National Politics

Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Robert A McDonald

GOP Attacks On VA Hurt Vets in Need

Posted July 30, 2015 by Suzanne Gordon

Any US veteran who depends on the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for their healthcare should check out CSPN’s broadcast of the July 25 House Committee on Veterans Affairs. For over two hours, Congressional representatives grilled the Secretary of the Department
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Inset of Seattle parking rate map. Image via The Urbanist

Data-Driven Parking Policy Pays Off in Seattle

Posted July 30, 2015 by Brad Aaron

Seattle is set to improve upon its successful street parking program by setting meter rates based on demand. The Seattle Department of Transportation keeps a close watch on curbside parking, reports Stephen Fesler at The Urbanist, with regular audits and
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A Clinton campaign house meeting in 2008

Will UFW Strategy Elect the Next President?

Posted July 28, 2015 by

In my book, Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century, I describe how the farmworkers movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s impacted social and political movements beyond the fields. Barack Obama
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Not Your Mascot

Posted July 27, 2015 by Eileen Norman

In the current political environment, there is a lot of talk about symbols and history. The recent decision to remove the Confederate Flag from government buildings in South Carolina sparked a nationwide conversation on how symbols of our past may
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Was Sandra Bland Punished for “Contempt of Cop?”

Posted July 23, 2015 by Cheryl Dorsey

After having viewed the police dashcam video of the Waller County State Trooper who stopped Sandra Bland for failing to signal prior to a lane change, my assumptions were confirmed. The Texas State Trooper punished Sandra Bland—much like fired police
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Section 504 protests in 1977 paved way for the ADA

The ADA Turns 25

Posted July 21, 2015 by

This month marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a remarkable triumph of activism and political savvy. The ADA’s passage in 1990 followed more than a decade of intense grassroots organizing by a constituency marginalized and
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Posted July 20, 2015 by ANH LE

On July 7, President Barack Obama met with Nguyen Trong Phu, Viet Nam’s Communist Party Secretary at the White House. On April 15, we commemorated the 40-year anniversary of the end of the Viet Nam War. My father served as
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