Week Sixteen | Readings

A short reading list this week, because it’s all hands on deck on the phoning/tweeting/letter-writing/town-hall front. American democracy feels pretty fragile right now, and we’re arguably on the cusp of a Constitutional crisis (not quite there yet, but watch this space). Accordingly, if you’re not already, please make your voices heard! Check out our Resources section (right sidebar) for help on getting engaged. 5 Calls and the Town Hall Project are great starting points. If you need more rallying, here–whether you like CNN’s Fareed Zakaria or not–is a pretty clear-eyed, urgent assessment of what’s going on, and why it matters. Eminently worth your four minutes.

We’ll aim for more of a content mixture (jokes! art! random joy! poetry! humanity!) next week so that we don’t all go insane. But this week we’re more or less laser-focused. (And to think we were in a state of high alert just last week about the AHCA! Time, in this administration, certainly does fly.)

Week Twelve & Thirteen | Readings

Your special Earth Day/Science March/tax day/chocolate bunnies edition: equal parts rallying, infuriating, and covered in brightly colored foil.

 

And the second, pure catharsis in video form, courtesy of Keith Olbermann.

 

Week Eleven | Readings

Much news to watch, and many calls to make. A shorter reading list this week accordingly:

  • Finally, PBS’ Frontline is doing some excellent work about the divisions in America that led to Trump’s election. Their Divided States of America is superb; so are three short recently-released videos surveying Trump voters on three key issues: Water, Coal, and Jobs. These vox-pop pieces are each about ten minutes long, and should be required viewing for those who want to understand, and reach out to, those across the aisle.
  • On a lighter note, Samantha Bee showcases not-so-new developments on Russian hacking:

 

 

 

Week Ten | Readings

For your perusal, choice morsels from the past week. Decline-and-fall, Brexit, poetry…something for everyone.

  • For Anglophiles (or Anglophobes, depending on your perspective), the BBC profiles those responsible for negotiating Brexit‘s terms.  |  And on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, MEP Esteban González Pons issues a rousing reminder of what the EU stands for, and what Brexit means:

  • Finally, on the one-year anniversary of Wiyot artist Rick Bartow’s death, a chance to revisit the 2012 video by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian celebrating “We Were Always Here,” his installation overlooking the Mall. It’s worth the short watch:

 

Week Nine | Readings

Better late than never. As Sunday draws to a close, light a fire, grab a whiskey and tuck in for a few good reads.

  • Finally, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), ranking Intelligence Committee member, lays down with remarkable clarity the reasons for the House investigation into Russian collusion and interference. Watch it in full, and then keep pushing for an independent investigation:

Week Seven | Readings

  • A couple of reminders that America’s internal turmoil is nothing compared to what’s happening elsewhere: Melissa Gronlund, in Artforum, reports on the international “Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage” conference in Abu Dhabi, with special emphasis on Syrian heritage sites  |  Britain’s Channel Four news airs short video showcasing the chaos and devastation of Aleppo families inside a barebones, resource-poor, beseiged hospital.
  • Finally, yet another SNL video that nails it: