Give Money to Main Street A makeshift memorial for shooting victim Michael Brown stands in Canfield Drive, where Brown was shot, in Ferguson, Missouri, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. The Missouri grand jury that began considering evidence today in the police killing of the unarmed man won't decide whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson until October "at the earliest," a spokesman for the local prosecutor said. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images White Self-Pity Big-Time College Sports Hillary on Ferguson working for peace Dems Will Hold Senate Nation in Chains

Education Reform

Big-Time College Sports

Big-Time College Sports Out of Control?

Frank Fear: Underlying questions—rarely answered, let alone raised–include: How do big-time athletic programs square with the fundamental purpose of higher education? How might schools (and governing bodies) put in place institutional controls to manage the downside of the athletic programs they’ve built?

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Prison Reform

Mass Incarceration Inhumanity

Mass Incarceration’s Real Problem: Inhumanity

Jonathan Simon: We may disagree on who belongs and who does not belong in prison, or on how long prison sentences should be, or what goals those sentences should be meted out to accomplish. But one thing we should not, must not disagree on, is that those prisons should be humane.

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Progressive Issues

Achieving Social Change

Timeless Relevance: “Turn, Turn, Turn” at 50

Frank Fear: The “me-first,” self-absorbed ethic is a well-developed social pathology. America, the patient, is in triage. It will take incredible energy and effort—undertaken with wise, strategic, and ingenious intent—to accomplish the “turn” this country so desperately needs.

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Ecomomic Justice

Give Money to Main Street

Time to Rain Money on Main Street

Ellen Brown: When an article appears in Foreign Affairs, the mouthpiece of the policy-setting Council on Foreign Relations, recommending that the Federal Reserve do a money drop directly on the 99%, you know the central bank must be down to its last bullet.

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Middle East

Obama Middle East Choices

Obama’s Sand Trap

Tom Hayden: His military and diplomatic advisers are not useful caddies, because they are handing him the wrong clubs, military ones, for a struggle, which he says has no military solution.

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Immigration Reform

Obama Call Congress Back

Should President Obama Call Congress Back?

Brent Budowsky: Obama should take a page from Harry Truman in 1948: Prepare the most expansive executive orders on immigration that his attorneys believe is constitutional and call Congress back into session this month to pass a major program to dramatically increase spending to defend our borders.

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Law and Justice

Who Are Police Killing

Who Are Police Killing?

Mike Males: In the late 1960s, nearly 100 young black men under age 25 were killed by law enforcement every year.


Don’t Shoot: Respect, Guide and Inspire

Mark Naison: I am haunted by the death of Michael Brown because I have worked with young people in highly charged settings and have seen what they can accomplish when people who command their respect guide them, challenge them, inspire them and love them.

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Los Angeles

Raise LA Valley Interfaith Council

Raise LA! at Valley Interfaith Council on Labor Day

Rachel Torres, lead community organizer with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE) and UNITE HERE Local 11, will speak at the Valley Interfaith Council’s (VIC) Annual Labor Day Program to be held at 5 pm on Monday

Better Wages Less Commuting

More Money, Less Carbon

Walker Foley: People earning less than $25,000 annually made up 34% of car commuters and 48% of carpools in 2013. Not surprisingly, lower wage earners rely more on automobiles to commute further distances to work.

Happy birthday, Sonjia -- Dick & Sharon

Burying Our Babies: Letter from L.A. to Ferguson

Sikivu Hutchinson: Year after year the litany of the dead, black folk criminally robbed of victimhood, shattered any pretense of innocence, protection or security in “tidy” neighborhoods like ours, neighborhoods bright-eyed, bushy tailed white reporters doing ghetto fieldwork were always surprised to know existed.

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Elections and Campaigns

Dems Will Hold Senate

10 reasons Why Dems Will Hold Senate

Denis Campbell: The American electorate is tired of the dysfunction and lack of work from this Congress. This is the biggest problem facing the Republican/GOP/Tea Party and why popping champagne corks is very premature, no matter what so-called ‘expert pollsters’ say!

Kay Hagan North Carolina

Why Hagan Wins North Carolina

Brent Budowsky: The fact that Hagan is still standing after millions of dollars’ worth of personal attacks against her, financed by out-of-state ultra-conservative and hyperpartisan GOP money from the Koch brothers and others, is a testament to her political resilience

Al Sharpton HIllary Clinton

Will Al Sharpton Become a Thorn in Hillary’s Side?

Nia-Malika Henderson: Clinton could be facing a generation of social media savvy black voters and other media types who are tired of the idea of a designated “black leader,” possibly let down by Obama, and who are looking for a more up-front examination and response to racism.

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