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16 posts from December 2014

Beacon Broadside: A Year in Review

As 2014 comes to a close, we look back at some top Beacon Broadside posts, as well as a few overlooked gems. Read more →

President Obama’s decision to re-establish commercial and diplomatic ties with Cuba caused Beacon's Associate Publisher Tom Hallock to think about what it might mean for publishers, writers, and readers, and to reawaken hopes he had when he visited Cuba almost twenty years ago. Read more →

For Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, it was a touching gesture that the Colorado governor apologized for a massacre that killed hundreds of innocent Native Americans. But who, she wonders, will apologize for the century of genocide and warfare against Indigenous peoples that killed far more? Read more →

On Dec 17th, Governor Cuomo announced that he would ban fracking in New York State because of health concerns. It's a huge victory for activists, say Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, authors of "The Real Cost of Fracking," but there's more work to be done to make New York truly safe. Read more →

For International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Melinda Chateauvert, author of SEX WORKERS UNITE, debunks the myth of the “Swedish Model” of prostitution and similar “end demand” laws that not only fail to protect sex workers, but actively put them in harm’s way. Read more →

Caitlin Meyer, senior publicist at Beacon Press, has some book recommendations (and a recipe!) just in time for Chanukah. Read more →

Instead of forming a new commission to investigate police reform, why doesn't President Obama take a second look at the rejected recommendations of the 1968 Kerner Commission? Read more →

Truth, Torture, and the American Way

In the wake of the Senate Torture Report, we take a look at several books that confront the issues of CIA torture, human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere in Iraq, and the Bush administration's complicity through it all. Read more →

Though Martin Luther King, Jr. accepted the Nobel Peace Prize fifty years ago today, it's clear that his message of hope and resilience are as necessary now as ever before. Read more →

Beacon talks with Jarek Steele, co-owner of St. Louis’s Left Bank Books, about their Black Lives Matter reading list and discussion group, and the bookstore’s longtime commitment to social justice. Read more →

Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955, for refusing to surrender her seat on a bus to a white passenger. In an excerpt from The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, Jeanne Theoharis traces the aftermath of Parks’s arrest and the lead-up to the bus boycott, and shows exactly what was at stake for Parks when she made the decision to let her arrest be used as the rallying point for a new movement. Read more →