• CONNECTING CALIFORNIA

    Can Bethel Church Make Redding, California, Heaven on Earth?

    Maybe Not, but the 11,000-Member Community Gives Unsparingly to the City

    By Joe Mathews

     Is this heaven, or Redding?
     These days, the city of 91,000 at the north end of the Sacramento Valley, seems to sit halfway between the ...

  • Prizes

    Erica Goss Wins Zócalo’s Eighth Annual Poetry Prize

    Driving Through The State of Jefferson, a Land of 'Few People and a Few Million Cows'

    Every Friday at Zócalo Public Square we publish a new poem. Our daily ideas journalism and free public events aim to connect people and ideas, exploring our shared human condition and the world we’ve made. The Friday poem continues that spirit, and for the last eight years, ...

  • In the Green Room

    UCLA Law Professor Kal Raustiala

    Lawyers Care More About Fixing the World; Political Scientists Just Want to Understand It

    Kal Raustiala is a professor at UCLA School of Law and the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. Since 2007 he has served as director of the UCLA Ronald W. Burkle Center for International Relations. ...

  • The Takeaway

    The Crisis of Fake News Isn’t News At All

    Technological Change, Skepticism of Authority, and Relentless Politicization Have Always Undermined the Power of Facts

    By Kianoosh Hashemzadeh

    To be human is to have cognitive bias. And these human biases—and the institutions that benefit from promoting these biases—have fueled the current epidemic of ...

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Essay

The Spiritual Visitation That Brought the Remains of Hawai‘i’s First Christian Convert Back Home

Henry ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia Died in Connecticut in 1818, but His Memory Led His Family to Repatriate His Body 175 Years Later

By Nicholas F. Bellantoni

  Deborah Li‘ikapeka Lee, a young Native Hawaiian (Kanaka Maoli) woman, woke in the wee hours of an October night in 1992 to an inner sensation, impossible to define and equally impossible to ignore.
  Alone and unsure of what was happening to her, she feared illness and anxiously rose from her bed, searching for the comfort of her Bible. The sensation continued to well up inside her, forcing its way out, yielding a voice that spoke as clearly as if its source was standing in front of her. She heard five words: “He wants to come home.”
  The “he” in Debbie’s spiritual visitation was ...

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AMERICAN

Why Don’t More Americans Remember the 1897 Massacre of Pennsylvania Coal Miners?

The Mostly Eastern European Victims Were Forgotten Because of an Ensuing Backlash Against Immigrant Workers

  At the western entrance of the coal patch town of Lattimer, in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, sits a rough-cut shale boulder, about 8 feet tall, surrounded by neatly trimmed bushes. A bronze pickax and a shovel are attached to the boulder, smaller pieces of coal rest at its base, and an American flag flies high above it.
  Locals and union members sometimes refer to the boulder as the “Rock of Remembrance” or the “Rock of Solidarity.” Still others call it the Lattimer Massacre Memorial. It was erected to memorialize immigrant coal miners from Eastern Europe who were killed by local authorities in 1897 when they protested for equal pay and better working conditions. The boulder is adorned with ...

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Poetry