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This week, we offer another first-person perspective on the anti-LGBTQ laws that are sweeping the statehouses in many red states.

In a moving piece, Sage Dolan-Sandrino explains the many cruelties visited upon young trans people, which shows up starkly in high rates of suicide attempts.

The good news is that gender-affirming health care offers a solution. The bad news is that this care could soon be unavailable for up to a third of trans young people in this country thanks to these extreme laws — some of which target medical professionals and parents with up to life in prison simply for offering the care recommended by every major medical organization.

In her must-read piece, Sage lays out both the stakes and what you can do about it.

In another important piece this week, Wenonah Hauter argues that in age of inflation and corporate monopolies, price controls offer a way to make life more affordable for ordinary Americans.

Finally, Jim Hightower reports on the hijacking of America’s truckers, while cartoonist Khalil Bendib imagines Putin with his pants on fire.

New This Week…

If Anti-Trans Lawmakers Got Their Way, I Might Not Be Alive Today | Sage Dolan-Sandrino
Over half of young trans people have contemplated suicide. Now up to a third of us could lose the care that’s been proven to prevent it.

Price Controls Could Tame Inflation | Wenonah Hauter
Corporate monopolies are already controlling prices — to keep them high. It’s time to do something about it.

How America’s Truckers Got Hijacked | Jim Hightower
Thanks to greedy corporate bosses, what was once a skilled, middle-class, union job is now a skilled poverty-wage job.

Putin’s Pants on Fire | Khalil Bendib
Another embarrassing lie from the brazen Russian leader.

In Case You Missed It…

Democracy Needs You — Not Just at the Polls, But at Work Too | Erica Smiley and Sarita Gupta
The Americans organizing their workplaces aren’t simply fighting for themselves. They’re storm troops fighting for democracy.

How the U.S. Can Help Get Justice for Ukrainians | Farrah Hassen
If we want the International Criminal Court to investigate Russia, we need to stop undermining it ourselves.

Pushing Back on ‘Soft Climate Denial’ | Basav Sen
The Biden administration claims to “believe the science” on climate, but its actions need to catch up with its words.

A Pandemic of the Poor | Karen Dolan
As we approach 1 million COVID-19 deaths, new research finds that Americans in poorer counties have died at double the rate of wealthier counties.

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