40,000 Verizon Workers Strike Against Corporate ‘Race to the Bottom’

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Tens of thousands protest Verizon’s plan to cut middle class jobs despite raking in billions in profits   Verizon workers across the East Coast marched in picket lines on Wednesday in the largest U.S. strike in recent memory to protest the “corporate greed” of the multinational communications behemoth. Verizon has failed to negotiate a fair contract with its employees despite making billions in monthly profits and multiple concessions on the part of union members. Verizon employees’ contract expired eight months ago and talks over a new contract, which have gone on for ten months, broke off last week. About 40,000 […]

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7 Paths to Development That Bring Neighborhoods Wealth, Not Gentrification

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The seven drivers of community wealth building work together. Starting with a devotion to a place, this approach builds on local assets of many kinds. At the heart of it all is an inclusive focus on the needs of low-income families, people of color, and those with barriers to employment. The end goal is a new system that helps broadly held community wealth to flourish.

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Creating a Constituency for the News

Media consolidation has left many communities with a terrible lack of news service.

In the wake of runaway media consolidation, it’s getting harder to stay informed about your own community. There’s a crisis in journalism. Rapidly changing consumer habits have slashed demand for the print editions of newspapers and magazines, squeezed advertising dollars, and made thousands of media jobs vanish. The news industry’s downturn has created another crisis: People across the country are finding it harder to get the information they need to participate in society and be engaged members of their communities. The public loses the most when local news coverage disappears. According to the latest census from the American Society of […]

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Free College Plan Would Help Low-Income Students

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The average out of pocket cost facing community college students from low-income families ranges from $8,000-$11,000 per year. That is after all grant aid is taken into account, and it represents the amount that students must borrow and earn in order to make college possible. The situation facing moderate-income families is not much better—and they are often in a more difficult situation since they have little disposable income and yet cannot access the federal Pell Grant.

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