Valerie Vande Panne

Valerie Vande Panne

Valerie Vande Panne is a writing fellow and chief correspondent at Local Peace Economy, a project of the Independent Media Institute. She is an independent journalist whose work has appeared in the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, the Guardian, Politico, and many other publications.

Articles by this author

“America’s leading industry is still the manufacture, distribution, packaging and marketing of bullshit." (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
7 Economic Terms That Are Often Used to Trick People Out of Their Money
There are so many plans these days to “transform” an area via a “public-private partnership” that will “restore” and “fix” the local economy and lead to an economic “recovery” for the “brave” group of “stakeholders” who’ve come together to make it happen. The business leader drumming up support is...
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“There are many reasons why people cover... some are covering for spiritual or faith reasons, some cover because their tradition or their culture has always done it, and some cover just because it is necessary for the area in which they live." Views
Sunday, October 28, 2018
How the Headwrap Expo Is Helping to Break Cultural Barriers
In cultures around the world, women wrap their hair and their heads. The practice is found in Native American, Japanese, Turkish, Eastern European, Bengali, Filipino, Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Catholic, and Sikh customs—among many more. African-Americans have long wrapped their hair (respect, Nina...
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Companies that are profiting from the sick and twisted game of incarcerating children. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Outraged by ICE's Treatment of Children? How to Close Your Wallet to the Companies That Profit From It
Are you sick of our government separating children from immigrant parents and putting them in cages? Do you think ICE should be abolished? You’re not alone. Thousands of people across the country are coming together to abolish ICE, from closing detention facilities to embarrassing the bankers that...
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 “Officially sanctioned terms like ‘defense’ and ‘security’ act as a subterfuge to diminish and camouflage the deadly, dangerous and destabilizing role that the United States is playing in the world.” (Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force/Brad Fallin) Views
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
New Report Brings Clarity to U.S. Arms Manufacturing Role in Global Conflicts
Most Americans want peace—in the world, in their country, and in their own homes and communities. Even the most committed Trump supporter might want peace in Latin America and the Middle East—if it means “illegal” refugees stop “pouring” in to the USA. Yet, somehow, U.S. “commandos” were deployed...
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“The money in the state is going somewhere.” And the answer to where it’s going, he says, is in “the hands of the one percent.” (Photo: @StephMontelongo/Twitter) Views
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
How Privatization Sparked the Massive Oklahoma Teacher Uprising
On April 2, an estimated 30,000 Oklahoma teachers walked out of schools across the state, some traveling hundreds of miles to the capital to protest. This momentum has not stopped: At the time of this writing, teachers are marching—by foot—from Tulsa to Oklahoma City . Across the state, they are...
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Sandra Turner-Handy discusses the incinerator's role in Detroit's air pollution problem. Views
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Smells Like Environmental Racism
One morning in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, I saw the air turn a heavy yellowish-green, like a thick fog. It stunk so badly, it hurt to breathe. Those who braved traveling through it risked nausea and even vomiting. Kim Schroeder remembers countless days in recent summers when her children haven...
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