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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 [...]

Prison Gerrymandering: Incarceration Weakens Vulnerable Voting Communities 2016-11-29T17:36:57+00:00

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. [...]

The ‘Solutions’ to the Orlando Shooting that will Only Make Things Worse 2016-11-29T17:36:57+00:00

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, [...]

A New Urban Educational Agenda to Avert the Eradication of Communities of Color— Flint Water Crisis 2016-11-29T17:36:57+00:00

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 [...]

Harriet Tubman and the Monetization of Black History 2016-11-29T17:36:57+00:00

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, [...]

School Closures: A Blunt Instrument 2016-11-29T17:36:57+00:00

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 [...]

The Story Behind the Immigrant Workers in Bernie Sanders’ Stirring New Ad Lauding Worker Organizing 2016-11-29T17:36:58+00:00

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 [...]

Media Misses the Mark—Vote Theft at Core of Flint’s Problems 2016-11-29T17:36:58+00:00

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 [...]

Democracy in Peril: Twenty Years of Media Consolidation Under the Telecommunications Act 2016-11-29T17:36:58+00:00

The Super Bowl Promotes War

By David Swanson | Originally Published at Let's Try Democracy. February 7, 2016 Super Bowl 50 will be the first National Football League championship to happen since it was reported that much of the pro-military hoopla at football games, the honoring of troops and glorifying of wars [...]

The Super Bowl Promotes War 2016-11-29T17:36:58+00:00