Sonali Kolhatkar

Sonali Kolhatkar

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV (Dish Network, DirecTV, Roku) and Pacifica stations KPFK, KPFA, and affiliates. She is the former founder, host and producer of KPFK Pacifica’s popular morning drive-time program “Uprising." She is also the co-director of the Afghan Women's Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit solidarity organization that funds the social, political, and humanitarian projects of RAWA. She is the author, with James Ingalls, of "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence" (2006).

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Immigrant Bills?
While many of us are rightfully angry over Donald Trump’s treatment of the media, over the GOP’s attempt to gut health care for millions of Americans and over myriad other issues, two little-noticed but impactful bills sailed through the House of Representatives last week with barely a peep from...
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Monday, July 03, 2017
Is the Supreme Court Killing Secularism?
The Supreme Court this week made a series of decisions that challenge the central tenet of secularism in the nation: the separation of church and state. First and most shockingly, the nine justices unanimously handed Donald Trump a victory on his controversial Muslim ban. Justices decided to let...
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Monday, June 26, 2017
Disabled Activists Put Their Bodies on the Line to Defend Health Care
“They haven’t told us what we’re being arrested for yet,” said Rhoda Gibson, an organizer with ADAPT , a groups that advocates for disability rights. Gibson was speaking to me via Skype from a police van, where she being transported with other activists after they were arrested for protesting the...
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Friday, June 16, 2017
Republicans Keep Missing the Point About Gun Violence—Even When They’re the Targets
Gun rights activists for years have fought for the free proliferation of firearms throughout the U.S., perhaps subconsciously imagining they were only arming themselves. But a shooting incident in Virginia on Wednesday, in which a 66-year-old white man named James T. Hodgkinson fired a rifle...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Movement for Impeachment Must Be Grounded in Opposition to Trumpism and the GOP
Like many Americans, I have been fantasizing since Jan. 20, 2017, about Donald Trump’s presidency coming to a quick and dirty halt, ideally of his own doing. At best, Trump has been a global embarrassment, at worst, a purveyor of deadly ideas and policies. Never before has a president been so...
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Friday, April 21, 2017
Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo
The Republican Party likes to tout “family values.” Its website says , “The family is the bedrock of our nation. When American families flourish, so too does our country.” House Speaker Paul Ryan told an undocumented mother at a town hall meeting earlier this year, “What we have to do is find a way...
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies
The virulently racist lawmaker Steve King, R-Iowa, is at it again, stoking the flames of white supremacy with his controversial tweet , “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies,” implying that white babies will restore American civilization. In follow-up interviews, King...
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A family member in Hyderabad, India, waits on Tuesday for the arrival of the body of Srinivas Kuchibhotla from the United States. Kuchibhotla was fatally shot in Olathe, Kan., Feb. 22 in an alleged hate crime. (Mahesh Kumar A. / AP) Views
Friday, March 03, 2017
Don’t Be Fooled by Trump’s Talk of ‘Unity’
The killing of an Indian man named Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Olathe, Kan., on Feb. 22 has heightened concerns over hate crimes against people of color in Donald Trump’s America. Kuchibhotla was a tech worker at the GPS manufacturer Garmin. He was out for drinks with his friend and fellow Indian...
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Friday, February 24, 2017
The Fight Against Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism Won’t Be Won by This White House
Jewish Americans have generally been able to count on full support from elected officials of their rights as a minority, at least over the past few decades. Given the community’s history of experiencing genocide and given the near-unanimous denunciation of the Holocaust from American leadership, it...
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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Why Donald Trump and the GOP Can’t Repeal Obamacare
After Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency on the promise to repeal and replace Obamacare with “ something terrific ,” his administration has just released a set of tweaks to the health care law—and those tweaks all favor the insurance industry over ordinary Americans. The Affordable Care Act...
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