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What I Learned In Kansas

What I Learned In Kansas

In his 2004 book What’s the Matter with Kansas, Thomas Frank describes how working-class voters in his home state came to support a party that does not stand with them on policies that affect their livelihood and ability to make ends meet. Why, he asks, do they vote...

The Time Is Now For Meaningful Change On Capitol Hill

The Time Is Now For Meaningful Change On Capitol Hill

Too often, it feels like our government is run by and for the wealthy and powerful industries, like pharmaceuticals and fossil fuels, insurance and finance. They spend hundreds of millions every year to sway politicians’ votes towards their interests. They have...

Treasury Builds a Road to Recovery, With People's Action

Treasury Builds a Road to Recovery, With People's Action

President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda may be stalled in Congress, but let’s not forget: the American Rescue Plan, which directs $1.9 trillion towards rebuilding communities, has been signed into law. Now it’s up to us to ensure these funds reach those who need...

Accountability Is the Start of True Recovery

Accountability Is the Start of True Recovery

When the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) became law in March, People’s Action was filled with joy and delight. This was a hard-won victory for our organizers, with tangible benefits for real people, and - we hope - it will be the start of an equitable...

First We Celebrate, Then We Fight

First We Celebrate, Then We Fight

July 15th is a day every American should celebrate. That’s when families began to receive direct payments of as much as $300 per child, payments they’ll now get every month through the end of the year, along with a tax credit. This is a game changer for the millions...

The War on Drugs Is a War on People Like Me

The War on Drugs Is a War on People Like Me

The War on Drugs has been with us for more than fifty years, and hasn’t been a war on drugs at all. It’s been a war on people: people like me, and my family. Black people. The part where it was supposed to decrease drug use? That part failed. I live in Prince George’s...

Vermont Wants to Heal the Overdose Crisis, Do You?

Vermont Wants to Heal the Overdose Crisis, Do You?

On June 1, Vermont became the first state in the nation to remove criminal penalties for possession of “therapeutic amounts” of buprenorphine. This amounts to a one- to two-week supply of this lifesaving treatment for people who suffer from Opioid Use Disorder....

50 Years Later, End the War on Drugs

50 Years Later, End the War on Drugs

Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a “full scale attack” on drug use. It was the beginning of the War on Drugs. Nixon — and many presidents since — promised the War on Drugs would save lives. Trillions of dollars later, incarceration...

We Must Act Now To End Vaccine Apartheid

We Must Act Now To End Vaccine Apartheid

Even as COVID-19 vaccines roll out in the United States, there is no end in sight to the pandemic for the vast majority of people in the world. Many in Central and South America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East won’t get access to COVID vaccines until 2024. This is...

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