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Maria J. Stephan: Achieving a Multiracial Democracy

King understood that no single approach would be sufficient to combat the interconnected evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism. 

January 16, 2023 · 4 Comments

Rev. William J. Barber II, Karen Dolan: This is an Election Americans Cannot Afford to Lose

The stakes for America’s poor and low-income families are huge this election.

November 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Shailly Gupta Barnes: The War on Immigrants is a War on all Americans

In states across the country, cynical politicians are turning a humanitarian crisis into political theater.

October 25, 2022 · 3 Comments

Rev. Dr. William Barber: This Vote That I Have…

We must come together as a coalition powerful enough to end and overcome the suppression and organize the resurrection of fusion politics in the South.

March 13, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jake Johnson: Poor People’s Campaign Readies ‘Massive, Nonviolent’ Effort to Save Democracy

“We are not in this for a moment, but for a movement,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. “Our deadline is victory.”

January 17, 2022 · 1 Comment

Jane Taylor: Poverty

O then, let the wealthy and gay
But see such a hovel as this,
That in a poor cottage of clay
They may know what true misery is.

January 7, 2022 · Leave a comment

Robin Broad, John Cavanagh: Water is Life. Can We Protect it?

Americans will have to fight hard to protect their water from corporate greed. They can learn a lot from El Salvador.

March 31, 2021 · 1 Comment

Liz Theoharis: The Nation Must Have the Moral Courage To Carry on the Work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Many have claimed that those rioters (and the president’s infamous “base” more generally) were all, in essence, poor, working-class white people. In reality, however, among those who have led such racist attacks are business leaders, executives, and multimillionaires.

January 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Liz Theoharis: The Rise of Christian Nationalism in America

The gospel doesn’t talk about the inevitability of poverty or the need for charity, but the responsibilities of the ruling authorities to all people and the possibility of abundance for all.

October 1, 2020 · 9 Comments

Reverend Dr. Liz Theoharis, Stephen Miles: Dismantle the War Economy

To create real security, we must slash the Pentagon budget and invest in meeting everyone’s basic human needs.

June 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Romero: Being Poor

It can be waiting
And telling your children to wait
Wait their whole childhoods away.
It’s knowing they blame you.

September 4, 2019 · 1 Comment

Dr. William J. Barber II, Dr. Liz Theoharis: A Visionary Budget

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster
death, The rape and rot of graft, and
stealth, and lies, We, the people, must
redeem The land…
And make America again!
— Langston Hughes

June 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Weapons of Math Destruction

Mathematical models for everything from marketing to perusing resumes are making inequality and discrimination against the poor and minorities worse.

June 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Peter Certo: Russia was never the real scandal

Evidence of much more serious “collusion” — with corporations and the wealthy — has always been hiding in plain sight. Though these unique excesses of the Trump era have gotten some coverage, they were never treated as the threat to his legitimacy that Russia was.

April 1, 2019 · Leave a comment

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