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5 Fallacies Poisoning U.S. Politics

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The last thirty years have seen private sector dominance of government. The results are disastrous and clearly seen. Tax codes and laws were established to benefit specific corporations and industries, while creating barriers to entry for new technologies and small companies.

The Job Market: A Game of Musical Chairs Over Hot Coals

Scott Santens | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Scott Santens

There's a common belief that people who don't have jobs somehow just aren't trying hard enough, and this belief is therefore based on the idea that there are enough jobs for everyone. To get a job, all one really needs to do is just go get one. But what's it really like out there?

Baltimore and Beyond

Frank Islam | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Frank Islam

It may have been hard to live in Baltimore during those difficult and recessionary times. We don't know if it is harder for those in the underclass and grinding poverty living there today. We do know that it is not easy.

Book Review: 7 Wealth Building Secrets

Suna Senman | Posted 06.21.2015 | Money
Suna Senman

While the title 7 Wealth Building Secrets, looks ordinary, the contents of this book are extraordinarily grounded in greatest wisdom and proven practicality.

Opportunity Inequality: The Plight of America's Poor Kids

Frank Islam | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

We are at a critical pivot point in terms of the futures of poor kids in America. What happens over the next decade will determine many of their fates and to a certain extent that of the American dream.

Racist Police, Courts, Fraternities: Who Says We Don't Need Affirmative Action Anymore?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

If affirmative action -- or, better, equal opportunity -- is to be reinstated, we need to "build it better," as the new mantra goes. And its practitioners need to keep control of their instrument.

Working for Equal Opportunity

Tom Fox | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Tom Fox

Jenny Yang, a child of immigrant parents and the first Asian American to head the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has spent her career focused on ensuring fairness in the workplace. In this interview, Yang discusses her goals for the EEOC, which she took over as chair in September, and some of the lessons she has learned from her parents, children and mentors.

Internet Supports Man With Down Syndrome With #GiveBenAJob Campaign

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.19.2015 | Good News

One small tweet from Kensington, Liverpool, has been heard around the world. On Friday evening, Fiona Hodge took to Twitter to ask people to help ...

The Girl Guides of Africa: Pioneering Women on Safari

Jacada Travel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Travel
Jacada Travel

It's no longer a man's world. Here are just some of the inspiring women forging a career for themselves as guides and rangers in the African bush.

Supporting Deaf Employees

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 04.05.2015 | Business
Lydia L. Callis

Deaf people have to constantly push back against a society that was not designed for them to succeed. As an interpreter and CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), it can be hard to witness the structural injustice faced by my deaf colleagues and family members on a daily basis.

MLK's Birthday: Hitting Us Where We Live

Andre Shashaty | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Andre Shashaty

On the anniversary of King's birth, I can't help but think how disappointed he would be if he were alive to see how hard it is to build affordable housing in affluent, mostly white communities, thereby precluding many blacks from living in places with good schools and job opportunities.

Ladies, 10 Tips for Discrimination at Work

Miri Ben-Ari | Posted 03.16.2015 | Business
Miri Ben-Ari

Here is a list of 10 tips that I found to be effective and I hope that could be useful if you ever find yourself in a situation like that, you should always refer to an attorney for legal advice.

Literacy for All, Yes! The New Literacy

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel

The more we ask of children, the more they can do; the higher the standards we set for those who teach children, the farther they will reach.

Choice Between Voters and Rioters?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While some nations have imposed voting as mandatory for all citizens, the process of disenfranchisement in the US appears to be tolerated and/or encouraged at least by some political elites who claim to represent us as a whole.

Increased Minimum Wage Leads to Stability

K. Sujata | Posted 12.15.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

We must start somewhere. Raising our minimum wage to $13.00 an hour in the City of Chicago is that starting place. But $13.00 an hour by 2018 is truly a floor-base-minimum to ensure that our city has a viable workforce for a vibrant economy in the 21st century.

Would a Push to Hire More Women Reduce Gender Pay-Gap? Not Until We Fix the Pipeline

Bhagwan Chowdhry | Posted 11.30.2014 | Women
Bhagwan Chowdhry

If the percentage of qualified women remains lower than that of men, gender balance at all organizations is mathematically impossible. The cure then is to fix the pipeline. The gender balance in pay will follow.

Opportunity Is the Fabric of Innovation

Delphia Simmons | Posted 11.07.2014 | Detroit
Delphia Simmons

Cities that do not view all of their residents as equal and deserving of all of the benefits and resources that flow into them will not be intentional about doing what is required to make thriving connections happen.

The Dignity and Value of Work and Family

Debra L. Ness | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Debra L. Ness

My grandparents instilled in me the value of hard work. They had a vision of a country and world where people have equal opportunity and everyone can contribute and have a good life.

Are Diversity and Inclusiveness Really Possible?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.27.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

The challenge today is that the same practices that excluded minorities are still prevalent, but we don't have a name for it. As diversity and inclusiveness have become ubiquitous buzzwords, I wonder: Is it really possible to create a playing field that gives everyone a fair chance?

LGBT Athletes Still Facing Harassment and Discrimination

Ken Reed | Posted 10.04.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Moving toward a SportsWorld of equality is unfortunately a slow, painful process. Not everyone wants to go along for the ride. They have to be pushed and pulled, kicking and screaming. Making people face what makes them uncomfortable is part of the process; part of the march to equality on our playing fields and in our locker rooms.

Seeking Jobs as Well as Justice

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

The struggle for the Civil Rights Act was about more than simply ending discrimination. It was about ending economic injustice and fighting for fair and equal access to good jobs and decent wages.

Equal Opportunity Won't Reduce Poverty

Douglas J. Amy | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Douglas J. Amy

Unequal opportunity helps explain why certain groups of people tend to end up poor, but it does not explain why we have poverty. The real causes of poverty are two-fold: lack of jobs and too many jobs paying poverty-level wages.

The Meaning of a Decent Society

Robert Reich | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Although it's still possible to win the lottery, the biggest lottery of all is what family we're born into. Our life chances are now determined to an unprecedented degree by the wealth of our parents. That's not always been the case.

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Redistribution: The 'R' Word

Ron Davis | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Ron Davis

The President has announced that he wants to tackle inequality and the lack of upward mobility for poor Americans. He has many ideas for doing so, and many involve redistribution. But he smartly avoids mentioning the "R" word.