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Bob Herbert’s new documentary “Against All Odds: The Fight For a Black Middle Class,” which airs on the PBS World channel this Tuesday, looks at the specific practices that institutions have employed against black men and women. (You can watch the full documentary here.)

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While Trump and his allies can debate his progress elsewhere, there’s little dispute that the president’s congressional agenda has been a wreck so far. His glaring failure to sign any major legislation or at least make significant progress on a signature bill stands out among modern presidents. [...]

Supporters of a higher minimum wage, however, remain undeterred. "Wal-Mart's business model is pretty simple," said Amy Traub, an associate director of policy and research at equality advocacy group Demos, at a recent debate hosted by Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2) in New York.

To better understand capital punishment in America—how it works, who it affects, and the myths that continue to surround it—we’ve compiled 10 of the best long form articles on the subject from Fusion and around the web.

Racism Is Keeping the Death Penalty Alive,” by Jason McDaniel and Sean McElwee, Fusion

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For the first time ever, ESSENCE honors the women who are blazing trails for equal rights and inclusion for Black people in America.

 

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Understanding the racial wealth gap

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WASHINGTON ― Tens of thousands of activists demonstrated in cities across the country on Saturday ― the date when Americans’ taxes are normally due ― to demand the release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns. [...]

Walmart is the country's largest private-sector employer. Which has made it a target of both praise and criticism. [...]

"Walmart's business model is pretty simple," said Amy Traub. "The company pays its workers poverty wages. It offers few benefits and it manipulates workers' hours and understaffs its stores."

That model is expanding the gap between the extremely wealthy and everyone else in America.

New York has been hailed as a progressive state leading others for passing a budget that makes college tuition free for middle-class students.

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