Americans Deserve a Big Raise

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Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: A full-time worker who earns the current minimum wage makes only $15,080 a year. That is 19 percent below the official poverty line for a family of three.

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion No Accident

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Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: Why isn’t the American public calling for the arrest, conviction, and imprisonment of Adair, the owner of the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, where an explosion on April 17 killed 14 people, left 200 others with injuries.

How Shadow Drug Industry Avoids Regulation

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Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: It is time for Congress to put the cop on this pharmaceutical beat before more Americans die from the profits-over-safety priorities of this rogue industry.

Raising the Minimum Wage Is Good for Business (But the Corporate Lobby Doesn’t Think So)

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Peter Dreier and Donald Cohen: Raising the minimum wage is good for business and the overall economy. Why? Because when poor workers have more money to spend, they spend it, almost entirely in the local community, on basic necessities like housing, food, clothing and transportation.

Shut Down the Merchants of Death

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Peter DrDonald Cohen and Peter Dreier: To encourage America’s gun manufacturers to act responsibly, unions, religious organizations, major pension funds and government agencies should withdraw their investments and business dealings from gun manufacturers that make the deadly assault weapons that kill the innocent.eier and Donald Cohen

Obama Won. Now It’s Time to Change the System

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Peter Dreier: As he did during his 2008 campaign, Obama should encourage the organizers and activists who are challenging corporate power, recognizing that their ability to agitate and mobilize ordinary Americans can help him be a more effective president.

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