Category Archives: economic justice

Fight Hunger in South Jersey, Rock Out

On November 1 Congress cut food stamps, and just in time for Thanksgiving. As Ned Resnikoff wrote in his essential MSNBC piece on “America’s New Hunger Crisis”: In the aftermath of that collapse, as employment stagnated and poverty increased, food … Continue reading

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The Unfunding of Philly’s Public Transit

I recently wrote a piece for Pacific Standard on the never ending rail v. bus debate. As I wrote the article I ended up being overwhelmed by how pointless the conversation seemed in the shadow of the austerity pressures that … Continue reading

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Your Boss Can Totally Fire You For Being Physically Irresistible

Another entry in my quest to post the articles I published over the summer while my blog lay fallow. You’ll probably recall seeing the headlines about this story–the dentist who fired his assistant because he was afraid he might try … Continue reading

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Take him to Detroit

Detroit has been a byword for urban decline for far longer than I’ve been alive. Earlier this year, before the bankruptcy announcement, I wrote about the emergency manager situation for Next City. I recommend reading it (toots own trumpet) if … Continue reading

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Terrible, Terrible Republican Ideas for Immigration Reform

Remember immigration reform? It doesn’t look like that will be happening in the foreseeable future because, at this point, our political institutions are struggling to simply keep the government funded. This current crisis can be blamed on the arch-reactionary Republicans … Continue reading

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Union Made Beer

On July 4th I wrote a piece for AlterNet about union made beer and why its more complicated than you might think because of all the beer companies have been swallowing each other up. I’m re-posting it now because its … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Plans To Protect Nutrition Assistance, Despite Federal Idiocy

The federal government’s non-essential services are currently shut down. For me this means a lot of exceedingly useful tools are inaccessible. Data from both the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census are much harder to use now (which will … Continue reading

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Two Cheers for the Affordable Care Act

…which went into effect today (well, yesterday at this point). Of course, if it weren’t for our awful political system, a relic of a compromise to rope together slave-holding and free states, the law would be much better. The Affordable … Continue reading

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Bangladesh’s Garment Industry Is Aflame

Via Gavin Mueller: It appears that Bangladesh’s garment industry, and their supporters in the government, have pushed workers too far. These people are subjected to unsafe working conditions, low pay, union-busting, and all the indignities you’d expect from, well, capitalists … Continue reading

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Top 5 Stories From the 2012-2013 School Year

Philadelphia is currently undergoing a cruel, and entirely unnecessary, public education crisis.  The city has been underfunded for years, relative to its needs (high child poverty rates, English language learners, and so on). Pennsylvania contributes less state aid to local … Continue reading

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