• Buffalo and Uvalde, Six Months Later

    Communities directly affected by a mass shooting don’t just get to move on when there’s another one.

  • How Sean Patrick Maloney won big in the midterms—and lost his own seat

    On an election night that saw Democrats do surprisingly well nationwide, the leader of that effort, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, became the first chair of either party’s House campaign committee to lose a race for re-election since 1992.

  • We Knew Them When: Q&A with Raina Lipsitz

  • Why the Left Needs Organized Labor

    Raina Lipsitz on the Growing Coalition Between Progressive Americans and Unions (book excerpt courtesy of Verso Books).

  • The Left Takes Chicago

    At the 2022 Socialism Conference, a new generation of radical young organizers revivifies the US left.

  • NYT Etiquette Column Offers Advice for the Resentful Rich

    As a teenager, I was an avid reader of Judith Martin, the columnist more commonly known as Miss Manners. […] Martin taught me that etiquette is best viewed as a means of conveying appreciation and respect for others: Lemon forks may not always be necessary but thank-you notes will never go…

  • Tragedy is inevitable. Massacres are not.

    The massacres in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, were preventable. We know that putting more cops and guns in schools does not make us any safer, but gun control would.

  • Abortion Is a Human Right, and a Litmus Test for Democrats and Feminists

    In response to last week’s leak of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, Anna and Conversationalist contributor Raina Lipsitz (@RainaLips) survey the future of abortion in America, discuss whether being pro-choice should be a litmus test for Democrats and feminists, and reply to common arguments that downplay…

  • The Rise of the No-Compromise Climate Candidate

    From New York to Texas, a new crop of candidates rejecting fossil fuel donations are calling for legislative action. When the New York state legislature approved the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, or CLCPA, in 2019, The New York Times called it “one of the world’s most ambitious climate…

  • “Queer Eye” thinks inside the box

    When Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premiered on Bravo in 2003, the concept was simple: Five gay men would cast their presumably discerning queer eyes on a sloppy heterosexual male. As daring as it was then considered to put five gay men on TV, the formula was blandly and…

  • A beginner’s guide to reproductive justice

    Feature Story What is reproductive justice? For decades, Black feminists in the U.S. have been pushing a women’s movement too often dominated by the concerns of middle-class white women to expand its horizons. In June 1994 a caucus of Black feminists pioneered the concept of “reproductive justice,” hoping to spur…

  • Women are people, no matter what the Supreme Court says

    I was 15 in October 1998 when an anti-abortion zealot murdered Dr. Barnett Slepian, a doctor who performed abortions in my hometown of Buffalo, New York. A married father of four, Dr. Slepian had just returned home from his synagogue, where he’d attended a memorial service for his father. It…

  • The Democratic Plot to Stop a Socialist From Becoming Buffalo’s Mayor

    India Walton won the Democratic primary fair and square. Then the man she beat teamed up with the party establishment—and Republican donors—to take her down. When India Walton beat Byron Brown, a deeply complacent four-term incumbent, in Buffalo’s Democratic mayoral primary in June, she came closer than any woman ever…

  • Time to disband the Senate?

    The bill that President Biden’s administration is touting as a great compromise is nothing more than a win for the same old power brokers, dropping popular social services at the behest of rich corporations and political donors. The Biden administration has been promoting its top legislative priorities – an extremely…

  • The left builds power in Congress

    In textbooks, speeches and the popular imagination, the U.S. is a democracy accountable to the people. Yet recent coverage of the negotiations surrounding the Biden administration’s Build Back Better Act has focused on just two people: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), a one-time social worker turned…