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Emma Watson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and 74 More Urge World Leaders to Protect Women

By Leah Rodriguez ~ Global Citizen ~  “In no country in the world do women enjoy the same rights or opportunities as men.” This International Women’s Day, an impressive roster of 76 influential women banned together to push governments to stand up for women’s rights around the world. Emma Watson, Keira Knightley, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie are a few of the powerful actors, writers, business executives, and activists who signed a letter published in the Guardian on…

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‘They chose us because we were rural and poor’: when environmental racism and climate change collide

By Megan Mayhew Bergman ~ The Guardian ~  The environmental movement has a long history in America’s south – yet people of color and impoverished communities continue to face dangerous pollution It doesn’t surprise me that the environmental justice movement began in the south, a place where, historically, the pressure of injustice builds until it explodes into organized resistance. The Warren, North Carolina, protests of 1982 are considered one of…

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It’s time to fix America’s crumbling schools

By Michael Addonizio ~ Fast Company ~ Infrastructure upgrades often take a backseat to other pressing needs in public education. Here’s why that is so wrongheaded. Detroit’s schools are so old and raggedy that last year the city’s schools chief, Nikolai Vitti, ordered the water shut off across the district due to lead and copper risks from antiquated plumbing. By mid-September, elevated levels of copper and lead were confirmed in 57 of 86 schools…

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Why wealth equality remains out of reach for black Americans

By Darrick Hamilton & Trevon Logan ~ The Conversation ~  Black History Month has become the time to reflect on all the progress black Americans have made, but the sobering reality is that when it comes to wealth – the paramount indicator of economic security – there has been virtually no progress in the last 50 years. Based on data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finance, the typical black…

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Cities Across US Are Stripping Homeless People of Their Autonomy

By Lauren Walker ~ Truthout ~  Some of the richest people in the U.S. have made it very clear they want their neighborhoods cleansed of homeless people. One of the world’s richest cities is waging war on disabled and homeless people. In February 2018, an unsigned flyer was posted in San Francisco’s Mission District, warning the homeless: “If you are still here after dark tonight, the hunters will become the…

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Improving Infrastructure to Benefit Communities—Without Harming the Environment

By Jim Lyons ~ Center for American Progress ~  Improving and upgrading U.S. roads, bridges, and transportation networks; energy production and transmission systems; and other elements of human-made infrastructure is long overdue. As the new Congress begins its bipartisan, bicameral effort to pass an infrastructure bill, it’s important that it not come at a cost to the natural resources that benefit society. Instead, policymakers should view the infrastructure package as…

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‘Safety’ In U.S. Schools Means More Cops And Fewer Counselors

By Rebecca Klein ~ Huffpost ~  About 14 million students attend a school without a single counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker, according to a new report. An estimated 14 million students attend a school without a single counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union. But their schools do employ cops. This disparity is poised to get worse after the 2018…

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Congress asked top experts for a plan to cut child poverty in half. Here it is.

By Dylan Matthews ~ Vox ~ The most important report on child poverty in years is finally out. In late 2015, Congress agreed as part of a bipartisan funding deal to produce a landmark, $750,000 report on how to cut child poverty in America.  The result of pressure from California Democratic Representatives Barbara Lee and Lucille Roybal-Allard, the provision called for the National Academy of Sciences to convene a group of experts to produce “a nonpartisan,…

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The soaring cost of US child care, in 5 charts

By Heidi Steinour ~ Nation of Change ~ This spike in costs has broad implications, including leading fewer families to have children. The cost of having children in the U.S. has climbed exponentially since the 1960s. So it’s no wonder the growing crop of Democratic presidential candidates have been proposing ways to address or bring down the costs tied to raising a family. Most recently, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she wants to provide…

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The World Is on the Brink of Widespread Water Wars

By Dahr Jamail ~ Truthout ~  We Have Been Warned The most recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warned of increasingly intense droughts and mass water shortages around large swaths of the globe. But even more conservative organizations have been sounding the alarm. “Water insecurity could multiply the risk of conflict,” warns one of the World Bank’s reports on the issue. “Food price spikes caused by droughts can inflame latent conflicts…

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