A recent op-ed in the Morning Call, 'Bike Lane on Broad street in Bethlehem: Why it's dangerous', dismisses all bike lanes as inherently dangerous. The worst thing about this op-ed is that it brings out many legitimate dangers created by poorly-designed bike lanes — but it’s like a propaganda piece, because it doesn’t explore alternatives. For example, it doesn’t even … [Read more...] about Bike Lanes for Broad Street?
Activism & Advocacy
During the summer, several students worked on a climate action project that’s especially relevant in light of the latest ‘Red Alert’ from the U.N. and the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change]. While the students' work this summer centered on implementing Bethlehem’s Climate Action Plan, most of the information and ideas apply everywhere. This is … [Read more...] about Bethlehem’s Climate Action Plan – a call to Action!
Because the corporate media and our elected officials refuse to tell the truth about what's happening in Palestine, here are a few articles that reveal the ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and apartheid of Israel. NOTE: It's important not to conflate Israel or zionism with Judaism or the Jewish people, who have a long history of advocating for universal human rights. In this … [Read more...] about Israel & Palestine today
We've posted internship opportunities for this summer. Instead of centering on a single large project as we did in recent years, we're offering special versions of several internships we've offered during the year: Climate Action | Climate Justice (Summer 2021)Communication (Summer 2021)Community & Restorative Justice (Summer 2021)Editing & Publishing (Summer … [Read more...] about 2021 Summer internships
In my recent post ['60+ Years of Assault on POC'], I mentioned the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally: The latest iteration of the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, which is in some ways a celebration of white supremacy and (White) individuals’ ability to ignore the law, was tacitly welcomed by the government and businesses of South Dakota." Some of the Lakota nations … [Read more...] about Sturgis & Coronavirus
As we consider the events in Minneapolis and Kenosha, let's take a minute to consider that these events are part of a pattern that's gone on for many years. It's not just a case of the disproportionate killing of Black people by the police, it's also white supremacy showing itself in many other ways, some of them quite obvious. We could go all the way back to the Black … [Read more...] about 60+ Years of Assault on POC
Feeling pretty mentally fried at the moment – so forgive me if this is not super concise or coherent – but I wanted to share some general musings on what is currently happening in Portland. I’ve been a little hesitant to post firsthand accounts in the past months because protesters are being targeted by surveillance, and because I remain unsure whether centering my own … [Read more...] about Letter from Rose, niece of a local resident living in Portland, Oregon
by Rachel O’Donnell Transnational feminist movements have made a profound contribution to a realization of global feminist politics and international development more generally. Since these movements are not often recognized or covered in mainstream media, it can be difficult to gather a complete understanding of the ways in which gender equality is gaining ground globally, … [Read more...] about Transnational Feminist Activism in Latin America and Beyond
by Beth Taylor, Karen Ali, and Aaron Appel Turn on the news. Listen to the radio. Check your social media. Without a doubt, you will find numerous Covid-19 stories – from the infection spikes across the country to the debate about opening schools this fall. But amidst all of this, there is stunning silence on one fact: COVID-19 is worsening in prisons and it is because of … [Read more...] about A Free People Strike to Let Our People Go
by Stephen Eric Bronner Make America Great Again!” is a slogan based on nostalgia for an “imaginary community;” women were happy in the kitchen, gays were happy in the closet, and people of color were happy doing menial tasks and keeping to themselves. “Everybody” knew that this was how it was supposed to be. Certainty of this sort is gone. Apparently, these subaltern groups … [Read more...] about Popular Sovereignty