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Elayne Clift is a writer,lecturer, workshop leader and activist. She is senior correspondent for Women's Feature Service, columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and Brattleboro (VT) Commons and a contributor to various publications internationally. Her latest book is ACHAN: A Year of Teaching Thailand (Bangkok Books, 2007). She is also the editor of Women, Philanthropy and Social Change: Visions for a Just Society (UPNE/Tufts U., 2007). She lives in Saxtons River, Vt. and invites readers to visit her website: www.elayneclift.com


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Flags, From Uploaded
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Being Jewish and American in Troubling Times It is painful for me that my president is unwilling to end American collaboration with what is clearly ethnic cleansing and yes, genocide in Gaza and the West Bank. Like many Jews and others I cannot fathom why he won't end the massacres by withholding all funds for Israeli military equipment that keeps the carnage going.
money, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 18, 2024
Just How Broken is Our Healthcare System? A young woman dies in childbirth for lack of proper perinatal care. An elderly man can't afford meds to control his chronic conditions, so he rations them. A child is misdiagnosed in the emergency room. A patient waits months to see her doctor about a troublesome symptom. Stories like these abound.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 3, 2023
Are We Facing the End of Free Speech? Let us remember that our voices are not weapons. They are instead our monuments and our roadmap to a sane future for all of us. No one should be punished for raising them.
Cameron Kasky, Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, and Delaney Tarr (art by Kimothy Joy), From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, November 1, 2023
The Power of Hope and the Promise of the Parkland Generation Ever since David Hogg, Emma Gonzales, and other high school student leaders began organizing against gun violence when their Florida school experienced a massacre in 2018 that killed 17 people and injured 17 more, I've clung to the belief that if we could get to the Parkland generation as political leaders, we just might save our country. I believe that now more than ever.
teacher meme, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 30, 2023
A is for Absent: America's Teacher Shortage I am ever grateful for having been educated in a time when they represented the finest members of the teaching profession and I fervently hope that children will fly again once the reasons for our educational crisis are adequately resolved.
View of skyline as seen from Toronto Bay. Toronto, Canada. Postcard postmarked Nov. 3, 1943., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 10, 2023
The Recovered Joy of Summer Travel All my life I have disagreed with Henry David Thoreau: Unlike him, I think it is "worthwhile to go around the world to count the cats in Zanzibar." That's why inveterate travelers find the return to post-pandemic travel an exhilarating experience.
Four-Freedoms-OWI-composite-po ster-1943., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 11, 2023
Choosing Freedom: A Political Imperative In his 1941 State of the Union address, FDR said that there was "nothing mysterious about the foundations of a healthy and strong democracy." He noted that he looked forward to "a world founded upon four essential human freedoms."
Dolores Huerta 2019 cropped., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 7, 2023
The Time for Bread and Roses is Now When I think about labor movements and unions, two favorite, true stories come to mind.
Funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh 2., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Balfour's Big Blunder and Today's Israel As a Jewish American, like many others, I am heartbroken by what is happening to Palestinians because of the excessively rightwing government now in power in Israel, a country that was founded because of atrocities committed against them.
Happy Planet 2, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 14, 2023
Growing Older in Challenging Times Also, with age comes a certain clarity. I know who I am, for better or worse. I'm clear about things I feel passionately about, and what I won't tolerate. I think I'm measurably wiser than I once was. I try to be less judgmental. Even though I rant a lot, I'm fundamentally a nice person.
HAL Is Watching, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 3, 2023
Where is Artificial Intelligence Leading Us? Ten years ago, I wrote a column called "Are We Headed Toward a Robotic World?" At that time battle robots and alien creatures in movies were imbued with artificial intelligence, an oxymoron if ever there was one, Star Trek and films about robotic warfare were addicting audiences who liked watching battling weird-looking warriors try to destroy each other.
Potomac Edison Completes New Training Facility, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 11, 2023
What Would Socrates Say? A Look at America's Education Crisis I watch our education system crumble into something worse than second rate. It's a system that is being destroyed by political ideologies that influence laws, curricula, teacher qualifications, and students' futures in profoundly troubling and negative ways.
Abigail Adams by Gilbert Stuart., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 1, 2023
Where is Abigail Adams in Today's Political Discourse? In all the talk about encroaching autocracy in America and elsewhere, politicians, pundits, media personalities and others need to remember the words and wisdom of the revolutionary first First Lady, Abigail Adams, who admonished her husband to "remember the ladies."
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 16, 2022
The Wandering Souls of Migration, Immigration and Asylum Seeking According to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), "record numbers of migrants [from just Central America] risked their lives in 2022 to cross the treacherous, remote jungle region bridging Central and South America." More than 151,000 migrants came to the U.S. in less than a year from countries around the world.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 3, 2022
Maternal Mortality, Abortion, and Race: A Dangerous Trifecta Much has been written in the literature of public health about America's shocking maternal mortality rate. Occasionally media reports the alarming rate when there is a hook. Advocates concerned with women and health illuminate the problem in reports and at conferences. But in light of the SCOTUS Dobbs decision on abortion, new urgency arose in addressing U.S. maternal mortality and its causes because of the link between reprod
Kerald %28Meister des Codex Egberti%29 001., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 3, 2022
The Massacre of Innocents Continues Four mass shootings in less than a week killed nearly two dozen people and grievously injured many more. November saw 32 mass shootings nationally while a tally of more than 600 mass shootings had occurred across the country by then. According to the Washington Post in June, mass shootings had averaged more than one per day and not a single week till then had passed without at least four mass shootings.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 1, 2022
Election Results Beyond Our Borders Matter It is November 8th, Election Day in America, as I begin to write this commentary before joining friends to watch early results of our crucial midterm election, and it is not hyperbole to say we are beyond tense. We are terrified. We know what could be coming at us if the wrong side prevails, the side that embraces demeaning language, dangerous behavior, power grabs, and cruel priorities.
Oblique facade 3%2C US Supreme Court., From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 27, 2022
The Dangers of a Deranged Judiciary This month as we go to the polls to vote for people to represent us at all levels of governance it is deeply important to remember that these midterm elections are monumentally significant in an unprecedented way, with the possible exception of the Nazi scare in the 1930s and 40s. Results of all elections have consequences, but this time they will serve as a precursor to the most consequential election in our lifetimes in 2024
Ketanji Brown Jackson %28robe photo%29., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 26, 2022
The Life Force of Livid Women is at Work In 1995 when activist, advocate and former Congresswoman Bella Abzug uttered these words at the 4th World Conference of Women in Beijing, thousands of women there and everywhere felt the force of her words: "Women will change the nature of power, power will not change the nature of women. Never underestimate the importance of what we are doing. Never give in and never give up!"
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Cybercrime: The Phenomenon That Keeps on Taking I'm pretty good at spotting scam emails and texts but I still got caught. Alarmed by what seemed like a legitimate PayPal warning that a large sum of money was being charged to my account, I fell for a message that could have destroyed me financially. It took a Herculean effort to ensure my financial safety and identity.

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