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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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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March 27, 2014 | Blog

A new report says that for decades, New York State schools have been more segregated for blacks than any Southern state. Continue reading

Kris McBride, Garfield's academic dean and testing coordinator, at left, and Jesse Hagopian, Garfield history teacher and a leader of the school's historic test boycott. (Photo by Betty Udesen.)
March 26, 2014 | Activism

Parents, students, and teachers all over the country have joined the revolt to liberate our kids from a test-obsessed education system. 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

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

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

With federal action stymied by politics, activists are turning to the “laboratories of democracy.” Continue reading

Voting Machines
March 20, 2014 | Blog

Here’s what you need to know about the campaign finance reforms New York state is considering to level the political playing field and clean up elections. Continue reading

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March 14, 2014 | Blog

States are considering laws that prevent private companies from photographing license plates. The companies are pushing back. Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren kicks off the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign in Washington, DC. March 6, 2014. (Image: Generation Progress/Layla Zaidane)
March 13, 2014 | Activism

A broad coalition of unions and progressive groups is trying to start a revolution in education. Continue reading

Student Debt
March 13, 2014 | Blog

Poor families are bearing a greater burden of rising college costs than those from wealthier families, according to a new analysis of federal education cost data. Continue reading

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March 13, 2014 | Blog

While working on her book, Dragnet Nation, investigative reporter Julia Angwin learned how exposed her children were on the Internet, and ways to protect their privacy. Continue reading

Demonstrators protesting for $15/hour wages and proper treatment for fast-food workers march in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
March 12, 2014 | Blog

HuffPo compares the realities people at the lower end of the labor market face with Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) rhetoric about the joys of being a fry chef. Continue reading

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March 9, 2014 | Activism

After struggling for weeks to comply with the Texas anti-choice law, the last abortion clinics of East Texas and the Rio Grande Valley are closing. Continue reading

Pedro Rodriguez, right, talks with Andrus Reyes as they participate in a demonstration on a Burger King parking lot as part of a nationwide protest supporting higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry and other minimum wage jobs in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
March 7, 2014 | Blog

The idea is popular, so low-wage employers have come up with a number of red herrings. Continue reading

John McCain, Barack Obama
March 7, 2014 | Blog

In this book excerpt, Ian Haney López explains why — for conservatives — alleging that they’ve been called racist is a good strategy. Continue reading

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