I’m a teacher and a deputy voter registrar for my Texas county. Sometimes those two roles come together: I lead voter registration drives at my school, help organize transportation to get our students to the polls, and generally work to turn out the vote among our student body. …

Forty years ago today, Spain came frighteningly close to losing its democracy. On February 23rd, 1981, the Congress of Deputies in Madrid was in the process of swearing in a new Prime Minister, when an armed insurgent force of officers from the Guardia Civil burst into the congressional chambers, firing…

“It turns out that the powers that matter are attentiveness, innovative thinking, and alliance-building.” (Rebecca Solnit)

My family and I are coming out of the disaster of a winter storm that has wrecked Texas this week. It actually started last Thursday night. That was the day of the 100-car pileup…

Franklin Strong

PhD in Comparative Literature. Latin American lit, African American lit, religion, politics, feminism, teaching, Cuba, Spain, Texas.

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