Sarah Anderson

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"As Americans, we are not suffering from scarcity, we are suffering from greed." (Photo: thisisbossi/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, November 16, 2020
The Federal Government Owns 92% of Student Debt. Will Biden Wipe It Out?
Washington is abuzz with ideas for actions the Biden-Harris administration could take that would not require Congressional approval. One of the buzziest: cancellation of student debts owed to the federal government. The U.S. Department of Education owns about 92 percent of the $1.6 trillion in U.S...
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A voter wears a face mask and a face shield outside a polling station on Election Day during the 2020 general elections. (Photo: Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
After Boosting Low-Income Voter Turnout, Poor People’s Campaign Mobilizes for Covid Relief
While higher-income voters swung further towards Donald Trump compared to four years ago, increased support from poor and low-income voters helped push Joe Biden over the top. According to early polls , those with household incomes of less than $50,000 in 2019 voted for Biden by an 11.5-point...
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Voting lines in Milwaukee, April 2020 (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Unleashing the Power of Poor Voters
Voter mobilization is not easy in Metcalfe Park, a majority-Black neighborhood in Milwaukee scarred by poverty, racism, disenfranchisement, and neglect. “I don’t believe in voting,” one young Black woman told Melody McCurtis, who’s been going door-to-door to get out the vote. “The higher-ups, they’...
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Saturday, October 24, 2020
The Trump Tax Reform Helped the Billionaire Class—Not the Working Class
“We gave you the greatest, biggest tax cut in history!” crowed President Trump at a recent rally in Prescott, Arizona. If that rally crowd had been packed with billionaires, they would’ve had good reason to applaud. But for ordinary working families, the 2017 Republican tax law is nothing to cheer...
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The Wisconsin initiative is not the first time farmers have joined with meatpacking workers to demand stronger COVID-19 protections. (Photo: TumblingRun/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up
For family farmers like Hans Breitenmoser, the odds of catching COVID-19 on the job are slim. Social distancing is not exactly a challenge when you’re farming more than 1,300 acres in rural Wisconsin. But Breitenmoser is one of many Wisconsin farmers who are showing solidarity with others in the...
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To get a sense of the potential impact on specific companies, consider McDonald’s. Last year, CEO Stephen Easterbrook made $17.4 million before stepping down in November. (Photo: Mike Mozart/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, October 05, 2020
San Francisco Ballot Measure Gives Voters a Chance to Rein in Overpaid CEOs
CEOs did not cause the pandemic. But they deserve a good deal of the blame for a model that shoveled profits up the corporate ladder, leaving lower-level employees financially insecure. When Covid-19 struck, it didn’t take much to push millions of vulnerable workers over the edge. If we want to not...
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The old trade model has failed working families. But Trump’s disjointed combination of hardline nationalism and tax incentives for offshoring jobs is no solution. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, October 01, 2020
For Laid-off Workers, Trump’s Lies About Trade and Jobs Are Hard to Swallow
At a rally last January in Toledo, Ohio, Donald Trump bragged that he had “100 percent fixed our disastrous trade deals and brought jobs and factories back to the great state of Ohio.” Next door in Michigan, the president claimed he’s “brought back our manufacturing jobs.” But in the first...
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Data also indicate that more equal societies are better able to handle the pandemic. (Photo: Kena Betancu/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Monday, September 28, 2020
Inequality and Covid-19 in 13 Charts
The United States has just surpassed 200,000 Covid-19 deaths — about the number who perished in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and more than the American lives lost in the Vietnam War, 9/11, and Word War I combined. As many grieved this grim milestone, President Trump told a campaign rally...
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Demonstrators gather outside the Uptown post office in Chicago, IL to demand a fully funded United States Postal Service and an end to cuts by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on August 25, 2020. (Photo: Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 31, 2020
All the Latest on Trump’s War on Our Public Postal Service
Less than two months after Trump ally and GOP megadonor Louis DeJoy took the helm of the U.S. Postal Service, the House of Representatives met in an emergency session to address widespread fears about potential sabotage of this vital public agency at a time when it is needed more than ever to...
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A USPS postal worker wears protective gloves while making deliveries in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 8, 2020. (Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 21, 2020
Are Postal Service Cuts Motivated by Voter Suppression or Privatization—or Both?
Throughout its 245-year history, the Postal Service has persevered through rain, snow, heat, gloom of night and even a global pandemic to serve the American people. But now this vital public service is under attack from within. In the course of two short months, a new Postmaster General has...
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