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Prison Gerrymandering: Incarceration Weakens Vulnerable Voting Communities

One person equals one vote: seems simple enough. Unfortunately, that hasn’t worked out for many Americans throughout history, specifically women and people of color. There is a long tradition of denying women, people with low incomes and people of color their vote in America, most [...]

The ‘Solutions’ to the Orlando Shooting that will Only Make Things Worse

As with many tragedies, a host of politicians are now trying to exploit the mass murder in Orlando to push all sorts of proposals that would have done little or nothing to stop the attack either, but could have a huge affect on our rights. [...]

A New Urban Educational Agenda to Avert the Eradication of Communities of Color— Flint Water Crisis

The Case of the People of Flint vs. The State of Michigan President Obama has declared Flint a disaster area. How do we discern what justice looks like, and is the water safe? Residents are gunning for the Snyder Administration to be held partially, [...]

Harriet Tubman and the Monetization of Black History

There's a strange irony in printing the image of someone who spent her life on the run because she was worth money onto money itself, as a supposed honor. This hasn't stopped the US Treasury Department from announcing a change replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet [...]

School Closures: A Blunt Instrument

This article appears in the Spring 2016 issue of The American Prospect Magazine. In 2013, citing a $1.4 billion deficit, Philadelphia’s state-run school commission voted to close 23 schools—nearly 10 percent of the city’s stock. The decision came after a three-hour meeting at district headquarters, [...]

Don’t Blame Bernie; Most People Don’t Get Charter Schools

By Jeff Bryant | Originally Published at Campaign For America's Future. March 17, 2016 | Photographic credit; Bernie Sanders participates in the Populism 2015 Conference in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty) When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders fielded a question about charter schools at a Democratic Party presidential [...]

The Story Behind the Immigrant Workers in Bernie Sanders’ Stirring New Ad Lauding Worker Organizing

By Michelle Chen | Working In These Times. March 9, 2016, 12:56 PM | Photographic Credit; A scene from Bernie Sanders' "Tenemos Familias" ad. Bernie Sanders’ newest campaign video, which will air tomorrow night on the Spanish-language channel Univision, features the candidate ceding the spotlight to a [...]

Media Misses the Mark—Vote Theft at Core of Flint’s Problems

For Immediate Release Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:15 PM DETROIT, Michigan - Three significant mainstream media outlets recently published editorials that acknowledge that emergency managers appointed by Governor Snyder clearly made the ill-fated decisions that resulted in the poisoning of Flint’s water supply [...]

Democracy in Peril: Twenty Years of Media Consolidation Under the Telecommunications Act

Wall Street's sinister influence on the political process has, rightly, been a major topic during this presidential campaign. But, history has taught us that the role that the media industry plays in Washington poses a comparable threat to our democracy. Yet, this is a topic [...]