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Economic Inequality

Pope Rails Against 'Greed' Economy

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2014 | Business

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Pope Francis attacked mega-salaries and big bonuses on Thursday, saying in the fir...

Rebuilding a Political Economy of Hope

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

What most Americans seek and deserve is not unreasonable. They want a renewed social contract -- a national agreement and practice that rewards honest, hard work. I suggest an approach called the American Invest for Success Program.

The World's Next Mandela Is Rotting in Jail Somewhere

Will Bunch | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

The Nelson Mandela of the 21st century is right here, right now. We just can't see it. We're too busy spitting on him and calling him a terrorist.

Obama's Inequality Speech: Telling the Progressive Story of American History

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Barack Obama knows how to tell a story. One of his great strengths is his ability to craft a narrative of our history that resonates with Americans ...

5 Personal Actions You Can Take to Fight Economic Inequality

Bob Burnett | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

At the root of inequality is a moral choice: we either believe in the maxim, "I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper," or we don't.

Obama Updates His Story About America

Richard Kirsch | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

When President Obama frames the story of the American dream as one that is harmed by economic inequality, progressives should cheer -- and they should also prepare to sharpen that story and tie it to action.

A New Day, New York

Camille Rivera | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Camille Rivera

Cutting across every demographic, in every neighborhood, New Yorkers chose to elect true progressives to every citywide office and to the City Council.

Polarization: Worse Than You Think

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Some political observers believe that if we only had competitive elections throughout the country -- if most congressional districts weren't gerrymandered -- then we would have more moderates in Congress and, therefore, less polarization. Think again. Polarization is the new normal.

My Thanksgiving Prayer: May Obamacare Be the Beginning of the End of Economic 'Exclusion'

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

As I sit down to a Thanksgiving feast I ache and pray for millions of Americans who won't be able to obtain health coverage because, as Pope Francis notes, we treat people as "leftovers."

It's Inequality, Stupid: Defending Affordable Health Care

Bob Burnett | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Affordable Care Act is off to a rocky start. Some Democratic congresspeople have been backing away from the law. We can't let that happen. Progressives can't let "Obamacare" fail.

50 Years Post-Camelot: The Struggle Continues

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

When we think of JFK, most of us are compelled to think of the possible, to expect the best of ourselves. This is the American spirit that Kennedy both promoted and embodied. This was JFK's vision and intended legacy. It should continue to be ours.

It's Economic Inequality Stupid -- What to Do About the Biggest Crisis Facing America

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Growing income inequality is caused by the human decisions and the economic rules of the game we create. And shamefully, America lags behind every other first world nation in closing that income gap. That can be changed.

Real-Life Hunger Is No Game

Michael Winship | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Here in the real world, Washington is playing a Hunger Game of its own and the results are devastating. Yes, winter is coming, the holidays are on their way, and on November 1, the United States government cut food stamp benefits by 13.6 percent.

Hey Mr. DeBlasio, Want to Improve Emergency Services? Call a Community Activist

Hugh Hogan | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Hugh Hogan

If the polls hold on Tuesday, New York City's next Mayor will be Bill DeBlasio. High on his agenda should be strengthening community "resiliency" -- the hot word of the day -- and addressing the underlying vulnerabilities in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

'Poor People Do Not Deserve to Have Children'

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
J. Mijin Cha

The greatest commonly shared story in this country is economic insecurity. If you think poor people don't deserve to have children, the problem is not SNAP or the people that rely on it to survive. The problem is you.

Calling For Gender Equity In The Art World

Carrie Yury | Posted 12.16.2013 | Arts
Carrie Yury

Gender inequality is still alive and well in the art world. Understanding that numbers speak louder than words, artist Micol Hebron spearheaded a coll...

The Larger Issue at Stake in the Shutdown: The Role of Government

David Woolner | Posted 12.15.2013 | Business
David Woolner

Today's free-market fundamentalists insist that the forces of the market could easily solve all of our nation's woes if only government would get out of the way. The history of the free market system between October 1929 and the steady deflationary slide into the Great Depression three years later teaches us something different.

World's Richest 0.7% Own 13.67 Times as Much as World's Poorest 68.7%

Eric Zuesse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Credit Suisse issued on October 9th their Global Wealth Report 2013, which finds that the world's richest 0.7% own 13.67 times as much as do the world...

Changing Your mind

Susan Rhea | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

How do we change our minds? How have we come from believing blacks were savages, not capable of work beyond field hands to recognizing their equal intelligence, drive, and abilities in all fields of endeavor?

Yes, We Can! 40 Years of Winning Justice for Working Women

Linda Meric | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Linda Meric

The year was 1973. Women were starting to make great strides. Roe v. Wade made abortion a constitutional right; Captain Emily Howell Warner became the...

Robert Reich on Inequality for All

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

On Moyers & Company, Robert Reich talked about his new film Inequality for All. The film explains why America's widening income gap is a threat -- not only to the viability of our workforce -- but also to the foundations of our democracy.

The Unmentionable Problem

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Why don't more outlets make poverty a beat, especially considering that one in five American children is growing up in poverty? Don't those 20 percent of our children deserve even a little of the attention that goes to Miley Cyrus?

Five Ways to Fix America's Economy

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

What specifically can we do to fix our economy? Turns out, Reich has a clear plan of action to ensure there is "upward mobility again, in our society and in our economy."

Zach Carter

SEC Finally Proposes Disclosure Rule After 3 Years | Zach Carter | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a three-year wait, the Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday proposed a new rule that would require corporations to disc...

A Quick Guide to Changing The World - No, For Real This Time

2013-08-27-Screenshot20130827at12.16.24PM.png | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact

By William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan, Dowser The solution revolution—the convergence of money and meaning, problem solvers and “patient” c...