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With victory in L.A., the $15 minimum wage fight goes...

May 27, 2015On Labor Day last year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti went to a celebration in a park on the south end of the city and announced what he called “the largest anti-poverty program in the city’s history”: boosting the minimum wage to $13.25 per hour by 2017. It was an ambitious move for a town that hadn’t recovered quite as strongly from the recession as two of its northern neighbors —...

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NCF, Other Major Foundations Call on SEC to Require Public...

May 26, 2015Secret money in politics, especially the corporate variety, has been controversial ever since the Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in the Citizens United case. Now, about 70 charitable foundations are asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to end that secrecy.Read more or listen to the story (via NPR)

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Saqib Bhatti: Chicagoans Need a Financial Plan That Puts...

April 22, 2015On Tuesday night, Chicago voters reelected Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a race that was widely perceived as a showdown between the neoliberal and progressive wings of the Democratic Party. However, the election outcome should not be seen as a rejection of a real progressive agenda with alternatives to austerity. Emanuel defeated Jesus “Chuy” Garcia at the ballot box by turning the election into a...

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An Environmentalist Call to Look Past Sustainable...

April 14, 2015The average citizen of Nepal consumes about 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a year. Cambodians make do with 160. Bangladeshis are better off, consuming, on average, 260.Then there is the fridge in your kitchen. A typical 20-cubic-foot refrigerator — Energy Star-certified, to fit our environmentally conscious times — runs through 300 to 600 kilowatt-hours a year.Read More (Via The New York...

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PRRI Survey Results Indicate That The GOP Is Out Of Touch...

March 5, 2015CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS are so busy this week flirting with a partial government shutdown — their target is the Department of Homeland Security and its 240,000 employees — that they may have missed fresh evidence of how badly out of step with the American public they are on the issue of illegal immigration.Read More (Via The Washington Post)

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Net Neutrality Activists Take Civil Rights Fight to...

February 25, 2015In the lead-up to the FCC's pivotal net neutrality vote on Thursday, civil rights and media justice organizations across the United States are taking theirdemands for an open internet to the store-fronts of the telecommunications giants that continue to aggressively fight the protections.Read More (Via Common Dreams)

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Stanley Nelson and ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the...

February 9, 2015Stanley Nelson has to admit that his timing was good. His new documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” is starting to play at festivals — it had its premiere at Sundance last month — in the wake of the nationwide protests over police killings of African-American men in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island. The moment is right for a documentary history of the Panthers, with its...

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FCC: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality

February 6, 2015After more than a decade of debate and a record-setting proceeding that attracted nearly 4 million public comments, the time to settle the Net Neutrality question has arrived. This week, I will circulate to the members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules to preserve the internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression. This proposal is rooted in long-...

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