The following is an excerpt from Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors by Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund. Edelman was a student of the late Howard Zinn at Spelman College. Photo by Roslyn Zinn HOWARD...
23 posts from January 2010
Beacon Press director Helene Atwan offers this remembrance of historian, author, playwright, social activist, and friend Howard Zinn.
Alan Michael Collinge responds to the State of the Union and what the President promised to student borrowers
The staff of Beacon Press deeply mourns the passing of Howard Zinn, historian, author, playwright, social activist, and friend.
Danielle Ofri, one of many doctors writing about their experiences with patients, discusses her own approach to ensuring patient privacy.
On election day in Sri Lanka, Adele Barker shares a dispatch from Jaffna, a city recovering from the country's 26 year civil war.
In an excerpt from The Protest Psychosis, Jonathan Metzl discusses the process of finding "disembodied voices that told silent stories of what it meant to be incarcerated, or neglected, or entrenched, or immured."
A look at recent media featuring Beacon Press authors and books.
Today's post is from Carole Joffe, author of Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us (forthcoming in early 2010). Joffe is professor of sociology at the University of California-Davis and...
Too many kids are faced with draconian punishment under zero-tolerance laws.
Gail Dines looks at the latest technological advance in disturbing sex toys.
In honor of the holiday honoring the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr., an excerpt from his final book, Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Mary Daly, a world-renowned radical feminist philosopher, died on January 3rd. Two dozen people gathered this week at Harvard Divinity School to honor her memory.
This post is the first of a series marking the anniversary of the 2004 tsunami. This week's tragedy in Haiti calls painfully to mind the human loss and devastation of five years ago.
In the terrible wake of the devastating quake in Haiti, we have heard this about long-time Beacon friend and supporter, author Edwidge Danticat, who was interviewed for this story about Haitian-Americans waiting for news of loved ones: Edwidge Danticat, a...
In honor of Don Belton, whose death on December 27th was a great loss, Beacon Broadside shares this essay from Speak My Name: Black Men on Masculinity and the American Dream.
Liko and I were watching a youth hockey game at the Yerba Buena rink in San Francisco. We were surrounded by fathers watching their boys play hockey... and, man, was it ugly.
Melissa Harris-Lacewell asks: Who Are You Calling Crazy? in her review of Jonathan Metzl's The Protest Psychosis. Plus more Beacon links...
David Chura looks at a recent Department of Justice report that paints a disturbing picture of sexual abuse in juvenile detention centers.
Amy Seidl looks at the gap between what was achieved and what was needed in Copenhagen.