Concerned About COVID in North Country and NYS Prisons? What Does the Governor’s and DOCCS Director’s Silence about COVID in the Prisons Actually Mean? Write a Letter to the Governor and Ask Him to Speak Out, Part II.

Introduction: Little more than a month ago, I sent e-mails to Governor Cuomo, Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, and to my Albany representatives, Senator Jim Tedisco, 49th SD, and Assemblyman Robert Smullen, 118th AD, asking the above questions. I received...

Mental Health: Misnomer & Metaphor

Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims. — Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor, 1978   (Editor’s note: This blog is an excerpt from Jack Carney’s book Nation of Killers: Guns, Violence, White...

We Shall Overcome: Remembering Pete Seeger

A great American passed away the other day. Ordinarily, I never indulge in such chauvinism, but how else can you describe Pete Seeger? Who else has contributed as much to the country’s emotional and spiritual well-being? I haven’t posted to this site for more than two...

The Shoes Keep on Dropping… What Next?

(I had planned to post this article on Mad In America on June 26th to acknowledge International Day in Solidarity with Victims of Torture. My computer crashed … better late than never.) “There must have been a moment, at the beginning, where we could have said — no....