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Translating Manus and Nauru: Refugee Writing

Moones Mansoubi, Sydney, Australia 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The ninth piece in our Polity of Literature series: From 2014 until 2018, Iranian-Australian translator, Moones Mansoubi, worked with asylum seekers imprisoned in Australia’s “Offshore Processing Centres” on Manus and Nauru...

Performing Ceremony Amidst the “Yellow Peril”

David Ng, Vancouver, Canada 

 In late April the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver’s Chinatown—just two blocks from where I live—was vandalized with anti-Asian racist graffiti, setting off a wave of anxiety and fear...

Prison Books in the Time of Refugees

Matthew Stadler, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The eighth piece in our Polity of Literature series: Books cited in this essay: Plato, Crito and Phaedo Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, The Relation...

Second-Hand Normalities

German Andino, Bilbao, Spain 

Second-hand Normalities is an animated short film and podcast that recounts the first days of the coronavirus outbreak in Bilbao, Spain through the eyes of a nurse and doctor working...

Distance of Space

Matthew Heiti, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada 
Caitlin Heppner, Ottawa, Canada 

If They Come in the Morning — Writing from Prison with Angela Davis

Bettina Aptheker, Santa Cruz, United States 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The seventh piece in our Polity of Literature series: In 1970, at the height of violent conflict between the U.S. government and oppressed communities across the country—mostly poor, mostly people...

Preface to If They Come in the Morning

Bettina Aptheker, Santa Cruz, United States 
Angela Y. Davis,  

This is the preface to If They Come In the Morning: Voices of Resistance, a collection of political texts by writers inside and outside of prison, co-edited by Angela Y....

A Template for Change in Guelph, Ontario

Anna Bowen, Guelph, Ontario, Canada 

Guelph, Ontario is a small university town an hour west of Toronto known for its environmentalism, agriculture and veterinary studies, and its small vibrant arts scene. It’s also the home...

Black and Blues: Encounters With the Police State

Sidd Joag, New York City, United States 

On the morning of February 21, 2012, I woke up around 3AM, hands and feet shackled to a gurney at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. Blood was pounding in my brain,...

The Zines of Terezín

Matthew Stadler, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 
Illustrations: Ken Krimstein, Chicago, United States 

The sixth piece in our Polity of Literature series: Terezín was a purpose-built ghetto the Nazis used as a smokescreen for genocide. 33,000 Jews died there and another 88,000 were...

The Virus and Us

Max Cohen, New York City, United States 
Jacob Cohen, New York City, United States 
Kaylee Renaud, Upstate NY, USA 

The Virus and Us is an animated instructional video created by Jacob Cohen, Kaylee Renaud and I (Max Cohen) to help kids understand the coronavirus pandemic. The short film focuses...

Microcosm/Microcosme

Claude Schryer, Ottawa, Canada 

microcosm This room was once Riel’s and then Clara’s bedroom but more recently it serves as my zazen room, a guest bedroom, a quiet space and a sound editing studio. ...