Rev. Irene Monroe: “As a Black, lesbian, feminist, socialist, poet, mother of two including one boy and member of an interracial couple, I usually find myself part of some group in which the majority defines me as deviant, difficult, inferior or just plain “wrong.””
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.
Soya Jung: We got invited to the real hustlers convention, even if just as the kitchen help, and learned that anti-blackness and settler logic are the poker chips for maintaining white economic and political dominance.
Dick Price: At its annual garden party this past Sunday, the ACLU of Southern California’s Pasadena/Foothills Chapter recognized six individuals and groups that have provided long-term service to Pasadena and Northeast Los Angeles for their social justice and civil liberties work.
Leonard Isenberg: Can Airbnb give a Lyft Uber the destruction of the middle class?
Jim Hightower: How about this: Instead of paying $9 million a year to Marriott’s CEO, make him rely on customer tips – and see how validated he feels.
Tina Dupuy: This homo-portending has been a decades-long pet issue for the right-wing-o-sphere; cautioning us about the malevolent homosexual agenda!
Rev. Irene Monroe: As ABC correctly brings more diversity to its viewership, it must not do so at the expense of others. The race card should not trump LGBTQ tolerance.
Scot Nakagawa: Poor people, disproportionate numbers of whom are Black and brown, are being pushed out into the periphery of metropolitan areas while privileged whites leave the periphery (and take their capital with them) to move into redeveloped inner-city playgrounds.
Peter Dreier: This upsurge in government-mandated wage hikes hasn’t come about suddenly. It is the result of years of both changing conditions, effective grassroots organizing, and changing public views about the poor.
Scot Nakagawa: The crisis of Ferguson is also being driven by changing racial demographics and forced migration. And in these dynamics, Black people are just the canaries the mine shaft. What happens to them is a harbinger of what may happen to all of us.
Jim Hightower: This is a disgraceful and embarrassing exercise in corporate feudalism. Come on, Marriott – stop playing Lord of the Manor and just pay a decent wage!
Frank McAlpin:I have been witness to the beautiful transformation that happens when youth are transitioned off the street and into supportive housing programs.
Jenny Brown: During the campaign, American agents didn’t have to go far to see what having a union contract would be like; they could talk to US Airways agents at the next gate.