Politics

Race, and the Race for 2012

As the race for 2012 heats up, and as showcase “debates” proliferate to select the Republican challenger to President Obama, countless questions on race linger unspoken by media interlocutors and pundits.  Here are a few for consideration. To Mitt Romney: … Continued

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Contract Workers in the Belly of the Food System

A block-long tent city of pickets and placards lines a main thoroughfare on the south side of Minneapolis, just off  the property of a huge Cub Food supermarket.  Hunger strikers supporting low-wage contract food system workers underscore the irony of … Continued

Food Justice

Packinghouse Bathroom Breaks: Leaving Human Dignity at the Plant Gate

It happened again several weeks ago.  He asked permission to go to the bathroom.  His supervisor told him to wait till a replacement was found for his position on the line. The supervisor didn’t come back. He could wait no … Continued

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Called Out, Anti-Immigrant Movement Just Can’t Let Go of Father John

With money and media masters at their side one would think that the big-name nativists featured in a recent New York Times article would have handled the story of their kinship with John Tanton, the “anti-immigrant crusader” who birthed them, … Continued

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The Tantonites Just Don’t Get It…

When high-grade ore in Minnesota’s Iron Range began running low some years back, mining companies turned to extracting taconite, an iron-bearing hard rock once discarded as uneconimcal in the mining process. Taconite.  Tantonite. As the aging John Tanton, patriarch of … Continued

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Anti-Muslim Bigotry: The Deadly Fires of Hate

It may be 780 miles from the halls of Congress to Gainesville, Florida, but the distance between anti-Muslim bigots in both locales is but an arm’s length. Put Muslim-bashing Congressman Peter King and the heretical, Qur’an-burning Terry Jones in a … Continued

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Prancing with the Stars: Steve King to Host Pearce and Beck in Iowa

In just a few weeks Arizona’s stalwart bigot, state senator Russell Pearce and NumbersUSA’s Roy Beck will journey to springtime Iowa to lend their support for Steve King’s ever-rising anti-immigrant credentials. King, Iowa’s Fifth District Congressman, is hosting his “Conservative … Continued

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Steve King and the Sound of Iowa’s Silence

One really has to wonder where the good people of Iowa are when it comes to U.S. Representative Steve King, who regularly spouts and touts some of the most extreme and extraordinary positions taken by anyone in Congress.  The sound … Continued

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Basking in Deletion of “Civil Rights” and “Labor” from Committees, House Leaders Vow More Name Changes

Leaders of the new House Majority did not slack off during the Christmas break.  In the giving spirit of the season, they generously provided new names to several key Committees.  The Education and Labor Committee was re-christened the Education and … Continued

Food Justice

Acts of Resistance and Hope, Breaking the Barriers of Power

In a restaurant in a small Midwest town last week three workers got fired for standing up for a new employee promised one salary and given significantly less after his first week on the job.  They took the injustice to … Continued