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Social Security expansion: Something we can all agree on


Yesterday, Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingson, authors of the new book “Social Security Works! Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will Help Us All,” joined AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler at the ALF-CIO headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. to speak about their book and answer questions from the audience. Altman Read More >>

MLK and the “Beloved Community”


On Friday, January 16th, Kica Matos, Director of Immigrant Rights and Racial Justice at the Center for Community Change, delivered the keynote address at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s 30th Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration.  The event took place at the Smithsonian’s American Indian Museum in Washington, D.C. The crowd of about 300 people Read More >>

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Earlier this week leaders in the movement to end mass incarceration gathered in Atlanta to share lessons learned and organize. Partners from across the country were graciously hosted by the city of Atlanta. Community leader and Atlanta resident, Marilynn Winn, welcomed us with this personal testimony. These were her remarks. “Welcome to the ATL and Read More >>

President Obama, Think Big in 2015


It’s a new year, which means new resolutions, new inaugurations and the beginning of holding politicians accountable for their campaign promises. Last week I attended the Washington Interfaith Network’s (WIN) Inaugural Action with Mayor Muriel Bowser. In a packed church with standing room only, more than 900 WIN members and supporters came together to present Read More >>

The Politics of Holidays


“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go; take a look at the five and ten, glistening once again with candy canes and silver lanes aglow…” -Robert Meredith Wilson The holiday season is upon us. There are gleeful songs waiting to be sung and holiday television shows to be watched. There are Read More >>

Kwanzaa is the perfect holiday for activism


When I think of the holidays, I think of mistletoe and tinsel, Nativity scenes and presents under the tree. But this year, visions of sugarplums have been replaced by the ugly reality of police brutality and an economy that generates record profits for corporations but makes it hard for workers to get ahead. Today’s surge Read More >>

Dreaming of a Black Christmas


Today, Mike Brown should be finishing his first college finals, preparing to spend winter break with his family. Eric Garner should be getting his Santa suit ready, so that he could play Santa for his grandkids. Tamir Rice should be sitting in a school desk, anxiously awaiting Christmas vacation. John Crawford should be preparing to Read More >>

Using Our Dollars as Voting Ballots


While the country ramps up for another festive holiday season, people who work in retail jobs across the nation tend to cringe at the approaching days. The holidays can be a mixed bag for retail workers. For those who are allowed to make commission, the holiday season presents one of the few windows for a Read More >>

Working Families’ Lives Matter


For the past several weeks, cities across the country have seen a multitude of protests and acts of civil disobedience following announcements that police officers would not be indicted in the murders of two unarmed Black men, Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in New York City.  Thousands of protesters have hit Read More >>