December 2012 / January 2013

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On the Line

Poem Mary Oliver

Everyday Subversion Rebecca Solnit
Quotidian acts of kindness transcend the market system.

Giving and Receiving Edwidge Danticat
A lesson my uncle taught me.

Relearning the Beautiful Game Josh Healey
Playing soccer not to win but to tie.

Resurrect Peace Sonia Sanchez
Let us disarm the death makers.

Finding Sanity and Kindness Kathy Kelly
In prison and in Kabul, compassion arises.

Making a Move Jimmy Santiago Baca
I was sinking into a rut, and so I built a cabin.

Poem Martín Espada

Don’t Pay the Price of Respectability Bill Fletcher Jr.
Why I was no longer welcome at the AFL-CIO.

In the Presence of a Swan Terry Tempest Williams
Communing with the sacred and the mysterious.


Jan Gehl Violet Law
“We need shared spaces where we meet our fellow citizens,” says the visionary urban planner.

Overcoming Powerlessness Ralph Nader
It will gnaw at you until you help create a small community with a serious purpose.

Spirits of the Stories Joy Harjo
Thank you to all the culture bearers.

Sometimes You Have to Be There Bill McKibben
I fly a lot, and I know I shouldn’t.

Poem Lauren Schmidt

Savor the Little Victories Medea Benjamin
Giving up is a luxury we can’t afford.

Envisioning a Healed World Mark Gonzales
We need to dream and imagine again.

Seeing Results Maude Barlow
The campaign for clean water scores victories.

A Threaded Life Luis J. Rodríguez
How activism and art pull me through.

Language Versus Lies Scott Russell Sanders
We must strive to speak and write clearly and accurately.

Stories to Steer By Julia Alvarez
These are my nightwatchmen.

Poem Marge Piercy

Dave Zirin celebrates the courage of an Olympic boxer.
Kate Clinton is amused by the contretemps about Jesus’s wife.

Our Favorite Books of 2012
Jim Hightower salutes heroic voters.
Index Ina Lukas