False information has reached a crescendo, but it’s hardly a new phenomenon. Originally published in Saturday Evening Post. ON A RAINY MORNING IN MAY 1917, residents of Boise, Idaho, opened their city’s newspaper to see column after column of World War I dispatches. One report stood out from the rest. It topped page 4, next […]
A Woman Not of Her Time
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Zero the Mind
The U.S. military is using mindfulness to tap into focused attention of troops under extreme stress. Will it adopt the practices? Should it? Originally published by Mindful Magazine. THE BELL RINGS, AND THE 21 CADETS in Major Matt Jarman’s leadership class at Virginia Military Institute stand at attention as their highest-ranking classmate salutes the professor. […]
ICE Puts Immigrants Into a Cruel Catch-22
By complying with one government agency, Samuel Oliver-Bruno exposed himself to deportation by another. Originally published in The Nation. LAST MONTH, SAMUEL OLIVER-BRUNO WAS SUMMONED to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) support center in Morrisville, North Carolina. After living in the United States for more than two decades, the 47-year-old drywall installer was […]
Is the World Bank Group Above the Law?
A fishing community in India challenges the bank’s private-lending arm in the U.S. Supreme Court. Originally published in The Nation. THE U.S.SUPREME COURT SITS ABOUT 8,000 miles from Tragadi Bandar, the patch of India’s west coast where Budha Ismail Jam has spent most of the past two decades fishing for a living. Jam’s seasonal home, […]
Republican National Convention, Day 2: “Hillary Is a Foreign Agent of the Communist Chinese!”
Originally published in Indy Week. ALEX JONES, PRESUMABLY, ISN’T USED TO LOSING control of the stage. The syndicated radio host, dubbed “the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has a gift for energizing crowds. Before he spoke a single word at Monday’s America First Unity Rally—an unofficial Donald Trump […]
Can Moral Mondays Produce Victorious Tuesdays?
North Carolina’s protest movement has galvanized the state’s progressives, but couldn’t stop 2014’s Republican tide. Its leaders say they’re only just beginning. Originally published in The American Prospect. All photos © 2014 by Jenny Warburg. DERICK SMITH ARRIVED AT THE KICKOFF for North Carolina’s 2014 Moral March on a raw February morning. He zipped his […]
Reports from Moral Monday
During 2014, I reported on North Carolina’s Moral Monday movement, a faith-based organizing effort that is becoming a national model. The movement is spearheaded by the state NAACP with broad support from churches and issue-based organizations, including women’s, immigrant, environmental, LGBT, and labor groups. Most of the articles were published online by The American Prospect, illustrated by […]
A Mighty Shout in North Carolina
The Moral Monday movement entered its second year with a bang on Saturday. But can it channel that upbeat energy to reverse a conservative tide? Originally published in The American Prospect. All photos © 2014 by Jenny Warburg. GEOFFREY ZEGER DIDN’T ATTEND last year’s Moral Mondays, the series of civil-disobedience events at which more than […]
RNC Day 2: ‘All the laws we have today came from Judeo-Christian views’
Originally published in Indy Week. FORTY YEARS AGO, WHEN SHE WAS A TEENAGER, Miriam Aikens had an abortion. Then she had another. “I was young,” she says. “I was uninformed.” She was raised a devout Christian, and still “in the church” when she terminated the two unwanted pregnancies. Describing the aftermath, she mostly avoids the […]