Ellen Brown: California has over $700 billion parked in private banks earning minimal interest, private equity funds that contributed to the affordable housing crisis, or shadow banks of the sort that caused the banking collapse of 2008.
Judith Lewis Mernit: One problem with itinerant people’s eating habits isn’t the lack of nutrition education. It is a lack of access to healthy foods.
Phoenix Goodman: The Divest campaign is a classic example of how the People can have a tangible effect on society by speaking the language of the dominating classes: money.
Bobbi Murray: For the 31 percent of the homeless population who are women, staying in a shelter can be terrifying .
RJ Eskow: When it comes to deep corruption, which perverts government’s role for the benefit of the privileged few, Mick Mulvaney is a master of the art. In fact, he’s made it his ideology.
Brian Biery: Getting to Congress to provide input on a line item in the HUD budget is a bit of a chore, but making it to your local city council to ask for more funding for after-school programs for children is much more practical and doable.
David Mariscal: Low-wage workers reached peak purchasing power in 1968, when the minimum wage was the equivalent of $9.54 per hour in 2014 dollars. However, due to infrequent and inadequate congressional raises, these workers are worse off economically than they have been in years.
RJ Eskow: From the tax bill’s name – the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” – to the arguments made in its favor, the bill has been a three-card monte played on middle-class Americans.
Alison Salazar: While affordable housing developers are not gentrifiers, they could more efficiently combat gentrification with policy that ensures the right of return for displaced tenants.
Julianne Malvieux: The new leadership of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency has been pressured to relax payday-lending rules. Several states have bowed to the pressure to support the payday lender that exploit low-income, mostly Black and Brown, communities.
Sharon Kyle: Most of us would consider it immoral or even criminal to withhold a life-saving drug merely to extract a profit. So why do American taxpayers support this practice?
Ellen Brown: The Fed is aggressively raising interest rates, although inflation is contained, private debt is already at 150% of GDP, and rising variable rates could push borrowers into insolvency. So what is driving the Fed’s push to “tighten”?
Mark Dempsey: America’s recent austerity is strictly optional. The U.S. has made money without limit to bail out banks and prosecute wars. Why not improve the infrastructure?