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Chef Tom Colicchio in a scene from "A Place at the Table." (Photo courtesy Magnolia Films)
May 19, 2014 | The Poverty Line

Chef, activist and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio says it’s high time for a cohesive, political food movement that holds lawmakers accountable for their bad policies. Continue reading

An outdoors sign for Walmart is seen in Duarte, Calif. Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
May 19, 2014 | Uncategorized

The progressive Oregon city has not only dumped its Wal-Mart shares but also set up a committee to advise it on making socially responsible investments in the future. Continue reading

Virginia Civil RIghts Memorial
May 17, 2014 | Activism

The stories of the people behind the landmark decision sixty years ago are even more compelling than the ruling itself. One of them was a schoolgirl named Barbara Rose Johns. Continue reading

Jet Blue jet plane
May 15, 2014 | Perspectives

The airlines reflect, rather than cause, the rise of economic inequality, but the evolution of air travel provides a story about the changes inflicted on our economy and the indignities heaped upon all but the rich. Continue reading

May 15, 2014 | Perspectives

America’s 157,800 kindergarten teachers made about $8.34 billion in 2013. Hedge fund America’s top four earners alone made $10.4 billion. Continue reading

May 14, 2014 | Cartoons

Cartoonist Mark Fiore skewers some of the myths the national Restaurant Association has manufactured over the years, especially that of well-paid, happy workers serving you each time you eat out. Continue reading

Republican Convention
May 13, 2014 | News & Notes

Senator Rand Paul has broken away from Republicans on voter ID laws in the latest about face on the issue. 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 13, 2014 | Activism

Salon reporter Josh Eidelson previews Thursday’s actions across the country and around the world. Continue reading

An outdoors sign for Walmart is seen in Duarte, Calif. Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
May 11, 2014 | News & Notes

Six Walmart heirs have more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of Americans combined. Continue reading

Walmart Protests
May 8, 2014 | Perspectives

Walmart, the country’s largest private employer, pays 825,000 workers less than $25,000 a year. The president needs to push it to pay its low-wage workforce more. Continue reading

Bill Moyers at Public Affairs Television
May 8, 2014 | Q&A

Bill Moyers speaks about his life, his career, LBJ and his views about contemporary journalism and politics. Continue reading

Kshama Sawant speak at a March 15, 2013, "March for $15" rally in Seattle. (Image: Flickr/ Shannon Kringen)
May 6, 2014 | The Poverty Line

The mayor’s proposal is complicated, and those hoping for a strong law are worried it will fall apart once corporate interests have their say. Continue reading

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio smiles during a rally in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
May 4, 2014 | Perspectives

In one major city after another, newly elected officials are planning to raise the minimum wage or enact ordinances boosting wages in developments that have received city assistance. They are drafting legislation to require inner-city hiring on major projects and foster unionization in hotels, stores and trucking. Continue reading

Katharine Hayhoe, Years of Living Dangerously, Don Cheadle
May 3, 2014 | Perspectives

Millions of Americans are evangelical Christians and their belief in the science of global warming is well below the national average. Katharine Hayhoe is trying to change that. Continue reading

Tabrian Joe
May 1, 2014 | Perspectives

The constitution’s meaning changes with the court’s personnel and sometimes a single appointment can make all the difference. Continue reading

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