VOICES FOR CHANGE

Back to School and to Widening Inequality
Robert Reich
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American kids are getting ready to head back to school. But the schools they’re heading back to differ dramatically by family income.

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Work and Worth
Robert Reich
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What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society.

 

Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

 

On the other hand, what’s the worth to society of social workers who put in long and difficult hours dealing with patients suffering from mental ...

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Five Facts for the Dangerously Deluded Education Reformers
Paul Buchheit
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Free-market capitalists view education in terms of products and profits. The products, to them, are our children. The profits go to savvy business people who use a "freedom to choose" rallying cry to convince parents that they're somehow being cheated by an equal-opportunity public school system.Education reformers focus on privatization, public program cutbacks, and plenty of revenue-producing testing. There are at least five truths about education reform that suggest ...

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The Journey to Self-Awareness
Robert J. Burrowes
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Self-awareness is the capacity to pay conscious attention to all aspects of yourself: to use sensory capacities such as sight, hearing and touch to provide accurate information about the external world; to use feelings such as thirst, hunger, nausea, dizziness and physical pain to provide accurate information about the state of your body and what it needs; to use memory to store and provide access to learning from past experience; to use your 'truth register' to detect ...

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The Last Commencement Address
Tom Engelhardt
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Internet Class of 2014, I’m in awe of you! To this giant, darkened auditorium filled with sparkling screens of every sort, welcome! 

It would, of course, be inaccurate to say, as speakers like me once did, that after four years of effort and experience you are now about to leave the hallowed halls of this campus and graduate into a new and adult world.  The odds are that you aren’t.  You were graduated into that world long ago.  ...

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Wall Street’s Bonus Inflation
Jim Hightower
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Not too many years ago, any news story about bonus money would’ve been about some 20-year-old baseball player — an up-and-coming superstar getting $100,000 or so on top of his salary as an extra incentive to join the Yankees, Giants, or whatever team.

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Israel’s War on American Universities
Chris Hedges
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The banning of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Northeastern University in Boston on March 7, along with a university threat of disciplinary measures against some of its members, replicates sanctions being imposed against numerous student Palestinian rights groups across the country. The attacks, and the disturbingly similar forms of punishment, appear to be part of a coordinated effort by the Israeli government and the Israel lobby to blacklist all student groups ...

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The Highly Educated Working Poor: Adjunct Professors
Jim Hightower
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There's a growing army of the working poor in our U.S. of A., and big contingents of it are now on the march. They're strategizing, organizing and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around America's neck by the likes of Wal-Mart, McDonald's and colleges.

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Universal Pre-K? Ask These Red State Republicans and Then Ask Grover Norquist
Joe Conason
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Among the biggest policy mistakes of the past 50 years is our continuing failure to provide quality early childhood education to all of America's kids. For children, families and society as a whole, the benefits of "universal pre-K" are not only significant and well-documented, but offset the financial cost many times over. Although we've been aware of these basic facts since the early '60s, most politicians have preferred to squander billions of dollars ...

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A Poor Educational System
Jim Hightower
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There’s a growing army of the working poor in our nation, and big contingents of these folks are now on the march. They’re strategizing, organizing, and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around America’s neck by the likes of Walmart, McDonald’s, and colleges.

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The Connection Between Poverty and Education
David Sirota
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Google the phrase "education crisis" and you'll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency. Much of this agitprop additionally asserts that teachers unions are the primary cause of the alleged problem. Not surprisingly, the fabulists ...

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The New High School Diploma
David Sirota
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Whether or not President Obama's recent education-themed speeches are in direct response to Matt Taibbi's must-read Rolling Stone magazine article on the college loan crisis, it is great news that the White House is now taking the crisis more seriously. The credit bubble in college loans has ballooned into a systemic threat to the nation's economy. Additionally, as Taibbi documents, economic and political trends are now forcing an entire generation into a truly ...

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A Civics Lesson from America’s Education Debate
David Sirota
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Paradoxes come in all different forms, but here's one that perfectly fits this Gilded Age: The most significant lesson from the ongoing debate about American education has little to do with schools and everything to do with money. This lesson comes from a series of recent scandals that expose the financial motives of the leaders of ...

