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Happy Birthday and RIP, Economic Opportunity Act

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Lester & Charlie

America's come a long way, baby - from helping the poor to hating them. Today, almost every bullet point above is a knee-slapper, a political pipe dream. But that doesn't take away from the courage and dignity of the Act itself.

The Voting Rights Act Is 50 Years Old Today. So Why Do Things Still Seem So Bad?

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the summer of 1962, 20-year-old Dorie Ladner accompanied a busload of black Mississippi residents to the county seat in Indianol...

Voter Suppression Is an Assault Against Humanity

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

Whatever functions to abridge or diminish the sense of responsible agency in our fellow human beings is an assault against the whole human race. Thus, voter suppression and the oppressive intention out of which it arises are an assault against humanity.

Tell Congress to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act by Restoring Its Key Protections

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

The League of Women Voters has been standing its ground in the fight against discrimination and for voting rights for 95 years, and restoring the VRA is an important step to keep our elections fair, free and accessible.

Another 50 Years: Protecting Medicaid and Medicare

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Protecting Medicaid and Medicare is vital. Like other minorities, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are less likely to access health care. Although minorities make up 40 percent of the U.S. population, they account for more than half of the uninsured population in the U.S.

Increasing Medicare's Impact as it Turns 50

Linda P. Fried | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

On July 30, 1965 -- 50 years ago -- Medicare became law. But a lot has changed in a half century. It's time to consider how Medicare must evolve to ensure that it maximizes healthy aging and disease prevention.

Our Golden Opportunity

Lily Eskelsen Garcia | Posted 07.05.2015 | Education
Lily Eskelsen Garcia

With the reauthorization of the absurd and dysfunctional NCLB, we have a chance to once again let teachers teach and let students learn. We have a chance to ignite their imaginations, encourage them to reach their full potential, and expand their world view beyond filling in bubble tests with a #2 pencil.

Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In many corners we hear the same old exhortation that the way to fix poverty and anything else that ails Americans is for us to become a nation of Good Samaritans. But has giving a beggar a coin ever been as effective as creating an economy that provides him or her a good education and a job?

Jeb: All Dough, No Doughnuts, No Fun

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.01.2015 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

If George W. Bush won two presidential elections in part because he was the candidate you'd rather have a beer with, brother Jeb is shaping up as the candidate who better not have a beer with you.

But When Did It Start?

Michael Putzel | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Michael Putzel

Within months, tens of thousands of U.S. forces were committed to battle on the ground and in the air. But by the time the Army joined the fight in substantial numbers, I was off active duty, in the Reserves and most of the way through my six-year military obligation.

A Half Century's Legacy at a Crossroads

Rep. James E. Clyburn | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. James E. Clyburn

We are at a crossroads. The Republican budget seeks to destroy the legislative legacy of 1965 that made great differences in the lives of so many ordinary people. Democrats must defend our proud legacy and fight against the efforts of those who seek to devalue the worth of hardworking Americans.

Civil War at 150: Appomattox Was Not the End

William Bradley | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

"There was a great humorless arrogance about him, for he had never been blessed with a moment of self-doubt. He liked to say that he was in morals, no...

The Dance of Liberals and Radicals

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

History shows that liberals need radicals. We need radicals because drastic change against entrenched evil and concentrated power requires personal bravery to the point of obsession. It requires a radical sensibility to look beyond today's limits and imagine what seems sheer impossibility within the current social order. And sometimes it's necessary to break the law to redeem the Constitution. No great social change in America has occurred without radicals, beginning with the struggle to end slavery. Causes that now seem mainstream began with radical, impolite and sometimes civil disobedient protest. But here's where the story gets complicated. Radicals also need liberals. Liberals can write policy proposals to their hearts' content. But unless they are backed by radicalism on the ground, they are playing in a sandbox.

Lyndon Johnson's Letter To Martin Luther King's Widow To Be Auctioned

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) - A condolence letter from President Lyndon Johnson to the widow of the Rev. Martin Luth...

Baldev Duggal, Immigrant to Icon: An American Dream

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

Many immigrants don't just bring their luggage with them when they come to America's shores. They also bring their determination -- and, yes, their dreams. It is the power of these dreams that will help America grow and prosper in the face of the endless challenges and opportunities our future holds.

The Kennedy-Johnson Climate Legacy

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Fifty years after President Johnson signaled a new concern to Congress in carbon pollution, we know he was right. Fifty years from now, how will the next generation look back on us? Will they say that we dealt with a moral and technological challenge of our time?

'Green News Report' - February 5, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

Utility vs. Solar battle gets uglier; Galapagos declares emergency over grounded ship... PLUS: Wind pattern behind California's drought also struck at ocean food chain... and much, MUCH more!

60 Years in Journalism: 40 Years Since the Fall of Saigon

Irv Chapman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

I spent three months in the ABC Saigon Bureau in 1971, coming not from the States but from Moscow. An election was in progress. Vietnam had some 30 newspapers, all but one complaining that the voting was rigged, quite a contrast with the press in Soviet Russia.

How to End Child Poverty for 60 Percent of Poor Children and 72 Percent of All Poor Black Children Today

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a national disgrace that so many poor children live in the United States of America -- the world's richest economy. It doesn't have to be this way. It's costly. And it's the greatest threat to our future national, economic and military security.

60 Years of Sound Bites to Remember

Irv Chapman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Media
Irv Chapman

A good sound bite packs emotion, opinion, news value and personality, and leaps into a reporter's ear.

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

"The Halo Effect" and "Blinding Charisma": Food for Understanding and Thought, Thought, and More Thought

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 03.21.2015 | Education
SaraKay Smullens

In 1920 psychologist Edward Thorndike (1874 to 1949) coined the phrase, "The Halo Effect," which grew to define one's overall impression in his or her life --- of a person, a leader, a product, of absolutely anything -- as experienced only positively, with any neutral, conflicting or negative thoughts completely ruled out.

Will the Supreme Court Honor Dr. King's Legacy?

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

The Supreme Court shouldn't dishonor Dr. King's memory by removing one of the tools we have used to build bridges from the "islands of despair" of racialized poverty and segregation he decried.

Making Sense of Selma

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Julie Leininger Pycior

Alas the film's LBJ piece is inaccurate in a fundamental way, leaving the impression that Johnson supposedly was not a fan of voting rights legislation -- had to be convinced -- when that is not true.

Selma's Missing Rabbi

Peter Dreier | Posted 03.21.2015 | Entertainment
Peter Dreier

King was looking forward to attending a Passover Seder at Heschel's home that year, but he was assassinated a few weeks before the Jewish holiday. Heschel was the only Jew to deliver a eulogy at King's funeral service.