Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Tom Lewandowski

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Co-published with In These Times. At this point, betting our future on the next brutal mating ritual of Republicans and Democrats is not a bet most workers are willing to take.

Not all senior citizens need discounts. But all low-income people do.

Not all senior citizens need discounts. But all low-income people do.

David Wallis

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Co-published with The Washington Post. If we really want to live in a world where such price cuts are useful, then we must reconsider whom they help.

Dollar General Throws a Lifeline to Hard-Pressed Communities. Not All Welcome It.

Dollar General Throws a Lifeline to Hard-Pressed Communities. Not All Welcome It.

Tom Zoellner

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Co-published with The LA Times. The dollar store has thrown a lifeline of food and capital to impoverished pockets, but how much quality is in that lifeline?

Los Angeles Artists Reinvent Their Roles in Gentrifying Communities

Los Angeles Artists Reinvent Their Roles in Gentrifying Communities

Carribean Fragoza

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Co-published with The American Prospect. Poor and working-class neighborhoods often view new art galleries as heralds of gentrification—but some artists have joined with residents to fight displacements and other disruptions.

‘It’s Worse than Murder’: How Rural America Became a Hospital Desert

‘It’s Worse than Murder’: How Rural America Became a Hospital Desert

Michael Graff

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Co-published with The Guardian. Since 2010, 83 rural US hospitals have closed – many in counties with poverty rates higher than average – leaving residents in need stranded.

Go Fund Yourself: Crowdfunding is Now an Essential Part of America's Safety Net

Go Fund Yourself: Crowdfunding is Now an Essential Part of America's Safety Net

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The Guardian. Local activists rely on crowdfunding sites to pay for basics – including school lunches.

NYC's War On E-Bikes Takes Toll On Immigrant Delivery Workers

NYC's War On E-Bikes Takes Toll On Immigrant Delivery Workers

Christopher Robbins & Scott Heins

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Co-published with Gothamist. Since January 1- April 1 of this year, the NYPD has: seized 320 e-bikes. issued 459 moving summonses for riding e-bikes, and ticketed more than 70 businesses for employing e-bike delivery drivers.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last Fears Are Still Alive in Trump's America

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last Fears Are Still Alive in Trump's America

Rich Benjamin

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Co-published with EsquireThe final cause for which King fought—income inequality—has devolved to crisis levels in the 50 years since his death.

What Americans Can Learn from British Class Guilt

What Americans Can Learn from British Class Guilt

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The GuardianAmerica is supposed to have greater social mobility. In the UK, everyone ostensibly has a rung but they are also trapped in that position. But these once-clear binaries are muddled