A Soiled Picture of Art and Labor

A Soiled Picture of Art and Labor

Home care givers, fast food workers, and adjunct faculty all work in multi-billion-dollar industries — and have to fight for livable, sustainable wages. Artists also work, and struggle, in a multi-billion-dollar industry. Their $700 billion-a-year Industry of Art runs...
Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass

Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass

Retired professional photographer Rick Rappaport was standing in 6 inches of water on the overcrowded floating dock, watching the drama unfold before him. The Fennica, a massive Shell icebreaker ship, was inching down Oregon’s Willamette River en route to Alaska. It...
World Capital of Weather Wimps

World Capital of Weather Wimps

What’s wrong with Washington? I’m not talking about goofy political antics, like James Inhofe’s latest bid to disprove climate change. In case you missed it, the chairman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee gave a mind-numbing speech a few weeks ago...
The Enduring Impact of Andy Shallal’s Mayoral Run

The Enduring Impact of Andy Shallal’s Mayoral Run

It’s not usually realistic for a candidate who came in 5th to credibly claim that he had a major impact on an election. Yet Andy Shallal did. When he launched his late-starting, outsider campaign for Mayor of Washington, D.C., local political conversations were about...
AIDS in Africa and Black America

AIDS in Africa and Black America

Thirty years ago, the CDC reported the first cases of HIV/AIDS in New York and Los Angeles. Initially thought to be a disease of gay white men, AIDS is now a global epidemic. Thirty-three million people worldwide were living with AIDS in 2010, with sub-Saharan Africa...

On D.C.’s U Street, Can’t We All Just Swagger Along?

Published in the Washington Post, August 9. Stephen A. Crockett’s article about “swagger-jacking” on U Street [“Stealing home?,” Metro, Aug. 3] got me all jacked up. I am one of the so-called “swagger-jackers” to whom he was...
I Don’t Like Ike’s Memorial

I Don’t Like Ike’s Memorial

When they decided to honor Dwight Eisenhower with a memorial in Washington, they did it up right. They hired perhaps our most famous architect, Frank Gehry, to design it. They picked out a place in the middle of the National Mall to put it. They bankrolled it at a...
When Number Two Acts like Number One

When Number Two Acts like Number One

In late November, NATO forces whacked 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan border. As of November 30, the Pentagon and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton had not yet accepted blame; but they were “investigating” and “regretting.” However, the...

The Honduran Accords

Remember the plotters who kidnaped and exiled President Manuel (“Mel”) Zelaya and those who helped provide the facade of legitimacy for the June 28, 2009, military coup d’état? Almost two years later, this group of landed gentry, businessmen...

Book Event: David Bacon’s ‘Illegal People’

For two decades photojournalist David Bacon has documented the connections between labor, migration, and the global economy. Please join this discussion of his new book, Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, which is based on...

Washington Whistleblower Week

The “Whistleblower Week in Washington” conference promotes and encourages laws seeking to protect individuals’ civil rights and justice as well as the rights of truth tellers who report hazardous, illegal and unsafe conditions, and waste, fraud and...

Lt. Watada-an American Hero

Lieutenant Ehren Watada is like many other Americans; as the intentions behind invading Iraq have become more obviously spurious, he has reshaped his perceptions of the war. He originally supported the war with so much vigor that he voluntarily enlisted in the Army,...