Stories by Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson is a freelance writer who teaches basic skills at City College of San Francisco. subscribe to Emily Wilson's feed

Posted on: Sep 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The measures that lead to a school being designated"failing" can have little to do with what's actually happening in the classroom.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A new program moves homeless encampments into a safe, clean space with food, laundry, showers and case workers who care.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Children in some communities have higher rates of PTSD than veterans. Here's what one teacher is doing to help them thrive.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2015, Source: Truthdig

Her latest show explores how poor minority kids are being pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

He thought about his decision for a long time, and in 2010 enrolled in the police academy.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The playwright takes to the Yerba Buena stage on July 17 to unmask zero-tolerance policies.

Posted on: Apr 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The dramatically victorious strike showed it's possible for unions to fight back and to win.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2014, Source: AlterNet

California's Department of Education has agreed to investigate allegations of unfair treatment of Native American youth.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A conversation with the makers of the new documentary, 'American Promise.'

Posted on: Jun 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Online courses will create a two-tiered system, with the wealthy taking classes face-to-face and making social connections, and middle-class and poorer students learning remotely.

Posted on: May 30, 2012, Source: AlterNet

A documentary on the student loan crisis lends a much needed perspective on the cost of educational debt.

Posted on: Mar 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The writer of a new book on Black Panther culture speaks on researching his project, Occupy, Huey Newton, and more

Posted on: Oct 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Speaking with the Pakistani-British comedian about her journey from biochemistry to cracking jokes.

Posted on: Sep 30, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A new documentary, narrated by Matt Damon and based on a book by Dave Eggers and Nínive Calegari, shows another facet of the troubles teachers in the US face.

Posted on: Aug 10, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Speaking with Debbie Peagler's lawyers and documentarian about getting her out of prison for a second chance.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The actor/director and Tribe member Phife Dog discuss "A Tribe Called Quest," a new documentary about the fabled rap group.

Posted on: May 31, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The groundbreaking playwright speaks about her latest work.

Posted on: Apr 21, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The 'Super Size Me' director discusses the making of his corporate-sponsored documentary about the nefarious presence of corporate sponsorship.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

How a former activist/organizer parlayed her politics and hip-hop background into a compelling 'remix' of Godard's 'Masculin/Feminin.'

Posted on: Nov 5, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Director Ferguson makes the case that the meltdown wasn't just an unfortunate accident, it was totally avoidable.

Posted on: May 7, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses her new film about Salim Hamdan's brother-in-law, Abu Jandal, a Yemeni taxi driver who was Osama bin Laden's bodyguard.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2009, Source: DELETED

The success of this harrowing new movie undermines the conventional wisdom about what audiences want to watch.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The author talks about how a plague of positive thinking is permeating our society, from medicine to business, and is even contributing to our financial crisis.

Posted on: May 26, 2009, Source: AlterNet

What an Irish hunger striker and a former Black Panther can teach us about prisoner resistance.

Posted on: Dec 9, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The inability to part with possessions is often a symptom of psychiatric disorder -- and it's on the rise in America.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A growing interest in urban farming is sprouting all kinds of new ideas -- including growing food in high-rises.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Rob Walker, author of a new book on consumer culture, explains how consumers embrace brands as part of their identities -- often without knowing it.

Posted on: Jul 24, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Veteran journalist Robert Scheer on the media's complicity in war, the rise of the neocons and how even Nixon got some things right.

Posted on: May 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The official cover-up of football star-turned-soldier Pat Tillman's death by "friendly fire" has led his family on a four-year mission for justice.

Posted on: May 16, 2008, Source: AlterNet

In his new documentary, Errol Morris revisits Abu Ghraib, asking tough questions about what was and wasn't revealed in those famous photographs.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Ngugi wa Thiong'o was imprisoned for writing in his own language. He speaks to AlterNet about the importance of language in battling oppression.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2008, Source: AlterNet

Self-help is everywhere, but does it work? One writer immersed herself in the industry for a year to find out.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2008, Source: AlterNet

A new film delves inside Iraqis' reasons for getting involved in the violent resistance movement.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2007, Source: AlterNet

A camera crew followed the Reverend Billy across the country as he preached against our shopping-hungry culture. His message is just in time for the holiday frenzy.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Even a Louis Vuitton handbag isn't much different from a Big Mac.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Comedy isn't just about laughter -- it's about power.

Posted on: Jun 14, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Pre-World War II, many couples got married in clothes they already owned. Today, they spend thousands. In her new book, <i>One Perfect Day</i>, Rebecca Mead shows how the wedding industry became so powerful and who it has exploited in the process.

Posted on: May 31, 2007, Source: AlterNet

In her book, <i>Taking on the Big Boys</i>, Ellen Bravo shows that ordinary women can effect change, and when they do, everyone benefits.