Despite France’s highest administrative court ruling that mayors don’t have a right to ban the burkini, French mayors continue to crack down on the swimsuits designed for Muslim women.

“If you don’t want to live the way we do,” one mayor said, “don’t come.”

This week, OtherWords cartoonist Khalil Bendib puts the naked opportunism and Islamophobia of those Frenchmen on display.

Meanwhile, a recent police shooting left another young black man bleeding out in the street, causing Ebony Slaughter-Johnson to conclude that for some law enforcement, black life isn’t worth protecting or saving.

Also this week in OtherWords, Mitchell Zimmerman warns the descendants of Reagan Democrats not to fall for the same billionaire-enriching ideas from Trump. Sam Pizzigati points out a few who would benefit from those policies: pharmaceutical CEOs who seem to be allergic to paying their fair share of taxes.

Those public funds are what make an invaluable trip to our national parks on their hundredth anniversary affordable for an entire family, Jill Richardson says. Finally, Jim Hightower urges the 99 percent to take back our finance system by joining the coalition to take on Wall Street.


Burkini Ban, an OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib

  1. The Cure for A Taxing Allergy / Sam Pizzigati
    Pharmaceutical execs are getting incredibly rich making life-saving medications incredibly expensive.
  2. Left to Die in the Streets / Ebony Slaughter-Johnson
    Shooting after shooting, police deny black lives even the most basic human concern that could’ve saved them.
  3. Reagan Sold Your Future, Trump Will Too / Mitchell Zimmerman
    White working-class voters should think twice before electing another flag-waving, immigrant-bashing, billionaire-enriching politician.
  4. Greater Than the Sum of Our Parks / Jill Richardson
    For just $30 an entire family can get into national parks like Yosemite or Yellowstone — that’s thanks to taxes.
  5. Taking Back Our Finance System / Jim Hightower
    A nationwide campaign, Take on Wall Street, is putting the people back at the table for a change.
  6. Burkini Ban / Khalil Bendib
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