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April 4, 2013 · By Ajamu Baraka
April 4th is an anniversary that I suspect many people in the U.S., including those in government, would prefer that people ignored. On that date 45 years ago, James Earl Ray, supposedly acting alone, murdered Martin Luther King Jr. on a balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee — silencing one of the great oppositional voices in U.S. politics.
Unlike the celebrations organized around the birthday of Dr. King, with which the U.S. government severs Dr. King from the black movement for social justice that produced him and transforms his oppositional stances into a de-radicalized, liberal, integrationist dream narrative, the anniversary of the murder of Dr. King creates a challenge for the government and its attempt to manage the memory and meaning of Dr. King. The assassination of Dr. King raises uncomfortable questions — not only due to the evidence that his murder was a “hit” carried out by elements of the U.S. government, but also because of what Dr. King was saying before he was killed about issues like poverty and U.S. militarism .
Read the rest of this post at http://www.ajamubaraka.com/
Ajamu Baraka is an IPS associate fellow.
April 3, 2013 · By Emily Schwartz Greco
This week in OtherWords, we're running a Tax Day special edition. Sam Paltrow-Krulwich talks about the "gay tax" her family must pay until the nation fully embraces marriage equality, Scott Klinger highlights the declining share of tax revenue that American corporations contribute, and Gerald Scorse calls for parity between the taxes on income from wealth and work.
Speaking of taxes, here's a friendly reminder: OtherWords is a free and non-profit editorial service funded by tax-deductible donations from people like you. Please consider making one today.
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- Transplanting Taxes from Corporations to the Rest of Us / Scott Klinger
American taxpayers are increasingly picking up the tab for unpaid corporate taxes.
- The Gay Tax / Sam Paltrow-Krulwich
Marriage equality is about civil rights — and tax justice.
- Futile Military Financing / Chris Toensing
Almost all the $3.1 billion in yearly U.S. aid to Israel is now slated for weapons.
- New Health Care Taxes: A Poor Prescription / Gerald Scorse
Hitting the rich on Medicare blurs the case for a major tax reform.
- We’re Watching a Great Depression Re-Run / Donald Kaul
Virtually everything about the economic catastrophe of the 1930s has a precise parallel in today's major political dilemmas.
- A Wall Street Powerhouse Attorney Talks Sense / Sam Pizzigati
Taxes can do more than simply raise revenue.
- A Recipe for a Sounder Diet / Jill Richardson
There are ways to make healthy food affordable that don't require abusing farmworkers.
- Fracking Free Speech / Jim Hightower
The gagged townspeople of Sanford, New York are suing their town board over the infringement of their First Amendment rights.
- Under-Taxing the Rich Is Uncivilized / Emily Schwartz Greco and William A. Collins We all pay for those cuts down the road.
- Taxing Economics / Khalil Bendib Cartoon
March 27, 2013 · By Emily Schwartz Greco
This week in OtherWords, Jill Richardson makes the case for raising chickens in your backyard and Sam Pizzigati discusses Ford's worker-financed bailout.
Donald Kaul is taking a spring break this week and will be back on April 3, when we'll run a Tax Day special edition.
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- A Plateful of Justice / Javier Rojo
The people that wash your dishes and the folks who cook and serve your food deserve better.
- Ditching ‘Rape Culture’ for Good / Alana Baum
From HBO's "Girls" to CNN's coverage of the Steubenville case, it's time for people to start talking about rape in a more productive way.
- A Dubious Honor / Wenonah Hauter
How can Smithfield rank so high on Fortune's list of most-admired companies?
- Don’t Cheat Your Grandma / Martha Burk
One idea for cutting Social Security that's gaining popularity in Washington would hurt the elderly, especially older women.
- When Workers Foot the Bill for Bailouts / Sam Pizzigati
U.S. executives, including Ford CEO Alan Mulally, are personally profiting off their employees' pain.
- Why I’m a Chick with Chicks / Jill Richardson
As a visit to my Cluckingham Palace coop proves, small-scale chicken raising is compatible with modern city life.
- Obama’s Unethical End Run / Jim Hightower
Obama's transparent deception on special-interest money.
- A Tortured History / William A. Collins
Could you or I be kidnapped and waterboarded and still have no right to sue?
- Invisible Hand University / Khalil Bendib cartoon
March 25, 2013 · By
The Institute for Policy Studies invites you to IPS's 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion highlighting bold and progressive social movements over the last 5 decades. From October 11th-13th, 2013, we will host a weekend of events in Washington, D.C. honoring progressive activists and activism and envisioning a plan for the future.
We will begin with an opening "reunion" reception to celebrate IPSers from the past, present and future on Friday, October 11, 2013. This will be a great opportunity for old friends to reconnect and for the extended IPS family to come together. On Saturday and Sunday, we will hold an “Ideas into Action” Festival featuring workshops, forums, and artistic expressions as well as a bazaar for our progressive partners and allies to feature their work. The celebration will culminate with a VIP dinner at Busboys and Poets and an interactive gala at the historic Union Station on Sunday evening with over 600 people, including notable progressives from major social movements in the past 50 years and rising young public scholars and activists of today.
The Theme of the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion is "The Next 50 Years" and all events will be intergenerational with an emphasis on the next generation of public scholars and a bold, progressive future.
October 11th, 2013
IPS Reunion Reception
October 12th-13th, 2013
Ideas into Action Festival
October 13th, 2013
IPS Sustainable Dinner
October 13th, 2013
50th Anniversary Gala
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Together, we can bring together the IPS community for a truly amazing weekend! Please also stay abreast by joining our IPS Community: Celebrating 50 Years on Facebook.
If you would like to help with planning and preparation or know of IPSers we should be contacting, please email Joy Zarembka, Associate Director, at email@example.com or call 202-787-5244.
February 27, 2013 · By Robin Broad and John Cavanagh
Cross-posted from the Yes! Magazine blog.
You are celebrating your birthday at your favorite restaurant and you’ve just ordered a tasty, locally grown organic meal. You savor the food, while feeling good that you are contributing to a better world. What could be better?
Well, for starters: the conditions of the people serving and busing your table.
Most don’t make a living wage. Indeed, most of your servers work for the same minimum wage they’ve gotten for 22 years: $2.13 an hour. That’s right: no increase for a generation. Therefore, most workers have no choice but to work if they’re sick because nine out of ten don’t receive paid sick leave. Yes, if you are reading this now because you’re sick at home, you may well have caught your disease from a sick restaurant employee who had no choice but to work.
There is a new chilling-yet-ultimately-hopeful book that tells the story of the millions who toil to serve us in restaurants: Behind the Kitchen Door. It is hopeful because its dynamo author, Saru Jayaraman, and dozens of courageous restaurant workers created a group that is fighting for their rights: the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC).