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  • Every Farm Counts

    Zachary Ducheneaux by: Zachary Ducheneaux
    In spite of notable efforts on the part of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and others, American Indians continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of Agriculture. The number of American Indian producers participating in the Census has increased tremendously since the questionnaire became the responsibility of the USDA in 1997, and especially since 2007 when every American Indian farm and ranch began reporting individually. But we still have a lot of work to do to get everyone represented in the data. Indian Country is faced with many challenges created by policy -- some of which was created without our input.

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  • Corporate Tax Cuts NOt Trickling Down To Workers

    Frank Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    Working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Huge tax cuts that mostly go to the wealthy and corporations are exploding the national debt, and threaten deep cuts to essential public services like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education.
      Not only are the tax cuts unwise, they're unfair. Corporations saw their tax rate slashed from 35 percent to 21 percent -- a cut of 40 percent. Their wealthy CEOs, who are members of the top 1 percent, are getting a tax cut that averages more than $51,000 a year. The bottom three-fifths of the population, people making under $86,000 a year, will get a tax cut of about $1 a day on average.

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  • What We Can Learn From Indigenous Women At The Ballot Box

    Yifat Susskind by: Yifat Susskind
    With the first year of Trump's presidency behind us and midterm elections fast approaching, progressive women are faced with the looming question of what comes next. How can we go beyond resistance to advance our progressive vision, especially in this difficult moment in history when the right is on the rise?
      This is a crucial time for us to give electoral politics another look. Progressives sometimes view electoral politics with suspicion, especially as a vehicle for women's empowerment. To be sure, when women's political participation is measured only in mere percentages of women in office, or when women elected then advance an anti-women's rights agenda or are denied real decision-making power -- this is not progress.

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  • What Does DACA Mean To Me?

    Carlos Segovia by: Carlos Segovia
    DACA means the world to me. DACA is more than the political debate in which this country is in as to what to do with the program. It is about people who are trying to better themselves and achieve the American dream. I find it hard to believe that in the summer of 2010, I was in Wise, North Carolina waking up at 5:00 AM in the morning, and now I am in my second year of law school.
      If it had not been for DACA I would not have made it this far. I have gained valuable experiences from the various jobs I have worked in which if I was not covered under DACA I would not be able to do.

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17 Ripples Tore Into The Tide Of My Community

Sophie Pearson by: Sophie Pearson
Have you ever seen a ripple in the tide? The water, seemingly calm, is greeted by some odd disturbance, causing it to shift and move. The waves always move outward from the original disturbance and ...

There's Still Time to Respond To The Census Of Agriculture

Rudy Arredondo by: Rudy Arredondo, Lorette Picciano, Willard Tillman
There's still time. To ensure an accurate representation of the agriculture industry in this country, the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service has ...

Educating And Empowering African-Americans About End-of-Life Care

Brandi Alexander by: Brandi Alexander
As we celebrate Black History Month, one of our goals should be to change the history of African-Americans like my father enduring needless suffering when we die because we don't prepare for the ...

Flu Fear Grips Georgia While 1.3 Million Georgians Remain Without Health Insurance

Daniel Lanford by: Daniel Lanford
I shake a lot of hands on the job. It is a routine part of my day. Today, the usual hand shaking routine was interrupted.
  "It's the flu."
  The woman refusing to shake ...

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Every Farm Counts (by: Zachary Ducheneaux) in the Columbia Star

What We Can Learn From Indigenous Women At The Ballot Box (by: Yifat Susskind) in the Winchester Herald Chronicle

What Does DACA Mean To Me? (by: Carlos Segovia) in the Apalachicola Times

17 Ripples Tore Into The Tide Of My Community (by: Sophie Pearson) in the San Francisco Chronicle

There's Still Time to Respond To The Census Of Agriculture (by: Rudy Arredondo, Lorette Picciano, Willard Tillman) in the Wahpeton Daily News

Educating And Empowering African-Americans About End-of-Life Care (by: Brandi Alexander) in the Colorado Springs Gazette

Flu Fear Grips Georgia While 1.3 Million Georgians Remain Without Health Insurance (by: Daniel Lanford) in the Walker County Messenger

Nothing Golden About This 50-Year Anniversary (by: Holly Sklar) in the Redding Record Searchlight

Census of Agriculture: Your Opportunity To Shape The Future (by: Karolyn Zurn) in the Napa Valley Register

A Wake-up Call To The People And A Challenge To Millennials (by: Hector Garcia) in the Augusta Free Press

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