William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: “I stand with every mother who has heard that bell toll as their child is lowered into the ground because of a gun. There are almost 4,000 such mothers so far this year, with many more to come, because the year is still young, and we still love our guns more than we love our children.”
Gerald Friedman, Dollars & Sense: Growing numbers of Americans no longer hold a regular “job” with a long-term connection to a particular business. Instead, they work “gigs,” where they are employed on a particular task or for a defined time, with little connection to their employer.
Jane McAlevey, Verso: In this excerpt from the new afterword to Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell), Jane McAlevey argues that unions and others serious about changing the conditions of inequality in this country have to stop focusing on wealth inequality and start focusing on the inequality of power.
Mary Bottari, PR Watch: Climate change is real and is impacting every corner of the nation right now, says a report released Tuesday by the Obama administration. The report comes as the Environmental Protection Agency is slated to release proposed emissions standards for existing power plants.
Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins, OtherWords: The Great Recession leveled a blow to the middle and working classes from which they haven’t yet recovered. Aggressively corporate-friendly trade deals, worker-replacing technology, and rampant union-busting are setting up an even bloodier war on labor.
Anne Meador and John Zangas, DC Media Group: Commissioners on an FCC panel which could determine the future of the internet are feeling the heat this week as protest intensifies against a new set of open internet rules proposed by chairman Tom Wheeler.
Wendy R. Weiser, Brennan Center for Justice: The Constitution protects the “basic” democratic right of every American to participate in elections. That should offer solace at a time when self-interested politicians are passing laws that could keep millions from voting. But should we be reassured? Recent Supreme Court decisions give us pause.
Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes: Charter school teachers in Philadelphia are speaking out against their employer taking over another school while ignoring teachers at existing schools. Instead of supporting management’s expansion plans, they’re making common cause with parents at the targeted school.
Andrew DeWit, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Expanding and escalating US-Japan green collaboration would surely do more to foster both countries’ energy and military security than any other move. Considering the geopolitical stakes in East Asia, it is bizarre that years of US military green leadership goes without comment in the relations between the two nations.
David Krieger, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation: One small Pacific nation, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, has decided to take legal action against the nine nuclear-armed countries, which are threatening our common future. The Marshall Islands is taking its case to the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Jaisal Noor, The Real News Network: First Nation activist Clayton Thomas-Muller and journalist Steve Horn discuss reports that the push to force a Senate vote on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been thwarted. The vote was set to take place this week.
Constitutional Creationists Like Scalia Are as Dangerous to the Promise of Democracy as Biblical Creationists
Mark Karlin, BuzzFlash at Truthout: Antonin Scalia, the Federalist Society and most tea-party advocates assert that the US needs to “restore” the original Constitution. What they are really saying is that the US should be run by people like the founding fathers: white males with property.
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