• What We Don't Talk About When We Don't Talk About Abortion

    By Sarah Grey, Truthout | Op-Ed

    2014 711 abor stA protester holds a sign while marching in the "Slut Walk" in New York, Saturday, October 1, 2011. (Photo: David Shankbone / Flickr)I had an abortion four years ago. I just recently decided to start talking about it.

    I didn't stay silent out of guilt; the abortion was very much the right decision. I didn't talk about my abortion because one doesn't talk about one's abortion. It just isn't done. You don't casually drop it during a playdate. Women tell their birth stories in graphic detail, but abortion? It's just not part of polite conversation.

    And yet - I'm now "that woman." Yup. I did it. And I'm going to keep doing it.

    Will my in-laws disown me? My friends? Will I lose potential clients by writing this under my own name? Will I get hate mail? Maybe. I know, too, that I am speaking out from a position of relative privilege: as a white ciswoman with a college degree and a self-employed career, my abortion doesn't fit me neatly into right-wing stereotypes. Nor am I in danger of being fired, beaten or murdered for having or for talking about an abortion - the stark reality for millions of women. I have considerable freedom to speak out. And I plan to use it.

  • Dispatches From Freedom Summer: Ghosts of Greenwood

    Dispatches From Freedom Summer: Ghosts of Greenwood

    By Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica | News Analysis

    In 1947, my father, along with his mother and older brother, boarded a northbound train in Greenwood, Miss. They carried with them nothing but a suitcase stuffed with clothes, a bag of cold chicken, and my grandmother’s determination that her children — my father was just 2 years old — would not be doomed to a life of picking cotton in the feudal society that was the Mississippi Delta. Grandmama, as we called her, settled in Waterloo, Iowa.

  • Joel Berg: How Hungry Is America?

    Joel Berg: How Hungry Is America?

    By Laura Flanders, GRITtv | Interview

    You think of New York City, and you think of food. The city is known for great restaurants and foodie hangouts. But did you know that New York City is home to some of the nation's top food deserts, too? Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, hopes to make a dent in that problem with a community-supported agriculture project that puts low and middle-income residents at the center of its plan. He speaks with Laura Flanders on hunger in the US, food deserts and community-based solutions.