The American people will elect Donald Trump president this year. I’m not saying I want it to happen. I’m just sayin’. It will happen like this. Hillary gets the nomination of the Democrats. The Donald gets the GOP nod, because they can’t figure out how to stop him. Then, the campaign: Hillary vs. the Donald. […]

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The X stands for ten. Yes, it’s been ten years. Rising Tide X takes place on the 29th of August, 2015, the ten-year anniversary of Katrina’s landfall. Rising Tide started on the first anniversary and the conference has convened every year since. Many Katrina anniversary events are commemorative or memorial in nature. They look back. Rising […]

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On the 28th of March, 2004, I started this blog with a post about sweetgum buds. Later that day, I attended a meeting of the Greater New Orleans Green Party, where the group endorsed a statement I’d written on the subject of marriage equality. Everybody should have the right to get married. The sex of […]

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Today is International Mother Earth Day. Yes, that’s the official name as designated by the United Nations. And isn’t that a more interesting, more compelling, juicier name? I wonder if it will ever catch on in these United States. I’ve heard it’s the largest secular holiday in the world, but many of us experience the […]

Read More → A Pagan Community Statement on the Planetary Ecosystem

I was honored to stand with over a dozen parents, teachers, and former board members, to speak in support of the Morris Jeff United Educators at the board meeting yesterday. Here’s what I said. I’m speaking today to express my enthusiastic support for the formation, or perhaps I should say the re-formation, of a teachers’ […]

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As I researched the Haymarket Affair and the history of May Day in America, it was interesting to learn that Bohemian anarchists played a prominent role in the campaign for an eight-hour day and other labor struggles of the late 19th century. That caught my eye because I recently learned that one of my Bohemian […]

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Over the past couple weeks, volunteers (including yours truly) have attempted to call every registered Green in the state of Lousiana, just to let people know that we’re organizing this convention on January 25. Our 2012 presidential candidate Jill Stein will be there. Don’t let the slick graphics fool you: This is a grassroots, seat-of-the-pants […]

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Sitting thru my employer’s mandatory benefits workshop reconfirmed my belief that health insurance is institutionalized insanity. There must be a better way. I’ve never liked the concept of health insurance. It seems wrong to me at the very core. It feels like a perverse form of gambling. You’re putting down all this money against the […]

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I’ll take this article with a grain of salt, but I did find the parenthetical explanation of the racial politics of capitalization helpful. Readers frequently write to ask why I capitalize “Black” but not “white”. Often the question comes with racial resentment attached: there is a feeling that the use of the capital letter reveals […]

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This just in from Cherri Foytlin, who will be on the Social Media, Social Justice panel at Rising Tide 6 (register now): “thanks to all who attended – please read and share the link” The day before yesterday, on August 4, 2011, one year after the President of our United States stood on national television […]

Read More → “The Oil is Not Gone, and Neither Are We”