Category: POLITICS

Senate health care bill would pull the lifeline of the chronically ill

Stephanie Land

July 19, 2017 at 11:10 am

This article originally appeared in the Missoulian. Jamison Hill hasn’t been able to get out of bed in two and a half years. For 18 months, Jamison was too sick to tolerate clothing, eating, daylight, or too much movement or sound. When I met with him last fall, he sat up with the help of pillows […]

The Republican Health Care Plan is an Attack on People Like Me

Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

June 23, 2017 at 12:14 pm

This article first appeared on The Progressive. How many Americans will be impacted by the GOP’s Obamacare repeal legislation, drafted under veils of secrecy? How many will suffer the consequences? Probably everyone. But the harshest impacts will be felt by those Americans who are already the most vulnerable. Individuals and families who need maternity care, […]

Report: Increasing Minimum Wage Saves Lives

Fred McKissack Jr.

November 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Tuesday’s “Day of Disruption” walkout by thousands of low-income workers underscores that the Fight for $15 movement is undeterred by the change of administration. Earlier this month, voters approved minimum-wage raises for Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington. What began as a long shot to even liberal labor leaders, the resurgent low-income fight is now bolstered […]

Out of Homelessness, A Mom Turns Advocate

Fred McKissack Jr.

April 27, 2016 at 1:43 pm

Originally published on Rooflines, a Shelterforce blog. Jenean F. and her husband worked hard to achieve the increasingly elusive American Dream. She was a stay at home mom and he worked as a salesman in the auto industry, affording them a measure of middle class stability in the heart of the Midwest. They rented their […]

Prince Was The Only Person Who Defined Himself

Fred McKissack Jr.

April 22, 2016 at 11:55 am

Originally published on the Huffington Post.  Last night, my 12-year-old son was in his room reading and listening to music. His musical tastes run from modern pop and hip-hop to what my wife and I listen to — modern alt-rock, post-punk, old hip-hop, Motown, and Jazz. “Dad! Dad! Come here quick!” Mark yelled. I had […]

Supreme Court Immigration Ruling Could Stop the Intimidation of American Citizens

Kica Matos

February 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Written by Kica Matos, Center for Community Change Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice, and Frank Sharry, Founder and Executive Director for America’s Voice, an immigration reform group. Teenaged brothers Cesar and Jonathan Barreras are typical American teens. They love pizza and playing their Xbox games. They love to work on computers and are […]

Putting good jobs at top of US policy agenda

Allie Carter

April 27, 2015 at 11:22 am

This post originally appeared here.  Even though she’s worked at the Checkers in Lincoln Park for four years, Mya Hill is still paid only $8.15 an hour – Michigan’s minimum wage. Her fiance, Jonathan, is paid the same amount at a nearby McDonald’s. Between their two fast-food incomes, they can’t afford the basics. And even […]

President Obama, Think Big in 2015

Robin Curran

January 16, 2015 at 1:47 pm

It’s a new year, which means new resolutions, new inaugurations and the beginning of holding politicians accountable for their campaign promises. Last week I attended the Washington Interfaith Network’s (WIN) Inaugural Action with Mayor Muriel Bowser. In a packed church with standing room only, more than 900 WIN members and supporters came together to present […]

The Politics of Holidays

Chris Dasan Ahanu Massenburg

December 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go; take a look at the five and ten, glistening once again with candy canes and silver lanes aglow…” -Robert Meredith Wilson The holiday season is upon us. There are gleeful songs waiting to be sung and holiday television shows to be watched. There are […]

Why Every Day Should Be National Voter Registration Day

Erick Pleitez

September 23, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Today is National Voter Registration Day; a day when organizations across the country reach out to their respective communities encouraging them to register and turn out to vote. In light of the President’s recent decision to delay executive action that would provide administrative relief for millions of immigrant families until after the midterm elections, I’ve […]

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