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Georgia's Primary Election Meltdown

Georgia's Primary Election Meltdown

Photo credit: National Archives, USDA / cc The signs kept coming that Georgia’s June 9 primary would not go well. On the last day of early voting, the Friday before the election, Jon Ossoff, a Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, waited for more than three hours to vote...

Freedom Is Ours To Take: Join Us On Juneteenth

Freedom Is Ours To Take: Join Us On Juneteenth

Photo credit: Ted Eytan / Flickr / cc “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man (or woman), you take it.” - Malcolm X So much has changed in our nation’s Capital since my last Letter from D.C. That time of hope...

Education Secretary DeVos Is Using COVID To Get What She Wants

Education Secretary DeVos Is Using COVID To Get What She Wants

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr / cc As American deaths from COVID-19 crested 100,000, the New York Times reported U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos declared her intention to “force” public school districts to spend a large portion of federal funds they’re...

Alarm Bells: COVID-19 In Alabama's Meatpacking Plants

Alarm Bells: COVID-19 In Alabama's Meatpacking Plants

Photo credit: Hometown Organizing Project / cc Workers throughout Alabama are reaching out to me to sound an alarm on what they are seeing inside meatpacking plants.This piece started out as an informative piece on how and why the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly...

We Need A New Food System, Not Meat Industry Bailouts

We Need A New Food System, Not Meat Industry Bailouts

Photo credit: Government Accountability Office / cc The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on disturbing injustices in our food system—reaffirming the need for systemic change. Slaughterhouses (euphemistically called “meatpacking plants” by the meat...

Neoliberal Capitalism Depends on White Supremacy

Neoliberal Capitalism Depends on White Supremacy

Whitehall Street, Atlanta Georgia, 1864. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons / cc Billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon may personally associate with individual African Americans, Latinos and other minorities. They might even employ them. They...

Protesters for Black Lives Are America’s True Patriots

Protesters for Black Lives Are America’s True Patriots

Photo credit: Rosa Pineda / Wikimedia Commons / cc When demonstrations erupted across the country after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers, Donald Trump portrayed the protesters as America’s enemies. Trump called them “thugs,” “lowlifes” and...

5 Ways to Make Voting Easier for Everyone in America

5 Ways to Make Voting Easier for Everyone in America

  Photo credit: Tim Brown / GPA Photo Archive / cc Even before COVID-19, the U.S. has had one of the lowest voter turnout rates among developed countries. This is a critical election year, and even before the pandemic, it was a voting season unlike any before in...

Justice For George Floyd

Justice For George Floyd

Memorial to George Floyd in Minneapolis. Photo credit: Take Action Minnesota / cc First published by Take Action Minnesota on June 4, 2020 Today, George Floyd’s memorial was held in Minneapolis. The pain, rage, and grief across the Twin Cities is palpable. At the same...

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