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Red Flag Laws Should Not Target Mental Illness — from the South Seattle Emerald

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Following last week’s murder of five journalists at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, several more states have passed or are seriously considering passing “red flag laws” or Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). Such laws allow police officers, family members, and domestic or intimate partners to petition courts to temporarily remove firearms […] … Continue reading


Essay: Terrance Hayes Says in Times Like These, Poets Need to Poet–from the South Seattle Emerald

by Brian Bergen-Aurand Throughout the day on Thursday, poet and teacher Terrance Hayes gave a series of talks on the campus of Bellevue College. His topic was “Social Justice for Black Lives,” and he addressed it through a morning presentation before faculty, students, and staff; a later question and answer session moderated by English professors […] … Continue reading


“Bodies of Music, Bodies of Soil”–from Singapore Review of Books

Australian poets Andy Jackson’s Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold and Tanya Thaweeskulchai’s A Salivating Monstrous Plant feature poems about the body. This is a body living in space and time. Although there is joy and pleasure here, the body is often under threat — from operation, society, nature. In Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold Jackson […] … Continue reading


Review: Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen by Guy Standing–from Make Wealth History

I forget where it was that I first came across the Basic Income, but it seemed obscure at the time. There was almost no debate about it in mainstream media outlets. The idea has a rich history and it clearly had supporters, but the organisations campaigning for it had websites that looked niche and out […] … Continue reading


Essay: Searching for a Collective Movement in “Progressive” Seattle—from the South Seattle Emerald

by Renea Harris-Peterson & emily warren Seattle, celebrated for its progressive positions on many issues, still struggles to push past the façade of “liberalism” into the true realm of equity. Lack of rent control, the police force being under investigation, woefully underfunded education, and the proposal to build a new youth incarceration facility are just […] … Continue reading


Essay: It is Time to Talk About Basic Income, Again —from the South Seattle Emerald

by Brian Bergen-Aurand I’m now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective—the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income ~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? (1967) 47%. By some predictions, 47% of […] … Continue reading


Review: Movie Discussion: The Handmaiden (2016) by Park Chan-Wook —from Queer Book & Movie Club (Singapore)

Juan, Anne, Yisheng, and Aaron showed up for the screening. We discussed the ambivalence towards lesbianism depicted in the film. It’s generally a positive portrayal although the sex scenes appear to be fetishized for a male heterosexual audience. While the film inherited this flaw from the book, we wondered why there is no positive portrayal […] … Continue reading

Essay: “Much More Than Just Music”:  Ways of Learning in the Krip-Hop Nation–from Hawk Hopes Blog<<Change is a Collaborative Act

Essay: “Much More Than Just Music”: Ways of Learning in the Krip-Hop Nation–from Hawk Hopes Blog<<Change is a Collaborative Act

Originally posted on Hawk Hopes Blog: KU Special Education:
Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. is a Black writer, poet, Hip-Hopmusic lover, community activist, and feminist with cerebral palsy. Born in 1967, Moore is a native upstate New Yorker now living in and working from California. In a recent phone interview with Sorcha Hyland for Hawk Hopes Blog Moore reminisces…