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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Environmental Justice: What the Candidates Missed in Flint — and the Rest of the Country

Esther Calhoun lives far from the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but suspects that water contaminated with lead is also poisoning her hometown of Uniontown, Alabama, a community she describes as "poor and elderly" and about 90 percent African American. Like many of her neighbors, [...]

Will the Left Bridge Urban-Rural Divide?

By Thomas J. Scott | Originally Published at TruthOut. January 21, 2016 00:00 | Photographic Credit;: Rural Vermont via Shutterstock Hidden from most public opinion polls and political issue analyses of the upcoming 2016 election is the increasing fragmentation of the US electorate. US politics operates on [...]