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Who’s Afraid of the “Big Bad” Identity Politics?

Let’s play the word association game. Come now. It’ll be fun !Peanut : Butter. Instagram : Celebrity. Identity politics : Divisive.Wait. Let’s back up. Divisive? That word has been coming up lately wh

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History Politics and Current Events white fragility Race and Ethnicity in America Jeanne Theoharis A More Beautiful and Terrible History Crystal Fleming How to Be Less Stupid About Race Robin DiAngelo

What’s the Beef With Calling a Veggie Burger a Veggie Burger?

By Jacy Reese | One roadblock that is probably slowing down mainstream acceptance of plant-based products, even artisan ones, is labeling. When the California Department of Public Health inspected Sch

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American Society Science and Medicine Environment and Conservation Jacy Reese The End of Animal Farming

Beacon Press Staff Recommends Summer Reads, 2019 Edition

The summer solstice has graced us with its yearly cameo. Time to bask in the warmth and light (and that charming humidity when it gets here) of longer nights! Which means more time to enjoy reading ou

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Literature and the Arts Helene Atwan Beacon Staff Maya Fernandez Christian Coleman Emily Powers Beth Collins

Breaking the Radio Silence on Population Growth

By Philip Warburg | For all their ideological differences, progressives and conservatives share an aversion to dealing with global population growth. Progressives commonly argue that privileged white

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Environment and Conservation Philip Warburg

Beacon Press Authors Reflect on the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall riots. We reached out to some of our authors to reflect on the impact of this landmark and turning point in the centuries of queer history in Amer

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History Now More Than Ever Queer Perspectives Reverend Elizabeth M. Edman Laura A. Jacobs Kay Whitlock Michael Bronski Ginny Gilder Melinda Chateauvert Carlos Ball Kevin Jennings Martin Moran