The Darkness of Trump’s Immigration Policy

“Freedom to starve is no freedom.” Patrick Harper, Sharpe’s Rifles (Movie), 1993 This morning, I rose from my cushioned slumber, tossed aside my covers, and went to the bathroom to relieve myself, after which I washed my hands with soap. A little later, I brushed my teeth with a toothbrush and took a shower with

Roundtable – State Abortion Laws and Roe v Wade

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on June 1, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Hello and welcome to today’s Roundtable, our regular Torchlight staff discussion of current events. This time

Public Schools and Social Justice: An Interview with Dr. Scott Menzel

This interview was conducted on May 14, 2019, and has been edited for clarity and length. Disclosure: David Spitzley is an employee of the Washtenaw ISD IT department. Michigan’s Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) is an educational service agency (ESA) supporting the nine public school districts in Washtenaw county (Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester,

Two Years On: The Trump Administration’s Erosion of LGBT+ Protections

I had hoped we wouldn’t be here. I cried all night long when Trump won on Election Night two years ago, and one of the tools with which I clawed my way out of despair was the belief that this country was too good to allow this. “Surely, this is a mistake,” I told myself.

Roundtable – Wakanda vs Vote Suppression

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on January 21, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. It’s been as busy a week as every

Roundtable – Fired For Being A Nazi

The Roundtable is a discussion of news and events among Torchlight staff. The conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and to add links. This conversation happened on August 27, 2017. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussion of news and events. In the wake of the tragic events in Charlottesville, many white

Roundtable – White Supremacist Protests

The Roundtable is Torchlight’s weekly discussion of news and events. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity, and most citations were added after the fact. This conversation occurred on August 20, 2017. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussion of news and events. This week’s topic is the Unite the Right rally

Roundtable – Free Speech

Tom Rich Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s weekly discussion of news and events. With us this week are Senior Managing Editor Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Politics Editor Christopher Dahlin, Junior Managing Editor David Schmitz, legal counsel Jay Imhoff, Trump supporter Sam Dieffenwierth and myself, Editor-in-Chief Tom Rich. The big news this week was the AHCA’s passage

Caitlyn Jenner and the High Cost of Privilege

Caitlyn Jenner is possibly the most harmful personality in the culture war for LGBT rights, acceptance, and visibility . . . period. Last week, the avowed Republican stopped in Washington, D.C., to speak with Vice President Mike Pence whilst on tour promoting her tell-all memoir, the titillatingly-named, The Secrets of My Life, the title of