Mike Ludwig, Truthout: After one investigation surrounding a well-known anti-sex trafficking activist, Somaly Mam, sex worker rights activists have been busy working to expose another former sex worker’s story as a sensational, dishonest trafficking narrative, good for fundraising but bad for human rights and public policy.
Harry Stein, Next New Deal: Defenders of tax breaks for investment income argue they encourage savings and grow the economy, but there’s no obvious relationship of their contribution to economic growth.
Chris Moore-Backman, Truthout: Susan Burton’s A New Way of Life Reentry Project is a sort of underground railroad for people returning home from prison that helps them find food, shelter and work – and models how to embrace those labeled “criminals.”
Lisa Graves, PRWatch: Many commentators have noted that the father of the controversial Koch brothers, Fred Koch, was a leader of the John Birch Society from its founding in 1958 until his death in 1967. Documents reveal Charles Koch followed his father’s footsteps.
Kanya D’Almeida, Inter Press Service: Scattered amongst the barracks of this planetary war zone are scores of white flags, wielded daily by the many millions of people engaged in nonviolent resistance to the forces that threaten their existence.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: Nuclear power never has been and never will be safe, and the only way for us to guarantee that there won’t be any more disasters in Japan and around the world is to abandon nuclear power once and for all.
Bethan Staton, Waging Nonviolence: Despite Israeli military bombardment and displays of violent, deadly racism in response to the murder of three Jewish teenagers, both Palestinian and Israeli activists are building networks for a peaceful future.
Michael Grabell, ProPublica: A federal report on the gruesome accident that buried a temp worker alive in sugar and killed him reveals how difficult a challenge regulators face in changing the way temp workers are treated.
Eleanor J. Bader, Truthout: In his book Venceremos, author Gabriel San Roman writes that assassinated Marxist Chilean president Salvador Allende’s Popular Unity Coalition was aided by Nueva Cancion, “the strongest folk music movement in Latin American history.”
Kevin Matthews, Care2: Let’s not kid ourselves. When politicians are treated to $10,000-plus getaways, someone is expecting something in return. Until recently, politicians had to disclose such trips on financial disclosure forms that the public could access. Now this requirement has been removed.
David Kotz, Popular Economics: A volunteer for the civil rights-era Mississippi Freedom Summer recalls the project, whose subtext was “to force America to face the oppression and violence in Mississippi,” with hopes of resulting in wider change.
Amy Goodman and Aaron Maté, Democracy Now!: New documents show billionaire oil industrialist Charles Koch was, like his father Fred, an active member of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society during its campaigns against the civil rights movement in the 1960s.