How Unions Could Do Much Better

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Defending the interests of working people in general cannot amount to a pretense, an occasional event, or a sideshow, playing a distant second to electing Democrats to office. Defending the 99% must be the main event.

Leadership Needed To Solve Homelessness

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Charley James: America’s priorities, far too many of its politicians, and even a disturbing number of our everyday folks, are brutal – and brutish – about how to deal with homeless people like me who have lost everything except our dignity:

Homelessness Can Strike Twice!

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Charley James: For the estimated 10-to-12 million Americans who’ll be homeless for at least one night this year, the impact is devastating enough when you lose your own place once.

Revealing the Boogeyman

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Sheria Reid: The depth of depravity that feeds racism at this level counts on being able to stay in the shadows. They don’t want those of us who find their beliefs repulsive to see them.

Paul Ryan, Out of Step with His Generation

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Both Obama and Biden have now come out in support of marriage equality; in the last presidential election it would have been political suicide to support it. This November, it may be a risk not to.

L.A. Police Leave Chalking Protesters Alone

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Dan Bluebel: A month after the ArtWalk uprising, Occupy Los Angeles pulled off another act of civil disobedience to protest the arrests of several occupiers and non-occupiers for chalking sidewalks. This time around it was peaceful.

New York City Has Homeless Emergency

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Charley James: New York’s homelessness crisis erupted because the Bloomberg administration recently ended rent subsidies, which allowed many people who are now homeless to stay in their apartments.

How American Unions Failed Their Members; What They Can Do Now

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Tom Hall: Unions bargained for better benefits in exchange for slightly lower wages. But then the unions didn’t require that the benefits actually be provided.

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