• I CAN’T BREATHE (NOW HEAR THIS newsletter, June 2020)

    George Floyd, echoing Eric Garner in 2014, gasped “I can’t breathe” as a Minneapolis police officer pinned his neck to the pavement with his knee, blocking his windpipe and blood vessels, calmly killing him before a crowd of onlookers whose iPhone cameras were trained on him. Millions have now seen those videos. Millions can’t breathe. […]

  • MAYDAY! / MAY DAY (NOW HEAR THIS newsletter, May 2020)

    It’s May 1, the traditional day of spring celebrations. In the nineteenth century, May Day also became the day to celebrate workers, who in the cruel era of the Industrial Revolution organized strikes to campaign for the eight-hour workday. “Mayday!” is also the official international distress call issued as an airplane or ship is is […]

  • EARTH DAY 2020 – A CALL FOR VIRTUAL CELEBRATION – Guest Article from Pedro Valverde

    Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, environmentalists marched worldwide as the first Earth Day shook the nations of the world out of what had become a long, pollution-riddled slumber that took place during the 19th and 20th centuries, and is also known as the ugly by-product of the Industrial Age. Earth Day was supposed to be […]


    Frankly, it’s hard to think about a lot besides COVID-19 this month. Our hearts go out to those who have suffered from the virus here and abroad. We are deeply grateful to the courageous front-line workers, nurses, drivers, and housekeepers who selflessly care for the afflicted. We’re equally grateful to all the grocery checkout workers, […]