Social Change

In the famous words of Frederick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” History proves Douglass right — meaningful change in America has been initiated by activists and dissenters who demanded it. Bill Moyers has examined dissent and social change throughout his career, using stories of the abolition, suffrage, labor and populist movements to frame continuing, contemporary fights for human rights, including civil and voting rights, and women’s and gay rights.

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April 9, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Historian Harvey J. Kaye talks to Bill about why FDR’s “Four Freedoms” — freedom from fear and want and freedom of speech and religion — are more important now than ever. Continue reading

Construction workers carry supplies at the World Trade Center site in New York. October 2008. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 9, 2014 | Blog

Workers today find themselves in an ill-defined borderland where confusion reigns, standards are shifting or disappearing and abuse is rampant. Continue reading

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April 8, 2014 | Blog

His award winning novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, is one of the most banned books in America. Continue reading

Gender gap as Uni applications rise
April 8, 2014

President Obama is set to sign two executive orders to help narrow the pay gap between men and women. Here’s why there is much more work to be done. Continue reading

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April 4, 2014 | Blog

The vast majority of restaurants across the country pressure their employees to work while sick or injured, writes activist Saru Jayaraman in this book excerpt. Continue reading

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April 4, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Democracy’s officially on the auction block. The Supreme Court says it can go to the highest bidder. Continue reading

Saru Jayaraman, co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. (Photo: Dale Robbins)
April 4, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Did you know the federal minimum wage for millions of restaurant workers is $2.13 an hour? Advocate Saru Jayaraman says that’s not only unfair but unsafe. Continue reading

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April 4, 2014 | News & Notes

The inability of Washington to raise the minimum wage is a prime example of how elite donor dominance impacts real-world policymaking. Continue reading

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April 3, 2014 | Blog

Tell us what you think: What’s wrong with the way restaurant workers are treated and compensated? Continue reading

Activists rally for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on Friday, January 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Flickr/ Brendan Hoffman)
Updated April 4, 2014 | Activism

Groups like Public Citizen, Common Cause, Rootstrikers and many, many others are working to combat corruption and protect our right to vote. Continue reading

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his wife Tonette cheer as Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., August 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
April 1, 2014 | Activism

The Kochs are meddling in local elections today in Wisconsin, while communities across the state will vote to get money out of politics. Watch this space. Continue reading

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March 31, 2014 | Blog

The food supply will dwindle, and the poor will be hit hardest, but we’ll all be affected as the world becomes more unstable. Continue reading

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March 31, 2014 | Blog

Young black children make up almost half of all out-of-school suspensions for preschoolers, leaving them with the unacceptable message that their behavior is more deserving of punishment. Continue reading

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March 29, 2014 | Blog

A prerequisite for any adult conversation is telling the truth. The congressman falls monumentally short there. Continue reading

Diane Ravitch
March 28, 2014 | Blog

We asked education historian Diane Ravitch what she hopes people will do after watching this week’s show. Here’s what she had to say. Continue reading

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