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Both economic and racial justice are core progressive priorities, but too often we discuss them as if they were separate. On the contrary, racial and economic harms are intertwined. Wealthy elites exploit racial fears to turn working people against each other and against good...
06/05/2018
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Defining the Working Class Social scientists use 3 common methods to define class—by occupation, income, or education—and there is really no consensus about the “right” way to do it. Michael Zweig, a leading scholar in working-class studies, defines the working class as “people who, when they go to...
04/16/2018
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Americans believe that we all benefit when we invest in our talent, that our country is better when everyone, regardless of their background, has a pathway toward affordable, quality higher education.1 Unfortunately, too many students today are blocked from following their dreams, or building their...
03/22/2018
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Amicus Briefs Opposing Ohio’s Purge Practices Include Former DOJ Officials; State Governments; Ohio Election Administrators; and Many Others A diverse set of stakeholders filed 18 amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to strike down Ohio’s Supplemental Process—an illegal voter purge practice that...
10/28/2017
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In America, working people have the freedom to band together with their co-workers to negotiate for a fair return on our work. We have the freedom to act together so can we speak with a more powerful voice. We have the freedom to join and form unions. Yet today, powerful interests want to take...
10/11/2017
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Methodology: Demos sponsored an online survey among 1,536 registered voters, conducted June 5 to June 14, 2017. The research included a base sample of registered voters and, for deeper analysis, oversamples of working-class African Americans, working-class Hispanics, working-class white...
07/14/2017
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Decades of disastrous Supreme Court decisions have enabled wealthy individuals and corporations to have an outsized influence in our political system by allowing them to pour unlimited amounts of money into elections. Cities, counties, and states around the country have combatted this trend with...
06/28/2017
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In an effort to broaden and diversify the movement to get big money out of politics, Free Speech For People and Demos are releasing this framework for organizing money in politics conversations that center voices that are marginalized by systems of oppression, including structural racism and...
06/27/2017
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The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ 2017 People’s Budget tackles inequality head-on, rewriting the rules of a rigged economy so that corporations pay their fair share and the infrastructure and programs that serve the people are well resourced. This budget is a blueprint for America to boost...
05/02/2017
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Immigrant Community Trust Policies: Why Protections for Schools, Hospitals and Courthouses are Essential  Schools:  Immigration enforcement is not appropriate in schools and policies are needed to shield students and their...
03/20/2017
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