What Will A Man Do For His Daughter When It's Her Turn To Face The Evils Of The World?
<span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span><span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span>

When I was growing up, we were taught that everything and everyone is equal. But now? It's becoming clear that our kids are growing up in a world that doesn't treat them fairly.

This song is about the idea of raising your kids in this violent and unjust world. This video highlights the experiences of two people: one a mother, Marissa Alexander, and one a child, Trayvon Martin. Both lives were dramatically affected by the violence and injustice that still prevails today.

The song, "The Body Electric," by Hurray for the Riff Raff, just won the award for Political Folk Song of the Year.

Its message is so beyond political. It's about justice. And how everyone deserves it.

Ever wonder what the story is behind a song? Well, in addition to the super-moving acoustic guitars and violins and vocals, this video answers the "behind the music" question.

So what *is* this song about?



A system that doesn't work.

It didn't work for Marissa Alexander...

This song is about people in her position.

Or anyone facing unjust violence.

It's about anyone who wants injustice to stop.

It's also about how injustice like the killing of Trayvon Martin is not that different from Marissa's experience.

The song ends on a scary note.

What will happen when the injustice of the world is passed on to our children? To our daughters?

If we don't DO SOMETHING...

The song will just repeat.

So Hurray for the Riff Raff did something. They wrote a song about it. Just to make more people notice.

Tell someone you love about this song. There's power in noticing. There's power in hearing. There's power in music.

Yep. This song really did deserve an award.


$200 billion of COVID-19 recovery funding is being used to bail out fossil fuel companies. These mayors are combatting this and instead investing in green jobs and a just recovery.

Learn more on how cities are taking action: c40.org/divest-invest


I got married and started working in my early 20s, and for more than two decades I always had employer-provided health insurance. When the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka "Obamacare")was passed, I didn't give it a whole lot of thought. I was glad it helped others, but I just assumed my husband or I would always be employed and wouldn't need it.

Then, last summer, we found ourselves in an unexpected scenario. I was working as a freelance writer with regular contract work and my husband left his job to manage our short-term rentals and do part-time contracting work. We both had incomes, but for the first time, no employer-provided insurance. His previous employer offered COBRA coverage, of course, but it was crazy expensive. It made far more sense to go straight to the ACA Marketplace, since that's what we'd have done once COBRA ran out anyway.

The process of getting our ACA healthcare plan set up was a nightmare, but I'm so very thankful for it.

Let me start by saying I live in a state that is friendly to the ACA and that adopted and implemented the Medicaid expansion. I am also a college-educated and a native English speaker with plenty of adult paperwork experience. But the process of getting set up on my state's marketplace was the most confusing, frustrating experience I've ever had signing up for anything, ever.

Keep Reading Show less

$200 billion of COVID-19 recovery funding is being used to bail out fossil fuel companies. These mayors are combatting this and instead investing in green jobs and a just recovery.

Learn more on how cities are taking action: c40.org/divest-invest

Schools often have to walk a fine line when it comes to parental complaints. Diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and preferences for what kids see and hear will always mean that schools can't please everyone all the time, so educators have to discern what's best for the whole, broad spectrum of kids in their care.

Sometimes, what's best is hard to discern. Sometimes it's absolutely not.

Such was the case this week when a parent at a St. Louis elementary school complained in a Facebook group about a book that was read to her 7-year-old. The parent wrote:

"Anyone else check out the read a loud book on Canvas for 2nd grade today? Ron's Big Mission was the book that was read out loud to my 7 year old. I caught this after she watched it bc I was working with my 3rd grader. I have called my daughters school. Parents, we have to preview what we are letting the kids see on there."

Keep Reading Show less
via Lorie Shaull / Flickr

The epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in America is one of the country's most disturbing trends. A major reason it persists is because it's rarely discussed outside of the native community.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, murder is the third-leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women under age 19.

Women who live on some reservations face rates of violence that are as much as ten times higher than the national average.

Keep Reading Show less