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James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness
Raoul Peck ’s “ I Am Not Your Negro ” is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen—I would have stayed in the theater in New York to see the film again if the next showing had not been sold out. The newly released film powerfully illustrates, through James Baldwin’s prophetic work, that the...
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Morbid Inequality: Now Just SIX Men Have as Much Wealth as Half the World's Population
Yes, inequality is getting worse every year. In early 2016 Oxfam reported that just 62 individuals had the same wealth as the bottom half of humanity. About a year later Oxfam reported that just 8 men had the same wealth as the world's bottom half. Based on the same methodology and data sources...
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When Women Speak Out for All
As scholars of women’s history, we are aware of times in our past when advocates for women’s rights and advocates for black rights competed against one another. But not this time. We need look no further than Elizabeth Warren’s historic silencing on the floor of the Senate last week. A white woman...
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A Big Day for Trump’s Budget Pick, Social Security — and Millionaires
A full Senate vote is expected today on Donald Trump’s pick for White House Budget Director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney. That means that Mulvaney’s nomination could come up for a vote just as a group of lawmakers and experts are speaking on the Hill in support of Social Security — and on the same day that...
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Taking on the Billionaires
Combatting defeatism may be our single most important psychological objective in the wake of the election. We need to revive the spirit embodied in Barack Obama’s vague but hopeful campaign slogan in 2008, "Yes We Can." At the federal level this is a time to expose, to educate and to resist. But at...
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Stop Congress from Killing Retirement Savings for Low-Moderate Income Workers
CALIFORNIA — After eight years of collaboration between senior and consumer advocates, business, and labor — is on the cusp of providing greater retirement security to 6.8 million private-sector wage earners. But, suddenly, the state’s pioneering “Secure Choice” plans are under siege. Secure Choice...
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With 'Valentine to Corruption,' Trump Officially Kills Big Oil Transparency
In a move global rights groups are decrying as a Valentine's Day gift to Big Oil , President Donald Trump on Tuesday officially voided a rule that forced extractive industries to disclose payments made to foreign governments. The transparency law, known as the Cardin-Luger amendment, was an Obama-...
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The Trump Administration’s Other War on the Media
The Trump administration’s unrelenting attacks on the media and assault on reality have been well covered by journalists and media outlets that find themselves in the new administration’s crosshairs. Yet while the White House’s insistence on “ alternative facts ” may be more visibly ominous, there...
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Runaway Inequality Elected Trump. Here's How It Can Help Defeat Him
Over the last 37 years the top 10 percent of all Americans saw their incomes rise by 115 percent and the top 1 percent saw an incredible rise of 198 percent. Meanwhile, the bottom half of all American earners not only failed to see any gain at all, but their incomes actually declined by 1 percent...
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How Labor and Climate United Can Trump Trump
Donald Trump and his congressional Republican allies have taken control of the U.S. government. The result threatens to be devastating for both labor and the climate — not to mention immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others...
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