Rights and Democracy

What Real Tax Reform Could Look Like

What Real Tax Reform Could Look Like

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it's no wonder. Working class Americans pay a much greater share of their income than the wealthiest Americans, who get away with exploiting tax loopholes and paying less than their fair share to...

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Mass Incarceration is a Women’s Issue, Too

Mass Incarceration is a Women’s Issue, Too

Over the last few years, our broken criminal justice system has become a national issue as horrific stories of victims of mass incarceration have made their way into the mainstream media. The dominant narrative around this issue is usually that it disproportionately...

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The Pain Behind Opioid Abuse

The Pain Behind Opioid Abuse

Donald Trump recently declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency. At first I thought, is this the first time I approve of something Trump has done? Alas, no. And here's why: Nine years ago, I lost my brother to a heroin overdose. My brother and I...

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Learning to Love Who We Love

Learning to Love Who We Love

Two weeks ago, the equivalent of a bomb exploded in my life. I've had personal problems of various sorts for 30 years, and daily migraines for 22 of them. Three years ago, I finally realized my symptoms were those of trauma. I didn't know what happened to me, but...

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The NFL Should Do More Than Just Take A Knee

The NFL Should Do More Than Just Take A Knee

When Colin Kaepernick began to protest during the national anthem at NFL games last year, he made his intent very clear. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media. “To...

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