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This is no time for artists to shrink from social commentary

  Jordan Michael Smith’s “Making art political is one way to make it bad” (Ideas, Dec. 31) sacrifices Leo Tolstoy on the altar of amorality and relativism. Tolstoy’s sin? Writing, in his largely forgotten third novel, “Resurrection,” about how people recover from aristocratic indifference and brutality; how human nature isn’t confined to a dog-eat-dog, fight-flight-or-freeze …

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Call Elected Leaders to Advocate for Social Justice

  Tell them to pass the The Smith-Wyden Bipartisan Child Tax Credit bill. January 17, 2024 Hardworking families need your help right NOW. Call 1-888-738-3058 today and urge Congress to pass the Smith-Wyden Bipartisan Child Tax Credit. Republicans and Democrats worked together on this important legislation that would increase the tax credit for hardworking families …

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MLK speaker urges courage, love to oppose hate, racism

As the new year brings continued threats of global war, challenges to democracy, climate change and increasingly powerful artificial intelligence, there is a paramount need for individuals to speak out and act against hate. That was the message that author and advocate Michelle Alexander shared Jan. 15 as the memorial keynote speaker in the University …

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Black Christian leaders call for cease-fire in Gaza

In recent weeks, a group of Black Christian faith leaders met with White House officials and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, voicing concern about the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza amid Israel’s ground invasion into the region. On Wednesday, the clergy members escalated their cause, buying a full-page ad in the New York Times …

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Black Americans have always understood science as a tool in their freedom struggle

In the 1810s, John Kizell, a formerly enslaved South Carolinian and Sierra Leone settler, exchanged numerous letters with William Allen, a British chemist, about the region’s soil, climate, topography and indigenous medicines: “I have sent you three specimens of medicine which you will accept as from a Friend,” Kizell wrote to Allen in July 1812. …

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