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What Stands in the Way of Native American Voters?

By Carrie Levine ~ The Center for Public Integrity Two years ago, when Chase Iron Eyes decided to run for Congress, he knew he had, as he puts it, “a snowball’s chance in hell” of winning. But Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, still saw the narrowest of paths to victory in the race for North Dakota’s sole congressional seat. If he and the two other…

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Environmental Negligence vs. Civil Rights: Black and Hispanic Communities Get More Pollution, Fewer Jobs

By Olivia Rosane ~ EcoWatch ~ One of President Donald Trump’s stated justifications for rolling back environmental regulations has been to bring back jobs in highly-polluting industries like coal. But a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Monday found that, for “communities of racial/ethnic minorities,” welcoming polluting industries for the sake of employment is a tradeoff that doesn’t make any sense. Blacks and Hispanics in…

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Another Advantage for Wealthy Students

By Lauren Camera ~ U.S. News ~ A new study on grade inflation shows that it occurred in schools attended by more affluent students but not in schools attended by less affluent ones. Affluent students have major advantages when it comes to K-12 education: Among them, better teachers, more access to advanced courses, resources for counselors and a variety of extracurricular activities, which when combined can lead to higher high…

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America 2018: Even More Gilded Than America 1918

By Bob Lord ~ Other Words ~ Wealth is more concentrated now than it was in John D. Rockefeller’s day. It took 100 years, but America has returned to its unequal past. With a vengeance. The year many consider the height of the Gilded Age, when John D. Rockefeller’s wealth was at its peak, was exactly a century ago, in 1918. By that time, Rockefeller had amassed about $1.2 billion…

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Landmark Bill Requiring Women On Corporate Boards

By Sebe Hamedy ~ Huffington Post ~ “It’s high time corporate boards include the people who constitute more than half the ‘persons’ in America,” the governor wrote in his signing message. California on Sunday became the first state to require corporate boards of directors to include women. “Given all the special privileges that corporations have enjoyed for so long, it’s high time corporate boards include the people who constitute more…

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Could Rising CO2 Levels Trigger a Nutritional Crisis?

By Maddie Stone ~ Gizmodo ~ A new analysis is reigniting a concern agricultural scientists have been voicing for years: That rising carbon dioxide could exacerbate malnutrition by reducing the nutrient content of staple crops. The study, published in Nature Climate Change, projects that if atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise to 550 parts per million (ppm)—a level conceivable by later this century if we don’t aggressively reduce emissions—it could result…

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Every kid needs a champion

By Rita Pierson ~ TED Talks Education ~  Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level. Watch video @ Ted

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It’s Time to Speak About the Economic Cost of Sexual Assault

By Sheetal Dhir ~ Common Dreams ~ The Kavanaugh scandal is an opportunity to finally talk about the economic toll sexual assault takes on our society I recently did a straw poll of the women in my life and realized that I know more survivors of sexual assault than I do mothers. The national statistics are staggering – according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “one in three women…

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How to put the power of law in people’s hands

By Vivek Maru ~ TED ~ What can you do when the wheels of justice don’t turn fast enough? Or when they don’t turn at all? Vivek Maru is working to transform the relationship between people and law, turning law from an abstraction or threat into something that everyone can understand, use and shape. Instead of relying solely on lawyers, Maru started a global network of community paralegals, or barefoot…

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Green Upgrade: How California Is Pioneering ‘Energy Justice’

By Patricia Leigh Brown ~ Yale Environment 360 ~ California has the world’s fourth largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program, which raises billions of dollars for the state. An innovative project is directing some of that revenue to bringing renewable power and energy efficiency to some of the state’s most disadvantaged communities. Diana Guzman, a 30-year-old widow, works in a peach packing plant in California’s Central Valley. She lives with her…

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