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Author: TheGuardian

No Worker Left Behind: Why the economy works better with opportunities for all citizens

Every day Carol Ruiz wakes up at 3:30 am and goes to an airline catering service at Newark airport, where she helps prepare the food carts that flight attendants push up and down the aisle. She organizes the napkins, creamers, sugar and cups that go on the beverage cart, cleans the glasses and silverware, and diligently tracks the champagne that goes on the carts for first class passengers. At the end of her 40-hour week she takes home $345. The average airline CEO makes that amount in about 20 minutes. Last year, while Carol was undergoing treatment for cancer,...

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Leaked database reveals efforts by ICE to target journalists who report on immigration

Secret database listed 59 advocates and journalists tied to the migrant caravan, according to leaked documents. Photojournalist Ariana Drehsler was stopped for a secondary screening three separate times in one week while crossing the US-Mexico border to cover the migrant caravan in Tijuana this winter – unaware that the journey she had taken countless times before was suddenly more complicated because her name was logged in a secret government database. That database, part of something called Operation Secure Line, listed 59 advocates and journalists tied to the migrant caravan, according to leaked documents obtained by local news station NBC...

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March 15 School Strike: Students worldwide join Greta Thunberg to demand action on climate change

The 16-year-old’s lone protest last summer has morphed into a powerful global movement challenging politicians to act. Greta Thunberg is hopeful the student climate strike on March 15 can bring about positive change, as young people in more and more countries join the protest movement she started last summer as a lone campaigner outside the Swedish parliament. The 16-year-old welcomed the huge mobilization planned in the UK, with demonstrations by tens of thousands of school and university students in Australia, Belgium, Germany, the United States, Japan, and more than a dozen other countries. “I think enough people have realized...

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Our leaders are not failing America because their brand of corruption is what we voted for

“Everybody wants to communicate and express their opinions, and I think human beings are created that way by nature, and people that allow themselves to do it, there’s some kind of therapeutic value for that.” – Mark Bryan, artist Trump supporters long ago decided to discount, dismiss, disbelieve, indulge, ignore, endorse, excuse or otherwise rationalize his appalling behavior. Evidence of sexual harassment, misogyny, bigotry and lying were all fully apparent when they put him in the White House. Back then 81% of white evangelicals voted for the man who had five children from three different women – imagine for...

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Momo Challenge: Viral hoax exposes unhealthy feedback loop between social media and parents

Editor’s Note: The “Momo Challenge” is a hoax about a nonexistent Internet challenge that was spread by users on Facebook and media outlets. It was reported that children and adolescents were being enticed by a user named Momo to perform a series of dangerous tasks including violent attacks and suicide. Despite claims that the phenomenon had reached worldwide proportions in as far back as July 2018, the number of actual complaints was relatively small and no police force has confirmed that anyone was harmed as a direct result of it since. It has become the most talked about viral...

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Robin DiAngelo: The fragility of white people and why it is so hard to talk about racism

Why is it so hard for white people to talk about racism? It is a question posed by the white academic Robin DiAngelo, whose book “White Fragility” has spent seven months hovering at the top end of the New York Times bestseller list. “The problem with white people,” she says, “is that they just don’t listen. In my experience, day in and day out, most white people are absolutely not receptive to finding out their impact on other people. There is a refusal to know or see, or to listen or hear, or to validate.” As a sociologist, she...

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