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When we hear stories about domestic violence, one question seems to rise to the surface again and again: If the abuse is so bad, why didn’t she leave?

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By Mike Ervin on April 17, 2015
Wheelchair ramp in front of modern log-cabin house

April is Fair Housing Month--and the Fair Housing Amendments Act has improved housing opportunities for people with disabilities.

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By Jud Lounsbury on April 15, 2015

In a modern day America where almost everyone––including many Republicans––acknowledges the high cost of a Wal-Mart / Kohl's economy that puts millions of Americans out of work by selling cheap crap from China, there's 'ol Scott Walker bragging about the cheap made-in-China sweater he bought from a cashier on food stamps.

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By Julia Burke on April 14, 2015
Tanya Mitchell in visiting area

When we hear stories about domestic violence, one question seems to rise to the surface again and again: If the abuse is so bad, why didn’t she leave?

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By Ruth Conniff on April 13, 2015

In the video announcing her run for president, Hillary Clinton declares, "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion.” To make that campaign slogan credible, Clinton needs to take a clear position defending public schools.

By Julia Burke on April 13, 2015

"Nature is very tired,” wrote the frail Spaniard Luis Alfonso de Carvallo. The year was 1695. If only he could see us now.

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By Angie Trudell V... on April 13, 2015
Author and her sister as elementary students

I am the product of the Iowa public schools. I went to Willard Elementary on the east side of Des Moines, near the Iowa State Fairgrounds, along with my sister in the 1970s. It was a mixed school and we had middle class kids, poor kids, and special education courses and classes for kids who needed extra attention and smaller class sizes for various reasons. There was a smattering of kids of color, myself included, but predominantly poor white kids went to Willard Elementary. I remember we were among the better-off kids in our school.

By Kevin Alexander Gray on April 10, 2015

We’ve heard the lie before. When accused murderer and former North Charleston Patrolman Michael Thomas Slager’s lawyer said his client “felt threatened,” it wasn't his life that had been threatened. What was threatened was his sense of authority.

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By Julia Burke on April 09, 2015

The Progressive is fortunate to have footage of speeches and interviews featuring prominent activists, writers, and leaders from Naomi Klein to Kevin Alexander Gray among its archives. In partnership with On the Earth Productions, we present this series in conjunction with our regular coverage of education, pacifism, money in politics, civil rights, and environmental sustainability.

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By Ruth Conniff on April 08, 2015

Stanley Kutler, the great Nixon historian, gadfly, and all-around mensch, has passed away.

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By Badass Teachers... on April 08, 2015

The New York Badass Teachers Association is a diverse pro-public education organization of 2820 members, affiliated with the Badass Teachers Association, currently 54,913 strong nationwide.

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By Wendell Berry

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery 
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card 
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something 
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know. 
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord. 
Love the world. Work for nothing. 
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it. 
Denounce the government and embrace 
the flag. Hope to live in that free 
republic for which it stands. 
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man 
has not encountered he has not destroyed.
Ask the questions that have no answers. 
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.


Say that the leaves are harvested 
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus 
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion—put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come. 
Expect the end of the world. Laugh. 
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts. 
So long as women do not go cheap 
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy 
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep 
of a woman near to giving birth? 
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head 
in her lap. Swear allegiance 
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos 
can predict the motions of your mind, 
lose it. Leave it as a sign 
to mark the false trail, the way 
you didn’t go. Be like the fox 
who makes more tracks than necessary, 
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry is a poet, farmer, and environmentalist in Kentucky. This poem, first published in 1973, is reprinted by permission of the author and appears in his “New Collected Poems” (Counterpoint).


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