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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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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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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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What if all US health care costs were transparent?

By Jeanne Pinder ~ TED ~  In the US, the very same blood test can cost $19 at one clinic and $522 at another clinic just blocks away — and nobody knows the difference until they get a bill weeks later. Journalist Jeanne Pinder says it doesn’t have to be this way. She’s built a platform that crowdsources the true costs of medical procedures and makes the data public, revealing…

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America’s widening inequality of place

By Robert Reich ~ Nation of Change ~  This inequality is unsustainable. It’s literally tearing America apart. You’ve heard me talk about inequalities of income and wealth and political power. But another kind of inequality needs to be addressed as well: widening inequalities of place. On the one hand, booming mega-cities. On the other hand, an American heartland that’s becoming emptier, older, whiter, less educated, and poorer. Trump country. To…

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Nonviolent resistance proves potent weapon

By Michelle Nicholasen ~ Weatherhead Center Communications ~ The Harvard Gazette ~ Erica Chenoweth discovers it is more successful in effecting change than violent campaigns Recent research suggests that nonviolent civil resistance is far more successful in creating broad-based change than violent campaigns are, a somewhat surprising finding with a story behind it. When Erica Chenoweth started her predoctoral fellowship at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs in 2006, she…

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This City Made Access to Food a Right of Citizenship

By Frances Moore Lappe ~ Yes! Magazine A city in Brazil recruited local farmers to help do something U.S. cities have yet to do: End hunger. “To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer.” CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL   In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I learned one simple truth: Hunger is not…

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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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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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