FDL Book Salon Welcomes Nell Bernstein, Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison

By: Saturday November 1, 2014 1:59 pm

Burning Down the House, is an urgent account of why we need to abolish juvenile prisons, not merely make them more humane. In the first half of the book she outlines the history behind the rise of the juvenile prisons and the many kinds of violence kids face on the inside, from physical and sexual abuse to solitary confinement. Nell Bernstein explains how the idea of the violent, “morally impoverished” youth super-predator is still with us today; for example, in provisions across all fifty states to try children who commit particular offenses as adults.”

 

FDL Movie Night: Love Me

By: Monday April 28, 2014 4:59 pm

Love Me, directed by tonight’s guest Jonathan Narducci, follows a group of men in search of a life partner as they traverse the the unique world of Ukrainian email-order brides. Each hopes to find true love and a lasting relationship as they embark on a romance tour of the Ukraine, organized by A Foreign Affair, one of the world’s leading international dating websites.

FDL Movie Night: Kings Point

By: Monday December 17, 2012 5:00 pm

Growing old, something we all face. Growing old in the New York of the 1970′s where

“Life wasn’t so beautiful and the winters were cold”

created a diaspora to Florida–over half a million people over 55 moved to Florida from 1975 to 1980, according to the Census Bureau. In Delray Beach an enterprising developer created a seemingly idyllic community of two-story stucco buildings surrounded by tropical plants, with swimming pools, shuffleboard courts, and recreation halls. They named it Kings Point. The down payment was $1,500, slightly more for a second story unit since supposedly the bugs couldn’t get in. (In a stunning oversight, there are no elevators!)

Late Night FDL: Hating Twilight = Hating Women

By: Monday November 21, 2011 8:00 pm

There is nothing romantic about a relationship in which you have to sublimate everything you are in order to be with someone else. There is nothing romantic about misery and despair and pain and being vaguely afraid of somebody you live with. Yes, when you’re a teenager things like that seem romantic, because sadness is powerful and anyway everybody at 15 is like a squirrel in a paint can anyway, but there’s a reason we grow out of that, or should.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deanna Zandt, Share This!

By: Sunday June 27, 2010 2:00 pm

Long before she wrote Share This!: How You Will Change the World with Social Networking, Deanna Zandt was my social networking guru. Of course, I had the benefit of being her friend, so I was privy to her frequent and useful insights on the value of joining Twitter, Foursquare and Facebook, and the most effective ways to use these technologies to promote my ideas and my activism. It was Deanna who convinced me that it benefits your activism to humanize yourself on social networks, and even that you can really spread information far and wide 140 characters at a time. So I have to start off by saying: you rule, Deanna! Your guidance has been invaluable to me.

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