Mississippi Revisited

Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary

Vivian Rothstein: The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary gathering was a way to make sure that Mississippi’s civil rights history is defined by those organizers and local leaders who made it.

Statue of Liberty Wears Chains and Shackles

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Sharon Kyle: The story behind the creation of the Statue of Liberty was suppressed for more than 125 years. Finally, the National Park Service includes literature that explains the shackles and chains.

California Teachers Take Another Hit From Politicians

California Teachers Pensions

Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer: Unions have the choice of continuing to elect sell-out, dead-end corporate politicians. Or they can create a real, politically independent grassroots movement, forging alliances between unions and the community, as the Chicago Teachers Union did, and build the necessary powerbase to counter the corporations and their politicians.

California Grad Employee Contract Shows Reform Works

California Grad Employee Strike

Katy Fox-Hodess: Another way we broke with the past is that we were willing to let the contract expire so that we could legally strike. The only real thing we lost was binding arbitration, and we gained the right to strike over grievances.

Assemblymember Chris Holden, Which Side Are You On?

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Peter Dreier: Pasadena Democratic Assemblyman Chris Holden cast a decisive vote that thwarted an effort to raise California’s minimum wage. His was the key swing vote that killed a proposal to raise California’s minimum wage to $13 an hour in 2017.

Presbyterian Church Crawling Toward Marriage Equality

Presbyterian Church Marriage Equality

Rev. Irene Monroe: While homophobia is nothing new in the hallowed halls of most churches, the Presbyterian Church—born out of a liberal Protestant Christian tradition, descending from the branch of the Protestant Reformation begun by John Calvin—in many ways is an embarrassment to itself.

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.

Are Californians Big Losers?

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Joe Mathews: From the Gold Rush to Marriage Equality, this state’s success stories have always followed spectacular failures.

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