This week marks the 70th anniversary of the armistice that halted — but didn’t officially end — the Korean War. The fighting in that conflict killed tens of thousands of U.S. service members and over 4 million Koreans, most of them civilians.

As Korean American peace advocate Cathi Choi writes this week, the frozen conflict remains just as dangerous today. With tensions rising and environmental costs mounting, it’s high time to end the war for good, she argues.

Also this week, Shailly Gupta Barnes marks the bittersweet second anniversary since the first expanded Child Tax Credit payments went out, starting a transformative — but all too brief — new chapter for the U.S. safety net. And Jim Hightower skewers the No Labels “reform” movement for, well, opposing reforms.

New This Week…

The Korean War Must End | Cathi Choi
A fragile ceasefire halted the Korean War 70 years ago. With nuclear tensions rising and the environment under threat, it’s time to end it for good.

A Bittersweet Milestone for the Anti-Poverty Movement | Shailly Gupta Barnes
Two years after the first payments went out, what have we learned from the prematurely abandoned Child Tax Credit expansion?

New Label, Same Old Business As Usual | Jim Hightower
The “No Labels” movement doesn’t stand for much, but one issue unites it: getting more money in politics, not less.

Cartoon: What Smell? | Khalil Bendib
Something’s rotten at the Supreme Court.

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Cannabis Laws Are Changing. Drug Testing Must Change Too. | Paul Armentano
Adults who consume alcohol legally and responsibly outside of work aren’t penalized by employers. It should be no different for marijuana. 

What Decades of Social Work Taught Me About Poverty | Deb Sitarski
Not one person I’ve ever met wants to be poor, sick, disabled, struggling, or on the receiving end of public assistance programs.

Housing Is a Human Right — We Need to Recognize It | Farrah Hassen
Housing is fundamental to every person’s life, health, and security. Our government should start treating it that way.

Cultivating the Next Crop of America’s Farmers | Danielle Browne
America’s farmers are aging. To avoid a crisis, we need to lower the economic barriers of entry for young farmers.

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