Jamie Way: Walmart has set its sights on expanding in urban areas like Los Angeles, but community opposition to its treatment of workers, effect on local business and negative environmental impact has been great.
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.
Randy Shaw: As many despair over U.S. politics moving backward on poverty and inequality, the marriage equality movement’s remarkable success deserves greater attention.
Rosemary Jenkins: I always love it when people quote the Bible to me about how sinful such behavior is. It is obvious to me that such people have probably never read the Holy Scriptures nor understood them if they did.
Steve Mikulan: This Thursday the community coalition that opposed Walmart’s original entry into the historic neighborhood will be demonstrating against the mega-chain’s continued abuse of its low-paid employees.
Jim Hightower: In December 2007, when Wall Street’s reckless greed crashed our economy, the unemployment rate was only about 5%, the average length of being unemployed was half of today’s, and far fewer people were forced into part-time work or had to find multiple jobs to make ends meet. Plus, family income was much higher back then.
Rev. Irene Monroe: While many religious conservatives might argue that the legalization of same-gender marriage and shows like HBO’s “Big Love,” we have to ask ourselves is monogamy a natural instinct in us or is it a social construct which was obviously devised to protect and to regulate the institution of heterosexual marriage?
Dan Bluemel: Food lines being under attack is nothing new in LA. Three years ago, a similar campaign, led by business interests and residents in the Skid Row area downtown, managed to shut one food line down and threaten several others.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Black feminists are especially rankled by white women’s shopworn white supremacist resistance to even identifying themselves as white.
Gary Cohn: The effort to cut pensions in California is being closely watched by conservative activists nationwide, which is why its supporters seldom cease repeating the mantra that it’s a bipartisan effort.
Berry Craig: We didn’t vote, give money, wear out shoe leather going door-to-door or staff phone banks for our union-endorsed candidates – most of them Democrats — so they could go to Washington and help tea party-tilting Republicans eviscerate Social Security.
Brent Budowsky: This Friday, the poorest Americans will learn that their hunger will worsen because their food stamps will be cut unless Congress and the president act.
Walter Moss: What I like most about Berry’s comments on racism is his linking it with a broader perspective on what type of society and culture he thinks the United States should have. More about that later, but first it should be noted that his general view is consistent with most liberal/progressive thinking.
Rosemary Jenkins: I remember during my early days of teaching when gay teachers had to hide who they really were (and this was right after it was legally possible for my husband and me to marry—only since 1967). Black and white, gay and straight, Jew and gentile.