Stories by Elayne Clift
Issue of Oct 6, 2021 (#633)
- Whatever happened to pay equity?: Federal legislation to even the playing field has stalled several times in the past decade. Meanwhile, women earn 82 cents for every dollar a man earns (and that’s if they’re white).
Issue of Sep 29, 2021 (#632)
- The incarceration of children is inhumane: Since 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has carried out almost 643,000 expulsions using Title 42, without conducting required screenings. That’s illegal under U.S. and international law.
Issue of Sep 8, 2021 (#629)
- Staring at our dystopian future: We face an ever-growing political climate of oppression, exclusion, and violence — and a Congress or Supreme Court that increasingly enables antidemocratic ideas.
Issue of Aug 4, 2021 (#624)
- Legal system and its courts: more criminal than just: A presidential commission is exploring options to reform the Supreme Court. The rest of us can do little more than advocate, educate, and vote smart in hopes that we can right the wrongs of a so-called ‘criminal justice system.’
Issue of Jun 30, 2021 (#619)
- It doesn’t have to be this way: Restrictions aimed at reducing abortions are designed to challenge Roe v. Wade in the hope it will be reversed. Never have we seen abortion restrictions like those that now exist in 45 states.
Issue of Jun 16, 2021 (#617)
- The shadows of a continuing crisis: We are not immune from autocrats and dictatorship, and we are not protected by our Constitution if it no long holds meaning for those in power
Issue of May 26, 2021 (#614)
- Remember the women: So many women have paid the ultimate price as warriors, nurses, and prisoners. May they be remembered on Memorial Day, and may the unsung contributions of women during conflict worldwide be recognized and valued.
Issue of Apr 28, 2021 (#610)
- Who have we become?: How can it be that we live in a country so barbaric that you take your chances just living your life?
Issue of Apr 7, 2021 (#607)
- Why women whistleblowers matter: Women whistleblowers often suffer in ways men don’t, simply because they are female
Issue of Mar 17, 2021 (#604)
- Courage, conviction, and talent: Black women writers reveal their lives through the written word, in a world where their words became monuments
- No justification for inhumane and punishing treatment of psychiatric incarceration
Issue of Jan 27, 2021 (#597)
- It will be hard to clean up the mess: It will take years, perhaps decades and new generations, to bring us back from the brink, to serve justice, to commit to human rights for all, to embrace our common humanity, to behave responsibly, to reject the underbelly of our nation
Issue of Dec 23, 2020 (#593)
- With COVID-19, we need to mask. To avoid autocracy, we need to vote.: For people living in countries with rising autocratic regimes, the political pandemic is as dangerous and potentially deadly as the one we are facing in this public health crisis
Issue of Nov 11, 2020 (#587)
- ‘Good people surround us’: In four years, the Community Asylum Seekers Project has helped 17 adults and children, mainly from Latin America, with basic needs and support as they seek refuge in the U.S.
Issue of Oct 21, 2020 (#584)
- They are responsible for the destruction of democracy: Why didn’t we stop Donald Trump’s enablers and collaborators sooner? Why didn’t we act in bigger, more effective, timely ways? Why did we let them continue for four devastating years?
Issue of Sep 30, 2020 (#581)
- Standing up to sterilization, eugenics, and the abuse of women: The recent allegations against ICE are only the latest in a long, ugly history of abusing and using women’s bodies by way of coercion and for experimentation
Issue of Aug 26, 2020 (#576)
- Who will fill the child-care gap?: The child-care system in this country is broken — and exacerbated by the pandemic
Issue of Aug 12, 2020 (#574)
- Why identify an artist’s skin color? : Many now argue that it is time for white people to stop depicting Black people, who need to tell their own stories and make their own art. But if one is moved by art to take action, does it matter who made it?
Issue of Aug 5, 2020 (#573)
- Holcombe: clear priorities and policy perspectives to address them
Issue of Jul 15, 2020 (#570)
- Yes, this is who we are: From oppressing Native people to lynching Black people, this country has a long history of cruel discrimination. But even in the face of dictatorial repression, we can see signs of who we can be.
Issue of May 6, 2020 (#560)
- Our remodeled future: After the pandemic, more women are likely to be in positions of authority given their proven expertise in handling COVID-19 and modeling leadership at all levels
Issue of Mar 25, 2020 (#554)
- Can a pandemic restore humanity?: The vast majority of us realize the urgency of compassionate, face-to-face interactive community. We carry on, and hopefully grow from the experience of this shared, separative crisis.
Issue of Mar 11, 2020 (#552)
- The female faces of leadership — past, present, future: March is the month to reflect on women’s formidable contributions to keeping the world moving forward
Issue of Jan 29, 2020 (#546)
- Will the Democrats identify their Dr. Koop?: A multifaceted anti-smoking campaign led to the percentage of Americans who smoked dropping by 33 percent in the 1980s. Democrats urgently need a similar, strategic, unified media campaign designed to counter misinformation and denial about what’s at stake in November.