Jafet Robles of Springfield, Massachusetts went from serving jail time for a drug offense to becoming a gifted grassroots organizer and a leading voice in the fight against mass incarceration.
Hillary Clinton's campaign memoir sparks controversy and debate. Is this useful? While it's unproductive to argue about her personal merits, a fight over what values will drive the Democratic Party into the future is well worth having.
Betsy DeVos says conversations about education should be about "buildings and systems." But the once grand, now crumbling schools St. Louis built for its children remind us the permanency of schools as institutions is important.
America loves entrepreneurs like Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs, right? Think again. It’s incredibly hard for new businesses, no matter how creative, to get financing. And unless we act now, Republicans in Congress will make it even harder.
Americans like to see themselves as heroes to the underdog, but, it's Canada who is riding to the rescue of downtrodden American workers, by demanding union rights in negotiations for a new North American Free Trade Agreement.
The government may stay open, but the fight continues against a GOP budget that wants to cut close to $3 trillion over 10 years from services for lower-income households to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy. The people say "Not one penny."
Donald Trump Jr. told Congress he, Manafort, and Kushner met with Russians hoping to obtain illegal intel on Hillary Clinton, but failed. Sorry, Don: taking a meeting to obtain illegal intel - even if you fail - still counts as conspiracy.
If DeVos really cared about the welfare of students, she would speak out about what her boss President Trump is doing to hundreds of thousands of undocumented students whose fate he has cast to the wind by threatening to abandon DACA.
Climate science tells us more superstorms like Harvey and Irma are coming our way. We should learn how to recover from these disasters in a smart, humane way so that people and communities can truly heal and become more equitable.
While Trump's boasts about crowd size in Houston struck some as self-centered, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos struck a similar tone in Florida against a backdrop of the slow-motion catastrophe striking the state's public schools.
My name is Gerardo, and I live in Colorado. I am one of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who contribute to this country every day, thanks to DACA. If DACA ends, our lives will be on the line. Help us save our dreams.
The Labor Day parades are over. The bands have packed up. The muscular speeches celebrating workers are finished. Now, conservative politicians from Trump on down will revive their systematic efforts to weaken unions and undermine workers.
This Labor Day, the union members and other workers who risked their lives to rescue hurricane victims will be volunteering. They’ll be helping all of those affected by the storm to recover - this weekend and long after.
The sight of thousands displaced by Hurricane Harvey is painfully familiar in New Jersey, where we're still waiting on the help we were promised after Superstorm Sandy. The road home will be long, but we can get there if we work together.
Trump's tax plan is the essential confidence scam: he's peddling a plan that does not yet exist on paper, using populist bluster to sell what will be a one-percenter's dream. The only question is if Americans are gullible enough to buy it.
The President of the United States is a white supremacist. He is not just a defender or apologist for bigots and hatemongers. He is one of them, and no one who’s been paying attention can be shocked to learn this. Here's what that means.
Ted Cruz is a champion hypocrite. He leads Texas Republicans' call for federal disaster aid, yet insists they were right to try to deny aid to those in need after Hurricane Sandy. It's time for Cruz to grow up, and admit he was wrong.
The Trump presidency, like a monster hurricane, is doing unprecedented damage to our democracy and to our progress toward being a nation that is more equitable and fair.
Who benefits most from Wisconsin’s huge new tax subsidy for Foxconn, the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturing giant? Not workers, or the taxpayers who will foot the bill. Meet billionaire Terry Gou.
Many political leaders would rather impose ideological "solutions" from the bag of mirrors known as "choice" – or more accurately "privatization" – than provide the resources we know it takes to ensure high-quality schools.
Here in Phoenix, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what lies ahead for America under Donald Trump. It will look less and less like a nation of laws, and more like Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s lawless Arizona, unless we do something about it now.
There's mounting evidence of widespread teacher shortages. Lousy pay is a problem for sure. But the lack of teachers isn't just an economic problem. It's also cultural. And loudmouth politicians who denigrate teachers aren't helping.
While Steve Bannon's positions on the economy and foreign relations were ignored even before he was fired from the White House, the racist and nationalist themes in Bannon's playbook are certain to survive his departure.
Nobody enjoys the hostile attention that comes when something they’ve said goes viral. I hope the next time you’re tempted to speak out, you do so with humility and compassion. Meanwhile, here are some hints about life in real world.
It doesn’t matter what’s in Trump’s heart or mind. His actions, words and policies, on full display in Phoenix, support and advance racism. Trump is in fact racism’s main spokesperson today, and its main policy advocate.
Let's be clear here. Whenever Trump, his family, administration and campaign, or Putin and Kremlin envoys, bring up “Russian adoptions,” they're really talking about removing U.S. sanctions on Russia. Here's why, and why this matters.
Progressive candidates and office holders have had little to say about school vouchers and charter schools. They'll need to wise up soon, as these policies are rapidly being defined by an emboldened grassroots as not at all progressive.
The widespread outrage sparked by white supremacist violence in Charlottesville may prompt dialogue and action nationwide to promote racial equity, according to leaders from the Virginia city.
For all the harm Steve Bannon has done, he was right to point out that there’s no military solution to North Korea. After Bannon, one has to wonder who will dare suggest anything other than military solutions to Trump.
As Donald Trump unites Democrats on civil rights, healthcare, and immigration, his views on education policy are dividing the party. Democrats in denial of this are only going to make the party’s already marginalized status worse.
Donald Trump has unapologetically poured fuel on the fires of racial hate. What this moment calls for is a resistance that is as morally principled and politically strategic as it is fierce.
As white supremacists and neo-Nazis try to infest our communities with hate, it is important to contest their revisionist history. We should take down their symbols, but also examine the untruths taught in our schools about the Civil War.
A renegotiated NAFTA that subordinates the needs of workers will meet the fate of the now-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal. The humans in the United States, Canada and Mexico won’t be tricked or trickled down on again.
Movements, not politicians, are driving debate within the Democratic Party. The outcome is far from clear, but bemoaning this battle is like decrying the rising of the sun. People are engaged, and the demand for change is real.
Supremacists came to Charlottesville because they’re afraid of change - so afraid, they’re willing to terrorize the rest of us to prevent it. Here's what we can do now to help dismantle racism in Virginia and beyond.
People’s organizations, armed with the peaceful power of the vote, can take back statehouses in Virginia and all across the country, reversing the agenda of helmeted cowards and their allies. Wouldn’t that be the sweetest revenge?
There are only two sides here: Right and wrong. Murderer and victim. Hatred and love. When it really matters, the president of the United States refuses to call terror by its name, or pick a side. But we can.
Betsy DeVos says she supports "great public schools," but her actions show her hypocrisy. She undermines public options, yet favors schools owned by her friends. What she really wants is to tilt the playing field toward private ownership.
Is the anti-Trump resistance evolving into a movement that produces leaders with a mandate to govern with a progressive, grassroots-based agenda? We are seeing evidence that the answer will be a resounding "yes."
It was a big day on Long Island. President Donald Trump was jetting in for a victory lap on health care and some “tough talk” about immigration. Easy, right? Sorry, Donald. Things didn’t work out quite the way you expected!