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Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union
by Liz Pleasant, Christa Hillstrom, James Trimarco
First, they started buying up—and canceling—individuals’ medical debt. Now the people behind Rolling Jubilee are taking on student loans from a for-profit university that exploits the poor—and the whole debt system could be next.
NY Unions Will Bring Fresh Ideas about Jobs, Energy to Historic Climate March NY Unions Will Bring Fresh Ideas about Jobs, Energy to Historic Climate March
by Abby Scher
Key national unions are stepping up to support the People's Climate March on September 21. But some green radicals say unions need to create their own climate protection strategy that democratizes the energy sector.
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
by Thomas Hanna
Gas stations aren’t great for the climate, but the move is a step toward local control over economic decisions—a model that holds great potential for developing renewable energy in the long term.
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
by Nick Hanauer
Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and self-described “plutocrat,” says a healthy economy and an effective democracy depend on a thriving middle class of workers.
Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike Video: Inside a Miami McDonald's on Strike
More than 400 workers and supporters were arrested on Thursday amid a nationwide wave of walkouts and demonstrations.
The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015 The Enchanted Land Where Community College Is Free? Welcome to Tennessee in 2015
by Yessenia Funes
A new bill provides two years of tuition at a community college for participating high school grads who might otherwise face a 7.5 percent unemployment rate—and other states are already following suit.
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
by Jay Walljasper
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will? Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?
by Dean Paton
47 million Americans live beneath the official poverty line, under a daily judgment of failure. The question today is: Whose failure?
The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour
by Betty Udesen
For low-wage workers, Seattle's minimum wage increase means a chance to go to college, pay the rent, and visit the dentist.
If Unions Are Breaking Automakers, Why Are BMW and Mercedes So Rich? If Unions Are Breaking Automakers, Why Are BMW and Mercedes So Rich?
by Thom Hartmann
In Germany, auto workers get paid well and their companies still profit. Author Thom Hartmann on why living wages and corporate success don't have to be mutually exclusive.
America Keeps People Poor On Purpose: A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality America Keeps People Poor On Purpose: A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around Poverty Is Not Inevitable: What We Can Do Now to Turn Things Around
by Dean Paton
Having poor people in the richest country in the world is a choice. We have the money to solve this. But do we have the will?
Video: Inside America's Largest Worker-Owned Co-op Video: Inside America's Largest Worker-Owned Co-op
What does it take to keep a massive co-op growing? Find out in this video profile of the people behind Cooperative Health Care Associates.
How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty How America's Largest Worker Owned Co-Op Lifts People Out of Poverty
by Laura Flanders
Cooperative Home Care Associates' 2,300 workers enjoy good wages, regular hours, and family health insurance. With an investment of $1.2 million into the cooperative sector, New York City is hoping to build on the group's success.
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