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The History of Public Education in New Orleans Still Matters


Photographic Credit; Students at a New Orleans charter school in 2011. By Ted JacksonTimes Picayune. If we cannot see white supremacy in the past, how will we recognize it in 2016? One could reasonably conclude that, prior to 2005, public education in New Orleans [...]

How Could Such a Rich Country as Ours Produce So Many Poor People?


The following is an excerpt Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice, by Les Leopold (Chelsea Green, 2015). The United States is among the richest countries in all of history. But if you’re not a corporate or political elite, you’d [...]

Police Are Granted Abusive Powers By a System That Condones Their Actions


The following is a Truthout interview with Kristian Williams, Author of Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America. MARK KARLIN:Your book, Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, is nearly six hundred pages, thoroughly documented and cogent. Let's [...]

Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race


Bryan Stevenson has spent most of his career challenging bias against minorities and the poor in the criminal justice system. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Ala., an advocacy group that opposes mass incarceration and racial injustice. [...]

Deadly American Extremism: More White Than Muslim— The Numbers


Everyday, somewhere in America people wait in long lines only to be patted down, or body scanned. We open our suitcases, empty our pockets, and place our computers, belts, and purses on a conveyor band. Instinctively American citizens and visitors respond on demand. We travel [...]

What Happens to a Society When It Turns Against Many of Its Children and Imprisons Them?


Darren was kneeling, but he was not praying. Baptized Catholic and brought up in the church, Darren had turned to his faith to get him through the early years of a decade-long confinement, including months spent on isolation units. Now he [...]

40 Acres and a Mule Would Be at Least $6.4 Trillion Today—What the U.S. Really Owes Black America


[/fusion_builder_column_inner] [/fusion_builder_row_inner] Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn is editorial director of YES! Jeff Neumann and Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn designed this infographic for Make It Right, the Summer 2015 issue of YES. This piece was reprinted by EmpathyEducates with permission or license. We thank Jeff Neumann, Tracy [...]

Feds Spent $3.3 Billion Fueling Charter Schools but No One Knows What It’s Really Bought


PRESS RELEASE | May 8, 2015Contact: Nikolina Lazic, 608-260-9713, (Madison, WI)–The federal government has spent more than $3.3 billion over the past two decades creating and fueling the charter school industry, according to a new financial analysis and reporters' guide by the [...]

Why The Kids of Helicopter Parents are Sputtering Out In College


Academically overbearing parents are doing great harm. So says Bill Deresiewicz in his groundbreaking 2014 manifesto Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life. “[For students] haunted their whole lives by a fear of failure—often, in the first [...]