David “Goldy” Goldstein, YES! Magazine: Seattle’s path to a $15 minimum wage is a winding tale of effective organizing, smart messaging and luck. It is also a roadmap for bypassing partisan gridlock one city at a time.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: Unless students are empowered to help shape their own educations, and use their skills and energy to fight for justice and make their neighborhoods better places , there will be little progress in solving the nation’s most pressing problems, Mark Naison, author of Bad Ass Teachers Unite, tells Truthout.
Mathias Quackenbush, Truthout: The US government’s complicity in the Israeli siege of Gaza is no secret, but what remains in the shadows, however, is the alarming extent to which United States corporations like Honeywell profit from the Israeli war machine.
John Feffer, Foreign Police In Focus: Ebola is bad news, but it hasn’t generated the same kind of fury as that other fast-spreading scourge, namely the Islamic State. The recent beheading of US journalist James Foley has ratcheted up the outrage of American observers.
Betsy Hartmann, Truthout: It is perhaps not surprising that Homeland Security set up its immigrant detention center for children and families crossing the border in Artesia, New Mexico, where children went to school in an underground shelter in the ’60s, amid the bleak nuclear landscape.
Ted Asregadoo, Truthout: Ted Asregadoo speaks to English Professor Adam Bessie and Graphic Journalist Dan Carino about Bill Gates’ free-market education reform movement that emphasizes a more technocratic and quantitatively rigid curriculum.
Nadine Bloch, Waging Nonviolence: Farmers, janitors, musicians and fire fighters have found ways to wield their ordinary tools in extraordinary protests. Here are examples of some of the most iconic forms of activism.
Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report: The people of Ferguson had no power brokers dissuading protest, claiming to speak for them or cutting deals behind their backs. So they took to the streets day after day and worldwide media attention soon followed.
Tanisha C. Ford, The Feminist Wire: Trans women of color are fighting to gain greater visibility for trans issues while also creating safe spaces for themselves. Far too often the voices of women at the vanguard of the movement who do not have a global platform are pushed to the margins of our social and political consciousness.
Anis Shivani raises doubts about the utopian promises laid out by technology enthusiasts and scientists; Joe Uehlein draws parallels between the Great Depression and conditions in the current recession and suggests a revitalized green Labor movement; The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation says the tiny Marshall Islands nation will continue in its quest to force the US to comply with its commitments under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty;Fran Shor discusses the racism that remains embedded in American football; the Rev. Samuel Weddington notes apartheid roots of the crackdown in Ferguson; Laura Finleyasks us to reconsider shelters for housing domestic violence victims; Dean Baker points out the New York Times missed the mark in its criticism of French economic policy and excoriates public funding for inflated university president pay; Ben Ptashnik and Victoria Collier report on the activism surrounding the resumption of water shut-offs in Detroit;Reprieve criticizes Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for refusing to release video tapes of Guantanamo detainees being force fed; Emily Homrok raises concerns over the racial composition of wrongful convictions; Gabriel San Roman interviews Tomas Moniz of Rad Dad Magazine on discussing radical politics with children; Kathy Kelly illustrates the hardship of gaining even a basic education in Afghanistan; Roger Annis points to fascist participation in fundraising by Ukrainian activists in Canada and details misconceptions about the roots of conflict in Ukraine; Guerry Hoddersen reviews Ms. Anna and the Tears from the Healing Tree, a book about racial pain and healing in the United States; and more.