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A Wall Street Mini-Tax Could Benefit the Poor and Reduce Public Debt

By Ronald M. Glassman & Gerald E. Scorse ~ DISSIDENT VOICE ~ Truthout ~ With great fanfare, politicians on the left are thinking big on tax reform: a 70 percent rate on incomes over $10 million, a wealth tax on the super-rich, estate taxes as high as 77 percent. With no fanfare at all, the nonpartisan With great fanfare, politicians on the left are thinking big on tax reform: a 70 percent rate on incomes over $10 million,…

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How judges can show respect

By Victoria Pratt ~ TED ~ In halls of justice around the world, how can we ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect? A pioneering judge in New Jersey, Victoria Pratt shares her principles of “procedural justice” — four simple, thoughtful steps that redefined the everyday business of her courtroom in Newark, changing lives along the way. “When the court behaves differently, naturally people respond differently,” Pratt says. “We…

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Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis

By Alycee Lane ~ Common Dreams ~ Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalities Critics of House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109)—the “Green New Deal” (GND) introduced in Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.)—have condemned this nonbinding resolution for its inclusion of aspirations which, in their view, have nothing to do with climate change.…

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Growing Up in Poverty Affects the Brain Differently Than We Thought

By Erica  Sanchez & Leah Rodriguez ~ Global Citizen ~  A new study shows socioeconomic status changes cognitive functioning on several levels. A child who grows up in a low-income household could have a worse memory after the age of 50, the Atlantic reports. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal published a new study on the correlation between socioeconomic status and health. Researchers looked at a database…

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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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