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  1. Art
  2. WOMANIFESTO

    “You have handed me a box of matches and no chaperone / And a world made of lies and polyester. / Congratulations.” Angry, energized words from an angry, energized woman. (Editor’s note: strong language.)

    Feminism
  3. The Diversity Deal

    In the wake of the #MuslimBan Executive Order and the airport protests that followed it, London-based writer Ali Abbas calls on Muslim communities to forge stronger, more reciprocal ties with other marginalized groups.

    Commentary
  4. Now that the war and theft is speeding up and spreading outward, it is catching up many more people, including many of the white middle class people who used to think that they were safe from all that kind of thing. The big question will be: what will we middle class white people do?

    Current Events
  5. This is just how white supremacy works. Without vigilance, it seeps into everything: like an overlooked red sock that stains the whole laundry load pink. That one red sock that makes my whites look as if, pre-wash, I had soaked ’em all in blood.

    Current Events
  6. Why We March: Reflections from Women’s Marches

    Millions of people marched on January 21, 2017, to oppose the new Trump administration in the US — and wrote about (or photographed or sketched) the experience.

    Current Events
    The National Mall in Washington, D.C., during the Women's March on Washington (photo from four twenty nine).
  7. My Father Worked for Both Parties at Seven Inaugurations. I Can’t Stand Trump — But I’ll Be There For Dad.

    From Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, Michael Estrin’s father taught him that patriotism transcends partisanship.

    Essay
  8. Rural Realities of Repealing the ACA

    “I mourn the loss of possibility, of promise, of our pursuit of happiness.” A couple, both insured through the Affordable Care Act, contemplates the loss of insurance and the loss of the life they’d hoped to have.

    Health
  9. “It’s kind of related to this concept that Gloria Steinem writes about, the idea that we are linked, not ranked.”

    Culture
  10. The Best of Tropics of Meta in 2016

    The editors at Tropics of Meta compile their favorite posts from 2016, on topics including architecture, hip hop, and politics — both tragic (the Orlando shooting, the US presidential election) and inspiring (struggles for social justice).

    Commentary
  11. The Girl on the Piccadilly Line

    Amsterdam-based Zoë, an award-winning blogger and freelance writer, is originally from the UK. She publishes on education, politics, travel, and other topics.

    Commentary
  12. The Posts That Moved Us in 2016: Current Events

    A selection of powerful writing that came out of the year’s tragedies and conflicts.

    Commentary
    Demonstration in London, March 2016. Photo by Ron F. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
  13. An “Open Apology” Gone Viral: Amy Rawe on Blogging, Community, and Dolly Parton

    A blogger reflects on a post read by millions in the short span of four days.

    Inspiration
    Image by Kristopher Harris (CC BY 2.0).
  14. “Hopelessness is necessary for the hard work of resisting tyranny and fascism. It is the precondition for sustained social movements because history isn’t a straight line. It is a spinning top that eventually moves forward but also always goes round and round as it does.”

    Current Events
  15. How to Find and Support Trustworthy Journalism

    Journalist and independent-press advocate Josh Stearns offers a wide range of resources for readers looking for trustworthy media outlets in our post-truth, fake-news era.

    Current Events