At the outset of LGBQIA Pride Month, a handful of discontents in Boston announced a forthcoming “straight pride” parade for later this summer. This week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson reflects on what a world that actually needs “straight pride” would look like — and suggests that the  far-right ties of the organizers, including to neo-Nazi groups, means the exercise isn’t as innocent as it sounds.

Also this week, a few days before Father’s Day, I reflect on the increasingly common anxiety of raising young children in world beset by climate change.

Meanwhile, Olivia Alperstein explains how climate change impacts public health. Sam Pizzigati catalogs an empathy gap in America’s rich people. And Jim Hightower wonders what CEOs did to deserve an average $800,000 raise last year.

Finally, Khalil Bendib wants to know: Why is Nancy Pelosi protecting Trump from impeachment?

New This Week…

Good News: Straight People Don’t Need a Parade | Jill Richardson
Straight pride is already well-represented in everything from children’s books to rom-coms to music videos.

A Father’s Day Gift for Myself: Activism | Peter Certo
My two-year old will barely be the age I am now when the climate catastrophe comes, and that realization is taking a toll.

Can Society Survive Without Empathy? | Sam Pizzigati
In a deeply unequal America, many of our deepest pockets are keen to find out.

The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Emergency | Olivia Alperstein
For already vulnerable populations, the health risks of extreme weather events can be deadly.

CEOs Got an $800k Raise Last Year. Did You? | Jim Hightower
Ordinary workers now have to work centuries — or even millennia — to make what their CEOs make in a year.

Up Against the Wall | Khalil Bendib
Why is Pelosi protecting Trump?

In Case You Missed It…

Celebrating Pride, Mindfully | Jill Richardson
Inequalities in our broader society also occur in the queer community.

Racism Is a Public Health Crisis | Jessicah Pierre
Milwaukee’s novel approach to combating racial inequity should inspire other cities.

Poor Neighborhoods Need More Than ‘Investment’ | Amadi Anene
Low-income neighborhoods need employee-owned businesses anchored to their communities, not investors looking to make a quick buck.

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