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Why Jewish New Yorkers are Fighting for $15

Stosh Cotler | Posted 03.03.2016 | Religion
Stosh Cotler

In our proudest moments, New Yorkers have set the standard for all Americans to follow. The vote before our state Senate is another occasion for New Yorkers to come together, prove the doubters wrong and demand a better life for ourselves and our families.

How the Other Half Goes to School

Alan Singer | Posted 03.03.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York, written by Jacob Riis in 1890, is a classic study of poverty in the United States. ...

Two Fairy Tales About Donald Trump

Gini Graham Scott | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
Gini Graham Scott

I've been reading the recent horror stories about Donald Trump from the media, establishment Republicans, writers and others, and I wondered what more I can add to the conversation.

'Middle-class' Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

Renee Fenderson | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Renee Fenderson

With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class. But as those of us who work at auto plants know, that's not the full story.

Why Bernie's Proposals Would Spur Economic Growth

Robert Reich | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

Failure to take action on the biggest banks, a single-payer plan, widening inequality, and discrimination will almost certainly harm the economy.

No We're Not All Equal and No You Can't Be Anything You Want to Be

Steffi Erbilgin | Posted 02.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Steffi Erbilgin

By embracing our inequalities we're that much more likely to get stuff done, to grow and achieve more. By not trying to squeeze into the same mold we'll not only accomplish more but also feel happier in the process

The Good, the Bad and the Wealthy

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 02.14.2016 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

In our society wealth has been subject to a strange Manichaeism that sometimes glorifies it and sometimes demonizes it, in ways that are equally irrational.

ICYMI: A Southern Doctor's 'Liberating' Work And Guns In Hospitals

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.14.2016 | Healthy Living

ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we spent a considerable amount of time with two disturbing reports about violence in Am...

President's Budget Boosts Funding to Fight Deep Poverty

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

Recognizing the long-term consequences that children face when they live in deep poverty the President's budget includes new initiatives to help deeply poor families improve their circumstances and prevent other families from falling into such poverty.

The Kochs Are Ghostwriting America's Story

Michael Winship | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Gather round for the word of the day: metanarrative. Definitions vary but let's say it's one big narrative that connects the meaning of events to a belief thought to be an essential truth, the storytelling equivalent of the unified field theory in physics. Now use it to define what's being done to America today. The Koch brothers and the extraordinary machine they have built in cahoots with fellow billionaires and others, have spent hundreds and hundreds of millions to get their way, all part of one long story told in pursuit of a specific end: to make the needs of the very, very few our nation's top priority and to thwart or destroy any group effort among the poor and middle class to do or say otherwise.

Extreme Inequality Is a Symptom of a Broken Society

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Ultimately the world's leaders need to be willing to challenge the status quo and tackle the common challenges of limited capacity, corruption, lack of accountability, and elite capture.

Super Bowl Highlights Growing Economic Divide in San Francisco

Jane Kim | Posted 02.01.2016 | Sports
Jane Kim

Rather than distracting us from our daily concerns, the local burden of hosting the Super Bowl is refocusing attention on our city's greatest challenge -- the fast growing gap between rich and poor.

Inequality Against Democracy: 10 Facts About the 0.01 Percent

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

We are living through the greatest "wealth grab" in history. But inequality is not produced by immutable forces. It's the result of a legislative agenda promoted by the rich and executed by their political allies.

Zika, Pregnancy, and the Embodiment of Inequality

Kathryn Moeller | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Kathryn Moeller

Tragically, pregnancies across the U.S. and around the world are deeply unequal. The outbreak of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Brazil and Latin Am...

Economists Deny What's Driving the Inequality Trainwreck

Lynn Parramore | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

What's really causing the growing gap between haves and have-nots? Is it mechanical market forces? Outsourcing? Real estate?

Charting a Course for Equality in 2016

Sharan Burrow | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Sharan Burrow

The 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos wound up amidst a global economy in stasis, stock markets on a roller coaster, inequality at the heart of global risk, a refugee crisis born of conflict or economic desperation and climate devastation escalating.

How the One Percent Is Systematically Destroying the Middle Class

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The idea of a property-owning democracy is no longer the reality in the United States. Edward Wolff finds that the wealthiest 10 percent own 90.9 percent of all stocks and mutual funds, 94.3 percent of financial securities but only 26.5 percent of the debt.

Politicians Respond Overwhelmingly to the Rich

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Only recently have academics gotten the ability to use data to test how well legislatures represent the people they ostensibly serve. So far, the evidence hasn't been kind. That's academic for: "American democracy is a joke."

Money Men Say, Voters Move Over, It's Not Your Election!

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.23.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

David Brooks, one of the most prominent of Republican elites in the country, who has even been touted as President Obama's "favorite pundit," is calling on the donor class to rescue the party from the rabble. Game's over, voters: The oligarchs will decide this election. For that's what they are: a small, unbelievably wealthy group of the powerful and privileged who already have a tighter grip on our nation, its government, politics and economy than the rapacious robber barons of our first Gilded Age. Brooks and like-minded elites believe they must be trusted to do the right thing. Let them be the Deciderers.

Extreme Inequality Is Not Inevitable

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 01.22.2016 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Just 53 men and 9 women have as much wealth as more than 3.6 billion people on this planet. Such a startling statistic highlights how extreme inequality has picked up a dramatic pace.

State EITCs: Helping Working Families and Communities Thrive

Erica Williams | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Erica Williams

As state legislative sessions begin, policymakers can help keep people working, increase incomes, reduce financial hardship, and build an economy that works for everyone by following the 26 states and the District of Columbia that have created state Earned Income Tax Credits.

Our Struggles for a Better World Are All Threatened by the Inequality Crisis

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

The world faces an inequality crisis that is spiralling out of control. Across the world we are seeing the gap between the richest and the rest reach extremes not seen in a century.

5 Priorities for Civil Society in 2016

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

As the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos kicks off, all sorts of people will be making all sorts of predictions about the future. So I thought I would have a go as well. Here are five big things that civil society needs to pay attention to in 2016.

Fighting Inequality Is Key To Eradicating Poverty

José María Vera | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
José María Vera

We need the discourse of fighting inequality to be replaced by action by global politicians, who discuss the issue at length until it's time to make and apply laws.

WEF: Not even 1 cent per cup to IMPROVE THE STATE OF THE WORLD

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 01.19.2016 | World
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

The Swiss alpine resort of Davos hosts again more than 1,500 of the world's most influential business, political, academic and thought leaders, a 'sch...