The Farm Bill’s “Government Handouts”: Who Really Benefits?
by Shannon HayesMay 14, 2013
- 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
by Gar AlperovitzMay 09, 2013
- 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
by Peter PearsallMay 02, 2013
- 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
by Pramila JayapalMay 01, 2013
- 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
by Robin Broad, John CavanaghApr 17, 2013
- 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
by Jen SorianoApr 17, 2013
- 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?
by Shannon HayesApr 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. DeanApr 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 MoeMar 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 RogozenMar 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 SchiffmanMar 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 GelderMar 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 SolisMar 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 RosenMar 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 RichieFeb 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?