014

Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison

A seventeen year old named Terrance Lamont Cheeks was sentenced to 50 years in prison this week in an Iowa courtroom for his role in a carjacking that left one man with permanent brain damage. Cheeks, who is African American, has been in and out of juvenile prisons and facilities for years and was …

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