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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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 2:30pm
Forget Big vs. Small Government. For the Rightwing, It's Only About Power
Conservatives need to figure out where they stand on local power. Their views present a paradox, suggested The New York Times recently. Causing the confusion are so-called pre-emption laws passed by states to stop local governments from enacting their own policies. Eight states have passed laws...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:00am
The Incredible Whiteness of Clinton
Hillary Clinton effectively entered the 2016 presidential race this week with a major speech to a women’s conference in Silicon Valley . Word is, she’s decided to make gender even more central to her campaign this time around and in California she did just that. She also exposed the incredible...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 1:15pm
Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, Too, Can Play at that Game
The global newswire Associated Press announced this January that it will no longer refer to the app-based cab-hail service Uber as “ride-sharing.” The move follows criticism that services like Uber and Lyft are very far from sharing; to the contrary, they are taking more than they’re giving. That’s...
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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 1:30pm
What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy
As Sarah van Gelder pointed out recently , 2014 research by the Pew Center found that 78 percent of Americans believe that too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few huge companies. More than half—62 percent—believe our current economic system is rigged in favor of those with the most...
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 9:30am
Media take on Greek Elections: Mad Leftists Win in Protest
When it comes to elections, there’s the “who” of politics and then there’s the “what” of it. What do parties and politicians actually do to win support? While they’re not brilliant at the first, the money media in the US tend to be truly terrible at covering the latter. The historic election in...
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Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 9:30am
NATO Chief Unfit To Quote?
It tells you something about what’s laughingly called the public debate, when the most dovish voice on the questions of terrorism and war comes from a leader of the military industrial complex. Jens Stoltenberg is secretary general of NATO. He hasn’t appeared in the US media in connection with the...
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 2:15pm
If People Were Pipelines
The UN has called on Nigeria to restore law and order in the northeast and investigate mass killings alleged to have been carried out in the past few weeks by the militant group, Boko Haram. Boko Haram’s the same lot that last spring kidnapped 276 girls, most of whom have never been recovered. This...
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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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