Sarah Anderson

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) speaks during a news conference with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to announce legislation that would tax the net worth of America's wealthiest individuals at the U.S. Capitol on March 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, April 26, 2021
Progressives Urge Biden to Go Bigger, Bolder, Faster in Spending and Tax Plans
The Biden administration has crafted two major legislative packages aimed at making our economy more equitable, sustainable, caring, and better prepared for future crises. Last month, the president unveiled his American Jobs Plan , which requests about $2.3 trillion over eight years to modernize...
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Since 1985, the average Wall Street bonus has increased 1,217 percent, from $13,970 to $184,000 in 2020. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo) Views
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
If the Minimum Wage Kept Pace With Wall Street Bonuses Since 1985, It Would Be Worth $44 Today
While low-wage workers are still waiting for a raise in the minimum wage, Wall Street employees enjoyed a 10 percent bump in their bonuses in the first year of the pandemic, according to new data from the New York State Comptroller . Wall Street pay v. the minimum wage Since 1985, the average Wall...
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Excessive CEO pay is a problem that affects all of us. (Photo: Getty/Stock Photo/imagedepotpro) Views
Thursday, March 18, 2021
The Single Most Dramatic Driver of Our Country's Economic Divide: The Growing Gap Between CEO and Worker Pay
The following is written testimony prepared for a March 17, 2021 Senate Budget Committee hearing on "The Income and Wealth Inequality Crisis in America ." Thank you, Chairman Sanders, Ranking Member Graham, and members of the committee, for the invitation to participate in this important hearing. I...
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Progressive activist and actor Danny Glover outside the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama on Monday February 22, 2021. (Photo: BAmazon Union) Views
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Danny Glover Explains Why He's in Alabama With Amazon Workers
Actor and activist Danny Glover traveled this week to the most-watched Amazon facility in the country — the Bessemer fulfillment center outside Birmingham, Alabama. The warehouse’s more than 5,800 predominantly Black workers are in the middle of a historic vote on unionization. If a majority vote...
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Trump's insurrectionists attack police while trying to storm the Capitol building on January 6, 2021. The rioters broke windows and used metal bars, flag poles and bear spray as well against the police. (Photo: Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 12, 2021
We Must Expose the Insurrection Financiers
Throughout his scorching indictment of President Trump, lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin wove in quotes from eminent historic minds, including this one from his late father, Institute for Policy Studies Co-founder Marcus Raskin: “Democracy needs a ground to stand on and that ground is the...
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For the poultry executives on the National Chicken Council board, Biden’s pro-worker moves must come as quite a shock.(Photo: Food & Water Watch) Views
Monday, February 01, 2021
The Big Chicken Bosses Are No Longer Calling All the Shots in DC
Over Super Bowl weekend, Americans are expected to devour 1.42 billion chicken wings—enough to "circle the circumference of the Earth three times," the National Chicken Council crowed . But even a trillion wings might not be enough to put poultry industry CEOs in a party mood after a couple of...
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Nurse and health care workers of Jacobi Medical Center hold a rally against a new paid sick leave policy by NYC Health + Hospitals that mandates health care workers who are sick present a doctor's note to receive a paid sick day on April 17, 2020 in the Bronx, New York. (Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
American Workers Need Paid Sick Leave Right This Minute
Late last year, Congress allowed federal mandatory emergency paid leave benefits to expire. That left millions of American workers more vulnerable to catching — and spreading — COVID-19. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act , passed in March 2020, required certain employers to provide...
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As the House was preparing to vote on the modest relief package, Rep. Pramila Jayapal was leading a virtual townhall to unveil The People’s Agenda, the top legislative priorities of the Progressive Caucus for 2021. (Photo: Alex Edelman -Pool/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
The Covid Deal Is a Welcome Stopgap. Congressional Progressives Aim for Much More in 2021.
This holiday season, struggling families and businesses came close to getting a lump of coal from Congress. Only at the 11th hour, just three days before Christmas Eve and as critical relief programs were about to expire, did lawmakers manage to pass a $900 billion aid package. The deal is a...
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In this time of crisis, any support for corporations should encourage executives to treat their workers well, trim their own fat paychecks — and pay for their own lunch. (Photo by mark peterson/Corbis via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Why Can’t CEOs Pay For Their Own 3 Martini Lunches?
While the world is reeling from the pandemic, corporate lobbyists have been focused on making taxpayers subsidize lavish lunches for wealthy executives. And their work has paid off in the new Covid relief deal. Buried in the details of this modest aid plan is a provision to give executives...
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"As Americans, we are not suffering from scarcity, we are suffering from greed." (Photo: thisisbossi/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, December 03, 2020
Biden Could Cancel Student Debt. Will He?
Washington is abuzz with ideas for actions the Biden-Harris administration could take that would not require congressional approval. One of the buzziest: canceling student debts owed to the federal government. "As a working adult in this country, I've had to decide between daily food, medicine,...
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