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  • Sexual Assault Awareness

    Lisa Maatz by: Lisa Maatz
    Campus sexual violence has been the subject of an intense national conversation recently, but that dialogue often lacks critical input from schools that are already taking steps to improve their campus climates. Colleges and universities, it's time for you to lead on this issue.
      So far, and with good reason, most of the attention has focused on schools that are under investigation for violating federal laws about sexual violence and on the survivors bravely sharing their stories and calling for action. Yet there are a number of schools that are working hard to address these challenges and to make real progress on this issue, and we need to hear from schools that are prioritizing prevention, response, and transparency and including students and survivors in all relate

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  • No Tax Cuts For the 0.2 Percent!

    Ben Cohen by: Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield
    Good grief Congress. Are you really going to give another tax break to those of us who need it least?
      Yes, we're witty and created a successful global brand. Yes, we're handsome and in demand for selfie shots at malls and village squares around the country. And yes, we're wealthy, thanks to the good fortune of our efforts -- but also because of many other societal factors that contributed to our wealth.
      But these are not good reasons for the Tax Cut Nutters in Congress to abolish the estate tax, a levy paid exclusively by multi-millionaires and billionaires.

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  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell

    Denis Hayes by: Denis Hayes
    In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains as much as 50 percent of its electricity from the sun during the sunniest hours. The eclipse was scheduled to arrive in the middle of the day and panic was setting in.
      Eclipses occur over very broad regions, so grid operators can't count on a sunny Spain to compensate for a cloudy Poland.

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  • What the Climate Movement Can Learn from Very Angry Birds

    Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
    Whether you are building a climate movement or building the gaming industry, smart people know that you have to meet your customers, activists or gamers, where they are.
      The gaming industry has figured out how to reach people where they are. Human beings now spend three billion hours a week playing on line games, and close to 100 percent of teenagers under 18 years old, boys and girls, play games regularly, according to alternative reality game designer, Jane McGonigal. By the time a person is 21 they will have spent 10,000 hours playing on-line games, close to the same number of hours that they will spend in classroom education.

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Small Businesses and the Estate Tax

Deborah  Field by: Deborah Field
As a small business owner, I am watching with bewilderment the efforts in Congress to repeal the federal estate tax in order to "help out small businesses."
  This is just one more ...

Equal Pay Day

Linda  Hallman by: Linda Hallman, Sonia Syngal
When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That's how equal partnerships ...

Walmart's Small Wage Increase Not Enough for Employees, Taxpayers

Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
You don't need a Walmart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the companys recently announced boost in worker wages: it's not enough. Not enough to pull its lowest-paid workers out of poverty, ...

Stark Choices: People's Budget vs. Republican Plan

Jan Schakowsky by: Jan Schakowsky, Lawrence Mishel
The annual federal budget debate typically doesn't excite many folks outside the Washington beltway. And with good reason -- the Republican budget process is intended to lull the public to sleep ...

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No Tax Cuts For the 0.2 Percent! (by: Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield) in the USA Today

Hydrogen Fuel Cell (by: Denis Hayes) in the Augusta Free Press

What the Climate Movement Can Learn from Very Angry Birds (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the New Bedford Standard-Times

Small Businesses and the Estate Tax (by: Deborah Field) in the Palm Beach Post

Equal Pay Day (by: Linda Hallman, Sonia Syngal) in the Augusta Free Press

Walmart's Small Wage Increase Not Enough for Employees, Taxpayers (by: Frank Clemente) in the Deer Park Broadcaster

Stark Choices: People's Budget vs. Republican Plan (by: Jan Schakowsky, Lawrence Mishel) in the New Bedford Standard-Times

Whistleblowers and the Prosecution Loophole (by: Liz Hempowicz, Shanna Devine) in the Newport Daily Express

Why This Catholic Physician Supports Medical Aid in Dying (by: Robert Olvera) in the Orange Country Register

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