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  • To Ensure Our Security, Congress Must Shine More Light on Anonymous Companies

    Frank Knapp by: Frank Knapp
    The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money.
      They also use them to cheat small businesses.
      For example, from 2004 to 2012 a large Virginia-based security firm used a shell company to fraudulently obtain $31 million in federal contracts -- contracts that should have gone to minority-owned small businesses under the SBA's section 8(a) set-aside program.
      In a second case, a Maryland woman used multiple shell companies to win contracts to supply the government with paint and other goods.

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  • Remaking History for North Carolina's Women of Color

    Gladys Ashe Robinson by: Gladys Ashe Robinson
    Black History Month each February is a time to recall the struggles of people of color in our country and to celebrate accomplishments that bring us all closer to the vision of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness promoted by our founders.
      We are reminded today, as we daily witness economic hardship, the aftermath of gun violence, mass incarceration, and rising inequality that enriches the 1 percent at the expense of our middle class that these struggles are not just part of the past, but also shape the future.
      No one is more impacted by the historical legacies of racism, sexism, classism and oppression than women of color, who continue to face persistent barriers and obstacles on every issue from fair pay and affordable health care to quality ed

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  • Ferguson's Short Window For Enforceable Police And City Transparency

    Patrice McDermott by: Patrice McDermott
    Unarmed people, mostly black men, shot by police. People, mostly black, dying in police custody. Over the last year, the consciousness of the American public has been seared with these stunning facts and shocking images. The deaths, and other instances of police violence that disproportionately target African American communities, have fueled demands for greater transparency in reporting by police forces nationwide.
      A major impediment to justice and accountability for police violence is lack of comprehensive data on law enforcement-involved shootings and use-of-force incidents.

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  • Demanding Transparency In Ferguson

    Patrice McDermott by: Patrice McDermott
    On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Ferguson, MO, entered into to a Consent Decree (Agreement) the purpose of which is "to ensure protection of the constitutional and other legal rights of all members of the community, improve Ferguson's ability to effectively prevent crime, enhance both officer and public safety, and increase public confidence in the Ferguson Police Department (FPD)."
      The City of Ferguson is seeking public input and comment on proposed agreement, and the bill to take action on the proposed agreement will be voted on at the City Council meeting on February 9, 2016.

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It's Tax Time, But Corporations Aren't Paying

Frank   Clemente by: Frank Clemente
Tax Day offers a stark reminder of the difference between those of us who pay all our taxes every year and the big corporations that don't. While families and small businesses scramble to file their ...



From Panama to Delaware: How the U.S. Promotes Secret Tax Havens

Mark  Hays by: Mark Hays
There are two important lessons from the secret international financial dealings of the corrupt and powerful revealed by the Panama Papers.
  The first is that the creation of anonymous ...





No Sidelines in Fight Against Climate Change

Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day. ...



Reforming our End-of-Life Healthcare System

Barbara Coombs Lee by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan
During a CNN presidential town hall on Feb. 3, an 81-year-old man from Concord, NH, with phase IV colon cancer, Jim Kinhan, asked Hillary Clinton what she could do to "help advance the respectful ...








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To Ensure Our Security, Congress Must Shine More Light on Anonymous Companies (by: Frank Knapp) in the Scranton Times

Remaking History for North Carolina's Women of Color (by: Gladys Ashe Robinson) in the Durham News

Ferguson's Short Window For Enforceable Police And City Transparency (by: Patrice McDermott) in the USA Today

It's Tax Time, But Corporations Aren't Paying (by: Frank Clemente) in the Augusta Free Press

From Panama to Delaware: How the U.S. Promotes Secret Tax Havens (by: Mark Hays) in the Newport Daily Express

No Sidelines in Fight Against Climate Change (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the Tampa Tribune

Reforming our End-of-Life Healthcare System (by: Barbara Coombs Lee, Kim Callinan) in the The Hill

A Better Hospice Model for Medicare Choices (by: Mark Dann, Barbara Mancini) in the Pensacola News Journal

Obama Can Stop Pfizer's Tax Rip-Off (by: Frank Clemente) in the Hackensack Record

After Panama Papers, Iowa Should Join the Fight Against Anonymous Shell Companies (by: ReShonda Young) in the Cedar Rapids Gazette



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