Stories by Laura Gottesdiener

Laura Gottesdiener is a freelance journalist and the author of "A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for a Place to Call Home," forthcoming from Zuccotti Park Press. subscribe to Laura Gottesdiener's feed

Posted on: Jan 9, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Yoga could put a small dent in the extreme stress on soldiers, meanwhile there's aggressive proselytizing at key military institutions.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A deeper look at Peter Jourdan's life reveals the complicated interplay between mental illness, criminality and guns.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The US Senate now has twenty women senators.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Investigative project reveals shocking numbers.

Posted on: Jan 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Could freshly blended cannabis become the health food craze of 2013?

Posted on: Jan 2, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The blasts from a series of these tsunami bombs can create waves up to 33 feet high, which could wipe out small towns or villages along the coast.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2012, Source: AlterNet

From Houston janitors to Chicago teachers, 2012 will be remembered as the year workers played their most powerful card: the strike.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Newly-minted tobacco critic promises to "educate the public," giving Marlboro Reds an A grade.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

16 biggest banks in the world fixing global interest rates -- that's hard to beat.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet

In Florida, banks who slack on maintaining their properties are getting a taste of their own medicine.

Posted on: Dec 26, 2012, Source: AlterNet

"Scoring on the first date" takes on a whole new meaning.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Despite breaking the religious prohibition of alcohol, he’s often toed the Mormon political line during his three terms as a U.S. senator.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Maker's Mark Bourbon House and Lounge wanted to know the ratio of "black people to white people" for an upcoming party--then denied African Americans access.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2012, Source: AlterNet

An unsettling trend: sporadic unemployment for millions of the nation’s workforce.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2012, Source: AlterNet

What happened to fighting against any cuts to Social Security?

Posted on: Dec 19, 2012, Source: AlterNet

"The First Amendment affords a publisher - not a reporter - absolute authority to shape a newspaper's content," Judge writes.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

As the Supreme Court gears up to hear cases on marriage equality, the right wing is launching its last hateful offensive.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The resolution demonstrates how far the U.S. still has to go in terms of enshrining legal protections for the LGBT community, even as the Supreme Court gears up to consider same-sex marriage rights.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

From tumors to seizure to hate, the healing powers of marijuana are gaining acceptance in the medical community.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly turns his crusade against his own people.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Hint: none of them have anything to do with national defense.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Chomsky's observations about propaganda and corporate media are always useful to keep in mind.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The directors of the anti-Obama film hilariously claim the film faces discrimination.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

It's going to be a long four years until the next election.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Is the man that was heralded and feared as the GOP mob boss only six months ago now a relic of the past?

Posted on: Dec 3, 2012, Source: Waging Nonviolence

Mahoma Lopez's story offers insight into the power of worker-led organizing.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet

In Washington state, an elementary school's use of a padded isolation room is sparking controversy.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet

From bribing children with toys to convincing them to eat a “fourth meal,” the industry is glutted with perverse, profit-chasing schemes.

Posted on: Nov 29, 2012, Source: AlterNet

On the heels of Black Friday WalMart walkouts, hundreds of fast food restaurant workers are planning to strike in high-traffic commercial centers.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012, Source: AlterNet

"I am absolutely delighted that nuclear weapons were invented..." he professed in his speech.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2012, Source: AlterNet

From sticker shock at the huge revenues governments are collecting, to international traffic camera vandalism.

Posted on: Nov 21, 2012, Source: AlterNet

In Kentucky, a law requires the state’s Office of Homeland Security to post a plaque recognizing the power of the Almighty God--and violating this law could result in 12 months in prison.

Posted on: Nov 15, 2012, Source: AlterNet

It's so ubiquitous it’s considered an essential part of our culture -- but is caffeine dangerous?

Posted on: Nov 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Enough with the slut shaming. Let's take a look at who should really be held responsible.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The attempt is a last-gasp of racist, right-wing radicalism.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2012, Source: AlterNet

In Act II of the story, a whole new cast of characters have joined the tangled affair.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet

As winter approaches, city housing authorities scramble to fix damaged or faulty infrastructure.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2012, Source: AlterNet

This guy clearly needs to stop watching so much Fox News.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Massachusetts' new senator says Dems stuck to their values.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2012, Source: AlterNet

As the nation celebrates Obama's election, some far right wingers are lashing out.

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