Grocery Workers’ Vanishing Horizons

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Steve Mikulan: The three percent of the state’s private-sector workforce that is involved in selling groceries is finding it more difficult to buy food. Nearly a third of this industry’s workers depend on state assistance such as CalFresh or MediCal to meet basic nutritional and health care needs.

Juneteenth: Marking the End of Slavery

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Jessie Daniels: When I see those historical photos of early Juneteenth celebrations, and I see how small and sober these events seem, I think what a bittersweet moment that must have been – celebrating emancipation and commemorating all those that didn’t make it.

Washington Redskins, Choose a New Name

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Lisa Bloom: Some Native Americans consider the “R” word their “N” word. And those who live in the minority group know far better than the rest of us which terms are used to demean them. Those observations deserve our respect.

Manufacturing the American Dream

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Rachele Huennekens: Jobs to Move America advocates for maximizing the value of multimillion dollar contracts that American transit agencies award to global manufacturing companies to build our buses and trains, and for good jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged Americans.

Mexican or American?

Mexican American Teacher

Rudy Acuña: White Americans of my generation questioned, why would anyone want to be anything but American? Everyone wanted to come to America, didn’t they?

Seattle Got It Right

Seattle Raises Minimum Wage

Robert Reich: The gains from a higher minimum wage extend beyond those who receive it. More money in the pockets of low-wage workers means more sales, especially in the locales they live in – which in turn creates faster growth and more jobs.

The American System of Racism

American System of Racism

Steve Hochstadt: We remember a bee sting for a long time. A dozen bee stings change how a person thinks about insects. The daily stings of racism over a lifetime, a generation, several centuries have determined the painful relations between black and white in America.

Taylor Farms: Walmart in a Salad Bowl

Taylor Farms

Julie Gutman Dickinson: California-based Taylor Farms is giving the retail giant a run for its money when it comes to low-road labor practices, while offering another example of why it’s time for the U.S. to clamp down on the use of temp agencies by huge companies trying to evade responsibility for unconscionable working conditions.

Abuse of Temporary Workers

Abuse of Temp Workers

Gary Cohn: Today’s temp workers are just as likely to be hired to fill blue collar jobs as office positions, with one major caveat: the new “temporary” hires who pick crops, pack vegetables or clean hotel rooms can work at those jobs for years at the same company — and with little or no advancement.

Dismantling Collective Amnesia

Collective Amnesia

Jessica Ann Mitchell: Anyone who reads Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest masterpiece on The Atlantic will realize that it goes beyond the traditional conversation about reparations. It’s a beautifully woven story that works towards dismantling collective amnesia.

Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

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Lawrence Wittner: As the incomes of the 25 best-paid public university presidents soared, the livelihoods of their faculty deteriorated. This deterioration resulted largely from the fact that tenured and tenure-track faculty were replaced with adjuncts and contingents.

The Trouble With White People

Trouble With White People

Scot Nakagawa: A growing body of research indicates that an increasing number of whites believe racism continues to plague us, but that whites, not people of color, are the new targets.

Casual Racism v. Institutionalized Racism

Institutionalized Racism

Tina Dupuy: We’re less willing to talk about or even acknowledge institutionalized racism as a real thing. A word is easy to rally and tweet against: the long-term systematic subjugation of a people based on their skin color is…well…not as easy to solve with a catchy hashtag.

Working Families Need a Better May Revise

Working Families Safety Net

Ashley Thomas: A strong safety net means that families have support during times of crisis, and many California families have experienced a financial crisis lasting eight years. The Governor needs to reinvest in social services and provide a strong safety net to vulnerable families.

Boney Fingers v. Soft Hands Work

Hedge Fund Managers

Jim Hightower: If it’s a big payoff you want from a job, go for what my Uncle Emmett called “soft hands work.” I recommend hedge-fund huckstering! Those guys (and they’re nearly all guys) never get a callus and do nothing of social value, yet they make the biggest haul of anyone.

Military Bans Nappy Hair

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Rev. Irene Monroe: With African American servicewomen enlisting in the military at higher rates than their white, Asian and Latina sisters to serve and die for our country, the last thing the military should be squawking about is their hair.

Check Your Privilege, Princeton Tory

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Scot Nakagawa: The fact that many struggled to win the privileges we enjoy doesn’t make those privileges just and right. Privileges never are just and right in a truly democratic society.

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