Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: As inequalities in wealth continue to create an ever-widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us, the concept of “shared sacrifice” is becoming increasingly ludicrous.
Allison Mannos: Walmart’s expansion strategy for Los Angeles and other urban areas has been to avoid public oversight by choosing real estate that doesn’t require public review – and, where possible, to secure public subsidies, often with little public scrutiny.
Carl Matthes: Despite the much-heralded 2008 success of Prop 8 in California to stop same-sex marriage, that vote, and it’s subsequent ramifications, provided not only 18,000 lesbian and gay couples with legal marriages, but the accelerant for the Prop 8 case currently being decided by SCOTUS.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: More and more people are becoming active. What holds others back? Perhaps their breaking point has not been reached or they do not have the time or resources to understand what is going on.
Sara Flocks: Today in Sacramento, women leaders in the legislature came together with women workers and California NOW to declare protecting women’s health by passing AB 880 a top priority for women this year.
Carl Matthes: During a 2012 legislative session, Tennessee lawmakers were unable to pass a measure, authored by Ragan, banning elementary and middle school teachers from discussing sexual activity that was not “related to natural human reproduction,” i.e., the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Tom Hall: As people learn that five Tea Bag Republican ‘justices’ on the U.S. Supreme Court have ruled that there is no place for civil rights in our Courts, how hard is it to imagine that the intended victims of these rulings will express their frustrations in the streets?
Julie Gutman Dickinson: even in the context of a long national decline in union membership among American workers, it is staggering that the country’s largest employer, and one of its stingiest, has remained union free.
Randy Shaw: Organized labor promotes a broadly progressive agenda in Sacramento, but gives a pass to legislators who favor big landlords over working people. The once strong labor-tenant alliance is clearly broken, and must be renewed.
Irene Monroe: Mainstream Prides have themes focused on marriage equality for the larger community where Prides organized by and for LGBTQ people of African descent have focused not only on HIV/AIDS but also unemployment, housing, gang violence, and LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Carl Matthes: With the Supreme Court serving as the “800-pound gorilla in the room,” over 200 LGBT Pride events – from Maine to California and Alaska to Florida – will take place. And, 2013 is not without it’s controversy.
Jamala Rogers: They are not in a good mood and they certainly aren’t lovin’ it. If workers in the fast food industry really had it their way, they’d get a livable wage and better working conditions freaky fast.
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Mary Beth Fielder: Replacing your lawn with natives is a win-win-win-win. Restore the eco-system and bring back the native birds, bees and insects, save water, save money and create something beautiful in the process.