As 2014 comes to a close, we look back at some top Beacon Broadside posts, as well as a few overlooked gems.
16 posts from December 2014
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.
Adele Barker reflects on the tenth anniversary of the 2004 tsunami that claimed over 200,000 lives and left her former home of Sri Lanka deeply scarred.
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?
“Staggerlee wonders” is a poem that could have been written for the current moment, a poem imbued with the spirit of #BlackLivesMatter, with the heartbreak and the anger of #ICantBreathe.
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.
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.
Caitlin Meyer, senior publicist at Beacon Press, has some book recommendations (and a recipe!) just in time for Chanukah.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Thomas Norman DeWolf, co-author of GATHER AT THE TABLE: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade, reacts to the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case.
Sharon Leslie Morgan, co-author of GATHER AT THE TABLE: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade, reacts to the grand jury's decision in the Eric Garner case.
According to Susan Katz Miller, author of Being Both: Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family, there is no single label that fits all interfaith families. And that's a good thing.
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.