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Three Ways to Raise Wages

December 10, 2014
For a lot of working people, this holiday season will be one of belt-tightening rather than shopping sprees. Let’s face it, our wages just aren’t keeping up the way they used to. Here’s a fact: Average income for the least rich 90% of us has been flat since the 1970s, although people are working more hours. Not a recipe for a holiday-buying bonanza. The answer isn’t to cut back even more, it’s to raise wages. One sure way to put more money in consumers’ pockets and place upward pressure on pay is by raising the minimum wage—a sorely needed move that is stymied in Congress, although 20 states...
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Report From My Town: The Berkeley ‘Looters’ Are White

December 9, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. – On Sunday, I achieved a milestone: I finished a 13.1-mile trail run largely uphill just north of San Francisco. When I was done, I could barely walk, but I was on a high: I did it! When I got back to my car, my heart seemed to skip a beat. I had a couple of missed phone calls and urgent text messages from family out east wondering if I had survived the “riots” and “looting” in Berkeley. I bristled at the use of the words because they are so racially charged. Whether the aftermath of the Rodney King beating or Katrina , “looting” is a word often used as racist shorthand to...
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Talking to White Boys About Ferguson

December 3, 2014
What is the best way to be an ally right now? It isn’t enough to say that I was heartbroken, furious, and frustrated on Monday night . Decrying the decision not to indict Darren Wilson on social media is insufficient - mine is just another tiny voice in the hurricane of public outrage. And, while down here in Whoville, our collective clamor may lead to some change down the road, I know of one way I can make an impact right now. I am the mother of two white males. As a Mom of two white boys, I have the shared worries every parent does about scraped knees, failed math tests and broken hearts;...
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A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

November 26, 2014
In the wake of Ferguson and a series of young Black male deaths at the hands of official law enforcement personnel (and one self-appointed neighborhood watchman who cost Trayvon Martin his life), I hope we will use this November time of Thanksgiving and celebration of Native American Heritage month by some first Americans, as an opportunity for national and personal soul searching and discussion about what it means to be an American. I also hope we will recommit to doing what we can to serve, speak up, and work with others to build a nation where every child is safe, seen, heard, respected...
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A Mother's Worry

November 25, 2014
I am the mother of two Black boys. As any mother would, I worry about my children every day—that I might have to rush one of them to the hospital with a broken bone, that they might experience bullying, or that they might one day have to feel the sting of heartbreak. I suspect Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, worried about some of these things too. But she should never have had to worry that a police officer—whose job it is to uphold the law—might have killed her unarmed son. In case any of you have been living under a rock, last August Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson...
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BREAKING - No indictment. Enough is enough.

November 24, 2014
It’s time to make our voices heard to end racial profiling and to advance police reform.Enough is enough.
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How far would you go to protect your family?

November 24, 2014
I now understand the idea of parents being willing to do “anything” for their children. Sometimes you have to fight to protect your family--- at the voting booth, in a courtroom or even in your own community.
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After the Election: Organize, Mobilize, Agitate…then Vote.

November 24, 2014
This post, authored by Florida State Senator Dwight Bullard, originally appeared on TalkPoverty.org . State Senator Dwight Bullard urges Americans to continue the fight for policies that support working families . TalkPoverty.org is dedicated to demonstrating that we know how to dramatically reduce poverty; we just need to build the political will. Make sure to like TalkPoverty on Facebook and follow us on Twitter ! Editor’s Note: On the weekend following the election, the Half in Ten campaign co-hosted a poverty summit in Miami, Florida with Catalyst Miami , a non-profit organization...
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Learning to Love What You Have

November 21, 2014
In a season focused on gratitude, 17-year-old Monica Chica has an attitude about choosing to be grateful that’s wise far beyond her years: “The most important lesson I learned is that being happy is not about having with you what you loved in the past, but learning to love what you have in the present.” Monica learned this lesson the hard way. She grew up in El Salvador where her father was a lawyer and teacher and her mother was a doctor. Monica’s mother suffered from Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a nervous system disorder which caused her a lot of weakness and pain. The disease often left her...
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Many Paths to Succeed

November 19, 2014
For a long time, we’ve assumed there was one path to success for America’s kids: College prep courses in high school followed by four or more years of a college education. But that formula leaves a lot of people out...
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