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A demonstrator dressed as the Bible stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, June 30, 2014, awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 1, 2014 | Blog

Conservatives would have you believe that these cases are about freedom; in reality, they take power from some of America’s most vulnerable workers. Continue reading

Joseph E. Stiglitz
July 1, 2014 | Blog

The Nobel Prize-winning economist fires back at claims that our increasingly skewed economy is a result of “natural” market forces. Continue reading

Supreme Court Justices, from left, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justices of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan applaud State of the Union Address,12 Feb 2013 (Rex Features via AP Images)
June 30, 2014 | Blog

The Supreme Court issued rulings in two closely watched cases on Monday morning. Continue reading

A man walks past blighted row houses and vacant lots in Baltimore, Monday, April 1, 2013. Baltimore is far from the worst American city for poverty, but it faces all the problems of cities where vast numbers of the poor now live. The U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans in poverty at levels not seen since the mid-1960s, while $85 billion in federal government spending cuts that began last month are expected to begin squeezing services for the poor nationwide. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 28, 2014 | Perspectives

Poverty in the US is, in fact, a much larger problem than we think it is, and it’s one that most Americans will face. Continue reading

President Barack Obama speaks at Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference in New York, Friday, April 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 26, 2014 | Perspectives

There is precedent for presidential action to improve workers’ rights. Continue reading

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) laughs as he walks to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
June 25, 2014 | Blog

Many corporations that receive hundreds of millions of dollars a year in federal contracts—including Hewlett Packard, AT&T, and Lockheed Martin—have a history of wage theft. 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)
June 24, 2014 | Perspectives

Businesses are realizing they cannot succeed over the long term without the purchasing power of the middle class. Continue reading

Striking federal contract workers call for the right to bargain collectively in front of the White House, June 23, 2014. (Image: Good Jobs Nation)
June 23, 2014 | Blog

A campaign recalling Rosie the Riveter — a federal contract worker during World War II — could bring more dignity to eight million low-wage workers’ jobs. Continue reading

Cows at an organic milk farm in NY
June 23, 2014 | Perspectives

Critics worry that the retail giant will “Wal-Mart” organic food, pushing farms to relocate to unregulated regions abroad. Continue reading

Tenant rally in Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Updated June 25, 2014 | Blog

The move could shut down predatory investing in the city’s real estate market. Continue reading

Unemployment Benefits
June 20, 2014 | Perspectives

Creating 217,000 new jobs is not a sign of economic health. Measuring the job market by quantity — with no regard for quality — devalues workers themselves. Continue reading

As a working musician, Chicago-based drummer Makaya McCraven says, "one day you're the guest of honor, the next day you're a peasant." (Image: Peter Holderness)
June 19, 2014 | Blog

“You have to code-switch a lot. One day you’re the guest of honor, the next day you’re a peasant.” Continue reading

The St. Regis Monarch Bay Resort, rented by the Koch brothers for $870,000 for their secret billionaire confab.
June 18, 2014 | Blog

A who’s who of Republican political elites recently met at a posh resort in California to discuss strategies for taking control of the Senate, climate change and campaign finance. Continue reading

Members of Local 100 of the Transport Workers enter Zuccotti Park in support of the Wall Street protestors in New York. September 2011(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
June 18, 2014 | Perspectives
Thanks to the efforts of people like Anat Admati and Sheila Bair, there is some good news in the area of financial reform, focused on greater equity in the financial system.
A demonstrator argues with police lined up during a protest against the World Cup in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Anti-World Cup demonstrators are demanding better public services and protesting the money spent on the international soccer tournament. (AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes)
June 18, 2014 | Blog

Dave Zirin discusses the Brazilian people’s protests against huge sporting events that catch the world’s eye but deepen inequality and divert resources from where they’re needed most in a country struggling with massive income inequality. Continue reading

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