We’re off for Thanksgiving this week, but I wanted to share some recent favorites that might deserve another look.

We’ve got several good pieces debriefing the election results — on the critical roles played by Black and low-income voters, on the progressive ballot measures that flew under the radar, and the remarkable success of marijuana legalization efforts.

And, as the pandemic rages into the holiday season, I’ve also pulled a few of our first-person pieces from workers at the front lines. Unfortunately, I think we’re going to hear a lot more stories like these in the weeks to come, so they may be worth another look now. All remain free to read and re-republish, in print and online.

Have a safe and restful holiday if you can. We’ll be back with new stuff soon.

In Case You Missed It…

I Got COVID-19 at Work. I Won’t Be the Last One. | Claire Chadwick
Essential workers aren’t being treated like our lives are essential at all.

Remember the Truly Vulnerable | Rosaline John Baptiste
I’m an immigrant domestic worker and I’ve lost my home. We need relief, regardless of our immigration status.

Farmers and Meatpackers Are Teaming Up | Sarah Anderson
During the pandemic and recession, farmers are realizing they have more in common with immigrant meatpackers than agribusiness CEOs.

Black Voters Saved Our Democracy | Tracey L. Rogers
Black voters waited in 10-hour lines to show up for Joe Biden. Now Biden needs to return the favor.

It’s Not Trump’s Country — Even in ‘Trump Country’ | Jim Hightower
Progressive ballot initiatives passed handily across the country, even in so-called red states.

Low-Income Voters Showed Up for Biden. Now They Need Relief. | Sarah Anderson and Margot Rathke
People didn’t turn out in record numbers in a pandemic to vote for a return to normal.

Marijuana Was the Clear Winner on Election Night | Paul Armentano
In red and blue states alike, every legalization measure on the ballot this year won with big margins.

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.

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