Scoundrel Time

Author - Ellen Louise Ray

Defend the Dreamers

The good and bad news is that in our country executive power is fleeting. Presidents can issue executive orders that become law, but the following president can just as easily undo those orders. On Tuesday September 5th, 45 did just that...

Waiting for the Rain to Stop

We are weary. Beat down by months of one repulsive and impulsive tweet-turned-executive-order after another. And now, horrific Harvey, which officials estimate will send 30,000 Texas residents into shelters, not to mention many other displaced...

The Media Megaphone

In his 2007 essay “The Braindead Megaphone,” George Saunders describes a gathering of average folks—discussing topics of interest to them with openness and intelligence—who are suddenly drowned out by a man with a megaphone. “He’s not the smartest...

Town Hall Time

This week marks the real beginning of the August Recess for Congress, which means your representatives are home and likely hosting town halls. Take advantage of this opportunity for some face time—now is your chance to be more than just an email or...

Supporting Transgender Rights

It’s been a roller coaster of a week. In a matter of days, we’ve gone from celebrating the Affordable Care Act’s survival to fearing its imminent demise—and the loss of insurance for thirty-two million people over the next decade, not to mention the...

Protecting Immigrant Rights

In the resistance, as in so many of our personal battles, we often forget to pause and reflect upon what we have accomplished. But this week marks an important victory—neither the Senate’s revision of the healthcare bill nor the motion to repeal the...

Examining Education

Schools are a microcosm of society, and what young people learn there goes far beyond classroom instruction. Students replicate the social stratification they learn in their primary and secondary institutions, and many of these institutions are...

The New Patriotism: Resistance

It’s July 4th week, and, if you’re in the States, you’re probably seeing stars and stripes everywhere: streamers, t-shirts, overpriced throw-pillows. Patriotism is deeply embedded in our national identity, and this time of year has many of us...

Battling Islamophobia

The Senate Healthcare bill—which the American Medical Association has criticized for its failure to “first, do no harm”—is weighing heavily on our minds this week. If you haven’t yet let your senators know your feelings about the bill, now is the...

Fighting for Racial Justice

Monday, June 19th marked the 152nd anniversary of Juneteenth: the day—more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation—when slavery in the United States finally came to an end. But a century and a half later, our country remains crippled by...

Health of Our Planet, Health of Our People

It’s June—reign of the longest days of the year (in the northern hemisphere, anyway). But despite the extra hours of sunlight, the darkness these last few weeks has felt oppressive. Donald Trump gave the middle finger to the planet and the nations...