The Nation

on Jan 27, 2014 - 10:18 AM ET
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell

Nationwide, school districts are closing schools and laying off teachers in great numbers as part of sweeping budget cuts. Children in Philadelphia and Chicago have seen many of their schools shuttered and are now forced to commute longer distances, sometimes through dangerous gang territories, to reach the schools that remain open.

The Anchorage School District just announced the latest round of austerity measures, including plans to...

Education, Budget Wars
on Jan 21, 2014 - 07:32 AM ET

Around thirty-two people were arrested Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including Representative Charles Rangel and nine New York City Council members, when they blocked a bridge to LaGuardia Airport during a rally for liveable wages and an MLK Day paid holiday. In total,...

on Jan 15, 2014 - 09:14 AM ET
Moral Monday Georgia

Hundreds of Moral Monday demonstrators gathered on the steps of the Capitol this week to protest Governor Nathan Deal’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, more than 400,000 people in Georgia will be denied Medicaid coverage by state leaders.

“Healthcare and access to healthcare—preventative services as well as treatment—is a civil right, a human right, and a moral right,...

Social Justice, Budget Wars, Activism
on Jan 6, 2014 - 09:37 AM ET
Moral Monday Georgia

The Moral Monday protests that began in North Carolina in 2012 in response to extreme right-wing policies are spreading to Georgia.

Over the past year, droves of activists in North Carolina have descended on the state legislature building to demand that lawmakers reverse some of their more brutal policies such as cutting unemployment benefits, refusing to expand Medicaid, and rolling back voting rights. Thousands of people showed up for North Carolina’s Moral...

Movements, Budget Wars, Activism
on Dec 30, 2013 - 09:38 AM ET

The Institute for College Access & Success, an independent nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California, recently released its eighth annular report on average student loan debt in the United States, and its findings are dire. College graduates who borrowed for bachelor’s degrees granted in 2012 have an average student loan debt of $29,400, the...

on Dec 23, 2013 - 09:23 AM ET

About 150 protesters took to the streets in Durham, North Carolina, following the death of teenager Jesus Huerta, who was cuffed behind his back when the teenager shot himself in the head, according to police.

Relatives of Huerta had hoped for a peaceful vigil on Thursday, but supporters gathered in the center of town to light fire crackers, and according to the ...