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Twelve charts that show how policy could reduce inequality—but is making it worse instead

By Economic Policy Institute With the unemployment rate at 4 percent or below for eight consecutive months, 2018 appears to be the year when the economy finally became healthy again. But while low unemployment is good news, it doesn’t tell the whole story of how typical families are faring in the current economy. As the economy normalizes following a long, slow recovery from the Great Recession, we are quickly resuming…

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Santa Barbara School Board Adopts Sweeping Climate Change Resolution

By Josh Molina ~ Noozhawk ~ Santa Babara Unified School District trustees have approved a sweeping resolution recognizing the threat of climate change and its connection to social justice and equity. The resolution, backed last week on a 5-0 vote, states that climate change disproportionately affects young people, people of color and those living in poverty. “Children represent a particularly vulnerable group because greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere will continue…

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‘It Is a Disgrace That Our Public Schools Are So Poorly Funded’

By Janine Jackson ~ FAIR ~ As we record on January 16, the strike by more than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers is entering its third day. The decision to go on strike is never a whimsical one; the union, United Teachers Los Angeles, hasn’t had a strike in nearly 30 years. Coverage appears to be deepening as the labor action continues, but corporate media’s initial response consisted of headlines like the New York Times’…

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Capitalist-style wealth gap: 1 tech guy = 1,000,000 teachers

By Paul Buchheit ~ Nation of Change ~ Capitalism is a perfect system for people like this, who care only about making more money than everyone else, and fail to grasp the importance of a healthy, working society. As of 01/20/19, the richest six American tech leaders (Bezos, Gates, Zuckerberg, Ellison, Page, Brin) averaged over $80 billion in net worth. Meanwhile, the 25 million Americans just above the median, many of them teachers,…

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It’s Non-Negotiable. We Have to Teach Social Justice in Our Schools.

By Zachary Wright ~ Education Post ~  In a recent article, J. Martin Rochester, a professor of political science at the University of St. Louis-Missouri, raised concerns about teaching social justice in schools. Rochester’s problem with teaching social justice in schools is focused on two simultaneous axes. One, he thinks that social justice exists outside the jurisdiction of school curricula, and second that those who would teach social justice approach it…

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By the Numbers: The Economic, Social and Environmental Impacts of “Fast Fashion”

By Elizabeth Reichart & Deborah Drew ~ World Resources Institute Think about how many sweaters, scarves and other clothes were given as gifts this holiday season. How many times will people wear them before throwing them out? Probably far fewer than you think. One garbage truck of clothes is burned or sent to landfills every second! The average consumer bought 60 percent more clothes in 2014 than in 2000, but kept each garment for…

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Why black girls are targeted for punishment at school – and how to change that

By Monique W. Morris ~ TED ~ Around the world, black girls are being pushed out of schools because of policies that target them for punishment, says author and social justice scholar Monique W. Morris. The result: countless girls are forced into unsafe futures with restricted opportunities. How can we put an end to this crisis? In an impassioned talk, Morris uncovers the causes of “pushout” and shows how we…

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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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