Columns & Articles

A collection of columns published by Democracy Now! co-hosts Amy Goodman and Juan González along with articles published by Democracy Now! producers and correspondents.

Amy Goodman’s nationally syndicated weekly newspaper column is distributed by King Features. If you’d like to see the column in your paper, call, write a letter, or send an email to the Op-Ed or editorial page editor of your local newspaper and direct her to King Features for more information.

Juan González has been a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987.



From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan–From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown 245 years later, two things remain clear: We never know what sparks a revolution. And, black lives matter.

TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan — The corporate television newscasts spend more and more time covering the increasingly disruptive, costly and at times deadly weather. But they consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and climate change.

February 26, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

From 'Demos' to 'Podemos': Popular Uprisings in Greece and Spain

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan–In ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy, power derived from “demos,” the people. Well, the people of contemporary Greece have been reeling under austerity for five years, and have voted to put an end to it. Spain also has been wracked by the global recession, with 50 percent unemployment among young people. Thousands occupied a main square in Madrid, demanding real democracy. Out of this grassroots movement a political party was founded last May called “Podemos,” Spanish for “We Can.”

February 19, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Greece, Spain

The Flame of Intolerance Still Flickers in Alabama

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

This week, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore released an order that no same-sex marriage licenses be granted in the state. He was responding to a decision by a federal district court that declared unconstitutional Alabama’s ban on gay marriage. Inequality, racism, segregation. These injustices persist with remarkable tenacity.

February 12, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, African-American History, LGBT, Marriage Equality

Net Neutrality, Back by Popular Demand

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Net neutrality is the fundamental notion that anyone on the Web can reach anyone else, that users can just as easily access a small website launched in a garage as they can access major Internet portals like Google or Yahoo. Net neutrality is the Internet’s protection against discrimination. During the past two decades, as the Internet flourished and transformed our society, several major corporations have assumed dominant “gatekeeper” positions, threatening net neutrality.

February 05, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Internet, Net Neutrality, Egypt

Civil Rights: From Sundance, to Selma, to South Carolina

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

On March 21, 1915, a motion picture was screened for the first time inside the White House. President Woodrow Wilson sat down to watch D.W. Griffith’s “The Birth of a Nation," considered one of the most nakedly racist of all time. One hundred years later, another film was screened at the White House, this time at the invitation of the first African-American president. The film was “Selma.”

January 29, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Civil Rights, African-American History

Imagine Something Different

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

“Imagine if we did something different.” Those were just six words out of close to 7,000 that President Barack Obama spoke during his State of the Union address. He was addressing both houses of Congress, which are controlled by his bitter foes. Most importantly, though, he was addressing the country. From whose lives has the shadow of crisis passed? And for whom is this Union strong?

January 22, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Poverty, Economy, Money & Politics

The Other Charlies

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression of journalists, all too often Arab and Muslim journalists.

January 15, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Charlie Hebdo Attack, Freedom of the Press

Close Guantánamo — Then Give It Back to Cuba

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the arrival of the first post-9/11 prisoners to Guantánamo Bay, the most notorious prison on the planet. This grim anniversary, and the beginning of normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, serves as a reminder that we need to permanently close the prison and return the land to its rightful owners, the Cuban people. It is time to put an end to this dark chapter of United States history.

January 08, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba, Guantanamo

Climate Deniers, Like Big Tobacco, Thrive Behind a Smoke Screen of Doubt

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, “Smoking and Health.”

January 01, 2015 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change

Mark Udall Can Make History By Releasing The Torture Report

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week. But his most important work in the Senate may still be before him.

December 24, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

Obama and the Beginning of the End of the Cuban Embargo

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, may finally be collapsing.

December 18, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Cuba, Cuban Five

Fighting for the Climate in the Heart of the World

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Lima, the capital of Peru, has become a city of gustatory renown, attracting foodies from the world over to sample dishes from its famous ceviche to favorites from the Andean highlands. So it is an appropriate place, perhaps, for what has become a genuine movable feast, the world-roving series of summits organized by the United Nations to tackle the crisis of climate change.

December 11, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Climate Change, Lima Climate Summit 2014, Peru

Hands Up, Don’t Choke

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
Another police killing of an unarmed man of color. Another grand jury deciding not to indict: Not for murder. Not for manslaughter. Not for assault. Not even for reckless endangerment. We live in a land of impunity. At least, for those in power.

December 04, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Eric Garner, Police Brutality

Shaking the Heavens in Ferguson, Missouri

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
“As long as justice is postponed we always stand on the verge of these darker nights of social disruption.” So said Martin Luther King Jr. in a speech on March 14, 1968, just three weeks before he was assassinated.

November 27, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Ferguson, Michael Brown, Police Brutality

Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people’s climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed ... at least for now.

November 20, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Keystone XL, Climate Change

Tomas Young, Rest in Peace

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
There were 8,920,000 military veterans in the United States as of last June, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sometime last Sunday or Monday, hours before Veterans Day began, that number dropped by one, when Tomas Young died at home in Seattle, with his wife by his side. He was one of many soldiers who were sent to Iraq and were grievously injured there.

November 13, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Veterans

Maximum Progress on the Minimum Wage

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
The movement toward a higher minimum wage prevailed in Tuesday’s elections, even in some of the reddest of states.

November 06, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles

The Republicans’ Profane Attack on the Sacred Right to Vote

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan There is a database with your name in it ... that is, if you live in one of the 28 states participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. It’s one of the components of an aggressive drive across the U.S. by Republicans to stop many Americans from voting.

October 30, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Voting

Ebola Czar? We Need a Surgeon General

By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan

The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination — at least so far.

October 23, 2014 |  Filed under  Columns & Articles, Education, Academic Freedom, Colorado, Students

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