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17 posts from February 2008

Drug-Free School Zone

By Chris Mercogliano I am in absolute agreement with Bruce E. Levine: it isn’t ODD at all that our society has stepped up its efforts to pathologize young people with biopsychiatric labels like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Oppositional Defiance... Read more →

Link Roundup: UUs on Street Prophets, Human Guinea Pigs, Teaching Kids About Racism

A link rescue from the not-to-distant past: Carl Elliott, who has a forthcoming Beacon book about consumerism and corruption in the medical industry, had a harrowing piece in the New Yorker about professional human guinea pigs, which is now available... Read more →

The Relevance of Nooses and Lynching in the Age of Obama

by Sherrilyn A. Ifill In the flush of the current presidential campaign, when crowds of blacks and whites caught up in Obama fever chant together, “race doesn’t matter,” and even the mainstream media seems delirious with the possibility that the... Read more →

Obama's Mixed Heritage: A Mother's Perspective

by Barbara Katz Rothman It's an interesting historical moment to be a white mother of a Black child, as another white mother's Black child is running for president of the United States. Who'd have thought? I too am a white... Read more →

An Overextended Prison Health System Loses its Mercurial Advocate

by Sasha Abramsky In the years after World War II, California’s prisons were seen as being some of the most progressive correctional institutions in America. They were generally well funded, and the officials in charge of the system had a... Read more →

Letter to the Palestinian Leadership: Try a New Approach

by Philip C. Winslow Open Letter to: President Mahmoud Abbas, Ramallah Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Gaza City Occupied Palestinian Territories Dear President Abbas and Prime Minister Haniyeh: I write to you in frustration and some alarm as the latest violence... Read more →

Link Roundup: Mary Oliver, Sherrilyn Ifill, and YouTube

Books are great—we all love books around here—but seeing a writer in person, giving a reading or a talk, can stimulate the intellect, illuminate the work, and delightfully entertain. Mary Oliver is one of Beacon's most popular writers, and, according... Read more →

The People Speak: Performances from Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States

by Allison Trzop Several weeks ago, a couple of folks from Beacon -- including Director Helene Atwan -- had the pleasure and the privilege of attending several readings and tapings for a miniseries being shot over at Emerson College’s Cutler... Read more →

Going To the Territory: The Black Conservative Tradition in American Politics

by Christopher Alan Bracey During a recent promotional event for my book, Saviors or Sellouts: The Promise and Peril of Black Conservatism, From Booker T. Washington to Condoleezza Rice, a middle-aged African American woman asked me a question that I’ve... Read more →

Manipulating the Metaphors: the Bush Record on Education

by William Ayers In his State of the Union address on January 28, President Bush, our self-styled “education president,” urged Congress to re-authorize the No Child Left Behind Act, calling it a “good law” and claiming that because of this... Read more →

A Winter Institute: The Transformation of Independent Bookselling

Tom Hallock, Beacon's Associate Publisher, spent last weekend in the company of 500 booksellers at the American Booksellers Associations' third Annual Winter Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. by Tom Hallock Independent booksellers, like independent retailers in other industries, have long been... Read more →