More than half of all Americans have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. Nearly 40 percent are full vaccinated. But there’s another big group — about 30 million of us — who say they want to get the vaccine but haven’t been able to.

This week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson looks at what it would take to help this group get protected — including more flexible appointments, more accessibility for people with disabilities or language barriers, and (much) more employer flexibility and sick leave.

Also this week, Paul Armentano catalogs GOP leaders’ efforts in several states to sabotage their own voters who’ve chosen to legalize marijuana. Sam Pizzigati reviews new data suggesting that employee ownership is (surprise) better business than employee burnout. And Jim Hightower says corporate complaints about taxes are crocodile tears.

New This Week…

Making Vaccines More Accessible | Jill Richardson
Many essential workers still aren’t vaccinated. It’s not because they don’t want to be — it’s because they can’t get time off work.

On Marijuana, Republicans Are Canceling Their Own Voters | Paul Armentano
Voters in several red states have decided overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana, but their leaders keep undermining them.

Treating Workers Like They’re Disposable Is Bad Business | Sam Pizzigati
Fast food depends on low wages and high turnover. That’s not just wrong, new research says — it’s lousy for business.

Crocodile Tears on Corporate Taxes | Jim Hightower
Biden’s modest corporate tax increases to fund public infrastructure projects are wildly popular — except among CEOs.

Vaccine Discourse | Khalil Bendib
It’s getting weird out there.

In Case You Missed It…

Palestinian Lives Matter | Tracey L. Rogers
We can’t say we support justice and human rights in this country while supporting violence and expulsion abroad.

Factory Farms Are a Deadly Nuisance | Tarah Heinzen
Regulators, take notice: Air pollution from factory farms now kills more people than even coal pollution.

The Bigger Picture in Israel-Palestine | Jill Richardson
My Jewish upbringing taught me to stand with the persecuted and the vulnerable. Today, that means the Palestinians.

Employers: If You Want Workers, Pay a Living Wage | Rebekah Entralgo
It’s not that people don’t want to work — it’s that they don’t want to work for so little.

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