• Essay

    What Science Loses to LGBTQ Bias

    A Groundbreaking Study Reveals Widespread Discrimination and Suggests Just How Much Poorer STEM Fields Are as a Result

    by Barbara Davenport

    In 1981, an influential letter was published in Science, the journal of the American Association for the ...

  • Poetry

    by Keetje Kuipers

    Because my daughter is afraid. Because she checks
    and double-checks the doors, the windows, the ones ...

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Did the Pandemic Rejuvenate Christianity?

Away from the Headlines, Believers Across California Scrambled to Adapt—And Underwent Some Startling Changes

by Jim Hinch

Judging by news coverage, the only religion trend originating in California during the pandemic was of conservative evangelical COVID denialism and defiance.
  One California church, South Bay United Pentecostal in Chula Vista, filed one of the earliest lawsuits contesting state-imposed restrictions on indoor worship, a case that ultimately reached the Supreme Court. Last summer, Grace Community Church, a decades-old Los Angeles megachurch led by an evangelical elder statesman named ...


From the Porch to the Plaza, a Diaspora Looks Forward

The Art of South Central Innervisions: An AfroLatinx Futurism

by Sarah Rothbard 

Well before the pandemic began, Esperanza Community Housing was planning a public arts festival in South Central Los Angeles to challenge prevailing narratives about the community and celebrate its excellence and diversity. After a long delay and with a variety of safety measures and technological innovations, that festival is set to take place on July 31, 2021, at Esperanza’s Mercado La Paloma, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kresge Foundation.
  Titled South Central InnerVisions: An ...


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