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What If Your Kids Want to Get Political?
by Shannon Hayesposted Apr 11, 2013
- Using young children as political props is problematic, to say the least. But when they do form their own opinion, it’s important to let them express it.
Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage
by Amy B. Deanposted Apr 11, 2013
- Before joining the Department of Labor, Mary Beth Maxwell was a top organizer for the workers’ rights organization Jobs With Justice. Here, she speaks with Amy Dean about the lives of workers who make minimum wage and why the time has come to raise it.
After Police Shooting of Teenager, A Brooklyn Neighborhood Dreams of Justice
by Kristin Moeposted Mar 27, 2013
- On March 9, two NYPD officers in plain clothes shot and killed 16-year-old Kimani Gray. At the marches and nightly vigils held in his memory, people are demanding a different kind of police department.
Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own
by Nina Rogozenposted Mar 20, 2013
- The Affordable Care Act hopes to drive expansion of health care co-ops.
Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffmanposted Mar 11, 2013
- Psychologists recently conducted a study that found that meditation may make you more liberal, at least in the short-term. Richard Schiffman argues that the politics of true spirituality are more about balance than support for any one side.
Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both?
by Sarah van Gelderposted Mar 08, 2013
- From 1999 to 2013, Hugo Chavez served as president of Venezuela. He leaves behind a mixed legacy that includes admirable efforts to empower the poor, but also a disturbing tendency toward authoritarianism.
Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph Solisposted Mar 08, 2013
- Today, the world honors advancements for women’s rights—and it all started with a courageous group of garment workers.
You’ve Come a Long Way, Feminism (But You’re Not There Yet)
by Ruth Rosenposted Mar 01, 2013
- In the 1970s, women called for abortion rights, universal child care, and equal pay. So why are we still waiting for these rights?
What the Oscars Can Teach Us About Elections That Work
by Rob Richieposted Feb 25, 2013
- Academy Award-winners are selected by algorithms that allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, selecting backups if their first choices lose. What if we elected our leaders that way?
Global Day of Dance Connects Women around the Globe
by Katrina Rabelerposted Feb 15, 2013
- Eve Ensler’s One Billion Rising brought women into the streets in every country registered with the United Nations, plus a few places that aren’t. At the Seattle event, a dancing little girl seemed to represent the movement’s hopes for women’s lives.
Why Canada’s Indigenous Uprising Is About All of Us
by Sarah van Gelderposted Feb 07, 2013
- When a new law paved the way for tar sands pipelines and other fossil fuel development on native lands, four women swore to be “idle no more.” The idea took off.
Eleanor: The Radical Roosevelt
by Peter Dreierposted Jan 24, 2013
- Hollywood just can’t seem to tell the truth about Eleanor Roosevelt, who was a fierce defender of human rights. Historian Peter Dreier steps in to set the record straight.
Remembering Aaron Swartz, “Alpha Geek” and Defender of Online Freedom
by Micah L. Sifryposted Jan 17, 2013
- Aaron Swartz took his own life at the age of 26, after years of legal trouble over academic articles he downloaded and intended to share. He leaves behind a legacy of thinking about the power of the internet to shape our political lives.
Movement to End High-Stakes Testing Steps Up in Seattle
by Dean Patonposted Jan 14, 2013
- Teachers at two Seattle high schools violated district policy and their union contracts by refusing to administer a mandatory test. And signs abound that teachers around the nation are ready to stand up, too.
Why Post-Sandy America Needs State Banks More than Ever
by Ellen Brownposted Jan 07, 2013
- If we the people want the sort of security in emergencies that is available to the owners of Wall Street banks, we need to own some banks ourselves.