At around 2 pm this past Sunday, 20 year-old Daunte Wright, an African American man, drove through Brooklyn Center, MN, with his girlfriend in the passenger seat. A few miles from where Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, he was pulled over for the what the police said was an expired registration. Kim Potter, a long-serving white female police officer, ran Wright’s information and discovered a warrant for his arrest for having missed a hearing on a misdemeanor gun charge. When the officers attempted to detain Wright, he pulled free to get back into his car. In the bodycam footage, a…


I recently heard a member of the Idaho Nez Perce/Nimiipuu say that if you have the sense of having lost something, you should gaze in that direction and it will come toward you. I’ve been trying to gaze in the direction of democracy.

People mean a million different things by democracy, but it seems there are two main categories. To most people of the contemporary left — including myself and others who advocate cultural democracy — the underlying democratic impulse is egalitarian. Democracy is when everyone has a voice, not just a vote. Impediments to full participation must be removed…


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Clare Reynolds is a cofounder and co-Artistic Director of Restoke (the other is…


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Amber Hansen and Reyna Hernandez live…


What — apart from the fact that U.S. prisons are pandemic petri dishes and prisoners’ lives are officially regarded as dispensable — does the colossal, ongoing disaster of our criminal justice system have to do with the current disaster of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout?

You might answer that having the world’s largest prison population (indeed, more than 20 percent of all prisoners on the globe are in the U.S. despite having only 4.25 percent of global population) rhymes with having the world’s largest number of COVID cases (more than 25 percent of worldwide cases), and you would be right. …


I’m not much for patriotic displays, so I was surprised when I teared up during Lady Gaga’s singing of the national anthem at President Biden’s inauguration. And about half a dozen other times. The event pleased me in many ways. Just to see a president call out white supremacy, speak for the power of truth — the sense of relief that flowed through my veins was enlivening, as…


La Presse “autrice et référence mondiale en matière de démocratie culturelle,”

Will the President-designate of the United States don his superhero cape to save the cultural sector knocked down by COVID-19 and the Trump era…


The year is almost over, friends, and I have yet to understand exactly what is happening. How about you?

I mean, sure, the COVID numbers, the unemployment figures, the police murders, the packed prisons — all of this can be quantified and at least on the level of sheer numbers, comprehended. But what boggles my mind is the vast cognitive dissonance between conventional wisdom and lived experience. How can it be bridged?

I have a slew of examples, but let’s focus on just one, the federal government. As endless historians have assured us, the framers of this nation’s government created…



One thing we’ve been hearing a lot about since the quadruple pandemic hit is the hope that instead of trying to restore our civic and market systems to their former flawed and inequitable state, we should see this enforced pause as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make essential change. People see the opportunity to strengthen democracy, social inclusion, racial equity, economic security, environmental healing, and much more.

Amidst all the time-release news about President-Elect Biden’s Cabinet-secretary and department-head choices, there’s been barely a peep about culture. But sooner or later, Biden will make the appointments that put his stamp on federal…

Arlene Goldbard

Writer, painter, speaker, consultant activist. Learn more about arlenegoldbard.com.

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