When they got sick, I wrapped them in blankets and held them close. We laughed and splashed at bath time, we picnicked in the mountains. I was there when they first saw the ocean. But now I am a stranger in Walmart.
The jobs report Friday set off cheering: a quarter million positions added in December; unemployment declining to 5.6 percent. This good news arrived amid a booming stock market and a GDP report showing the strongest growth in 11 years. It's all so very jolly, except for one looming factor: wages.
Black children are not afforded the privilege of engaging in normal child-like behavior because black bodies are characterized with unwarranted threat.
No pregnant woman should be forced to choose between her job and a healthy pregnancy. Yet at Walmart, the largest employer in America, and many other companies across the country, that is exactly what's happening.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. * * ...
Just as Scrooge had to set things right in order to "keep Christmas," so too must the American people.
Employing this many workers may make the company seem virtuous and altruistic, but the business model is not a model other companies should emulate.
These reasons explain how the benefits of black men openly carrying a gun have little to do with advocating the use of such weapons, and everything to do with what displaying the gun will entail and how open-carry laws can help put an end to racial profiling and unarmed deaths.
The democratic chorus in Washington has shifted from one that is broadly in favor of business interests to one virtually devoid of any other voices.
Political economist Gordon Lafer offers some "Bleak Friday" predictions about the corporate agenda for public education.
At Silk we often create visualizations from data. Recently my colleague at Silk, Alice Corona, analyzed Black Friday mayhem data, then transformed it into some eye-opening visualizations.
This year the day after Thanksgiving will be remembered not as the biggest shopping day of the year but as the day Americans took action to demand that Walmart, the country's largest employer, pay workers livable wages and play a part in improving our economy.
First comes Thanksgiving, a heritage slightly scarred by glitzy parades, football, turkey fryer incidents, and overeating, but still imbued with volunteerism, thankfulness, and family.
Thanksgiving Day is a holiday where family and friends gather together and express gratitude for everything in their lives. But those who work at Walmart have little to be thankful for, at least when it comes to their employment.
If you're in charge of preparing some good eats this year, but are working with a smaller budget than you'd like, you are not alone.
The workers who help Walmart make unimaginable profits in turn receive poverty wages, unaffordable health care and irregular schedules, including hours kept at part-time as a way of denying access to paid sick days.