This week in OtherWords, Nathalie Baptiste and LeeAnn Hall put Baltimore’s recent upheaval into a context illustrated by cartoonist Khalil Bendib. And I salute the climate movement’s patron saint — Pope Francis.

In addition to our regular lineup of newsroom-ready op-eds, columns, and a weekly cartoon, we’re also running a blog post by CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou. Recently released from prison for the “crime” of speaking publicly about the government’s embrace of torture, Kiriakou now works for the Institute for Policy Studies and will soon start to write for OtherWords.

He’s a talented writer with many stories to tell. I look forward to sharing some of them with our readers and in the hundreds of newspapers that run OtherWords commentaries in their opinion sections.

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  1. Nonviolence for Whom?/ Nathalie Baptiste
    If violence isn’t the answer, somebody should tell the police.
  2. From Rage to Reform/ LeeAnn Hall
    Police violence is a national problem, and everybody has a stake in solving it.
  3. The For-Profit College Scam/ Dawn Lueck
    Why I support the debt strike against my former employer.
  4. Coddling the Rich/ Bob Lord
    Congress is gutting vital programs for the poor while heaping billions of dollars of relief on a few wealthy families.
  5. Converting the Fossil-Fuel Fundamentalists/ Emily Schwartz Greco
    Pope Francis is redefining the ongoing transition to greener energy as a moral and spiritual obligation.
  6. Drink Outside the Box/ Jill Richardson
    If you want to be eco-conscious about your drinking water, get it from the tap.
  7. The Real Drug Racket/ Jim Hightower
    Some Big Pharma wiseguys cornered the market on life-saving heart drugs and immediately jacked up the price.
  8. Baltimore’s Tolerance Double Standard/ Khalil Bendib

    Baltimore's Tolerance Double Standard, an OtherWords cartoon by Khailil Bendib

    Baltimore’s Tolerance Double Standard, an OtherWords cartoon by Khailil Bendib

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