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Democracy: No Longer for Sale?

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

How does "getting together" actually unify and strengthen, rather than scatter, a given movement for social change?

Independents Day: A People's Upwising

Steve Bhaerman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Steve Bhaerman

Faced with a system that is so rigged, so corrupt, so dysfunctional, we may finally discover the inner resources to become the citizens our Founders dreamed of.

Lynne Peeples

Flame Retardant Fight Echoes Past Public Health Battles

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 02.07.2014 | Green

When chemical companies hired Grant Gillham in 2007 to manage a campaign in defense of flame retardants in couches and other consumer goods, Gillham r...

Dear Boeing: Next Time, Try Benevolence

Carla Seaquist | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Carla Seaquist

After a cliff-hanger of a union vote, Boeing will stay here in Washington state. But the joy is not universal and it's not deep, and who knows how long it will last? Lingering in the craw are Boeing's hardball, take-it-or-we-leave-the-state tactics.

Blocking Votes, Selling Guns

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

There's a question that's floating around social media that goes, "How did asking white people to pass background checks to buy a gun become more offensive than asking minorities to provide photo ID to vote?"

Corporate America Vs. Entrepreneurship? Which Path is Right for You?

R. Kay Green | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
R. Kay Green

Always remember, choosing your path, whether corporate or entrepreneurial, is not a popularity contest. It is instead, a life-long decision that has a significant effect on both your personal and professional lives.

Failing Grades for Congress on Corporate Accountability

Sarah Anderson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

We have the Supreme Court to blame for Citizens United. But there's a lot Congress could be doing to hold the power of big corporations in check.

No More Handouts to Corporations in the US-EU Trade Pact

Ilana Solomon | Posted 02.17.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

This week, the Sierra Club and nearly 200 organizations from the US, Europe, and across the world joined together in a sending a simple, clear, and decisive statement to the US Trade Representative and the EU Trade Commissioner: Keep investor-state dispute settlement out of the U.S.-EU trade pact.

Eddie Would Know? ESPN Documentary Whitewashes Racial and Economic Issues In Hawaii

Nick Chagnon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Nick Chagnon

In some respects, ESPN's documentary Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau seems like a thoughtful account of Aikau's tragic story. But, upon closer examination, it is a lot less than meets the eye.

Obamacare: The Question We Really Should Be Asking

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Robert A.G. Monks

Do the initial glitches mean that the ACA is a complete bust? No. So let's hope we can get beyond these surface issues and address the real potential problems of corporations providing government-mandated services.

Paul Blumenthal

Here Are 24 Corporate Donors To The Nation's Largest Business Lobby

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A report released Monday by Public Citizen's U.S. Chamber Watch lists some of the corporations donating major sums to the U.S. Chamber o...

The Corporate Voice Is Louder Than Your Voice

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics
Robert A.G. Monks

We all know there is too much corporate involvement in Washington. Too many lobbyists and too many subsidies and tax breaks for big corporations, too much money. But what does that mean and how does it impact our country?

American Labor's New Agenda: A Movement for Global Shared Prosperity

Sabina Dewan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sabina Dewan

How can American unions reconsolidate people power and build a 21st century union movement that is broader than its membership?

Women and Power: Finding Your Inner Athena

Jan Sharry | Posted 10.20.2013 | Women
Jan Sharry

One way to change this is to change how we act and how we are perceived. Perhaps, when women act more like Athena they will be perceived as more powerful. So, assuming this might help, what could we incorporate into our style?

Supreme Court vs. The People: 5-to-4 Does It Again

Dr. Behzad Mohit | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Dr. Behzad Mohit

Now we are shocked again to learn that "in a 5-to-4 vote" the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a lower court's ruling and award for the victim of a pharmaceutical drug's adverse reaction.

Summer Reading About What Ails America and How to Fix It

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If you're interested in figuring out the roots of our current economic, social and political crisis, what it will take to fix it, and how you can be part of the solution, here's a list of 15 recent books you might want to take with you.

Upset that Jamie Dimon Won? Think Again About the Separation of Powers

Selina Wang | Posted 07.23.2013 | College
Selina Wang

The solution to corporate governance is much more nuanced than what activist shareholders think. In the long run, taking away Dimon's title as chairman may have been counterproductive. Still the most popular executive in the banking industry, Dimon is here to stay.

This Special Election, Vote for the Special Candidate

Sam Jewler | Posted 06.23.2013 | DC
Sam Jewler

D.C. Council corruption -- legal and illegal -- is endemic. Rare candidates like Elissa Silverman are the antidote. A win by her will show other candidates, black and white, that they can win without the influence of landed wealth and conflicts of interest,

From Growing Profit to Growing Food: Challenging Corporate Rule

Beverly Bell | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

Just outside of the small town of Maumelle, Arkansas sits your run-of-the-mill American strip mall. And as in so many other box store hubs, a Walmart dominates the landscape. But something is a shade different about this one; its big, looming letters are not the standard blue.

Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.28.2013 | Media
Norman Solomon

We have a profound, far-reaching fight on our hands, at a crossroads leading toward democracy or corporate monopoly. The future of humanity is at stake.

Amending the Constitution: Interview With Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) (Video)

Dennis Trainor | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

Our conversation focussed on money in politics, corporate personhood, overturning Citizens United and the challenges of amending the constitution.

Why We Can't Counter Corporate Power by Being Better Shoppers

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Choosing independent businesses and local financial institutions is a great idea. But a purely consumer-oriented response won't get us where we need to go, in part because it fails to fully grapple with how we got here in the first place.

Does 'Capitalism With a Conscience' work?

Allan Brawley | Posted 01.30.2013 | Business
Allan Brawley

It turns out that doing the right thing for your employees, your community, and other stakeholders not only demonstrates capitalism with a conscience; it is also good for business.

A Romney Court, the Middle Class and 1% Justice

Jamin Raskin | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

Everyone knows that the Supreme Court will be the locus of struggle over reproductive rights, voting rights and civil liberties, but it is important to remember that the fate of America's struggling middle class is also intertwined with the direction of the Supreme Court.

Montana Governor Vows to Continue Fight Against Citizens United

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Richard Schiffman

When he was elected in 2004, the liberal Democrat with libertarian leanings was hailed as a harbinger of blue hopes in this overwhelmingly red part of the country. There was speculation that Schweitzer might someday be a potential presidential contender.