William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: We all like to believe in the concept of progress, but the fact that hyper-weaponized police forces are laying unarmed Black men low left and right without consequence makes claims there has been progress against racism in this country doubtful.
Aaron Cantú, Truthout: The Grange – whose members are called “grangers” – is one of the oldest civic institutions for farmers in the United States, but resistance to Big Ag’s agenda is creating a rift between old and new grangers.
Charles Ornstein, Lena Groeger and Ryann Grochowski Jones, ProPublica: An analysis found that many health insurance plans offered in the federal Affordable Care Act marketplace are changing their benefits heading into 2015. Consumers have until December 15 to switch plans before they are automatically re-enrolled.
Lisa Graves, PR Watch: While ALEC crows about the midterm elections, nearly 100 private sector funders have left the group since 2011. Mega-corporations like Google, Facebook, Yelp, Yahoo, Overstock.com, SAP America, AOL and Emerson Electric are all announcing that they have left ALEC or will soon leave.
Ryan Alexander, OtherWords: Giving oil and gas companies royalty-free fuel is a huge waste of taxpayer money. Gas companies drilling on federal lands have avoided paying over $380 million in royalties on the fuel they’ve extracted over the past eight years.
Making Contact, National Radio Project: Over 6,000 migrant deaths were recorded on the US side of the border with Mexico between 1998 and 2013. The true number of deaths is likely higher, and thousands of families never hear from their loved ones again.
Daniel F. Becker and James Gerstenzang, Los Angeles Times: General Motors’ safety record is still being justly vilified, most recently for an ignition defect blamed for at least 33 deaths.
Bruce Dancis, The Sacramento Bee: An antiwar activist looks back on his actions opposing a war he considered “immoral, illegal and unjust,” and reflects on his disappointment that the movement opposing the Vietnam War failed to stop it sooner.
Bill Blunden, Truthout: Several high profile figures have openly extolled the virtues of commercial technology as a means of remediation for surveillance by the NSA. That a journalist like Glenn Greenwald would accept guarantees of genuine protection from corporations like Google or Apple is an ominous sign.
Kevin Fong, YES! Magazine: From law enforcement officers to sports team owners, we’re hearing plenty of stories of white men behaving badly. Even the most decent and principled ones have to exercise muscles of consciousness they haven’t needed to use before.
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