Last week, we marked 100 days of the new Biden administration.

This week in OtherWords, Karen Dolan overviews Biden’s surprisingly popular — and progressive — approach to big issues like the economy and the pandemic, with special attention to his big plans for infrastructure and American families. Sam Pizzigati, meanwhile, takes a closer look at Biden’s proposed tax plan, and concludes it looks a lot more like FDR than the numbers suggest at first.

Also this week, Robert P. Alvarez offers a devastating reflection, based on a recent family tragedy, on the de-humanization of people killed by police. After police killings, he argues, media often report the police’s version of events — even though recent incidents have shown those accounts aren’t just dehumanizing, but often inaccurate. The issue is all too real, and raw, for his family.

Finally, Jim Hightower tells a story of wealth and poverty colliding in the Hamptons, while Khalil Bendib takes pharma lobbyists to task for keeping cheap vaccines out of the countries that need them most.

New This Week…

The Man for the Moment Who Must Do More | Karen Dolan
Biden deserves praise for going big and bold on the economy. Let’s push him to go bigger and bolder.

Humanizing the People Police Kill | Robert P. Alvarez
The standard, often unreliable reporting on police killings dehumanizes victims — a fact my own family knows too well.

FDR Must Be Smiling | Sam Pizzigati
Biden’s plan to create jobs and tax the rich is a good deal bolder than it looks at first glance.

Where Wealth and Poverty Clash | Jim Hightower
Homeowners in one of America’s wealthiest zip codes are fighting their impoverished indigenous neighbors efforts to develop.

Big Pharma’s COVID Crime Scene | Khalil Bendib
Drug company lobbyists are fighting hard to keep generic vaccines out of global COVID-19 hot spots.

In Case You Missed It…

An Invisible Essential Labor Force | Rebekah Entralgo
How the migrant women farmworkers who put food on our tables are organizing for a better life after the pandemic.

What Chinatowns Can Teach Us About Community | Dedrick Asante-Muhammad and Sally Sim
As our country looks to “build back better,” Chinatowns show how to foster vibrant, welcoming communities of all kinds

We Need a Trauma-Informed Legal System | Lori Teresa Yearwood
When lawyers better understand trauma, clients are better able to seek justice.

Don’t Let Wall Street Get Rich Off Water | Jim Hightower
Shameless speculators are trying to privatize and commoditize the water all humans need to live.

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