Does your community celebrate Juneteenth? Officially observed on June 19 in at least 45 states, it commemorates the final end of slavery in this country, which didn’t come until another few years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

This week in OtherWords, Jessicah Pierre marks Juneteenth with a reminder that however far we’ve come, black Americans still lag centuries behind white Americans in economic opportunity. And what better holiday to start doing something about it?

Also this week, Peter Montgomery looks at growing terrorist threat scarcely acknowledged by the White House — one driven by white nationalism and right-wing extremism. And the Sierra Club’s Michael Brune looks at what states are doing on the climate in the wake of the president’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accords.

Rounding out our package, Khalil Bendib scoffs a bit at the president’s supposed willingness to testify under oath about his handling of the Comey issue and all this Russia business. Jim Hightower takes cover under fire from the president’s Twitter account.

And, in a change of gears, Jill Richardson examines the gender politics of a leading institution of higher learning: Hogwarts, from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.


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  1. Honor Juneteenth by Closing the Racial Wealth Divide / Jessicah Pierre
    Even over 150 years after slavery, black families still lag centuries behind whites in household wealth.
  2. Domestic Terrorism in the Age of Trump / Peter Montgomery
    Experts warn that right-wing terror is on the rise — and the White House is making things worse.
  3. Mad about the Climate? Don’t Cheer Up! / Michael Brune
    The White House may have just accidentally sparked a revolution in efforts to address climate change.
  4. Gender Studies at Hogwarts / Jill Richardson
    Writers like Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling could help socialize the next generation with a stroke of the pen.
  5. Trump’s Twitter Bombs / Jim Hightower
    If a president is going to pick a mess of foreign fights, wouldn’t it be better not to pick them with allies?
  6. Pinocchio Nose / Khalil Bendib
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