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Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha! Marriage Equality for Minnesota? You Betcha!
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In just six months, the “Land of Lakes” went from debating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, to legalizing it this week. One proud resident on celebrating change in one of our more politically quirky states.
The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits? The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits?
by Shannon Hayes
There’s nothing like talk of “government handouts” to get people upset. But when it comes to farm bill, the real culprits might not be who you think they are.
Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time Marriage Equality Victories Show How Change Happens, One Step at a Time
by Gar Alperovitz
Before 2004, no state allowed same-sex marriage. Today, it's legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia. If you want to see how political progress is made, look to the local level.
Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About Rights, Not Riots: What Seattle’s May Day Was Really All About
by Peter Pearsall
The largest march on May Day in Seattle was about immigrant families and their supporters standing together for human rights. Not to be confused with the rowdiness that took place later in the day.
Boston Aftermath Shows a Nation Less—Not More—Afraid of Muslims Boston Aftermath Shows a Nation Less—Not More—Afraid of Muslims
by Pramila Jayapal
Despite the horrific attacks and media slurs that followed the Boston bombing, the behavior of ordinary people and elected representatives shows improved tolerance of muslims and other immigrants.
A Tax System for the 99 Percent A Tax System for the 99 Percent
by Robin Broad, John Cavanagh
Feeling like taxes are more unfair than ever? Three ways corporations, banks, and individuals exploit an unjust system—and three ways the people are pushing back.
A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think A World without Landfills? It’s Closer than You Think
by Jen Soriano
Two recipients of this year’s Goldman Environmental Prize are working to abolish the practice of sending trash to landfills and incinerators. And the idea is catching on.
What If Your Kids Want to Get Political? What If Your Kids Want to Get Political?
by Shannon Hayes
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 Labor Dept. Deputy: It’s Time to Raise the Minimum Wage
by Amy B. Dean
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 After Police Shooting of Teenager, A Brooklyn Neighborhood Dreams of Justice
by Kristin Moe
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 Don’t Like Your Health Insurance? Make Your Own
by Nina Rogozen
The Affordable Care Act hopes to drive expansion of health care co-ops.
Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths Research on the Politics of Meditation Points to Deeper Truths
by Richard Schiffman
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? Hugo Chavez: Friend of the Poor, Demagogue, or Both?
by Sarah van Gelder
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? Where Did International Women’s Day Come From?
by Steph Solis
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) You’ve Come a Long Way, Feminism (But You’re Not There Yet)
by Ruth Rosen
In the 1970s, women called for abortion rights, universal child care, and equal pay. So why are we still waiting for these rights?
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