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A Dream Deferred: MLK’S Dream of Economic Justice is Far From Reality

By Jessica Pierre ~ Other Words ~ 90 years after King was born, the racial wealth divide is actually growing — which drags down the entire economy. January 15th marked what would’ve been Dr. Martin Luther King’s 90th birthday. Most known for his famous “I Have Dream Speech,” King envisioned a future in which deep racial inequalities — including deep economic inequality — were eradicated. He worked tirelessly towards that mission.…

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Expensive US Health Care Isn’t Adequate for Women, Study Finds

By Jerica Deck ~ Global Citizen ~  The US had higher maternal mortality rates and more women with chronic health issues. Despite paying more for health care, American women are less healthy, more likely to die in pregnancy, and have higher rates of emotional distress than women in other wealthy countries, a new study from the Commonwealth Fund says. The new study, released on Wednesday, shows how far behind other wealthy nations…

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Ten Grim Climate Scenarios If Global Temperatures Rise Above 1.5 Degrees Celsius

By Lorraine Chow ~ Truthout ~ If humankind carries on its business-as-usual approach to climate change, there’s a 93 percent chance we’re barreling toward a potentially catastrophic level of warming. The summer of 2018 was intense: deadly wildfires, persistent drought, killer floods and record-breaking heat. Although scientists exercise great care before linking individual weather events to climate change, the rise in global temperatures caused by human activities has been found…

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Showing Up and Doing Well in School Should Lead to Better Opportunity But It’s Not Always True

By Kate Hardiman ~ Education Post ~ Low-income and minority students are not being challenged nearly as much as their White peers in high school, according to a new study produced by TNTP, a national education nonprofit. They’ve dubbed this the “opportunity myth”—the false idea that showing up and doing well in school will lead to better opportunity. Think about that for a minute. If you’re a parent, you probably tell your…

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Humanity is more important than money — it’s time for capitalism to get an upgrade

By Andrew Yang ~ TED ~ What capitalism prioritizes, the world does more of. So how can we change capitalism so that it focuses on what humans really want and need? Entrepreneur Andrew Yang has a surprising proposal. Think of the activities on the list below: Parenting or caring for loved ones Teaching or nurturing children Creating art, music, dance Working in struggling regions near our hometowns Preserving the environment…

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What I Learned Being Part of the Sanctuary Caravan: Delivering Support to Asylum Seekers on the U.S. Border

By Jodie Evans ~ Local Peace Economy ~ Salon ~ We saw an outpouring of generosity for the people most hurt by our oppressive immigration policy. December was the month CODEPINK: Growing a Local Peace Economy was dedicating our outreach and organizing to being an ally for the asylum seekers who had just arrived in and around Tijuana below the U.S. San Diego border. CODEPINK’s Local Peace Economy was created to…

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Can an unequal earth beat climate change?

By Sam Pizzigati ~ Nation of Change ~ “Addressing climate change effectively and justly requires us to transform the unjust social and economic systems that gave us climate change in the first place.” We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or all of us are going to fry. So essentially posits still another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.…

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This Deep-Red State Decided to Make a Serious Investment in Preschools. It’s Paying Off Big-Time.

By Kiera Butler ~ Mother Jones ~  Call it the Alabama miracle Alabama state senator Trip Pittman had always sort of questioned whether nursery schools were worth the investment. Pittman, a conservative Republican, figured the kinds of things you’re supposed to learn before kindergarten—washing your hands, tying your shoes, minding your manners—might best be taught by parents and grandparents at home. Conservatives often argue that kids who attend preschool fare no…

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Do We Really Need Billionaires?

By Lawrence Wittner ~ Common Dreams ~ According to numerous reports, the world’s billionaires keep increasing in number and, especially, in wealth In March 2018, Forbes reported that it had identified 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories.  Collectively, this group was worth $9.1 trillion, an increase in wealth of 18 percent since the preceding year.  Americans led the way with a record 585 billionaires, followed by mainland China which, despite its professed commitment…

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Crowdsourced Twitter Study Reveals Shocking Scale of Online Abuse Against Women

By Amnesty International ~ Common Dreams ~ Amnesty International released a ground-breaking study into abuse against women on Twitter today, conducted with Element AI, a global artificial intelligence software product company. The findings showed that although the abuse cut across the political spectrum, women of color were much more likely to be impacted, and black women are disproportionately targeted. More than 6,500 volunteers from 150 countries signed up to take part in Troll Patrol,…

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