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Weekly Roundup - 6/27/22

This week: In the immediate wake of the repeal of Roe v. Wade, Arielle Swernoff interviews the director of a Texas abortion fund about what the ruling means for their work. From the Soviet Issue, Helen Betya Rubinstein reviews Maria Stepanova’s In Memory of Memory, which confronts the author’s family’s traumatic experiences of the Soviet period. Plus, a poem by Maya C. Popa, introduced by Claire Schwartz.

From the newsletter, David Klion talks to the Progressive International’s David Adler about the left’s historic victory in the Colombian presidential election, and Mari Cohen reports on how General Mills has managed to navigate the politics of BDS without major backlash.

And from the archives, our staff responsa after the October 2020 death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is newly relevant as we stare into the abyss of a post-Roe America.

The View from the Ground
What overturning Roe means for abortion funds.
Arielle Swernoff
Against Impossibility
Who benefits when we decide—or accept—that the splinters of history are “beyond repair”?
Helen Betya Rubinstein
“Dark of plenty, of fracture. God’s dark / of perfect recall.”
Maya C. Popa
A Historic Win for the Left in Colombia
Progressive International’s David Adler discusses Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez’s breakthrough victory, and Latin America’s wider shift.
David Klion
General Mills Avoids Anti-BDS Backlash for Pulling Out of Settlements

By making no explicit political comment, the company has been spared the penalties Ben & Jerry’s faced.

Mari Cohen
Justice You Shall Pursue
The religious tenor of public mourning for RBG reveals a conflation of Jewishness with American liberalism, which forecloses the possibility of reckoning with either.
The Editors