John Peeler: From family life, to parenting, to schooling, to community involvement, the latest research invariably shows that young people at the top of the heap are steadily getting better off, while those at the bottom are getting worse.
Walter Brasch: In the United States, the Morality Police regulate everything from the color of hair to what people do in their bedrooms.
Beth Portello of social issue film distributor Cinema Libre Studio is no stranger to moviemakers trying to change the world. Along with her husband, independent director Philippe Diaz, Portello is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo for To End Poverty!, the sequel to the pair’s critically acclaimed 2008 documentary, The End of Poverty?
Robert Nelson: “Citizenfour” is a spellbinder. Poitras does not simply describe what others did. She herself was a central player in getting Edward Snowden’s revelations before the world.
Patrick O’Heffernan: Today the Netroots Foundation launched the Netroots Music Project (NMP) to link culture change with political change and help create the soundtrack of Progressive activism for the 21st century.
Jessica Lux: Citizen Koch director Carl Deal joined a political panel moderated by Lauren Steiner following Friday night’s LA’s theatrical premiere.
Gary Corseri: When I saw his gray tombstone slab—about the size of a large cereal box!—with nothing but the capitals “HENRY” inscribed on it, I thought at first: Surely this writer-philosopher-naturalist-activist deserved better notice than this! And then I thought: This is fitting….
Ruby Dee, Dies at 91 of natural causes in her home in New Rochelle. The star of Hollywood and Broadway was equally famous for her activism
Walter Brasch: The escalation of the laugh track has become the producers’ way to manipulate the audience to believe every word is a gem, every sentence uttered is golden.
Larry Wines: When we see Supreme Court cases in religious swaddling clothes, a movie may appear trivial. It isn’t. Hollywood drives culture, beliefs and opinions disproportionately, just as TV megachuch pastors do.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Art has added energy to advocacy — and it reaches people at deeper emotional levels, conveying what cannot be said with mere facts.
Arsenio Hall brought the “edge” to late night when a tarnished Presidential hopeful came on the show in June of 1992—wearing sunglasses .
Quantrills Raid: This bizarre moment should give pause to us all when we consider the small and the large of our own lives.