Jeremy Mumford

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Et Tu, Bernie?

There are two versions of Bernie Sanders. There is the old Bernie Sanders, who mounted a quixotic campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination …

Middle-class

Psychedelic Drugs Reshape Cells to "Repair" Neurons in Our Brains

Psychedelics could show the way to a new generation of medicine.<p>Psychedelic drugs like LSD, DMT, and psilocybin (the chemical in magic mushrooms) …

Neuroscience

Democrats urge Congress to take action on 'appalling rates of poverty'

Bernie Sanders and a group of top Democrats are calling on the Trump administration to present a plan to Congress to combat “massive levels of deprivation and the immense suffering this deprivation causes”, following an excoriating United Nations report into extreme poverty in America.<p>Trump's …

Income Inequality

Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers.<p>The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a bus is long, may have fallen victim to climate change, the team speculated.<p>“We report …

South Africa

Why are for-profit US prisons subjecting detainees to forced labor?

In 2017, officials at the Stewart immigration detention center in Georgia placed Shoaib Ahmed, a 24-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh, in solitary confinement for encouraging fellow workers to stop working.<p>Ahmed, who was paid 50 cents per hour to work within the facility, was upset because his $20 …

Human Rights

North Carolina teachers join wave of strikes with one-day walkout

Teachers in North Carolina are launching a one-day walkout in the latest in a wave of strikes that have won significant victories across the US – and provided a jolt in the arm of the labor movement.<p>Thousands of teachers and their supporters are set to rally at the state capitol on what will also …

Education

'Tax Amazon': Seattle passes plan for corporate wealth tax to fund housing

A parade of hardhat union workers and threats from hometown-behemoth Amazon did not stop Seattle leaders from passing on Monday a “head tax” meant to fund housing projects and homeless services.<p>A watered-down version of the tax, which will charge the city’s largest employees $275 per worker …

Washington State

Exclusive: how rightwing groups wield secret 'toolkit' to plot against US unions

Rightwing activists are launching a nationwide drive to persuade public-sector trade union members to tear up their membership cards and stop paying dues, posing a direct threat to the progressive movement in America.<p>Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal that a network of radical conservative …

Middle-class

We created poverty. Algorithms won't make that go away

We live in a climate of austerity. In the past few months alone, we have seen a federal budget that proposes rolling back support for low-income housing, an executive order attacking welfare programs, and a plan to create a nationwide electronic registry of poor and working-class people. In the …

Homelessness

What is the true cost of eating meat?

<b>What are the economics of meat?</b><p>Food and farming is one of the biggest economic sectors in the world. We are no longer in the 14th century, when as much as 76% of the population worked in agriculture – but farming still employs more than 26% of all workers globally. And that does not include the …

Agriculture

Of course slavery wasn't a choice, Kanye West. And neither is poverty

A couple of weeks ago, Kanye West re-emerged in public life with a string of tweets. He began with empty, harmless affirmations on creativity, love and fear, but in a matter of days, he ventured into politics. And not in the way longtime followers might have expected.<p>For much of his career, West …

Black Lives Matter

Innovative approaches help families reduce dependence on food stamps

In 2015, the Fresno County Department of Social Services and the Fresno Bridge Academy were selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as …

Revealed: Secret rightwing strategy to discredit teacher strikes

A nationwide network of rightwing thinktanks is launching a PR counteroffensive against the teachers’ strikes that are sweeping the country, circulating a “messaging guide” for anti-union activists that portrays the walkouts as harmful to low-income parents and their children.<p>The new rightwing …

Education

Wave of teachers' wildcat strikes spreads to Oklahoma and Kentucky

On Easter Sunday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, those not found in the church could be found touring the Woody Guthrie center downtown. Easter weekend is a time for families and this weekend Oklahoma’s have one thing on their mind: on Monday, teachers in over 100 school districts in Oklahoma are poised to go …

College Sports

Alarmed conservationists call for urgent action to fix 'America's wildlife crisis'

