Laura Flanders, The Nation

Laura Flanders

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Past articles by Laura:

Why Disability Justice Is Crucial for Liberation

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, author of The Future Is Disabled, explains how disabled wisdom can help us all fight fascism and climate change. → Read More

The Anti-Trans Hate Machine

A conversation with Imara Jones about fighting the anti-trans industrial complex. → Read More

“What’s at Stake Is Joy”: A Conversation With Ibram X. Kendi

The Boston University professor discusses where he was when Ted Cruz held up his book while questioning Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. → Read More

The Fierce Love of the Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis

Middle Collegiate Church burned down, but its senior minister says the global response showed how “the theory of fierce love is actually practiced in real life.” → Read More

Why We Made “Going for Broke”

In this video roundtable, Laura Flanders joins Ray Suarez and Ann Larson to talk about our newest podcast. → Read More

The Guns of North Carolina: Training for the Next January 6?

The barrage of gunfire and explosions from this “Tactical and Cultural Training Center” in the North Carolina woods already has the majority-Black town next door on edge. How worried should the rest of us be? → Read More

Why Ecology Is the Infrastructure of the Future

Landscape architect Kate Orff says we must restore and harness natural systems to protect ourselves from the worsening climate crisis. → Read More

Closing the Largest Generic Drug Plant in the US Is a Sick Joke

But Joe Manchin’s daughter, a company executive, is laughing all the way to the bank. → Read More

GOP United in Action To Keep Workers Down

Just six percent of private sector workers belong to a union in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we’re short of united action on our economy. For weeks now, employers and their lobbies have been unified in their lament that a scarcity of workers is the result of overly generous federal unemployment benefits. People would rather stay home and get rich off the public purse, they → Read More

Does the US Have a Culture of Violence? Not the United States of Women

The white, male, militarist culture of violence isn’t inevitable. It’s a societal choice. Let's switch. → Read More

Latinx Farmworkers Are Purchasing Failing Farms From White Owners

Latinx farm owners stand at the intersection of racial justice and food justice. → Read More

Time to Take the Mittens Off!

I like as good meme as much as the next person who likes memes, but I have my qualms about the Bernie mitten moment.For those who have been paying attention to something else, in the days after the Biden/Harris inauguration, a picture of Vermont’s Senator Sanders siting masked and in mittens went viral. Speedily engineered apps enabled anyone to sit Sanders at their protest, → Read More

The Times They Ain’t a-Changing

I’ve never been a Bob Dylan fan, and the Nobel Prize winner’s sale of his archive to Universal Music changed nothing about that. In fact, sing as he might about how The Times They are a-Changing, Dylan’s deal, worth an estimated $300 million to him, changed nothing about anything. But it could have been different. Dylan, pre-sale, had assets worth an estimated $200 million. → Read More

The US Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People

There’s never been a better time to reconsider the entire system. .. The US today spends more than $80 billion a year incarcerating 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, local jails, youth facilities and deportation centers. That’s $80 billion that comes out of public coffers and goes into public confinement. → Read More

Covid Country Diary

We left Manhattan for the Catskills in March; two months into the city’s lockdown, this rural county had the highest per capita number of new cases in the state. → Read More

We Can’t Afford to Be Bystanders During a Pandemic, Says Activist Linda Sarsour

Sarsour is part of a generation that won’t take the government's word, but will ask questions and demand accountability. → Read More

Covid-19: Our Health Crisis Is Born of Bigotry

“A bridge is no stronger than its weakest part.” Former slave turned educator Anna Julia Cooper uttered those very contemporary-sounding words back in 1892. The US didn’t heed them then; we haven’t heeded them yet. The big question, brought home to us one more time by the Covid-19 crisis, is why not? What does American society so love about having weak parts that we → Read More

Puerto Rico's Uprisings Have Empowered a New Leadership Among the Oppressed

Rising activist leadership from youth, LGBTQ people and Black Puerto Ricans is a step toward liberation for the island. → Read More

Tanisha Anderson, Impeachment, and a Hawk

I was thinking about impeachment when a bird fell out of the sky. I was thinking about quid pro quos and the using of the presidency for personal gain when I rounded a corner and saw a hawk, gray and crumpled. It was a bright blue day, and she seemed to have slammed herself into a window, mistaking it for the sky. Dazed on the sidewalk, she stood perfectly still, protected by → Read More

The Federal Reserve Was Set Up to Provide Capital to Largest Wall Street Banks

The Fed has paid Wall Street banks to effectively purchase the government's debt. → Read More