Owen Davis, Truthout: In New Jersey, free-market education reformers like Chris Christie justify charter school growth on the basis of fair competition and parent demand. But behind the scenes, budget austerity and little-known development incentives have together loaded the dice for charter schools.
Alicia Criado, Truthout: Census data helps identify racial and ethnic disparities in not only wealth-building, but also in education, employment and health. Lumping all Latinos together as a monolithic group isn’t the solution to identifying socioeconomic injustice.
Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish, Truthout: The imagination can be the catalyst for collective liberation, but only if we embrace radical ideas and radical practices, open ourselves to the possibility that our world could be radically different and refuse to be conscripted to the reproduction of injustice.
Liana Lopez, Yes! Magazine: In this final year of the Tar Sands Healing Walk, organizers of the indigenous-led movement were quick to point out that their fight is not yet won. Far from it, as tar sands extraction is ramping up in Canada.
Mariam Elba, Waging Nonviolence: Protests against Islamic State persecution of Iraqi Christians have swept the streets, with Muslims and Christians participating together in marches and mobilizations.
Marjorie Cohn, Jurist: By sending vast amounts of military aid to Israel, US lawmakers have aided and abetted the commission of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity by Israeli officials and commanders in Gaza.
James Anderson, ROAR Magazine: Berlin-born theorist Herbert Marcuse provided a critique of modern domination that inspired student-worker uprisings in May 1968 and influenced the New Left, including students at the University of California.
Todd Miller, NACLA: The defense of Palestinian and immigrant children converged at a recent Los Angeles march, in response to the similar strategies of dehumanization used to justify violence against them.
Ruth Conniff, PRWatch: If elected governor of Illinois, tax-dodging one-percenter Bruce Rauner may well support legislation to loosen the rules and help other wealthy investors and corporations avoid taxes by parking their assets abroad.
Sarah Streat and Katherine Paul, Organic Consumers Association: Destruction of land and soil by unsustainable farming isn’t inevitable. We can change it in large part through “regenerative agriculture,” in combination with reducing fossil fuel emissions and reversing global deforestation.
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