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  • Juneteenth

    Sydney Goggans by: Sydney Goggans
    Lift every voice and sing& Lift every voice and sing& Lift every voice and sing&
      This is the song that Black Americans cry and rejoice to during our moments of tears, oppression and rejection. We are being plagued by two viruses in this country: COVID-19 and racism. To conclude, Black people are disproportionately affected by both. As we lift our voices, we are constantly left with a shhh to quiet our songs of freedom.
      The Declaration of Independence states three unalienable rights in which we are givenlife, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Innocent Black Americans are dying from brutal murders at the hands of oppression.

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  • COVID and Racism Have Exposed Great Inequalities. We Need Small Business Now More than Ever.

    Shaundell Newsome by: Shaundell Newsome
    GoFundMe pages, idled workers and good-bye and thank you signs popping up on one long-standing storefront after another. Americas Main Street businesses are on the ropes and many of our moms and pops are facing early retirement. Sadly, an overwhelming eight in 10 small business owners say our nations leaders dont understand their needs--and favor big business anyway--during this time of crisis, according to a new survey of 1,200 entrepreneurs from Small Business for Americas Future.
      The COVID-19 pandemic and the protests around the murder of George Floyd and so many other black Americans have exposed and highlighted the structural racism that exists in our healthcare and economic systems.

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  • Let's Imagine a Post-Pandemic Era with Less Policing and No New Jails.

    Amanda Alexander by: Amanda Alexander
    Right now, the impossible is happening.
      In Detroit, with COVID-19 bursting the boundaries of our everyday catastrophes, we are seeing astounding  and overdue  changes in police and courtroom practices. This comes after thousands in the community have long demanded an end to aggressive police stops, drivers license suspensions and court debt. Macomb County, near Detroit, just shelved plans for a new $300 million jail, citing the pandemic.
      After years of unemployment, foreclosed homes, water shutoffs, shuttered schools, health clinic closures and jail expansion, many in Detroits Black majority have no illusions that our current system is doing anything but abandoning them to die.

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  • The Forgotten Voices That Galvanized The Womens Suffrage Movement

    Joan Michelson by: Joan Michelson
    At Larkin street a crowd of women came in. They were on their way to the Womens Congress&. All kinds and degrees of women. They filled hall and balcony; they stood against the walls, and, standing, filled the aisles. They were enthusiastic and hopeful and full of excitement&But the most striking thing about this womans convention is the spirit of camaraderie it fosters&. They have learned how to disagree without quarreling, and they are willing to admit that there are two sides to a question and an infinite number of points of view.
      So began an article about the California Womens Congress on May 21, 1895 by Miriam Michelson, my great-great aunt and a prominent reporter for the San Francisco Call.

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The Truth Behind Small Modular Reactors

Steve Thomas by: Steve Thomas
When things are going badly for nuclear power, the nuclear industry offers the promise of new technologies. The latest example is the Small Modular Reactor (SMR), with significantly lower power outputs ...



The Patient Anguish Is Neverending Act

Kim Callinan by: Kim Callinan
Recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate, the so-called Patients Rights Act (S. 1993), should be renamed the Patient Anguish Is Neverending Act (PAIN Act) because thats exactly what will ...





To Tackle Climate Change, We Need to Rethink Our Food Systems

Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers, Shenggen Fan
The way we produce, consume and discard food is unsustainable. A new report from an independent body of scientists warns that we must rethink our food system  and quickly  to avoid the most devastating ...



Its Time to Disrupt Caregiving

Liz O'Donnell by: Liz O'Donnell
November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to honor and recognize the people who care for aging and ill family members. Honor and recognition are important, but we cant stop there. Caregiving ...








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