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Solving the Student Debt Crisis
Jim Hightower
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Well, finally! Hard-right congressional leaders and the Obama White House ultimately agreed that interest rates on student loans should not double to nearly 7 percent, as they let happen early in July. Instead, college students will be billed at a rate that will steadily rise to above 8 percent.

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Forget Student Loans: Make Higher Ed Free
Jim Hightower
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Well, finally! Hard-right congressional leaders and the Obama White House have agreed that interest rates on student loans should not double to nearly 7 percent, as they let happen early in July. Instead, college students will be billed at a rate that will steadily rise higher than 8 percent.

This is progress?

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Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?
Ellen Brown
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On July 1, interest rates will double for millions of students – from 3.4% to 6.8% – unless Congress acts; and the legislative fixes on the table are largely just compromises. Only one proposal promises real relief – Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on ...

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Let Us Commence Toward the Common Good
Jim Hightower
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Ironically, June is both the month of the summer solstice and of America's biggest annual blizzard.

I don't mean a weather event blowing in from the Arctic, but a merciless ...

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Student Loans on the Cheap
Dean Baker
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Last month Senator Elizabeth Warren put forward her first bill as a senator, a proposal to allow students to borrow for college at a 0.75 percent interest rate, the same rate that the Federal Reserve Board charges banks for borrowing reserves. In putting forward the bill Warren noted the rapid run up in student debt at a time when recent graduates face an especially bleak job ...

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Just Begin
Tom Engelhardt
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Here may be the most commonplace sentence anyone could write about graduation day in any year: when I think back to my own graduation in 1966, an eon, a lifetime, a world ago, I have no memory of who addressed us.  None.  I have a little packet of photos of the event: shots of my ...

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How to Get Fit Without Really Trying
Froma Harrop
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We may not have time for exercise, but there's always time to read about exercise. And while the motivation to exercise may not be tops, the motivation to shop for "aids" to exercise seems forever strong.

Both activities offer the gratifying sense that we're getting somewhere, fitness-wise. We know that at some ...

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The Hidden Story Behind Student Loan Debt
Jasmine Tucker and Robin Claremont
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

The Supreme Court

Join the dissent and stop CEOs in America from “forcing their personal beliefs on employees.” Take action and tell lawmakers to give us back control of our own bodies.

Immigration

Protesters staged a demonstration in Washington D.C. on Thursday rallying together against President Obama’s expected announcement of changed to immigration policies.

Economy

After a long battle to reclaim the supermarket, protesters are elated that CEO Arthur T. Demoulas will once again oversee day-to-day operation of the food chain.

Human Rights

As racism and workers rights are being compromised, here are a few protests from the past week that brought the world together in solidarity.

Human Rights

As the family opens the funeral to the public, their message is fierce, “We must never forget this murder.”

Genetically Modified Foods

We must continue the fight for GMO labeling at the state level and help Vermont become the first state to mandate GMO labeling.

Bee Protection

Pollinating insects, such as bees are vital to the world.

FCC

When giant companies try to get bigger, you know trouble is bound to occur.

Oil

Two activists locked themselves to a pipeline construction truck, earlier this week, in attempt to halt the expansion of Line 6B.

Fracking

Fracking pollution poses a great threat to state’s air and water, but the government has never collected the data needed to determine extent of danger and future destruction.

Workers’ Rights

It is our responsibility to tell the Department of Labor to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees just like all of the other federal minimum wages that have increased.

Police Brutality

When exercising your rights to peacefully protest or join a peaceful demonstration, you have to keep in mind that it could very well turn into a bloody riot.

Gaza Strip

Israel and Palestinians are finally able to see the light now that they have both agreed to a long-term ceasefire.

Pesticides

Residents are outrages after a judge in Kaua'i, Hawaii ruled in favor of chemical companies for blocking the ordinance.

Environment

Take action and help protect sea turtles against illegal poaching by asking the Mexican government to promote and support coastal communities’ ecotourism and sustainable travel.

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