Commentary

This is what’s important in on-set safety

BY: and - October 26, 2021

In a horrendous accident, a cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, has died and a director has been injured after Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun while filming in New Mexico. When shooting a film with guns, there are many choices to make: each prop needs to be appropriate for the character, and appropriate for the scene. There […]

Mix-and-match boosters explained

BY: - October 25, 2021

Many Americans now have the green light to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster – and the flexibility to receive a different brand than the original vaccine they received. On the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s Sept. 22, 2021, emergency use authorization of a third dose – or “booster shot” – of the Pfizer-BioNtech […]

Vaccination against COVID-19 supports a healthy pregnancy by protecting both parent and child

BY: - October 13, 2021

The CDC issued an urgent health advisory for those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding on Sept. 29, 2021. The statement reiterated the importance of vaccination in preventing severe illness and death resulting from COVID-19. It also highlighted the wide gap in vaccination rates with pregnant people who are less than half as likely […]

Decline an invitation to any party eating its own

BY: - October 12, 2021

I tune into local right-wingers. Radio, socials, blogs. For me, an intake of diverse viewpoints, including extremist ones, is crucial background research. It’s also a civics exercise. Careful doses of even the most rank propaganda can modulate one’s own knee-jerk impulses, craft relevant lines of inquiry, hone protective instincts. I see it as a kind […]

Honoring the past to find a new way forward on National Coming Out Day

BY: - October 11, 2021

Greetings beloved trans and queer family, our allies, advocates, and accomplices, Happy National Coming Out Day! I am so happy you are sitting in your authentic self. For those who don’t have the capacity for being out, thank you for staying with us and fighting through the hard times. We hold you near to us. […]

Summer rainfall is more extreme due to climate change in the SW

BY: and - October 5, 2021

If you’ve never lived in or visited the U.S. Southwest, you might picture it as a desert that is always hot and dry. But this region experiences a monsoon in the late summer that produces thunderstorms and severe weather, much like India’s famous summer deluges. And this year, it generated a lot of rain. July […]

SNAP benefits rising for millions of Americans

BY: - October 1, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture adjusts Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits to reflect changes in food prices once a year. The government agency will take two other factors into account when it increases those benefits, which help people buy food, on Oct. 1, 2021. One is an unprecedented update of the Thrifty Food Plan – […]

The hypocrisy in how refugees are treated by the US government

BY: - September 27, 2021

After horrific photos emerged of men falling from airplanes and babies in great peril at the Kabul Airport weeks ago, I noticed a dramatic uptick in my various news feeds of the phrase “moral obligation.” Across all mediums, I heard the righteous call for the United States and nations around the globe to remember promises […]

It’s time to listen to Indigenous people who are risking their lives to save us all

BY: - September 23, 2021

After decades of malnourished approaches to environmental conservation being pushed by settler society, the world is starving for Indigenous solutions. Across the world, from Chaco Canyon, N.M. to Ihumātao, New Zealand, frontline Indigenous communities are putting their bodies on the line and rising to protect their sacred lands from extractive desecration — and many of […]

In attack on abortion rights, new Texas law could turn state courts into litigation Thunderdomes

BY: - September 21, 2021

Forty-eight years have passed since a Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade established a legal right to have an abortion in the United States. Numerous efforts have been made to restrict terms of the 1973 Roe decision. So far, the law remains that the government has no authority to restrict abortions before the point […]

Pandemic highlights longtime tech-integration failures for public schools

BY: - September 14, 2021

COVID-19 has reasserted that our schools are completely ill-prepared to equitably use technology in the classroom.  During my time attending school board meetings — and even in my time in public school — I saw quite a few questionable tech purchases, from lackluster web filters to funding an allegedly fraudulent learning software from the now-infamous […]

The neglect-for-profit scheme of corporate detention

BY: - September 13, 2021

A colleague and I drove through the desert east of Estancia to the Torrance County Detention Facility a couple of weeks ago. We were going there to speak with half a dozen Nicaraguan asylum-seekers.  After witnessing the sheer remoteness of the facility and the chaos and the desperation of the people detained inside, we agreed […]