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: Feb 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

When a hateful man began his anti-gay tirade on the subway, another rider decided to counter hate with love.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A new study indicates a biological basis for conservative tendencies.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

More and more people are just not going to accept these shenanigans any longer.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Modern-day slavery is still a thriving industry.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Police are charged with the murder of a man with Down's syndrome, after he was arrested for trying to watch a double feature—and that's just the tip of the iceberg

Posted on: Feb 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A common storyline for male athletes, even as society continues to revere them for their athletic talent if not for their moral fiber.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2013, Source: AlterNet

They say that religion is the opiate of the masses, but it seems that the opiates of the religious are antidepressants.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

How police treat rape in America.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

While the President pledged to reel in corporations, his grand plans for the U.S. proposed just the opposite.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Thousands are calling on Facebook founder to un-friend the governor who is standing in the way of marriage equality in New Jersey.

Posted on: Feb 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

From shooting blanks in hallways to deployed armed criminals to patrol school grounds, safety measures are only causing more danger.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A slew of flower shops allegedly refused to deliver a bouquet to a 16-year-old atheist who had fought to have a prayer banner removed from her high school.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A 100-word string of Palin proclamations cost as much as an ounce of gold (in the eyes of Fox).

Posted on: Jan 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A New Mexico lawmaker has proposed that the fetus is evidence and terminating it could cost women three years in jail.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The party is launching a full-scale offensive in the Lone Star with the aim of slowly turning the GOP stronghold into a battleground state

Posted on: Jan 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Wide majority of all Americans favor a legal path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, according to an AP poll.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2013, Source: AlterNet

From Denmark to New York City, governments are cracking down on the practice of overcharging women for haircuts.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

One of the nation's greatest thinkers explains the New World Order.

Posted on: Jan 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

A report from the Center for Public Integrity reveals that Citizens United allowed an extra $1 billion in special interest money in the last election.

Posted on: Jan 16, 2013, Source: AlterNet

New pressure on a hot-button issue.

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