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Letasha Irby, a worker who still sees challenges and inequality in the present day, poses for a portrait on March 5, 2015 in Selma, Alabama.

In Selma, the fight for dignity goes on

03/06/15 06:01PM

Thousands are traveling to Selma this week to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. President Obama, national civil rights leaders, and Americans from across the country will gather here to remember the events of Selma’s past and reflect on how much progress has been made. ... read more

Sun Benjamin, a home health care worker, looks out from under a cap advocating a $15 minimum wage as she prepares to walk with other protesters on a day-long march on Dec. 5, 2013, in SeaTac, Wash. (Photo by Elaine Thompson/AP)

When home care workers can't care for themselves

02/26/15 07:46PM

Home care workers bathe your mother and change your father’s bandages. We cook for your grandmother and help your grandfather use the toilet. We help your brother or sister with their physical therapy. But despite doing the hard work that enables older Americans and people with disabilities to live with dignity and independence in their own... read more

President Barack Obama speaks at an event on April 7, 2014 in Bladensburg, Md. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty)

Obama's real record on poverty

01/30/15 05:10PM

Mitt Romney’s flirtation with a third presidential run was brief. But it lasted just long enough to raise a key issue that could become a central part of the 2016 race. Earlier this week, Romney and President Obama traded barbs over poverty, amid growing calls by Republicans to address inequality. “Even though their policies haven’t quite caught... read more

Demonstrators take part in a protest to demand higher wages for fast-food workers outside McDonald's in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 15, 2014. (Photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Beyond the minimum: What's next for raising wages?

01/09/15 07:02AM

In a year of major Republican victories, the campaign to raise minimum wage has been the rare success story for the left. This year, twenty states will see a minimum wage increase—more than half because state legislatures passed a law or voters approved a ballot initiative to do so. Having racked up victories in recent months, progressive... read more

A child accompanies his grandmother choosing free groceries at a food pantry run by the Food Bank For New York City on Dec. 11, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty)

America's hunger crisis is getting worse

12/31/14 10:11AM

A little over a year ago, something happened that our nation’s leaders promised would not: our country’s first line of defense against hunger, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), was slashed. Every one of the more than 47 million Americans who rely on SNAP – including nearly 1.9 million... read more

Commercial Airline Comes In For Landing In Florida

America deserves a vacation

12/22/14 12:48PM

Holidays are around the corner. Many are planning vacations. But there are differences among us in our ability to actually take vacations. The wealthy can take vacations at resorts, while those earning less only see such places on television. Many low wage workers are unlikely to take any vacation at all. read more

Fast food workers, healthcare workers and their supporters shout slogans at a rally and march to demand an increase of the minimum wage in Los Angeles, Calif. on Dec. 4, 2014. (Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty)

Fast food workers' strike gains steam

12/04/14 07:36PM

Fast-food workers in more than 190 cities across the nation took to the streets once again on Thursday with their call for $15 an hour and union rights. But no longer are they carrying the banner of change on their own. read more

Fast food workers and activists demonstrate outside McDonald's downtown flagship restaurant on July 31, 2014 in Chicago, Ill.

Politicians beware: The movement for higher wages has arrived

11/08/14 09:04AM

Opposition to the minimum wage is crumbling, and Tuesday’s election results provide further proof.Sure, Democrats – who have championed increasing the minimum wage – might have lost the Senate. But across both red and blue states and regardless of party affiliation, this year voters made raising wages – not Republicans – the real winner of the... read more

People enter the Nassau County Mega Job Fair at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on Oct. 7, 2014.

Economic progress fails to lift US mood, Democrats' prospects

11/06/14 07:23AM

On paper, things seem to be looking up for the U.S. economy. The private sector has recovered the number of private-sector jobs that were lost after the financial crisis. Unemployment fell to 5.9% last month, down from 7.9% at the same time in 2012. Economists point to the U.S. as one of the few bright spots in a global environment of... read more

Demonstrators prepare signs supporting the raising of the federal minimum wage during May Day demonstrations in New York, N.Y., on May 1, 2014. (Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

Opposition to raising the minimum wage is crumbling

10/14/14 09:54AM

Who would have thought it? In an interview last week, the soon-to-be-named chairman of the National Retail Federation (NRF), Container Store CEO Kip Tindell, pledged to try and push the retail store trade group to change its stance against raising the minimum wage.“I’m working, frankly, to get the NRF to maybe moderate its view on that,” he told... read more