Hope in Dark Times | American Federation of Teachers

June 26, 2017

Democracy is in crisis across the globe. For years, polling in the United States and Europe has suggested an alarming rise in the number of young people who believe democracy is a bad way to run a society.1 Democracy is in retreat in Russia, Hungary, India, Venezuela, and the Philippines. And

Rev. Barber: America needs a new Poor People’s Campaign

May 17, 2017

In a spectacle of religious hypocrisy last week, preachers who say so much about what God says so little — and so little about what God says so much — stood in the Rose Garden as a backdrop for President Donald Trump’s executive order on “religious liberty.” As they celebrated this administration’s willingness to

Dear Betsy: Jim Crow was not a choice – Voices On Campus – Medium

March 4, 2017

Betsy Devos — our nation’s secretary of education — needs a history lesson. As the esteemed presidents of more than 60 historically black colleges and universities gathered at the White House, she praised HBCUs as “real pioneers when it comes to school choice.” She must have forgotten — or she never knew — that Jim Crow laws prohibited

Consumer Reports Tackles Student Debt and Offers Help

August 10, 2016

"I feel I kind of ruined my life by going to college."That's just one of the revealing reactions to student debt recently published in a mix of statistics, personal stories and tools to help individuals manage their student loans. The package comes from Consumer Reports, the magazine of the Consumers Union

Reining in Wall Street to Benefit All Americans

August 6, 2016

There has been considerable interest in financial transactions taxes (FTTs) in the United States and other wealthy countries in the years since the financial crisis. An FTT can be a way to both raise a large amount of revenue and also rein in the financial sector. This report examines the

Protecting Workers in a Patchwork Economy

April 14, 2016

Work, once a matter of years of commitment to a single trade, career track, or even one employer, has in recent years undergone a radical transformation. From measuring work in units of decades, all pointed toward an engraved watch at retirement, we have swung far in the other direction, toward

How we tackle retirement insecurity — Medium

November 11, 2015

Retirement insecurity is the new normal in America. And it’s a direct result of the shameful economic imbalance in the United States that is manifest in inadequate, stagnant wages and dwindling assets for the many, and skyrocketing assets for the elite few. When our economy crashed and Americans lost their