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  • 100 Years of Woman Suffrage: What Difference Has It Made?

    Mary Mosley by: Mary Mosley
    Resolved, that it is the duty of women of this country to secure to themselves their sacred right to the elective franchise.
      In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton insisted that the Seneca Falls womens rights convention approve this resolution. But woman suffrage was such an outlandish idea then that the resolution barely passed. After 100 years of most women being eligible to vote, have any of the predictions of the suffragists or anti-suffragists come true?
      At first, suffragists argued that giving women the ballot was only fair. As one male suffragist observed, a country where women could not vote should be called a manocracy, not a democracy.

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  • Repost of 2015 Article by Stacey Abrams and Kathy Hawken - Women's Equality 95 Years Later

    Stacey Y. Abrams by: Stacey Y. Abrams, Kathy Hawken
    On August 26, 1920 the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, officially became part of the United States Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement deserves recognition, celebration, and a tremendous "thank you" to those brave women who faced ridicule, beatings, starvation, torture and false imprisonment so that women today could exercise their right to cast a ballot. Yet, 95 years later, equality continues to elude many women. The right to vote armed women with a critical weapon in the fight for equality. However, the persistence of economic policies that degrade the value of women's work, damages the access to fair labor and cripple career promotion undermines that promise of equality.

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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 ...



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 ...





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, ...








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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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