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Economic Justice

Déjà vu All Over Again: The GOP Prepares to Make the Rich Even Richer

Tim Koechlin | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

As the Republican Congress begins to execute its latest attack on poor and middle class Americans (the repeal of the Affordable Care Act; cuts in educ...

Putting Away the Pitchforks

William S. Becker | Posted 10.21.2016 | Politics
William S. Becker

A lot of people have been shocked by Donald Trump's refusal to confirm that he would accept the results if Hillary Clinton wins the election. Actually...

How to Move a Utility: Get Moving Yourself

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Eileen Flanagan

Last week, Pennsylvania's largest utility, PECO, floated some possible pilot projects to increase solar in its service area over the coming years. If ...

We Need To Value Black Women's Labor

Linda Meric | Posted 09.14.2016 | Women
Linda Meric

Fifty-three years after Americans were promised equal pay, Black women are still far behind. But it is not too late to make up the difference. Let's move forward from this Labor Day demanding change.

Human Rights And The 2016 Election

Jack Healey | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Jack Healey

If the candidates make the choice to follow in the Roosevelt's memory, the Nation will be able to heal and grow in infinitely beautiful and powerful ways.

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 01.29.2017 | 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 01.19.2017 | 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 01.19.2017 | 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 01.14.2017 | 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 12.28.2016 | 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 12.22.2016 | 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 12.06.2016 | 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 11.04.2016 | 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 09.16.2016 | 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