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A night scene of a Bank of America ATM on K Street NW in Washington. November 2006. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 29, 2014 | We're Not Making This Up!

Corporate taxes are near a 60-year low, in part because companies have become adept at not paying their fair share. Continue reading

Farmworkers pick tomatoes at Taylor & Fulton Tomatoes in Immokalee, Fla. March 2006 (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
May 29, 2014 | Blog

Since its inception three years ago, the Fair Food Program has played a key role in transforming the work conditions in Florida’s $650 million tomato industry. Continue reading

A replica of the iconic Wall Street bull is lifted as a symbol of greed during a protest rally to support low-wage workers as part of National Day of Action in New York, Tuesday, July 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
May 29, 2014 | Perspectives

In his powerful speech at the AFL-CIO convention in September last year, the Nobel Prize-winning economist said that our economy is sick and we are losing the American dream. Continue reading

Civil rights marchers enter west-of-Chicago suburb in Cicero, Ill., on September 4, 1966. Credit: AP Photo
May 28, 2014 | Blog

The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates explains how government housing policies led blacks into the arms of fraudulent mortgage lenders and whites to dump their homes in 1960s Chicago. Continue reading

Oscar Isaac plays fictional folksinger Llewyn Davis in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis. (Image: CBS Films)
May 28, 2014 | Activism

For over a century, American activists have employed folk music as an instrument of change. Continue reading

Fast food workers announce a global protest for a higher minimum wage outside a McDonald's restaurant in Manhattan on May 7, 2014. ( Tara Mehta)
May 27, 2014 | The Poverty Line

We’re at a critical moment in our economic recovery. Continue reading

White homeowners in Chicago formed block clubs in the late 1960s, designed to keep the neighborhood white. (AP Photo/JLP)
May 23, 2014 | Moyers & Company

The Atlantic senior editor talks about black vs. white neighborhoods, the messages we send African-American kids and the elementary school experience that changed him. Continue reading

People gather at the state capitol building in Columbus, Ohio following a 2004 march sponsored by the Ohio Voter Protection Coalition. October 2004. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
May 23, 2014 | Blog

A bill to restore many of the VRA’s key protections remains stalled in Congress. The House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte is yet to hold a hearing on the measure. Continue reading

Chicago in the 1960s (film still from The Atlantic video:
May 22, 2014 | Blog

Watch two short docs from The Atlantic about African-Americans who fought back against housing discrimination in Chicago in the 1960s. Continue reading

People talking in a cafe (Flickr)
May 22, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Should reparations be considered? If so, what should they be, and if not, what are the alternatives? Continue reading

Josh Adams, right, chants with other protestors near the corner of Airways Blvd. and Lamar Ave. outside of a McDonalds in Memphis, Tenn. Thursday, May 15, 2014, while demonstrating for a $15 wage and right to form a union without retaliation in the fast food industry. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, William DeShazer)
May 22, 2014 | Activism

Minimum wage campaigns should be the entry point to not only raise the bottom but also to challenge the tricks, skims and scams that concentrate wealth into the hands of fewer and fewer people. Continue reading

Graduate Frederick Anderson stands in the pouring rain as President Barack Obama acknowledges him during the Morehouse College 129th Commencement ceremony, Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
May 22, 2014 | Blog

The unemployment rate for black college graduates has been higher than for all graduates for decades. A new report says that the gap has widened since 2007. Continue reading

Ta-Nahisi Coates headshot
May 21, 2014 | Moyers & Company

This week Bill speaks with Ta-Nehisi Coates, a senior editor for The Atlantic about his cover story on why America needs to reconcile with its racist past. Continue reading

Lyndon Baines Johnson signing the Civil Rights Bill, April 11, 1968
May 21, 2014 | Connecting the Dots

Despite the Fair Housing Act, levels of residential segregation have barely budged in many of the large metropolitan areas where most African-Americans live. Here’s why. Continue reading

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the super-rich Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Mary Cybulski, File)
May 21, 2014 | Perspectives

When societies allow the rich to grow into the super-rich, they are limiting what those societies can achieve.
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