“I feel angry and heartbroken” after the massacre in Orlando, writes transgender teen activist Grace Dolan-Sandrino this week in OtherWords. But even as a culture of fear and bigotry descends on our country, “we’re stronger than you think.”
I hope you won’t miss Grace’s reflections on the massacre, or her suggestions for how you can help support the LGBTQ communities that were targeted.
Meanwhile, cartoonist Khalil Bendib runs a background check on the United States itself. Given our record of inaction on mass shootings, we probably wouldn’t pass.
Also this week, Lauren Karaffa looks at a massive — if invisible — part of the U.S. workforce: incarcerated people. Jill Richardson explains why it could still take another 35 years to properly regulate obvious toxins like arsenic. And Jim Hightower critiques Hillary Clinton’s top economic adviser — namely her husband.
Finally, on a lighter note, author and naturalist James McClintock shares a heartening development from the world of fishing: More and more fishers are letting their catch go, and that’s great for conservation.
- They’re Killing Us. Help Us Stop Them. / Grace Dolan-Sandrino
From Orlando to Washington, a culture of fear and bigotry is taking hold of this country. We can stop it together.
- The Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All / Lauren Karaffa
The American prison system is a massive — if invisible — part of our economy and social fabric.
- Hooked on Conservation / James McClintock
More and more of America’s 40 million fishers are enjoying fishing as a catch-and-release sport.
- Is This New Reform a Toxic Waste? / Jill Richardson
It may take over three decades to regulate consumer chemicals that we already know are deadly.
- Hillary Wants to Bring Back Bill. She Shouldn’t. / Jim Hightower
Why would Hillary threaten workaday Americans with another poke in the eye from her con man spouse?
- America’s Background Check / Khalil Bendib