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Kettling Free Speech, Or Unicorn Riot Routs the New York Times

BY SUSIE DAY | Does anybody have enough strength left to pop a cork in celebration that we’ve made it through Trump’s first year in office? I don’t. There is stuff to celebrate, such as the December 21 jury trial acquittal of six of the 194 defendants facing decades in prison for protesting at Trump’s inauguration […]

Trump’s Thug-Power, Or Does Anybody Still Like Woody Allen?

BY SUSIE DAY | Let’s go back to when we were all a little younger and less terrified. Obama is president. I am talking to a slightly older, white, heterosexual male, highly esteemed by the academic world and by me. I, a lesbian, admire and trust this guy. We’re catching up, talking about life, books, friends. […]

How To Make the Trump Era Seem Like Fake News

How To Make the Trump Era Seem Like Fake News

BY SUSIE DAY | Congratulations, smart American shopper! You have just overcome months of electorally induced PTSD by purchasing a Li’l Orange President®! These droll, five-inch-high orange neo-fascist dudes are living genetic replicas of our current US president! Yes, say goodbye to annoying computer viruses introduced by over-clicking on endless STOP-TRUMP petitions! Wave ta-ta to feelings […]

Herman Bell’s Beat-Down

Herman Bell’s Beat-Down

BY SUSIE DAY | “Why don’t you Americans drop the bullshit about the land of the free and the home of the brave? Admit you’re now basically a tinpot dictatorship.” This, from my playwright friend Diane in London, with whom I’m Skyping. I’ve just told her about what happened to Herman Bell, my friend in prison. […]

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

Izzadine Out Loud: Trans, Palestinian, And Proud

BY SUSIE DAY | his year, Ramadan — the ninth month of the Islamic year, in which observant Muslims fast to commemorate the revelation of the Quran — happens to coincide with most of Gay Pride Month. Quiet as it’s kept, there are uncounted numbers of queer Muslims in the gay community. One of them is […]

Cuomo, Cuts and Why Laura Likes Her Petition More than Me

BY SUSIE DAY | By the time you read this, the New York State legislature will have probably passed its 2017-18 budget. The budget is about $152 billion, but there’s a relatively tiny $2.6 million cut Governor Andrew Cuomo quietly buried inside that’s worth noticing. Cuomo’s cut would eliminate 39 jobs at New York’s 17 maximum-security […]

Time On The Clock Of The World: How We Handle Trump

Time On The Clock Of The World:  How We Handle Trump

BY SUSIE DAY | Donald Trump: Rounding up immigrants, pissing on transgender bathroom rights, barring press from press briefings… The only good thing he’s done is to galvanize millions of people into political outrage. For months now we’ve gone to dozens of marches and rallies. Of course, this isn’t enough, but what more to do? Then […]

Visiting Herman In The Age Of Trump

BY SUSIE DAY | This past year was good for prison activists. Those who advocated for high-profile political prisoners in the federal system celebrated when President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of Chelsea Manning and Oscar Lopez, both now scheduled for release on May 17. Activists who supported less-known “social” prisoners, most serving inordinate time […]

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Donald

BY SUSIE DAY | Dear President-Elect Trump, I was blue the other day, thinking how little power I have over my life. Like, how I didn’t vote for you, but how you’re going to be president anyway? Bummer. I’m also bummed by the fact that, for Christmas, I sent my sister –– who also dreads the […]

Forward Ever, Normal Never: Taking Down Trump

BY SUSIE DAY | This dream. Something is in the house, something’s breaking, the things I love are going away. I reach for Laura, she becomes translucent, evaporates. I wake up, telling myself this dream means I’m worried about how tired and worn Laura has grown from years of activist work trying to get people […]

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