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Economic Justice

Restoring Liberalism, Tolerance And Diversity At Colleges And Universities

Noam Schimmel | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Noam Schimmel

Samuel Abrams has written recently in the New York Times about liberalism and conservatism amongst faculty on American college campuses. http://www.n...

'Free State Of Jones' Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Black-White Alliance

Amb. Andrew J. Young | Posted 06.27.2016 | Black Voices
Amb. Andrew J. Young

We need more Newt Knights today. We need coalitions to combat the pernicious and ominous signs that appear around us this year. We need to work together to fight the newer forms of obvious oppression.

Remembering, Reclaiming and Honoring Our Roots

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the past year, we have seen a welcome surge, prodded by new books on slavery, campus debates, and student protests, of new commitments by some universities and other institutions to confront the truth about their own histories, especially the ugly legacies of slavery and Native American genocide.

Hillary's Big State Dominance Is the Key To the Democratic Nomination

William Bradley | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton's very impressive New York primary victory over Bernie Sanders points up some of her most significant strengths as a political figure. She generally performs quite well on a big stage. And there are few bigger presidential primary stages than that of New York.

The $15 Minimum Wage Raises Up All of New York

George Gresham | Posted 04.19.2016 | New York
George Gresham

With the passage of the $15 minimum wage, we have proudly rebuked the right-wing ethos that only values extreme wealth, and we are leading our entire nation toward a more just future where hard work is rewarded with fair pay.

When Bernie Met Francis

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

What makes Sanders' speech special? There is a remarkable convergence between Sanders' criticism of the rapacity of today's global marketplace and Pope Francis'. This should not in itself be surprising.

Ending the Exploitation of People and the Planet

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2016 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

There could be no more urgent political or policy agenda. There are two global crises that are increasing exponentially in scale this year, trapped in a vicious reinforcing cycle, one making the other worse.

The Biblical Argument for Raising the Minimum Wage

Timothy Murphy | Posted 04.04.2016 | Religion
Timothy Murphy

$10 per hour is just enough for a decent life in Paducah, KY, but $15 per hour will still leave you struggling in the Bay Area.

The Moment We Have Waited for

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Rev. Vivian, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a role model for so many of us in the 1960s era of civil rights activism and still, believes young people today are inheriting the world at a unique crossroads in history.

Bernie, Like Jesus, Brings Good News to the Poor

Ian Mevorach | Posted 03.14.2016 | Religion
Ian Mevorach

Bernie Sanders, like Jesus, is inspired to bring good news to the poor. And like Jesus' message, Bernie's message is controversial. Many argue that he is too radical to be president or that his ideals are too lofty. And yet he stands for the root values of American democracy.

Needed: A New Set of Income Tax Brackets

FIXCapitalism | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
FIXCapitalism

Hillary Clinton's stated recently that she will not raise taxes on the middle class. She will raise taxes only on the rich and super rich. But at what income does the middle class end and the rich begin?

Why Bernie Sanders Is Winning the Hearts and Minds of America

Tom Weis | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Weis

If you've watched the Democratic debates (I feel your pain if you've suffered through the rancor of the Republican ones), you've probably noticed something else about Bernie Sanders: he's tough, but he's not a gutter fighter.

It's Time to Make the Minimum Wage a Living Wage

Aaron Pacitti | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Aaron Pacitti

At the national level, raising the minimum wage to only $10.10 per hour would reduce by almost 2 million the number of people receiving public assistance and reduce spending on these programs by nearly $8 billion. In other words, a minimum wage that is not a living wage costs the public dearly, while benefiting firm owners and executives.

Actor Jesse Williams Debunks the Myth of Anti-Militant MLK

Joshua Adams | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

We shouldn't let MLK's legacy be de-radicalized. We can honor his legacy better by understanding what he was actually saying and fighting for. Let's #ReclaimMLK

Bernie Sanders and the New American Social Contract

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Will Bernie Sanders win the nomination while running on this platform? Can he win a general election? Certainly, in this election cycle the American public appears readier than it has been in two generations to return to its progressive heritage.

What Should the Federal Reserve Do to Stimulate the Economy and Abate Economic Inequality?

Gary Reber | Posted 12.29.2015 | Politics
Gary Reber

The underlying support for the main interest rate increase is strengthening economic indicators, namely the increasing job growth, albeit mostly low-wage jobs. It is, however, a misrepresentation, based on questionable economic indicators, that the economy is healthy and has escaped from the "Great Recession."

Agenda to Bring New Corporate Issues into the WTO is Defeated, But So Are Developing Countries' Demands for More Policy Space for Development

Deborah James | Posted 12.29.2015 | World
Deborah James

Nairobi, Kenya - At the first ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Africa, it was clear that the majority of members opposed f...

The Law of Attraction: A Living Wage and Abundance for All

Rabbi Debra Kolodny | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Debra Kolodny

Are you familiar with the Law of Attraction? It can be summarized as: "Like begets like." If we focus on the positive we bring the positive into our life. To attract more love, health, wealth, free time, we delight in what we have with a daily gratitude practice or by counting our blessings.

5 Principles to Restore Trust in Banking

Keith Mestrich | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Keith Mestrich

In today's America, bankers are often seen as uncaring, and media portrayals reflect a view that banks put hardworking people on the streets. Our industry, which should be a key part of helping people achieve their economic and financial goals, has lost consumer trust.

As Sanders and Trump Push the Right Buttons, the Liberty Movement Must Wake Up

Robin Koerner | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Robin Koerner

As an activist for liberty, I am pained by the failure of the similarly anti-establishment and still-largely-insurgent liberty movement to replicate either Ron Paul's successes of four years ago, or the successes of its present political opponents -- a democratic socialist, Sanders, and I'm-not-sure-what-to-call-him-but-he-looks-like-a-populist-fascist, Trum

Hey NLRB, Do You Think College Football Players Are Employees Now?

Ken Reed | Posted 09.02.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

The economic model of college athletics is going to change in the coming years. But change certainly isn't always bad. In this case, it will be good. The games will remain exciting and, most importantly, college sports will be more fair and just for the athletes creating the product.

Black Lives Matter Has Helped Bernie Sanders' Racial Justice Agenda

Ben Spielberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

Black Lives Matter protesters wanted Sanders' campaign to stop treating racial justice as an inevitable byproduct of economic justice. They wanted Sanders to instead promote a specific racial justice platform complementary to his economic justice agenda, and they had every right to demand that he do so.

Reproductive Justice is Fundamentally an Economic Justice Issue

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan | Posted 08.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

The ability of women of color and immigrant women to lead healthy reproductive lives is an integral part of the right to self-determination in all aspects of their lives and inherently impacts their economic security and independence.

One Cheer for Plutocracy

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 07.09.2016 | Business
Alex Cacioppo

There is no "anti-capitalism" movement, but rather a movement to save capitalism from its worst excesses, one of which is rampant, systemic and insidious inequality. You do not have to be a socialist to believe that there needs to be some kind of leveling.

Union Dad: Economic Justice and a Rich Family Spirit

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When I was growing up in Cleveland, my dad was a bus driver and a proud member of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Although he passed away in 2009, the lessons he taught about what it means to be a union member have never left me. That's why I'm proud to be a union son, and proud to be a union dad.