Occupy the Ballot Forum and Independent Politics

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Dan Bluemel: Because of its electoral structure, the U.S. political system has never been welcoming to third parties. Some critics have argued this leaves the political landscape entrenched in a system comprised of moderates and hardliners who, in essence, espouse the same ideology.

Has Gun Debate Overheated?

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Karen Finney: Not surprisingly, the clearer it becomes that an increasing number of Americans support common-sense measures, the higher the NRA and its allies crank up the fear-mongering and hysteria

Is Obama Missing Olympia Snowe’s Point?

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Bob Letcher: How can Senator Snowe’s “point” cause enough of a problem to lead her to give up her seat, and at the same time not be counted as an “issue” at President Obama’s re-election website?

A Mother and Son Talk About Race in America

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Mom: Why do you think Martin Luther King made all those speeches? He would have accomplished nothing by not talking about race and the situation they were in. Son: Because 50 some-odd years ago the issue was awareness. Mom: The issue is still awareness, trust me.

Dr. King’s Stance Against the Death Penalty

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David A. Love: Executions in the U.S. are part of a racially-coded system of retribution. Poor people and members of racial minorities are more likely to receive a death sentence, as are those who are charged with murdering a white victim.

Violence Goes to College

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Vijay Prashad: The priorities of the campus are clear. An Assistant Professor earns an annual salary in the low $60,000 range; a Lieutenant in the campus safety department (the man who fired the pepper gas, for instance) brings home $110,000.

Time for an Economic Bill of Rights

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Ellen Brown: What was sufficient for a simple agrarian economy does not provide an adequate framework for freedom and democracy today. We need an Economic Bill of Rights, and we need to end the privatization of the national currency.

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