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When Russ Feingold jogs onto the stage of the Barrymore Theatre on a Friday night in Madison, Wisconsin, a thousand old-school progressivesâ€”not liberals avoiding the L-word but heart-and-soul believers in a political ethic that traces back to the trustbusters and anti-imperialist… Read full post »
"The voting system is under attack now. The movements that are focused on voter fraud and the integrity of elections are crucial at this point.
The Great Recession has hit those on the bottom most heavily, adding six million Americans to the ranks of the officially poor.
The number of officially poor is now higher, at nearly 44 million, than at any time… Read full post »
Appalachia Rising is a movement led by the people of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.Â Â People from all over America will come together on September 27thÂ 2010 to demandÂ the abolition ofÂ mountaintop removal (MTR) coal extraction in Appalachia.Â Â We are not visiting DC to a/… Read full post »
â€œMake poverty history!â€Â A catchy slogan, and an admirable aim, it was adopted by world leaders at the United Nations summit in New York on the eve of the New Millennium. A decade later, it is America which has made history -- even ifÂ in the/… Read full post »
A Writers' Workshop graduate would have a hard time writing a story more Orwellian than this: A few dozen student and community peace organizers, known in Iowa City for their theatrical â€” if sometimes confrontational â€” direct-action street protests, become the subject of a nin… Read full post »
Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, â€œNever doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.â€
So, how much time do you have to change the food your school serves?
Â In April this year, Fortune magazine published an insightful analytical piece Fortune 500: Profits bounce back. Â Two days ago as I went back to the Fortune website to read the piece again, I found something very interesting: sitting right next to it was the story Poverty in… Read full post »
As the November election approaches, the White House seems to be
ending its Rip Van Winkle-like slumber and has begun crawling out
of the bubble of its own making. Many fear itâ€™s
a bit late.
Itâ€™s not just about us. If Californians legalize marijuana on Nov. 2, maybe Mexico will end its horrific drug war.
Good riddance, Larry Summers.
Obamaâ€™s top economic adviser is going back to Harvard by the end of the year, and Harvard can have him.
Summers has a resume of disaster.
As chief economist at the World Bank, he proposed dumping the Westâ€™s toxic waste on the Third World.
As… Read full post »
Howard Zinn died this year. He is perhaps best known for his People's History of the United States, a book that has featured in The Simpsons and was recommended by Matt Damon's character in the film Good Will Hunting. This book, which offered a view of US history in/… Read full post »
Larry Summers is out, and President Barack Obama now faces a critical decision. He can focus on policy, naming a replacement who wants to ease the economic strains on American households, or he can focus on politics, naming a candidate who appeases the corporate executive class… Read full post »
Is America in the grip of a rightwing backlash that will hit the November elections like a hurricane?
This narrative is gathering steam. It is fed not only by the minority partisan rightwing media, but also its majority "liberal" counterpart, which loves a horse race and is… Read full post »
Offering middle-school math teachers bonuses up to $15,000 did not produce gains in student test scores, Vanderbilt University researchers reported Tuesday in what they said was the first scientifically rigorous test of merit pay.
The results could amount to a cautionary flag… Read full post »
This weekend, at a panel on the U.S./Mexico border in Marfa,
Texas, GRITv friend, reporter Mark Danner discussed the "thinning
out" and hardening of politics.
When there's insecurity, violence and threat, he noted, people flock to those who promise to deliver security and/… Read full post »
Hardly any American can be comfortable with the assertion of a senior Pentagon planner, Brig. Gen. Mark O. Schissler, that â€œWeâ€™re in a generational war.â€
He predicted in 2006 that American conflicts would last another 50 or 100 years.
Yet no one… Read full post »
"The Palestinians must recognise Israel as a Jewish state." This is the mantra of the Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has been promoting this controversial idea as a condition of any peace deal.
Democrats were extra proud when they put a requirement that insurance companies cover children with pre-existing conditions in their new health care law. Now, I bet the CEOs at the countryâ€™s largest for-profit insurance companies are even more proud of themselves for easily finding… Read full post »
The Clean Air Act turns 40 this month. But if dirty energy proponents and climate-change deniers have their way, it won't survive intact for another 40 weeks.
Ever since the US Supreme Court agreed that the EPA has the right to regulate greenhouse gasses under… Read full post »
Combat operations in Iraq are over, if you believe President Barack Obamaâ€™s rhetoric. But torture in Iraqâ€™s prisons, first exposed during the Abu Ghraib scandal, is thriving, increasingly distant from any scrutiny or accountability. After arresting tens of thousands of Iraqis, o… Read full post »
My neighbor two doors down flies a Confederate flag alongside his more conventional stars and stripes. He drives a pickup truck, sports a number of provocative tattoos, and is about as white as Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich. I don't know if he… Read full post »