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Black women have been labor movement faithfuls and today scramble to be unionized. So why aren’t there more in labor leadership?

Homeless person in New York City

We need more than just a safety net. We need a blueprint to create good jobs for all.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In 1950, Baltimore was the sixth-most-populous city in the country. Today, it is 26th, and its remaining poor black residents are cut off from their more affluent neighbors.

Each generation seems condemned to have to prove the obvious anew: slavery created the modern world, and the modern world’s divisions are the product of slavery.

President Obama

The “We’re Number One!” attitude is a disease eating at the very root of our principles.

What looks like a night of “chaos” in Baltimore was just one freeze-frame in a long arc of urban crisis.

Can we talk about the economic devastation of American cities and black communities before someone else is killed?

If you want to understand what is happening in Baltimore, listen to Makayla Gilliam-Price and learn about her family.

“Hollywood will for a long time be in debt to Mr. Welles,” The Nation’s review predicted.

The police department has used social media as virtual riot gear, manufacturing the narrative of violence in the digital realm as they were escalating it on the ground.

There’s a world of urgent discourse beyond Dyson, West, and Gates.

NYC Protest

After a more permissive approach to protests in the fall, de Blasio’s NYPD has returned to Occupy-era tactics of violent repression.

Peace activists

As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, the efforts of the anti-war movement are being erased from history.

Rendering the oppressed invisible is a prerequisite to explosions like we have seen in Baltimore.

A bill recently passed by the Maryland Legislature would restore voting rights to 40,000 people, the majority of them African-American.

Palestinian flags

In this increasingly confined land, art is a vital escape—if you can get the instruments past the checkpoint.

A coalition of national, state and local organizations in 41 states is uniting around an agenda to put families first.

“It was once German and may be German again,” Thomas Mann wrote in The Nation, “to win respect and admiration by the human contribution, by the power of the sovereign spirit.”

Fox and friends are gearing up for a replay of the 1968 riots that helped bring us Richard Nixon.