An extinction crisis is rippling though America’s wildlife, with scores of species at risk of being wiped out unless recovery plans start to receive sufficient funding, conservationists have warned.<p>One-third of species in the US are vulnerable to extinction, a crisis that has ravaged swaths of …

Extinction

What Americans can learn from British class guilt

Rodrigo seems like many of the bright young men of Silicon Valley. He graduated from one of the best universities in the world, and at 36, he now works for a tech startup. In his free time, he likes earnest chats – one of his favorite topics is how to improve urban infrastructure.<p>But Rodrigo’s …

Income Inequality

'The Gig Economy' Is the New Term for Serfdom

A 65-year-old New York City cab driver from Queens, Nicanor Ochisor, hanged himself in his garage March 16, saying in a note he left behind that the …

Undocumented workers find new ally as unions act to halt deportations

As the Trump administration takes its fight against undocumented workers to the workplace, some US unions are stepping in to protect their members and creating a new battlefront between the Republican party and organized labor.<p>Last May Hugo Mejía Murguía, an undocumented worker from northern …

Immigration

A judge asks basic questions about climate change. We answer them

California is a hotbed of climate change activism, so it perhaps wasn’t a surprise to see the cities of San Francisco and Oakland sue the world’s largest oil companies last year for allegedly knowing about the dire consequences of global warming while seeking to downplay or deny it.<p>More striking is …

Climate Change

The corporate media ignores the rise of oligarchy. The rest of us shouldn't

The rapid rise of oligarchy and wealth and income inequality is the great moral, economic, and political issue of our time. Yet, it gets almost no coverage from the corporate media.<p>How often do network newscasts report on the 40 million Americans living in poverty, or that we have the highest rate …

Middle-class

Florida prisoners plan Martin Luther King Day strike over 'slavery'

Inmates of Florida’s prisons are planning to use Monday’s Martin Luther King Day holiday to launch a statewide strike over conditions they say amount to modern-day slavery.<p>I read The New Jim Crow in jail. It changed my life | Jason Hernandez<p>Read more<p>The unusual protest has been called by inmates …

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tim Berners-Lee: we must regulate tech firms to prevent 'weaponised' web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, has called for large technology firms to be regulated to prevent the web from being “weaponised at scale”.<p>The web can be weaponised – and we can't count on big tech to stop it<p>Read more<p>Berners-Lee, in an open letter to mark the 29th …

Social Media

The Deadly Rule of the Oligarchs

Oligarchic rule, as Aristotle pointed out, is a deviant form of government. Oligarchs care nothing for competency, intelligence, honesty, …

Political Science

Why Is Venezuela in Crisis?

As I reported for <i>The Nation</i> in late June, while Venezuela is not “in a state of total collapse,” as per <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> and other mainstream media …

The Bankruptcy of the American Left

There will be no economic or political justice for the poor, people of color, women or workers within the framework of global, corporate capitalism. …

Political Science

'Class-passing': how do you learn the rules of being rich?

On an October night in 2003, a flat tire changed Muhammad Faridi’s life forever.<p>Faridi was 20. An immigrant who’d moved from a small village in Pakistan to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn when he was 12, he split his time studying at City University of New York during the day, and driving his dad’s cab at …

Human Rights

Women's prison populations in 35 states 'worse than men's' study says

Imagine a word in which Michelle Alexander never wrote The New Jim Crow and Ava DuVernay never produced 13th.<p>A world in which Barack Obama never made criminal justice reform a part of his second-term agenda, creating the largest clemency project in recent US history.<p>I read The New Jim Crow in jail. …

University of Oklahoma

Air pollution: black, Hispanic and poor students most at risk from toxins – study

Schoolchildren across the US are plagued by air pollution that’s linked to multiple brain-related problems, with black, Hispanic and low-income students most likely to be exposed to a fug of harmful toxins at school, scientists and educators have warned.<p>The warnings come after widespread exposure …

Pollution

Why Climate Change Is Worsening Public Health Problems

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