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

Diane Ravitch
March 26, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Education historian and public school advocate Diane Ravitch talks to Bill this week about the private sellout of public schools. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Cardinal Timothy Dolan talks to reporters after meeting with Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Capitol on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Dolan and bishops from around the state are advocating for a new tax credit for charitable donations made for educational purposes. The legislation would eventually add up to $300 million a year for education, with half going to public school programs and half going to scholarships for students who attend private schools. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Updated March 31, 2014 | Blog

The Catholic archbishop of NY, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, has lobbied for a
new state tax credit for individuals and corporations who donate money to public schools, including religious ones. Continue reading

map of the United States displaying the 21 states that have raised state minimum wage over the federal minimum in recent decades.
March 26, 2014 | Blog

Dig into the debate over dollars and cents in this interactive explainer, produced by Newsbound. Continue reading

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE AT 3 A.M. EST (5 P.M. JST) - Students Julian Lopez, 12th grade, second left; Ben Montalbano, 11th grade, second right; and James Agostino, 12th grade, right; listen during their Advanced Placement (AP) Physics class at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
March 25, 2014 | Blog

Parties interested in creating a market-based system to replace public education are selling the false narrative that our public schools are obsolete and failing. They are not. Continue reading

At the funeral procession for the unidentified Triangle fire victims, union members carry banners proclaiming "We Mourn Our Loss."
March 25, 2014 | Blog

Back then, and again now, we hear that the key to prosperity is getting government regulations out of businesses’ way. Continue reading

Second grade student Kaign Groce, 7, reads a book Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006, during a literacy class at the John Fenwick Elementary School in Salem, N.J. New state data show fourth-graders in poor districts like Salem have been making big strides on standardized test. Officials say the progress is because of overhauled teaching methods in lower grades.(AP Photo/ Jose F. Moreno)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

The DOE’s comprehensive civil rights survey revealed this and several other disturbing stats about racial inequality in our public schools.
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Cameron Karnes sorts CDs at Independent Records & Video March 14, 2006, in Denver. As a group, Millennials, the generation born between 1981 and 1999, are characterized as confident, hardworking and technologically fluent. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Kathryn Osler)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

Young people have every reason to feel detached from an array of major institutions that are no longer in tune with the problems that they face. Continue reading

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gives a thumbs-up at a rally. August 2012. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

The conservative assault on food stamps — authored by Reagan, updated by Ryan — is really an attack on the middle class. Continue reading

Visitors tour the Bombardier Global Express XRS corporate jet during the Asian Aerospace Show in Hong Kong. March 2011. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

Plutocrats keep comparing progressives to Nazis. What’s up with that? Continue reading

Chokwe Lumumba,
March 21, 2014 | Blog

The mayor of Jackson, Miss., believed that economic development and the creation of jobs must be a collective rather than individual effort. Continue reading

Gan Golan
March 20, 2014 | Blog

Higher education is being defunded as part of a larger scheme to dismantle and privatize all public services, goods and spheres. Continue reading

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March 20, 2014 | Blog

DC can’t find a permanent solution for its family homelessness crisis. Continue reading

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 photo, a Buddha statue is silhouetted by the sun on the hill of Phmon Baseth, outskirt of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
March 19, 2014 | Blog

We’d live in a very different world if we privileged well-being over growth. Continue reading

Rachel Noerdlinger and her son Khari, 14, sit at the edge of the Hudson River near their home in Edgewater, N.J., on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
March 19, 2014 | Blog

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates separates reality from fiction. Continue reading

The Empire State Building and large portions of midtown Manhattan are seen without power as a result of Hurricane Sandy. October 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
Updated March 24, 2014 | Blog

One study looks at historical examples and concludes that it’s possible. Continue reading

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