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08
Nov
2017

Home of the Brave

By gwen,

[caption id="attachment_5381" align="alignleft" width="500"] Kirby Lee | USA Today[/caption]   It’s football season again, and more than a year since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked a movement popularly dubbed as “taking the knee.” If Kaepernick drew support – kneelers range from women soccer stars to high school…

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08
Nov
2017

Food, Wages & Equity

By levi,

  WPFW – Arise! Low wages and diminished quality of life has plagued many Americans for decades. The average “middle class” family – unable to afford an emergency that exceeds $400 – has been shoved into the growing ranks of the working poor. But, what happens when the “emergency” is…

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08
Nov
2017

No Holiday for Hunger

By llenda,

Zip codes surrounding our nation’s capital reflect an unparalleled perch of privilege, influence, and access. But in this land of plenty, far too many residents face a daily struggle with hunger and malnutrition. Organizations are fighting back. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we spotlight some of the leading food justice…

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09
Oct
2017

Ingredients for Progressive Change

By gwen,

[caption id="attachment_4347" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Restaurateur Andy Shallal blends menu for action and change at DC Area Busboys and Poets[/caption]   The novelist Aldous Huxley once said: ‘Liberties are not given; they are taken.’ We are not given our liberties by the Bill of Rights, certainly not by the government which…

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09
Oct
2017

I, too, Read America: Fall Reading List

By levi,

The American Experiment is a never-ending combination of hues, beliefs, cultures and languages from across the globe. Our literary canon is fueled by the rich perspectives and histories of our neighbors, friends, advocates and critics. This month, in honor of the immigrant experience, here’s a few of our favorite reads…

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09
Oct
2017

Hailing Columbus Day ~ Myth Busters of a Mariner Lost At Sea

By llenda,

A fitting tribute to “Columbus Day” is to explode myths that surround this explorer. We share a few facts to counter the fictions which mark the observance.   Myth 1: Columbus set out to prove the world was round. He was more than a little late to the party—a couple…

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18
Sep
2017

Danny Glover Beyond Labor Day

By gwen,

[caption id="attachment_4321" align="alignleft" width="450"] Photo by Lindsay Keys | IG: @LindsayKeys[/caption]   It started as a private conversation with my friend Danny Glover. He had just completed a protracted war in Mississippi working with the United Auto Workers to organize a Nissan plant. As a fitting homage to Labor Day,…

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01
Sep
2017

#LaborReads

By llenda,

As we mark Labor Day and the movement that brought us accepted norms ranging from the 40-hour work week to protections against child labor abuses, here’s some good reads chronicling labor struggles.   The Jackson Project Phil Cohen’s memoir gets it right. Taking readers inside his local union and the…

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