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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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations Overlook his Critiques of Capitalism and Militarism

America’s celebrations of Martin Luther King Jr. typically focus on his civil rights activism: the nonviolent actions that led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The last few years of King’s life, by contrast, are generally overlooked. [...]

Why the Left Isn’t Talking About Rural American Poverty

Within the popular American conscience—arguably a close reflection of the mainstream media—there are two favored focal points for discussing the problem of poverty. The first is within the urban, inner city context—often conflated with black poverty—which has held a critical role in American political and [...]

Until We Win: Black Labor and Liberation in the Disposable Era

Since the rebellion in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014, Black people throughout the United States have been grappling with a number of critical questions such as why are Black people being hunted and killed every 28 hours or more by various operatives of the law? [...]

Gentrification’s Ground Zero

In the ten years since Katrina, New Orleans has been remade into a neoliberal playground for young entrepreneurs. By Megan French-Marcelin | Originally Published at Jacobin.| Photographic Credit; Real-estate developer Sean Cummings above the Mississippi River in New Orleans. Spencer Weiner This week marks a decade [...]