A popular tactic for separating "good" charters from the pack of awfulness Trump and DeVos want to unleash is to hold a preference for "nonprofit" charter schools over the profit-making variety. Is there really a difference?
I choose to use my body to not only resist but to fight for something better. No one gets to gets to tell me what I do with my body, so I choose to embody justice, and fight for the world we all need and deserve.
We have a very hopeful framework on how to build political power from a very different perspective: one that is grounded in the people. One that goes to the doors, engages people one on one, and builds relationships.
We fight not just for energy security - we fight for energy sovereignty. It’s not just about getting enough food resources, enough energy resources; it’s about who gets to own and control the distribution of those resources.
Trump's Treasury Department wants to take us back in time to before the housing crisis. They want to make it easier for lenders to make fraudulent home loans, foreclose, and then hide the evidence.
New Yorkers face a “summer of hell” as Governors Cuomo and Christie seek to hand over the city's historic Penn Station to private investors. This "hell" is the result of a bipartisan reluctance to invest in the infrastructure we need.
Punishing drug users does not curb drug use; all it does is destabilize the lives of people who use drugs and their families. We should instead embrace strategies that are proven to reduce harm and deaths from infection and overdose.
Trump and his party have been marching in lockstep with the fossil-fuel industry for some time now. That influence can be seen in Trump's appointments, in his deeds and now in his budget.
Dozens of current and prospective political candidates at the People's Summit in Chicago prepared to build upon the opposition to the Trump administration and drive toward taking real governing power.
We live in a time of crisis. Billionaires and white nationalists have gone from lobbying the White House to living in the White House. Time and again, the One Percent have tried to divide us. Together, we can defeat them.
“We will build because our people want to build,” Trump says of his infrastructure plan. But to build, projects must be properly paid for. And so far, the Trump administration has offered only fool’s gold as financing.
Everyone I met on our March to Springfield for a People & Planet First Budget made it clear to me we are all on the same side. We all share the same journey. It’s time for our elected officials to step up and do their share.
Based on some of her recent hires for the Department of Education, Secretary Betsy DeVos seems intent to ignore students' rights, including protections for LGBT students, women, and the disabled.
If you needed a new stove or refrigerator, you wouldn't give the keys to your kitchen to Olive Garden then pay them to let you eat. Unfortunately, that’s what Trump and his party want us to do so they can give away our shared wealth.
Confronting the climate crisis shouldn’t be rocket science. Just treat greenhouse gases the way governments treat liquor and cigarettes: raise the price. But the bottleneck around carbon policy is more about politics than science or price.
House Republicans are poised to vote on what they call the “CHOICE Act,” which is in fact the most extreme pro-Wall Street, anti-consumer bill this country has ever seen.
The White House budget dispels any hopes Trump might keep his promise to extend a helping hand to the nation’s millions of small business workers with a family and medical leave act that works. Instead, he hands them an empty envelope.
Those of us who live in small towns and rural communities have the most to lose in the GOP health bill - and the greatest reason to fight. It won't just roll back Obamacare - it will end Medicaid as we know it.
Trump's budget means certain pain for most families and big tax cuts for the wealthiest few. But even stranger is that it relies on a set of assumptions that present a fantastical approach to simple arithmetic.
Bernie Sanders is in England to boost Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party’s candidate for prime minister in the snap election June 8. Corbyn is surging in British polls, and running a populist campaign that pledges radical economic reform.
Mr. President, you represent the past, not the people of Pittsburgh. We know climate change is real, regulations save lives, and clean energy creates jobs. We are moving to the future, with or without you.
The United States is the world’s second-largest greenhouse gas polluter. It has an obligation to lead the world in combating climate change. Great leaders don’t shirk responsibility.
Trump claims his Superfund cuts of more than $300 million will make toxic cleanups more efficient. But every budget reduction over the past decade has reduced the number of sites cleaned up, and increased the time required to complete them.
Research shows there is a direct correlation between what we spend on schools and how well our students perform. But our elected leaders continue to slash taxes instead, and redirect more funds to unfounded experiments like charter schools.
The right to vote is under threat for millions of people. If we do not act now to defend and restore our voting rights, progressives will be hard-pressed to win in 2018 and beyond.
Will Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare pave the way to Medicare for All? Only if progressives force the debate. Now is the time for progressives to educate, enlist and take on the entrenched interests that stand in the way.
So many Republican leaders find ways to justify living with our society's growing injustices, and even to make them worse. There’s no polite way to say it: they suffer from a sickness of the soul.
In defending her budget, Education Sec. Betsy DeVos refuses to answer whether, under her watch, federal dollars would go to schools denying admittance to African-American and LGBTQ students.
Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget redefines America. No longer the land of opportunity, it would be a place of welfare for the rich. For the rest, Trump’s budget converts America the beautiful into America the hellish hole.
We were told hydrofracking would lead to energy independence and end wars for oil. Homeland Security? I don't think so. Instead, oil and gas companies now want to export our energy reserves to boost their own profits.
Any renegotiation of NAFTA must include replacing the ISDS corporate court system, which tilts the playing field in favor of multinational capital, with strong standards that protect workers and the environment in every country.
Montana's Greg Gianforte and Ryan Zinke are are among the Republican lawmakers who feel empowered by President Trump to go out and take public lands for private use. Many Americans will make sure this doesn't happen, and here's why.
There’s broad agreement in our country, and across party lines, that we need more good jobs and to rebuild our nation’s crumbling infrastructure. The good news is there is a plan to get us there, but it's not the one Trump wants us to back.
Contrary to what some might have expected, the universe did not explode in an antimatter fireball when these two opposites came together. Nevertheless, the Pope’s dissatisfaction, and their different views of justice, are plain to see.
We need to do more than assail the heartless new Trump administration budget. We need to understand its deep roots in our chronic and continuing maldistribution of income and wealth, and the ways we justify this inequality to ourselves.
Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget raises a long, fat middle finger to the working class voters who helped to put him in office; it's a stunning betrayal. Far worse is that it opens the door for Republicans in Congress to do extreme damage.
Betsy DeVos wants to give your tax dollars to private schools and businesses, and tell you it's an education "transformation." She's eager to "get Washington and the Federal bureaucracy out of the way," but she wants you to pay for it.
The Trump administration's 2018 budget proposal makes plain its vision for America: one where the sick, children, families and the disabled are sacrificed for tax breaks for the very wealthiest and giveaways to trillion-dollar corporations.
Joe Padilla and Egle Malinauskaite are part of a group marching 200 miles from Chicago to the Illinois State Legislature in Springfield. They hope to break a logjam that has kept Illinois without a state budget for more than two years.
They're proposing bold ideas - but not bold enough. Democrats need to take on the billionaires and corporate interests that have suborned democracy and hijacked our economy if they want to win back voters.
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