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Our freshwater emergency is worse than you think

By Laura Orlando ~ In These Times ~ Nation of Change ~  Blue states can take the lead on protecting water where it counts most: at the source. They can articulate an urgently needed national water vision. The seven Democratic governors who ousted Republican incumbents in November 2018 have another challenge ahead: Each of them faces a freshwater emergency. We use billions of gallons of fresh water each day for…

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Watch a high schooler’s fiery speech about reading more black and brown authors

By Cassie Walker Burke ~ Chalkbeat ~  Ivery Marquez is a senior at Friedrich Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center who is passionate about seeing more black and brown authors, such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Alice Walker, on her reading list.  “What I’ve realized is that there is a lack of diversity, and culture, and discussion when it comes to high school literature,” she said. As for what she’d do…

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America Has the Highly Combustible Economy It Deserves

By Marshall Auerback ~ Independent Media Institute ~ Truthdig It’s part of the American experience to find yourself in an elevator, in an airplane terminal, or at home, looking at a screen with stock numbers whizzing by, and people yammering about how America is somewhere on the spectrum between wonderful or about to disintegrate because of a 5 percent swing in Boeing or Microsoft stock. How did we get to…

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Homeless America

By Chris Hedges ~ TruthDig ~ PORTLAND, Ore.—It is 8 a.m. I am in the small offices of Street Roots, a weekly newspaper that prints 10,000 copies per edition. Those who sell the newspaper on the streets—all of them victims of extreme poverty and half of them homeless—have gathered before heading out with their bundles to spend hours in the cold and rain. “There is foot care on Mondays starting…

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Nations increasing wealth at the expense of environment, Inclusive Wealth Report shows

By UN Environment ~ The Republic of Korea, Singapore and Malta come out on top of biennial survey of growth in the wealth of nations, the preliminary findings of which were presented by UN Environment and partners today in Paris. The Inclusive Wealth Report 2018, the full findings of which will be released in coming weeks, shows that while overall global wealth is rising, the increase for many countries comes…

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Can the Nation’s First Charter School Strike Transform the Industry?

By Candice Bernd ~ Truthout ~ For the first time, charter school teachers are striking. Over the past week, a strike at Chicago’s largest unionized charter network gained steam, with 15 schools serving Acero’s 7,500 predominantly Latino students remaining closed since Tuesday. This week’s strike is the first in the nation against a charter operator, and comes only days after Acero released a financial audit showing that the nonprofit currently…

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The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse in America

By Paul Buchheit ~ Common Dreams ~ Poverty—and the stress of being poor—is killing people every single day A White House report recently proclaimed that the “War on Poverty is largely over and a success.” United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said it was “ridiculous for the United Nations to examine poverty in America.” Well-positioned Americans must talk like this, of course, because admitting the debilitating state of poverty in America…

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What Is the Real Cost of Mass Incarceration?

By Lornet Turnbull ~ Yes! ~ The documentary ‘Milwaukee 53206’ depicts the toll of the prison epidemic on families and entire communities. When documentary producers first approached Beverly Walker about featuring her family in a film, the Milwaukee mother and grandmother knew what that meant: cameras trailing them, her cherished privacy breached. But her husband, Baron Walker, by then having served nearly two decades of a 60-year sentence, saw an…

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How Climate Change Helped Create the Migrant Caravan

By Brian Moench ~ Truthout ~  The “caravan” of hopeful immigrants from Central America that was tear gassed by the US government on November 25 continues to be shamelessly exploited as political fodder. Trump depicts the immigrants as a security threat to the US, while Democrats like Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compare the Central American immigrants to Jews fleeing Germany because of the threat of physical violence and death in their…

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Free College Tuition Is Nice, But How About Food?

By Sydney Worth ~ Yes! ~  Some schools are looking to helping students meet much more basic needs. When Michelle Nielsen, 46, decided to return to school at Houston Community College to become a pastry chef, she quickly discovered that she had no room in her budget for food. Even with financial aid covering her tuition and a work-study program to help with rent, Nielsen knew she wouldn’t be able…

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