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Four Ways Biden and the Democrats Can Spur Real Economic Justice

by Dennis Parker | Mar 11, 2021 | Economy, Opinion

Rampant economic inequality in the United States demands structural solutions centered on racial justice. Income inequality and unequal access to jobs, health care, and benefits disproportionately harm Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Racial inequity in wages already costs the U.S. economy about $2.3 trillion per year. President Biden has stated his administration will prioritize […]

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis

Defend Voting Rights, Abolish the Filibuster

by Andrew Cohen | Mar 5, 2021 | Opinion, Politics

  After the impeachment and acquittal of Donald Trump, we now confront the Republican party we have—not the one the nation needs, not the one we grew up with, and certainly not the one moored to conservative principles or moral judgment or even shame. Once Republicans stopped competing for votes through policy, once they resorted […]

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Cops in the U.S.

A Former Beat Cop Looks to Europe for Solutions to the Problems of American Policing

by David DeBatto | Mar 1, 2021 | Opinion, Politics

  Police officers in the United States use deadly force far more often than police in Europe, in many cases 10 to 20 times more often. American police departments also have much shorter initial training periods than European police departments; focus less on “soft skills” such as problem-solving, community relations, and de-escalation; and also require […]

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NY City Council meeting

Congress Needs to Get Back to Work

by Allison Fine | May 14, 2020 | Opinion, Politics

Nearly everyone has found a way to stay connected and keep operating during the Covid-19 crisis. Doctors are consulting with patients online. Senior citizens in assisted living facilities have learned how to Zoom on iPads to talk with their families. Even the U.S. Supreme Court is continuing to deliberate and hold oral arguments, using old-fashioned […]

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Kauai Beach Sunset

The Island and The Virus

by Lou Dubose | Apr 14, 2020 | Opinion

On a Wednesday two weeks ago, I stopped to talk to two tourists sitting in hotel chaise longues. Their flight home to Berlin was canceled. They were two of seven remaining guests occupying three of the Kauai Sheraton’s 391 beachfront rooms. The morning was overcast, the trades blowing a little stronger than usual. And the […]

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