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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
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.
Posted Sep 17, 2014
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
Kentucky Town Beats High Gas Prices—By Opening a Public Gas Station
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.
Posted Sep 12, 2014
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
Migrant Farmworkers Find Paths Out of Poverty Through Incubator Farms
Incubator farms help seasonal workers start their own businesses, where they get better pay and the support of a community.
Posted Sep 10, 2014
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
A Wealthy Capitalist on Why Money Doesn't Trickle Down
Nick Hanauer, venture capitalist and self-described “plutocrat,” says a healthy economy and an effective democracy depend on a thriving middle class of workers.
Posted Sep 09, 2014
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.
Posted Sep 05, 2014
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
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.
Posted Sep 03, 2014
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
For Walkers and Cyclists, A Swedish Road-Planning Strategy Helps Save Lives
Utah, Minnesota, and Washington have seen traffic fatalities decline by 40 percent. Here's how they did it.
Posted Sep 02, 2014
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?
47 million Americans live beneath the official poverty line, under a daily judgment of failure. The question today is: Whose failure?
Posted Aug 28, 2014
The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour
The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour
For low-wage workers, Seattle's minimum wage increase means a chance to go to college, pay the rent, and visit the dentist.
Posted Aug 28, 2014
If Unions Are Breaking Automakers, Why Are BMW and Mercedes So Rich?
If Unions Are Breaking Automakers, Why Are BMW and Mercedes So Rich?
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.
Posted Aug 28, 2014
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.
Posted Aug 21, 2014
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
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?
Posted Aug 21, 2014
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.
Posted Aug 21, 2014
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
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.
Posted Aug 14, 2014
Why Germany Is Backing Away From a Trade Deal that Lets Corporations Sue the Government
Why Germany Is Backing Away From a Trade Deal that Lets Corporations Sue the Government
A new round of international trade agreements threatens to increase corporate power over national governments. But news out of Germany suggests the deals aren't inevitable.
Posted Aug 06, 2014

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