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Understanding the Rise of France’s Yellow Jackets

| December 11, 2018

In a larger sense the Yellow Vests movement reflects longstanding neglect or exploitation of rural communities. Not only in France but in the US and much of Western Europe.

The Migrant Caravan’s Lessons from South of the Border

| December 6, 2018

In Tijuana, some Mexicans have embraced the Trump line on Central American migrants. But others have welcomed them with open arms.

Save the News-Journal: How Wall Street Is Plundering Newspaper Chains Like GateHouse

| December 4, 2018

Executives at GateHouse, which owns the News-Journal, demanded a $27 million cut from theirf papers’ operating expense to help pay for the hedge fund’s CEO’s $54 million pay package.

Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats Are Out Of Touch With Progressive Insurgents

| November 27, 2018

Positions the timeworn Democratic leadership staked out are being overrun—outmatched by the cumulative power of dynamic social movements that have generated electoral clout.

In War Over Words, Republicans Continue Easily To Defeat Democrats

| November 18, 2018

The Republican Party lost ground in the Congressional and state elections earlier this month, but the GOP continues to triumph in the all-important contests over words, argues Ralph Nader.

Nature Is Dying. Florida Is Sinking. Are Republicans Up to the Challenge?

| November 15, 2018

A string of recent hurricanes reminded Floridians they don’t have to look across the country to see climate change in action. But the GOP continues to be in climate-change denial mode.

Democrats Won Big. But the Question Is Whether They Can Now Be Bold.

| November 14, 2018

The reforms Democrats in Congress have championed have often been overly complicated and cautious — and deeply compromised by a fear of annoying deep-pocketed donors.

Muslims Surf the Blue Wave

| November 10, 2018

The election of two Muslim women to Congress is a repudiation of Islamophobic domestic and foreign policies and of hostility to migrants and refugees from a number of countries.

Being Trans in America Was Already Scary. Now It’s Terrifying.

| November 6, 2018

On any given afternoon, the author is regularly and publicly catcalled, mocked, laughed at, and treated as an object of social disgust. Donald Trump is about to deny her right to exist.

Save Our Home: We Have 12 Years

| November 4, 2018

There’s an urgent message of hope amid the latest climate report’s dire warning: We’ve got a little bit of time to save the only home planet we’ve got. And it’s going to take all of us to do it.

Flagler Representative On Federal Juvenile Justice Panel Describes Efforts Decimated By Trump

| October 31, 2018

Cheryl Massaro, director of the Flagler County Youth Center, describes how the Trump administration disbanded and stopped the work of the Federal Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice she was appointed to two years ago.

Journalists Say Trump’s Caravan Claims Are ‘Evidence-Free.’ It’s a Lot Worse Than That.

| October 30, 2018

Journalists have a duty to give context, not just to report on whether a sound bite contains truth on a sliding scale. Otherwise, it’s journalistic malpractice.

Even As Voter Registration Soars, Bogus Fraud Claims and Real Voter Suppression Live On

| October 23, 2018

Experts are predicting record-high midterm voter turnout. But millions of U.S. citizens are being systematically inhibited — either blatantly or covertly — from casting votes this November.

Elizabeth Warren’s Identity Problem

| October 22, 2018

Trump’s racism is obvious. He’s using the name Pocahontas as a racial slur. But Elizabeth Warren stepped into a controversial issue without much sensitivity for the people who are most affected by it.

A Better Way To Fight Homelessness: Decriminalize It

| October 18, 2018

Law enforcement is often used as a first response to address homelessness. Many communities criminalize it instead of connecting the homeless with essential services, assuming they’re available.

The GOP’s Kavanaugh Playbook Was Textbook Abusive Behavior

| October 10, 2018

Kavanaugh defenders said a lot about the presumption of innocence. But in truth they were following a much more menacing playbook, common to many abusers called out for their behavior.

The Cruelty of the GOP’s Kavanaugh Charade

| September 27, 2018

A few of us posted about sexual assault in general or about our own past assaults on our Facebook pages. Then the private messages began. The details are painful to talk about.

Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Assault

| September 23, 2018

That urge to discredit accusers of sexual assault like Christine Blasey Ford is exactly why it takes so long for some to come forward in the first place.

Nobody In the White House Is Part of ‘the Resistance’

| September 16, 2018

Administration insiders admit Trump’s dangerous, but they’ll stick with him as long as he cuts billionaires’ taxes, deregulates corporations, and feeds the military-industrial complex.

Stand Your Ground Vigilantes

| September 11, 2018

Instead of allowing the police to perform their jobs, some gunslingers hiding behind stand-your-ground laws take the responsibility of pursuing criminals upon themselves.

When McCain’s Odes to Honor and Civility Ring False

| September 3, 2018

The “straight talk” people praise McCain for is actually what most of them can’t stand about politicians: They say noble words but cast ignoble votes.

If Your Boss Makes Millions, It’s Not Because of the ‘Market’

| August 23, 2018

On average, America’s CEOs make 312 times what their workers take home — and that has nothing to do with supply and demand. Simply put, markets don’t set executive pay. Board rooms do.

I Grew Up In the Segregated South. For Me, Supreme Court Rulings Are Personal.

| August 17, 2018

The author shares her grave concern for what Brett Kavanaugh’s influence could mean for communities of color, women, the LGBTQ community, and others who’ve fought to advance civil rights.

If Ireland Can Get Out of Fossil Fuels, “Tree-City” Palm Coast Can Too

| August 15, 2018

Almost 900 cities, universities, and governments have divested over $6 trillion from the fossil fuel industry by requiring pension funds and other such investments to be green. Why not yours?

Flagler’s Elections Supervisor Urges Confidence in Voting System: Your Ballot Won’t Be Hacked

| August 15, 2018

Flagler County Elections Supervisor Kaiti Lenhart outlines the latest measures to make the county’s election system hack-proof and challenges voters to turn out and cast a ballot.

Amazon’s Deceptive Bargain With Local Government Purchasing–at Local Business’ Expense

| August 1, 2018

Amazon’s bid to dominate local government purchasing has gone under the radar. IKt’s appealing on the surface, but could make it harder for agencies to buy from local vendors.

Protest and the Double-Edged Sword of ‘Civility’

| July 25, 2018

Uncivil action may be a necessary strategy, just as civil disobedience, bearing witness, and making politicians uncomfortable were critical to the civil rights movement.

Restricting Food Stamps Use at Farmers’ Markets Is One More Way To Hurt the Poor

| July 22, 2018

The government just canceled its contract with the company that makes the card readers necessary to read food stamps cards at farmers markets.

Local Police Should Not Collaborate With Immigration and Customs Enforcement

| July 18, 2018

As reports of abuse at ICE emerge and increase, robust sanctuary policies that end the collusion with local law enforcement that ICE relies on gain urgency.

Before Vilifying Russia, U.S. Policy Apologists Might Try Looking in the Mirror

| July 17, 2018

A bellicose stance toward Russia has become so routine and widespread that we might not give it a second thought. That makes it all the more hazardous.

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