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Race, Class, & Immigration

The intersectionality of racism, classism, and immigration policy is as pertinent today as in the past. Who is deemed legal and illegal, afforded full citizenship rights or not, is almost always determined by master-class politics and race.

“Rediscovery of the Ordinary”: Ethics, Media, and Violence

By Babli Sinha

This year, we have been awash in images of violence committed by states, by domestic partners and parents, and by organizations and individuals. The images of children’s bodies on the beach in Gaza and of Tamir Rice being shot by Cleveland police officers, to name but two examples, are presented by the media as evidence of an extreme level of brutality, even though the kinds of violence on display are hardly unusual. For some, the presentation of the events as extraordinary spectacles has a very undesirable impact in which they stop engaging with the suffering of others altogether. If the violence is exceptional rather than systemic, why witness it? Why traumatize ourselves by encountering the suffering?

Susan Sontag, in her book, Regarding the Pain of Others, answers these objections by reflecting on the ethics of viewing in connection with memory:

“Remembering is an ethical act, has ethical value in and of itself. Memory is, achingly, the only relation we can have with the dead.”

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Bodies for Bullets

By Denise Miller Author’s note: I wrote this poem to highlight the continued and deadly disregard for female bodies and brown bodies. The italicized sections however have been taken directly from the Declaration of Independence. Please feel free to add … Continue reading

Cities in Revolt: Chicago

By David Stovall Educator and activist David Stovall shares his remarks from a plenary session at the With/Out ¿Borders? conference this past September. This is the second piece in a three-part series on “Cities in Revolt.” To every person in … Continue reading