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  • If You Value Essential Workers, Raise the Minimum Wage

    Holly Sklar by: Holly Sklar
    Every day in these hard times, grocery workers and delivery drivers, healthcare aides and cleaning staff, childcare workers and fast food cooks, go to work for $7.25 an hour, the federal minimum wage. Its been $7.25 since July 24, 2009. Thats 11 years without an increase  the longest period in history without a raise.
      Some people say we cant raise the minimum wage now because times are hard. Well, if we hadnt raised the minimum wage in hard times, we wouldnt have a minimum wage to begin with.
      The federal minimum wage was enacted in 1938 during the Great Depression to put a floor under wages nationally and boost the economy by increasing consumer purchasing power.

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  • Why America Needs a Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Reconciliation

    Jennifer Tomkins by: Jennifer Tomkins
    Coming to the U.S. in the mid-1980s I was shocked to find how much it appeared to me to resemble South Africa I had left in the late 70s at the height of apartheiid. U.S. activists, mobilizing the American people and institutions, had played a supporting role in the overthrow of apartheid. However, they had singly failed to help accomplish the removal of de-facto segregation at home. I believe it is high time that those of us who are "often unwittingly" the beneficiaries of white privilege, fully recognize the enduring consequences of our own nation's "original sin" of racism. This racism is not only a matter so much of individual prejudice but also of deeply entrenched institutional bias but to address it will require white allies to support the Black leaders who are worki

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  • Juneteenth

    Sydney Goggans by: Sydney Goggans
    Lift every voice and sing& Lift every voice and sing& Lift every voice and sing&
      This is the song that Black Americans cry and rejoice to during our moments of tears, oppression and rejection. We are being plagued by two viruses in this country: COVID-19 and racism. To conclude, Black people are disproportionately affected by both. As we lift our voices, we are constantly left with a shhh to quiet our songs of freedom.
      The Declaration of Independence states three unalienable rights in which we are givenlife, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Innocent Black Americans are dying from brutal murders at the hands of oppression.

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  • COVID and Racism Have Exposed Great Inequalities. We Need Small Business Now More than Ever.

    Shaundell Newsome by: Shaundell Newsome
    GoFundMe pages, idled workers and good-bye and thank you signs popping up on one long-standing storefront after another. Americas Main Street businesses are on the ropes and many of our moms and pops are facing early retirement. Sadly, an overwhelming eight in 10 small business owners say our nations leaders dont understand their needs--and favor big business anyway--during this time of crisis, according to a new survey of 1,200 entrepreneurs from Small Business for Americas Future. The COVID-19 pandemic and the protests around the murder of George Floyd and so many other black Americans have exposed and highlighted the structural racism that exists in our healthcare and economic systems.

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Let's Imagine a Post-Pandemic Era with Less Policing and No New Jails.

Amanda Alexander by: Amanda Alexander
Right now, the impossible is happening.
  In Detroit, with COVID-19 bursting the boundaries of our everyday catastrophes, we are seeing astounding  and overdue  changes in police and ...



To Protect the Most Vulnerable from Coronavirus, We Must Reimagine Medicine

Kim Callinan by: Kim Callinan
I have heart disease, and I am scared. For years, doctor's visits and medication have kept me alive. However, now I am afraid if I go to the doctor, I will catch coronavirus and die. If I dont go, ...





The Forgotten Voices That Galvanized The Womens Suffrage Movement

Joan Michelson by: Joan Michelson
At Larkin street a crowd of women came in. They were on their way to the Womens Congress&. All kinds and degrees of women. They filled hall and balcony; they stood against the walls, and, standing, ...



The Truth Behind Small Modular Reactors

Steve Thomas by: Steve Thomas
When things are going badly for nuclear power, the nuclear industry offers the promise of new technologies. The latest example is the Small Modular Reactor (SMR), with significantly lower power outputs ...








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If You Value Essential Workers, Raise the Minimum Wage (by: Holly Sklar) in the Atlanta Daily Word

Why America Needs a Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Reconciliation (by: Jennifer Tomkins) in the Augusta Free Press

COVID and Racism Have Exposed Great Inequalities. We Need Small Business Now More than Ever. (by: Shaundell Newsome) in the Kentucky New Era

To Protect the Most Vulnerable from Coronavirus, We Must Reimagine Medicine (by: Kim Callinan) in the Augusta Free Press

The Forgotten Voices That Galvanized The Womens Suffrage Movement (by: Joan Michelson) in the Melkenberg Sun

Too Many American Lives Hinge on Drug Prices (by: Gail deVore) in the Vilas County News-Review

There's Lots 2 Love About the School Lunch Program (by: Tracey Ritchie) in the Bay City Tribune



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