Laura Flanders

Laura is YES! Magazine's 2013 Local Economies Reporting Fellow and is executive producer and founder and host of "GRITtv with Laura Flanders." Follow her on Twitter @GRITlaura.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 1:45pm
Surplus Military in a Deficit Society
U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered a review of the distribution of military hardware to state and local police. Great. Now can we have a review of the distribution of military influence throughout US society? What we’ve learned so far is that under a federal program, more than $5 billion worth...
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Friday, August 15, 2014 - 3:00pm
How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
Before Zaida Ramos joined Cooperative Home Care Associates, she was raising her daughter on public assistance, shuttling between dead-end office jobs, and not making ends meet. “I earned in a week what my family spent in a day,” she recalled. After 17 years as a home health aide at Cooperative Home...
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Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 5:15pm
Breaking the Grip of the Fossil Fuel Economy: If It Can Happen in Appalachia, It Can Happen Anywhere
Benham, Ky., in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, "Benham, the little town that International Harvester, coal miners and their families built." International Harvester, a farm-equipment conglomerate created by industrial...
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The Caravan to Washington, which took place in 1992, is part of Mississippi's legacy of economic justice struggles. Participants demanded that funds promised to farmers in the Minority Farmers Rights Act be appropriated and delivered. Photo courtesy of the Heather Grey / Federation of Southern Cooperatives Views
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:15am
After Death of Radical Mayor, Mississippi's Capital Wrestles With His Economic Vision
On his way into work every morning, Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, Miss., used to pass a historical marker: “Jackson City Hall: built 1846-7 by slave labor.” The building, like the city around it, came into being when African American lives didn’t count for much. Unpaid black workers...
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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:30am
Remembering Chokwe Lumumba
Chokwe Lumumba, an extraordinary leader with a vision of liberation forged in the 1960s Black Power movement, died on Tuesday after eight transformational months in office as Mayor of Jackson, Miss.
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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 11:33am
To Truly Address Inequality, Let's Build a People-Centered Economy
President Obama got one thing right in his State of the Union address. "It is [we] the citizens who make the state of our union strong."
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 9:31am
In College Funds, Are Fossil Fuels the New Slavery?
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Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 11:43am
On “Giving Tuesday” Giving’s Never Been Easier – Or Cheaper for Global Corporations
It’s "Giving Tuesday" on December 3. Following Black Friday, on Giving Tuesday, people all across the United States will be kicking off the holiday season not with shopping, they say, but with giving.
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Friday, November 8, 2013 - 9:06am
De Blasio in New York: If You Can Do It Here…
Take that, all of you who doubted that a candidate who planted his campaign on a promise of tackling inequality could attract enough support to win. On November 5, New Yorker’s elected just such a guy by a landslide: 73 to 24 percent.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 8:20am
‘After Tiller’: The Abortions No One Wants To Talk About
A compelling film about abortion has been opening in theaters across the states. From Salt Lake City to Houston, to Columbus, Detroit and Eugene, After Tiller , by directors Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, has been stirring debate, and on October 30, it opened in Washington, DC, where it is playing all week. It’s hard to imagine a better time for this film to be seen, or a better film to see at this moment.
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