The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference will be held Jan. 15–19 in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. The event is hosted by The AFL-CIO’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department.
America’s 400 richest are collecting far more of the nation’s income than they did two generations ago — and paying Uncle Sam far less. To fudge these facts, pals of plutocrats are having to work overtime.
Benjamin Crump, attorney for Michael Brown's family said, "The process is broken," after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson. The process was broken, perverted, and made a farce by prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Republicans in Washington are obstructing help for regular Americans, so many localities are acting on their own. Among them is San Francisco, where a new law will let employees know in advance when their work shift will be.
The major tax break that was about to be left off the "make permanent" list in the "tax extenders" bill President Obama threatened to veto last week – the Earned Income Tax Credit – disproportionately benefits rural families.
The skyline of New York, and the shadows it casts on all things public, is a physical reminder of how wealth and power get their way without regard for the impact on the lives and neighborhoods of everyday people.
Many Democrats examining what happened in the 2014 midterms are asking "what did the voters want?" But the right question is why did only 36.4 percent of potential voters bother to register and vote?
As our family gathers this Thanksgiving, I am struck by the poetry and truth of the president's words in his immigration initiative: We know the heart of a stranger – we were strangers once, too. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
This week, the only thing worse than the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, was the right-wing reaction to that decision. […]
Some of the special tax breaks in the extenders package are really good and serve an important purpose. Others include loopholes that actually encourage corporations to shift U.S. profits offshore into tax havens.
Sen. Warren needs no help defending herself. Rather, it is Andrew Ross Sorkin's New York Times piece that warrants further examination for its failed arguments and the misplaced intensity of his own emotions.
In other words, if Obama won't bend to Republicans demands, then funding for immigration enforcement will expire. And Republicans will be responsible for ending overnight all America does on a daily basis to secure the border.
The bankers' own deep-seated propensity for cheating and corruption may have given prosecutors a new opportunity to indict them. The departure of Attorney General Eric Holder offers a chance to forge a new approach.
In 2009 the Obama took action against China for the same thing, imposing tariffs for 5 years. That action expired and China again began dumping tires here below cost.
President Obama, like all 10 presidents since 1956, Republican and Democrat, has issued an executive order on immigration. The order says America will treat 5 million striving unauthorized immigrants with respect.
What we are witnessing is a reflection of a systematic failure in our society that is revealed wherever we are willing to look—schools, health care, employment, housing, life expectancy, poverty, and the list goes on.
Everyone understood that maintaining and modernizing our country's infrastructure created good-paying jobs with benefits. Republicans now oppose this because it creates good-paying jobs with benefits.
"The system worked" quite well for those for whom it is designed to work. We should refuse, however, to call that "justice." Here is what we must demand.
Public opinion right now actually is tilted fairly leftward, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this weekend as Hillary Clinton was advocating a cautious brand of populism in New York City.
December will mark the seventh anniversary of the recession brought on by the collapse of the housing bubble. Usually an economy would be fully recovered after seven years. Unfortunately, this is not close to being the case now.
The kingpins of Congress have spent years carving tax loopholes that help America’s CEOs fleece the federal treasury. Now these kingpins are pushing a corporate tax ‘reform’ that ignores the loopholes.
President Obama's executive action on immigration has been greeted with the expected threats by Republicans. He would best ignore the noise and keep on acting.
With a new book and lessons from the Senate race in North Carolina, Rev. William Barber II is undaunted in his effort to build the Moral Monday movement that shook the state's political establishment.
This week, President Obama punk’d the GOP on immigration, leaving them caught between Latino voters and their wingnut base. And there’s not much they can do about it. Thursday night, […]
Walmart is running commercials about how great they are for American workers. Wait … isn’t the “Walmart model” of selling cheap goods from China the reason everyone is so desperate for American-made goods?
A National Employment Law Project study out today finds that factory jobs now pay much less than they did even a few years ago. In fact, more than 600,000 manufacturing workers make just $9.60 per hour or less.
The New York City mayor offers a blunt critique of the midterm elections and shows how cities can set the pace for a progressive transformation of our national politics.
The American economy will grow stronger, from the bottom up, once we end our two-tiered economic system and ensure that all workers have the same rights. President Obama's executive action is a major step forward.
The last straw: President Obama's nomination of Antonio Weiss, a global banking executive heavily involved in helping corporations avoid paying U.S. taxes, to a high-level post at the Treasury Department
In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs?
Organizations representing advocates for public schools have joined their voices today in events across the country as part of a national Week of Action for the Public Schools All Our Children Deserve.
Some surprising new polling results by Social Security Works underscore the unpopularity – and long-term destructiveness – of Congress' ongoing attacks on the Social Security system.
Tonight's presidential announcement will be a historic moment, especially for immigrant families who will no longer live in fear. On the other hand, watching Republicans go apoplectic is just going to be fun to watch.
In early 2010, three progressive economic activists – myself, Dean Baker, and Robert Kuttner – met with Obama political adviser David Axelrod. We left disappointed. Obama's election message was: "The jobs are coming."
Walmart avoids paying on average $1 billion a year in federal taxes through aggressively exploiting tax loopholes, according to a report released today by Americans for Tax Fairness.
Last summer, Barack Obama and leaders of the European Union announced the start of negotiations on another trade deal. Wondering what all of these deals are about? Here’s a primer on the Obama administration’s vision for global trade.
Corporations owe taxes on the $2 trillion of profits these companies have already made. Who should get this money? We could let corporations keep the money – or use it to give ordinary Americans a $2,000 check.
Why do private equity companies want to tap 401(k) accounts? Economist Eileen Appelbaum of the Center for Economic and Policy Research explains what's behind this recent development.
Because President Obama is trying to do the right things to help millions of families the Republicans are threatening to again shut down our government to spite their face, which would hurt all of us.
In the days, weeks, and months to come, anger over the absence of justice must not overshadow the changes we must continue to fight for after the grand jury makes its decision in the Michael Brown case.