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It feels like there is less and less space in discussions about the Israel/Palestine conflict for those who acknowledge the humanity of both peoples

For more context on the history of this conflict and my stance on it, feel free to read my earlier essay on Israel, Palestine, and the path to peace

I am heartbroken.

I’m also exhausted.

Scenes of violence playing out in Gaza, Israel, and the West Bank are all too familiar, and every time they unfold I feel little fragments of my soul break off and flow into the ether.

As an American Jew and a progressive, I have an extremely intricate and convoluted connection to the goings on of this region. …

Someone putting a ballot into a ballot box
Someone putting a ballot into a ballot box
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Dear progressives,

If you are planning on sitting this election out or voting third party: please reconsider.

Everything we care about—from universal healthcare, to a Green New Deal, to radically reimagining public safety, to respect for bodily autonomy, to a living wage, and much more—is at stake.

Are Biden and Harris going to come into office and make all these things happen? Hell no. Even with them and a fully Democratic Congress, many of the things we know are necessary for a better country and planet won’t happen without a massive groundswell of people pushing them forward. …

Pictured: Democrats getting crushed Republican’s zero sum tactics [Photo by James Pond on Unsplash]

For a long time, I firmly believed in the power and necessity of compromise and common ground. And in my personal life — and even during political conversation with friends and family — still believe this is the case.

But when it comes to running this country? The gloves need to come off. The time for working with the other side (at least for now) is over —the right has made that abundantly clear.

Over the past decade, Mitch McConnell’s (and now Donald Trump’s) Republican party has made it abundantly clear that they believe that politics is a zero sum…

But I am afraid of the fact he’s emboldened and radicalized tens of millions of people

Silhouettes of people in an ally
Silhouettes of people in an ally
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Back in January of 2016, when many people still considered Donald Trump’s candidacy to be a sick joke, I remember encountering – for the first time – someone who was seriously considering voting for him.

A pit formed in the bottom of my stomach as I realized that Trump, who launched his campaign with racist statements designed to foment fear and resentment against Mexicans and immigrants, could become the Republican nominee – could become the President.

As a Jew who lost 33 members of…

Hi there 👋

Fellow U.S. resident here. I’ve been biting my tongue for some time now, but as cases in our country skyrocket to the highest they’ve been (which, incidentally is also the highest in the whole world) I’ve decided it’s time we had frank discussion.

Wear your damn mask.


It’s not accident that the U.S. has 4 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s cases. And before you say “we’re just so much better at testing than everyone else” 1.) we’re not (we’re 26th in terms of tests administered per 1M people, actually) and 2.)…

My politics can’t matter more than the lives of the most vulnerable

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The fever pitch of negativity and bullshit that has recently overtaken the Democratic primary is seriously starting to piss me off. Not just because it’s stupid — and it is stupid — but also because it stinks with the privilege of people who can afford 4 (or more) years of Trump.

You know who can’t afford that?

Patients with pre-existing conditions. Communities being poisoned by radical deregulation. LGBTQ folks. Dreamers. Migrants and their children. Anyone with a womb and desire for bodily autonomy. Those who aren’t old enough…

The first weekend in August saw a spike in racist, white supremacist violence—and many are afraid it’s only going to get worse

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Early in the 2015 election cycle, when Donald Trump’s candidacy was still a joke to most, I almost severed a relationship with one of my closest friends after they expressed interest in supporting the man that currently sits in the White House. I was horrified that someone I cared about so deeply—and who cared so deeply about me—could see appeal in a man who, in my mind, was clearly a danger to me and my family as Jews. Who was a threat to our other friends who were immigrants, Black, Latino, Asian, LGTBQ, differently-abled, and Muslim.

Upon some serious reflection…

Don’t look away

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Do you know what’s happening at the border? It’s a serious question. I’m not asking if you’ve heard that there’s some sort of humanitarian crisis, or if you’ve seen headlines debating the semantics of whether or not we should be calling these facilities “concentration camps.” I’m asking: do you know what’s actually, physically happening to men, women, and children at the southern border?

Are you aware that children are still being systematically separated from their parents or other relatives when they come to seek asylum in the United States? That these children are being kept in squalid conditions, unable to…

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Pick just about any issue bubbling up in the political discourse right now and you’re faced with a situation whose outcome will have consequences far beyond the present. And the Trump administration and his enablers are smack dab in the middle of almost all of them.

On the immigration front, as children are dying in federal custody and reports surface that ICE detainees with disabilities or LGBTQ status are being subjected to solitary confinement, the Trump administration is considering deputizing the military as a civilian police force to go after immigrants.

In the climate change landscape, as our 12 year…

Dear Rep. Walters,

The point of having a federal representative is so that citizens from different localities all across the United States can be heard in Washington D.C. Your job is to listen to your constituents and be their voice in the United States Congress.

As a tax-paying resident of California’s 45th district and your constituent, I’m writing this letter to let you know just how utterly you’ve failed our community.

You haven’t held a single town hall since your reelection in 2016.

Your office is unreceptive to callers, with a grand total of two responses. It’s either: “I haven’t…

Nathan Taft

Firm believer in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and that the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Twitter: @nathantaft

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