Berry Craig: Unions hope the voters elect enough pro-union Democrats to significantly reduce the anti-labor GOP bulge in both Missouri houses.
Rankism, a term coined by physicist, educator, and citizen diplomat Robert W. Fuller, is used to describe "abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people because of their rank in a particular hierarchy". According to Fuller rank-based abuse underlies many other phenomena such as bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia.
Berry Craig: A “yes” vote would have sustained RTW. But the ballot measure lost by a whopping 67.5 to 32.5 percent. Ninety-nine of Missouri’s 114 counties—89 percent voted “no.”
I don’t know if you have to experience discrimination first hand in order to be able to see it, but I do know that I learned a lot standing on that corner with my uncle in a wheelchair 20 years ago. For that reason, I have hope that maybe the Civil Rights Division under the Obama administration will do what it has often failed to do in the past – provide a line of defense for this country’s most vulnerable people.
Bill Blum: While the Janus ruling doesn’t affect private-sector unions, it will have a potentially devastating impact in the public sphere by encouraging more government employees to become “free riders” in terms of union representation.
Berry Craig: Republicans have been largely successful in states like Kentucky by convincing a lot of less-than-well-heeled working people to vote on abortion, guns and other social issues and ignore issues that directly affect their livelihoods.
Johnny Townsend: While I’ve moved from Mormonism to Judaism to atheism, I’m still struck by how often people use religion as justification for cruelty.
Berry Craig: Trump a working-class person’s president? Not even when hogs fly and kids stop shooting hoops in Kentucky, where I’ve lived all my 68 years.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: The Navy acknowledged that they were wrong and we were right. And they didn’t ask for confidentially about the payment. Melanie has the absolute right to speak out about how she stood up for her rights.
Jessica Goodheart: In Robert Jimenez’s day, California was second only to Michigan in auto manufacturing, and homeownership was a much more attainable aspiration. “We are what’s left of the middle class,” he says.
Tony Butka: Writing decisions over matters they know nothing about is simply part of the job description of a Supreme Court Justice.
Berry Craig: If a picture is worth a thousand words, the one showing Mitch McConnell about to shake hands with Neil Gorsuch should hang in every union hall.
Sikivu Hutchinson: By gutting the right of unions to be compensated for collective bargaining and organizing, the Janus decision could reverse decades of gains for American workers.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: “I had planned to cover the history of LGBT rights in America, with some international focus as well,” said Nathan, a South Africa native who volunteers virtually full time with the African Human Rights Coalition.