News and Features
Frozen in memory as the simple woman who helped to bring down
segregation, Rosa Parks was far more complex and formidable than the
popular imagination makes her out to be . A fuller picture of her life
should make us also remember the many unsung heroes and heroines who
came before and after her.
The quiet purposefulness that characterized Rosa Parks's actions bears eloquent witness to the power of her protest.
The Cajun and Creole folks of Ville Platte, LA, learned long ago not to
rely on the government for help. It the wake of hurricanes they
launched a homemade rescue-and-relief effort to save their community.
Follow a mythical voyage through America's nightmare, on a
ship with an uncaring captain, a subsequent shipwreck, and the poor are
left behind to perish.
In Andrew Jackson: A Life and Times, the frontier president
is cast as a one-man beacon for democracy. But Jackson's core belief
was a fervent defense of land.
The Wicked Witch stomps in his defense and the wise old tortoise
explains his reasoning. But Mother Courage knows the truth behind
William Bennett's racist comments.
What's really shocking about Bill Bennett's public
fantasies of reducing crime by aborting black babies is the ease with which conservative critics cast lawlessness in racial terms.
New Orleans did not die an accidental death--it was murdered by
deliberate design and planned neglect. Here are twenty-five urgent
questions from the people who live in a city submerged in anger and
It took a Gulf Coast hurricane to make Americans aware
of the poverty in their own backyard. Now it's time for public policies
that end racial segregation, so that the poor in this country will not
continue to suffer.
New Orleans, a city full of idiosyncrasies, must be restored for the benefit of the nation as a whole.