Equality

Despite its birth as a nation conceived in principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the struggle for equality in America has remained a disturbing constant in our history. Bill Moyers’ body of work addresses the fights for equality in race, gender and sexual orientation, and against the economic injustice that finds half of our citizens living at poverty level or worse. With the shows, specials, essays and talks below, see how far we’ve come and how far we still need to go.

EXPLORE Equality

Demonstrators protesting for $15/hour wages and proper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
January 14, 2014 | Blog

In theory, everyone agrees that the government should step in to correct market failures. It’s the politics that get in the way. Continue reading

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January 14, 2014 | Blog

Bill discusses our country’s most successful effort to cut poverty with another veteran of that fight, Peter Edelman, who is today one of the leading experts on poverty. Continue reading

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January 13, 2014 | Blog

Pensions came in for a hard landing at Boeing last week, as workers at the aircraft manufacturer became the latest group to say goodbye to this long-term benefit. Continue reading

Donald Button (left) talks with other inmates March 14, 2013 at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Wash. The inmates, who are in solitary confinement, gather for several hours each week under a pilot program to offer them training in several areas. (AP Photo/Shannon Dininny)
January 13, 2014 | Blog

Research finds that the wealthy tend to believe in “class essentialism” and are more likely to endorse retributive forms of punishment over restorative justice. Continue reading

School food service worker Alina Mendoza stands in the kitchen of Scott Elementary School in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
January 13, 2014 | Blog

A new report aims to raise awareness of the widespread economic insecurity faced by American women and their children. Continue reading

The Internal Revenue Service building at the Federal Triangle complex in Washington, Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
January 13, 2014 | Blog

The Obama administration’s new IRS regulations would do little to deter powerful individuals and corporations from engaging in dark money electioneering. Continue reading

Neil deGrasse Tyson and his first telescope
January 10, 2014 | Blog

Neil deGrasse Tyson writes about the racism and “intellectual emasculation” he endured while studying to become an astrophysicist. Continue reading

Ronald Reagan gives a televised address from the Oval Office, outlining his plan for Tax Reduction Legislation in July 1981.
January 10, 2014 | Blog

Republicans have pursued a divide-and-conquer strategy intended to convince working-class whites that the poor were their enemies. It’s starting to backfire. Continue reading

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January 10, 2014 | Moyers & Company

In part one of Bill’s interview with the astrophysicist, Tyson talks about his upcoming redux of the famous Carl Sagan series, and why science literacy matters in a democracy. Don’t miss: Watch part two of Bill’s interview with Tyson » Continue reading

In this photo from Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback answers questions about education funding an other issues. Brownback and legislators are waiting for a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on whether the state is spending enough money on its public schools. (AP Photo/John Milburn)
January 9, 2014 | Blog

Kansas, like North Carolina, has become a test bed for conservative policy-making. Continue reading

Gary Hefner, local union chapter 182 president, is seen Saturday, Feb. 22, 1997, standing in front of signs he put up after General Electric closed its plant in Hickory, N.C., and moved it to Mexico.  (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)
January 9, 2014 | Blog

Global Trade Watch’s Lori Wallach says that none of the promises that were used to sell NAFTA have come to fruition, and they’re being repeated for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Continue reading

Dara Van Antwerp, the school resource officer at Panther Run Elementary School Pembroke Pines, Fla. walks the hallways of the school where she teaches in the Gang Resistance And Drug Education (GRADE) program in the Fort Lauderdale suburb. The armed school resource office will be permanently stationed on campus despite the decline in crime in this middle-class community. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
January 9, 2014 | Blog

The Department of Justice issued new guidance Wednesday aimed at curbing harsh, discriminatory over-punishment of school discipline violations. Continue reading

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks about the “American dream” on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s first State of the Union address in 1964, where LBJ committed the government to a war on poverty. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
January 8, 2014 | Blog

The presidential hopeful unveiled his new ideas, but it turns out they’re not so new after all. Continue reading

President Lyndon B. Johnson speaks at a news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 1, 1964.  (AP Photo/John Rous)
January 8, 2014 | Blog

The war on poverty helped raise millions above the poverty line, but where do we stand today? Continue reading

Lyndon Johnson. (Photo: Arnold Newman/White House Press Office (WHPO))
January 8, 2014 | Blog

A new study says yes and Americans want more anti-poverty initiatives. Continue reading

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