Holidays are Holy

Previously published in Southside Pride, Dec. 7, 2020. “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone,” Joni Mitchell famously sang. I have been thinking about the many local delights that are gone, or may be soon.  In 2016 I was still working for Heart of the Best Theater. We put on La Natividad that… Read more »

Could mindfulness be the “cure” for fascism? Exploring the world of Terror Management Theory

On October 31st, the Mental Health Working Group presented a teach-in on an interesting death-themed topic. Presented by acting facilitator Jordan, the teach-in centered on a theory of social and evolutionary psychology called Terror Management Theory, or TMT.  TMT is based on the idea that human animals are uniquely knowledgeable about their own inevitable death,… Read more »

Social Movements and the Democratic Party

The Great Depression birthed two patterns that the Democratic Party continues to plague us with: the lesser evilism cycle which Katha Pollitt once decried as “that ever downward spiral” which would one day find “liberals in hell organizing votes for Asmodeus because Beelzebub would be worse,” and its conjoined twin, the dynamic that makes the… Read more »

DSA 100K Update

Back in October, DSA chapters across the country launched the DSA 100K Drive — the first membership drive of its kind in DSA history. As of this weekend, over TEN THOUSAND members have joined via chapter and member-specific recruitment links and our organization overall is now over 80,000 members nationally. Here in the Twin Cities,… Read more »

So Why Am I So Depressed?

When I heard that Biden had been declared the president this morning, I felt a cold wave of depression come over me. Not a fetal-position-on-the-bed-all-day type of depression, but being overcome with real sadness. Yes, Trump will be gone (at least from the presidency), but that has not been the only goal of the broad… Read more »