Despite numerous polls showing a majority of the public supports a Medicare for All, single-payer health care system, reports from mainstream media paint a different picture. In a New York Times election piece from February on the Democratic candidates’ stances on health care, Alexander Burns explains that Medicare for All “would require so much public funding and would force many people who like their existing health insurance to change plans.” Another New York Times article by Margot Sanger-Katz claims that Medicare for All “would do away with all private health insurance.” Chelsea Janes and Michael Scherer in a piece for the Washington Post even go so far as to say that moving the U.S. to a Medicare for All system could be “just as disruptive as the GOP’s push to kill the ACA.”
At the same time that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has a net worth of $160 billion, 44 million adults in the U.S. collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. The mass disparity between extravagant wealth and immense debt is, as Donnie Maclurcan calls it, both a fundamental flaw and characteristic of capitalism.
Women incarcerated in Arizona state prisons are currently allowed only 12 free menstrual pads a month and can possess a maximum of 24 pads at a time when they are on their periods, Mother Jones reports. To acquire more pads or tampons, which are not automatically provided, female inmates must purchase them, despite the low, 15-cents-an-hour base pay for Arizona prisoners.
The past three months have been a whirlwind of reckoning in nearly every sphere and industry, from Hollywood to Washington, D.C., and every place in between. Sexual harassment and assault—topics that were once hidden secrets tucked away in office cubicles and hotel rooms, only to be shared in whispers among other women—have now come to the forefront of the cultural conversation.
News headlines in 2017 were primarily dominated by coverage of President Donald Trump’s administration and tense party politics. But while most of the attention was focused on the president’s antics, officers in police departments around the country killed over 1,000 civilians.
A gunman opened fire Sunday at a small Baptist church in the tiny town of Sutherland, Texas, killing at least 26 people and wounding close to 30 more.
A student at Georgia Tech University was shot and killed Sunday by a campus police officer outside of a dormitory building, sparking outcry and causing demonstrations from the student body.
An Arizona federal judge has struck down a state law banning ethnic studies programs as being racially discriminatory. The ruling was a big victory for advocates and educators who argued that the ban, passed by Republicans in 2010, unfairly targeted Latino students in the state and kept them from learning about their history.
Progressive Groups Fire Back After Democratic Party Puts out the Welcome Mat for Anti-Choice Liberals
Progressive groups are fighting back by forming a coalition against Democratic leaders willing to fund anti-choice candidates in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. NARAL, Planned Parenthood and Democracy for America issued a statement of principles arguing that a woman's right to choose is not up for debate in order to win votes from red-state Democrats. The growing debate exposes tension between the modern anti-choice movement, anti-choice Democrats and progressive groups that defend women's reproductive rights.
To the dismay of Black Lives Matter activists and criminal justice advocates, juries often decline to convict police officers for excessive use of force.