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Climate Change and Vulnerable Communities — Let’s Talk About This Hot Mess.

By Talia Buford ~ ProPublica ~ In my first episode of this PBS Digital Studios show, I dissect why minorities and disadvantaged people will face bigger consequences in a warming world. Climate change will impact us all, no matter who we are or where we live. But that doesn’t mean it will hit us equally. Climate change may not discriminate, but people do. As a reporter at ProPublica, my focus…

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Here’s What’s Happening With Voter Registration Among Young People Since Parkland.

By Parker Molloy ~ Upworthy Historically, politicians have ignored youth voices because they don’t show up to the polls. But new data shows that might be changing. When it comes to voting, younger adults aren’t exactly known for their reliability, especially when compared with older populations. In 2016, the Census Bureau notes just 46.1% of Americans between ages 18 and 29 reported voting (58.7% of people 30 to 44, 66.6%…

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How a Career in Technology Empowered This South African Woman

By Daniele Selby ~ Global Citizen Soso Luningo grew up in a house without electricity; today she’s the head of an IT department. Soso Luningo grew up in extreme poverty in a village near Port Elizabeth in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Her home was essentially a small shed with a leaky, corrugated metal roof, no electricity, and just one bed. Most of her family slept on the dirt floor. But…

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How Rising Inequality is Stalling Economies by Crippling Demand

By Stephen Bell ~ The Conversation Rising inequality is a concern across the developed economies, including Australia where top earners’ pay has soared to a 17-year high while ordinary workers’ wage growth has been the lowest on record. And that’s ultimately bad news for economic growth. This is longer than the usual Conversation article, so allow some time to read and enjoy. ________________________________________ In the last decade or more, economic…

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Immigration Story Missing Context of Hunger and Freedom

By Jane Regan ~ FAIR I teach journalism. So, of course, I follow journalism closely. On the immigration issue, many news outlets have been doing a great job covering the rallies and marches, the “baby jails” and rulings and (few) family reunifications. But they lack context. In the classroom, I emphasize that every news story—even a little one about a city sidewalk repair—must provide context. Why that sidewalk, why now?…

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Considering Race in College Admissions – 3 Questions Answered

By Stella M Flores, New York University On July 3, the Trump administration announced it will reverse several policy memos outlining how colleges and universities can use race as a factor in admissions. The memos aren’t law, but rather Obama-era guidance – issued jointly by the departments of Education and Justice – stating that the federal government recognizes “the compelling interest that postsecondary institutions have in obtaining the benefits that…

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Why the War on Poverty in the US Isn’t Over, in 4 Charts

By Robert L. Fischer ~ The Conversation On July 12, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers concluded that America’s long-running war on poverty “is largely over and a success.” I am a researcher who has studied poverty for nearly 20 years in Cleveland, a city with one of the country’s highest rates of poverty. While the council’s conclusion makes for a dramatic headline, it simply does not align with the…

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How Young Activists Hope to Make Climate Change a Political Priority

By Amy Sisk ~ StateImpact Pennsylvania Standing in the middle of a grassy field just outside Pittsburgh, Anaïs Peterson recalled the years she spent playing soccer here. “That’s the goal you always want,” she said, nodding to the east. A mile beyond that goalpost in Indiana Township lies a natural gas well pad that didn’t exist during her soccer days. “It’s like 2 miles from two schools, a daycare, a…

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Inequity in Education is Your (and My) Responsibility

By Kate Gerson ~ Getting Smart There is a great injustice happening in our schools, and it’s happening on our watch. What’s happening can be seen in national reports. The reading and math scores of our white students continue to be higher than the scores of our black and Latino students. In fact, the 30+ point gap between these groups’ National NAEP reading scores has been virtually unchanged since 1990.…

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The Privilege Of Being Arrested As A White Woman

By Mary Hutto ~ Huffpost Two weeks ago, I was one of more than 600 mostly white protesters arrested during the #WomenDisobey demonstration at the Hart Senate Office Building in downtown Washington, D.C. All of us were there for the same reason: to take a stand against the brutal immigration policies of President Donald Trump. I engaged in the demonstration knowing I would risk arrest, and with the expectation that I would…

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