Federal Appeals Court Backs Voting Restrictions in Wisconsin

“Wisconsin Election Day, April 7, 2020,” Mike Licht June 30, 2020; Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Earlier this week, a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court in Chicago, in a unanimous decision, reinstated limits on early voting and a requirement that voters be Wisconsin residents for at least a month before an election. The judges also…

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Funder Leverages Art to Bend the US South toward Justice

Carol M. Highsmith via Library of Congress, Commons / CC0 June 15, 2020; Hyperallergic From its start, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation was different than most philanthropic institutions. It began life in 2010 with the donation of 1,300 “overlooked” museum-quality artworks created by African Americans working in the US South after the Civil Rights era,…

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Prizes, Publishing, and Colonialism: A Zambian Writer’s View

In recent months, major arts organizations have been striving to become more equitable by awarding prestigious prizes to several artists rather than to just one artist alone. But some award-winners, like novelist Namwali Serpell, had already been urging the arts world to be more equitable. Back in 2015, the associate professor of English at the…

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A neighborhood comes alive with possibility

Since my last post two weeks ago, my #LocalYear lifestyle has been humming along. I had pledged to do at least an hour a day of local activity, but I’m probably doing more than that now that I have two significant community projects underway — Cool Block and working on the neighborhood grounds committee. I’m…

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