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Hero of the Democratic Left: A. Philip Randolph

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Before Martin Luther King, Jr., there was A. Philip Randolph. Without A. Philip Randolph, no Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The Feminine Mystique at 50

The Feminine Mystique was written 50 years ago. If you surf the internet, you’ll find plenty of articles expounding on this anniversary. Over the years, there have been a lot of opinions written about the book and its author, Betty Friedan. This year, of course, there are even more opinions, but all of them note that, as Real Clear Politics, says, “[The Feminine Mystique is a] book both hailed and reviled for launching the modern revolution in women’s roles.”

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Abysmal March Jobs Report Demonstrates the Need for a Federal Living Wage Jobs Program to End the Lesser Depression

The March jobs report underscores the weakness of the economy's crawl out of the depths of the "Lesser Depression" (LD), once again demonstrating that relying on private sector growth, even with massive and unprecedented Fed blowing up of a renewed financial sector and stock market bubble, is not going to set the U.S. economy on a path to broad-based and sustainable prosperity, as the Chicago Political Economics Group (CPEG) has been saying for many years (see: http://www.cpegonline.org/reports/jobs.pdf).

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A Working Class View of Immigration Reform

We need an immigration policy based on human, civil and labor rights, which looks at the reasons why people come to the U.S. and how we can end the criminalization of their status and work.bacon11.jpg

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Climate Happy Talk at the New York Times

I’m always watching for the dominant media to advocate market based measures instead of regulation.  They are pressing this approach particularly hard in the climate change area, and many liberal groups fall for it – witness the recent enthusiasm for Cap and Trade.[1]

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Death by a Thousand Cuts

The American Dream is bleeding to death. The exsanguination of our body politic commences at the extremities, where less fortunate and more vulnerable citizens dwell. Here are some of the first fruits of the 2013 half-year sequester that has just begun.

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Marriage Equality and Beyond

Support for marriage equality is one part of a broader resolution, passed by delegates to DSA's November 2011 convention, that also addressed immigration/citizenship status, schools, the use of religious values to justify discrimination and other issues.

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Celebrating Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta

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March 31 is Cesar Chavez’s birthday and Cesar Chavez Day – a state holiday in California, one of eight states to recognize the  date, and one of the few holidays  in the nation  dedicated  to a labor leader.

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