Liz Pleasant

The Racist Origins of 6 Common Phrases You Probably Use (VIDEO)

I know, I know. You probably haven’t tuned in to MTV recently—unless you’re a big fan of teenage reality shows. But as it turns out, the music-less music television station is working to educate their audience on the racist origins of some commonly used phrases.

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WATCH: An Economist Explains How Money Has Caused the Climate Crisis

In this video, Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College, explains what she sees as a "structural crisis" within the United States.

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Why Two Filmmakers Ate Nothing But Trash for Six Months

After learning that nearly 50 percent of the food grown in North America each year is thrown out, filmmakers Grant Baldwin and Jenny Rustemeyer decided to stop buying groceries and only eat food that would otherwise be thrown away. The pair’s exploration into the wastefulness of the industrial food system — and their experience with life-sustaining dumpster diving — is documented in their film Just Eat It.

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Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd America's Standardized Testing System Is

Pearson Education makes up about 40 percent of the country's standardized testing market—"the educational equivalent of Time Warner Cable," in John Oliver's words."Either you’ve never had an interaction with them and don’t care, or they've ruined your fucking life.”

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Meet the Woman Behind #BlackLivesMatter - The Hashtag That Became a Civil Rights Movement

Following the police killing of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, TIME Magazine hit newsstands with a cover dominated by large, block letters: “Black Lives Matter.” #BlackLivesMatter has infiltrated America’s modern vocabulary. It’s the rallying cry for a movement that began getting a lot of national attention after the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.  

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How #FergusonSyllabus Helps Teachers Discuss Police, Racism, and History

This past fall, teachers across the United States faced the daunting question of whether to discuss with their students the highly publicized killings of unarmed black men—like Eric Garner and Michael Brown—by police officers. And even if they knew they wanted to say something, how exactly should they go about it?

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How the #FergusonSyllabus Can Help Teachers Talk About Race and Rights in School

With the first day of school just around the corner, teachers across the country are wondering how to incorporate discussions of the violent clashes between the Ferguson, Mo., police department and protestors in the weeks after the killing of unarmed 18-year old Michael Brown. How can teachers address difficult and emotional topics such as racism and police militarization in the classroom? How do you approach such a sensitive subject? How do these types of conversations change based on students’ age or socio-economic background?

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Our Economy Wants You to Be In Debt: 5 Things You Can Do to Take Charge

Last month PM Press published the Debt Resisters' Operations Manual —also known as “the DROM.” But don’t let that menacing-sounding acronym fool you: this is a book written in plain English and filled with tips and tactics for dealing with debt.

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