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Boundless Gratitude to Thich Nhat Hanh for His Teachings and Meditations

By Amy Caldwell | As we entered our second year of the pandemic, early in the spring of 2021, I was reviewing the changes and additions the monastics of the Plum Village Center for Engaged Buddhism ha

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Religion Thich Nhat Hanh Beacon Staff Amy Caldwell The Blooming of a Lotus: Revised and Expanded

To Rectify Racial Injustice, We Must Connect Our Protests with Demands

A Q&A with Solomon Jones | One of the things I realized in working against racism in policing is that Frederick Douglass was right when he said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did

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activism American Society Race and Ethnicity in America Bev Rivero Solomon Jones Ten Lives, Ten Demands

How I Embarked on a Literary Translation of The Kural, the Classical Tamil Masterpiece

By Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma | Twenty-two years ago, when I first lived in Madurai in the state of Tamil Nadu, I went to visit the home of a student at the college where I was teaching. Meenakshi Sundra

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Religion Literature and the Arts The Kural Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma

We Remember Professor Lani Guinier

It’s a rough way to begin the new year, mourning an author and an intellectual powerhouse. Lani Guinier, legal scholar, champion for voting rights, and the first woman of color appointed to a tenured

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American Society Race and Ethnicity in America Progressive Education Helene Atwan Beacon Press News Mary Frances Berry Jeanne Theoharis Paul Ortiz Lani Guinier Beacon Staff Christian Coleman The Tyranny of the Meritocracy

Kshama Sawant: “We Won Because We Did Not Back Down”

By Jonathan Rosenblum | Once again, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant and her Socialist Alternative organization have beaten the political odds. Last month, she defeated a million-dollar recal

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activism American Society Politics and Current Events Beyond $15 Jonathan Rosenblum