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Progressive women of color in the Democratic party have demonstrated the power of their voices as candidates and as voters in recent months. The victories of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Stacey Abrams (Georgia), Deb Holland (New Mexico) and Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts) have created a new...
11/20/2018
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In Citizens United v. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court held that corporations were free to use money from the corporation’s treasury on political activity.1 Setting aside for a moment the many criticisms of the decision, Citizens United left open a number of questions about who at a corporation...
11/13/2018
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Our elections are fairer—and our democracy works better—when politicians listen to the entire public instead of only to big donors. A review of donations from individuals to Mayoral and City Council races in 2015 and 2016 shows that those who contribute to campaigns—and therefore are more likely to...
11/01/2018
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All of us—people of all races and in communities of every description across America—work hard to sustain our families, pay the bills, and gain some financial security. When employers cut hours and hold down pay, working Americans struggle to find stability. And when the same employer pushes high-...
10/17/2018
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No matter where we come from or what our color, most Americans want similar things in our lives: safe and stable homes and communities, medical care to keep us well, good jobs that pay enough to provide for our families, a chance to spend time with and care for the people who matter most to us, and...
09/18/2018
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Both economic and racial justice are core progressive priorities, but too often we discuss them separately. On the contrary, racial and economic harms are intertwined, as are our desired solutions to them. Wealthy elites exploit racial fears to turn working people against each other and...
08/06/2018
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Judge Kavanaugh's record raises serious concerns that he would expand the power of big money in politics, weaken voter protections, and insulate the president from the rule of law. Senators must press Kavanaugh and critically examine his track record on these issues.   PRESIDENTIAL POWER...
07/16/2018
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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...
04/15/2018
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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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