National Politics

New York’s Homeless Pushed Deeper into the Shadows

Posted August 26, 2014 by Zafirah Mohamed Zein

Joe sits on newspapers spread on the sidewalk by the entrance to midtown’s Grand Central Station. His head rests in his hands, only looking up when coins from passersby clink into his paper cup. “A shelter is like a prison
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Mayors Unite Behind Fred Ross Sr.

Posted August 21, 2014 by

The Giants and Dodgers are bitter rivals, but that did not stop San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti from organizing a Big City Mayors campaign in support of legendary organizer Fred Ross Sr. The campaign
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The Roots of #Ferguson

Posted August 21, 2014 by

As media flock to Ferguson, the roots of the current crisis are often overlooked. Laura Barrett, who began organizing tenants in St. Louis in the 1990’s and is now the National Campaign Director for Gamaliel, provides this critical back story
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AFL-CIO Should Be in Ferguson

Posted August 18, 2014 by

The weakness of organized labor is often attributed to its low numbers and they are low for sure. For example, AFL-CIO membership remained stagnant this year at 12.5 million even with the whopping addition last year of 1.3 million UFCW
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The “Broken Windows” Fraud

Posted August 13, 2014 by

When a government policy victimizes low-income African Americans or Latinos, it continues despite a lack of success. We see this in the ongoing drug war and in the media’s renewed efforts to legitimize the statistically discredited “broken windows” anti-crime strategy.
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THE CRISIS IN SOCIAL SECURITY

Posted August 6, 2014 by Harry Brill

Despite running a surplus of $2.8 trillion, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has closed 80 offices, eliminated over 500 temporary mobile offices, and reduced its workforce since 2010 by 11,000.  Moreover, it is planning on closing in the near future
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Getting on Up: Cult of the Charismatic Black Man

Posted August 6, 2014 by Sikivu Hutchinson

Charismatic black men slapping black women around are funny. This was the takeaway conveyed by some audience members at a screening I attended of the new James Brown biopic Get On Up at a predominantly black theater in Los Angeles.
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