A Golden Dawn demonstration in Athens on June 27, 2012. (Flickr/Steve Jurvetson)
—Aaron Cantú focuses on the War on Drugs and mass incarceration, social inequality and post-capitalist institutional design.
“Household Incomes Remain Flat Despite Improving Economy,” by Annie Lowrey. The New York Times, September 18, 2013.
In what is becoming the most common economic report of the last few years, new data released this week by the Census Bureau shows that income inequality in America remains at a record high: median household income in 2012 was about equivalent to what it was thirty years ago, while the top 1 percent took home their biggest share of income since 1919. As bad as things are now, the pain could be compounded even more in the near future by rising food and raw material prices.
—Owen Davis focuses on public education, media and the effects of social inequality.
“The First Day of School in Philadelphia,” by Andrew Elrod. n+1, September 16, 2013.
Elrod provides a granular account of Philadelphia’s public school travails, as grassroots organizers and students resist a budget that shuttered twenty-three schools and sheared the district of 3,783 employees. Though the full history of Philly’s school woes is one of protracted dismemberment, Elrod’s street-level reporting shows a quietly smoldering rage massing against the incompetence and neglect of state officials.
—Omar Ghabra focuses on Syria and Middle Eastern politics.
Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution, directed by Matthew VanDyke.
This documentary, which was named the “Best Short Documentary” at the Harlem International Film Festival last week, offers a stunning portrait of a Syrian English teacher who became a photographer to document the destruction after the war began. With Syria finally making its way to the top of the United States’s political agenda over the past few weeks, it’s worth taking the time to hear from Syrian voices on the ground. This intimate profile provides a great opportunity.
—Hannah Gold focuses on gender politics, pop culture and art.