Mutual Aid offers an alternative to unjust systems

Marginalized communities have long survived by sharing skills, resources and creativity, but many of us are only now waking up to our collective responsibility. Those of us who identify as white, straight and/or cisgender have mostly enjoyed the illusion that the dominant systems will take care of us. …


Lessons from Havana and Holyoke

The first time I celebrated May Day was in 2004. I was 23, drunk on experience and a few mojitos too many. I marched shoulder to shoulder with fellow international students from the University of Havana. We took turns holding a banner that said, in Spanish, “Yankee imperialism, until when?”…


A Xennial coming of age story

1980: Reagan vs Carter

AMHERST, Massachusetts — I’m floating peacefully in a warm sea of amniotic fluid, when the voice of Ronald Reagan penetrates my subdural Shangri-La. It reverberates through the nodes and ventricles of my mother’s body like the voice of Darth Vader, causing me to somersault and burrow deeper into the womb…


I’ve been listening to podcasts since there was still such thing as an ipod. They’ve kept me entertained through the most mundane of adulting activities, like scrubbing toilets and waiting for the subway. But with so many podcasts out there, it can be hard to find what’s worth listening to…


Protect the Sovereignty of the Native Americans Who Welcomed the Pilgrims

When the English immigrants known as the Pilgrims arrived in North America in 1620, the local Wampanoag people, whose name translates as “People of the First Light,” treated them with dignity and respect.

Without the Wampanoag’s help, the Pilgrims…

Anna Laird Barto

Writer. Traveler. Yogini. Activist. Other. http://www.annalairdbarto.com

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