Jasmine Tucker, Truthout: Lawmakers return to work on September 8 after a five-week recess – many campaigning for re-election in November. Congress has a lot on its plate and only a dozen legislative days before the election to get them done. Here are 10 things lawmakers should tackle this fall.
Mark Karlin, Truthout: In her book that explores the history of unfair US immigration policy, Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal, Aviva Chomsky explains how prejudice and the exploitation of inexpensive labor has increasingly shaped immigration law and lives.
Paul Gottinger and Ken Klipperstein, Truthout: Ferguson area police shot 16 people before shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown. In most cases in which race was known, the victim was black.
Anna Simonton, Oil Change International: The strategy of capturing carbon emissions only to unearth more fossil fuels has paradoxically made its way to the forefront of the federal government’s plans for tackling climate change, thanks in part to support from a plethora of pollutive industries.
Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance: There is no question that the climate crisis is here and is accelerating at a faster pace than predicted. Its effects are widespread and dangerous, yet real solutions are being suppressed.
Terrance Heath, Campaign For America’s Future: Last week, workers in 150 cities took to the streets to demand livable wages for themselves and their families, the right to organize and a better economy for all of us.
Dave Zirin, The Nation: While the NFL’s first openly gay player, Michael Sam, has been picked up by the Dallas Cowboys, the league’s teams had shown hesitance to sign the talented defensive end, supposedly fearing his presence would create a “distraction.”
Josh Davis, Grassroots Economic Organizing: Science shows that rigid hierarchies are bad for the health of everyone in them – except those at the very top. But the good news is, cooperative values and cooperative action are the prescription for combatting these negative effects.
Danny Katch, Socialist Worker: For a more fair and equitable world free of the brutality of racism and disasters like climate change and constant war, we need to struggle for a different world.
Mikey Weinstein, AlterNet: The US Air Force made it mandatory to recite “so help me God’ in its official reenlistment and commissioning oaths, i.e. officers had better repent and swear an oath to “God” or be gone.
Joshua Weiner reports Lyme patients will hold a silent vigil at the New York Times headquarters to protest media silence about Lyme disease; Lawrence Davidson candidly asks whether Israel’s government policies are good for the Jews; Glyn Moody describes Guatemala’s challenge to the so-called “Monsanto Law” written into a trade agreement with the US; Andrew Smolski discusses Latin America as the growing force challenging US global hegemony; Robert Neustadt reflects on how his students have observed the overlap of music and the human tragedy at the US-Mexico border; Jubilee USA announces the UN will vote on a convention that could stop predatory hedge funds from interfering with countries’ financial policies; Graham Peebles reports on the unjust detention and treatment of Ethiopian activist and British citizen Andargachew Tsige; Jan Lundberg decries the modern American celebration of Labor Day as a joke given the decline in workers’ rights and organizing; and more.
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