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The U.S. has not been a union-friendly nation in the last few decades, and union membership continues to decline in some sectors. However, unions appear to be entering the autumn season on a fierce note. Workers can thank the economy that bounced back from the COVID epidemic for a flurry of successful organization attempts. Plummeting...
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"They came back and, without the knowledge of most of the legislature, they changed the bill to take half of that funding away from children in foster care and give it to children in private schools.”
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The city of Jackson, Mississippi hosted several Pride-based events throughout the month of June, giving the Lighthouse time to grab a few celebrants and pepper them with questions. We were looking for insight on what LGBTQ+ residents find appealing about this tiny, blue spot in the middle of the bright red Bible Belt. We were...
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D.C. residents are campaigning hard for statehood in the aftermath of Congress’ push to undermine local marijuana laws. Residents are furious that the more conservative U.S. Congress recently passed the Harris Rider provision, which undermines the district’s effort to legalize recreational marijuana.  In 2014, D.C. residents voted in favor of legalizing marijuana, but  their effortto...
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Blackwell Collage by Sarah Hairston Mayor Unita Blackwell was Mississippi’s first Black female mayor, and she represents a generational effort by Black Mississippians to defy 200 years of un-democratic government and shape Mississippi into a true democracy.  Two centuries after this nation declared independence for everyone wealthy, white, and male, Blackwell and her brave community...
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Book bans continued this month with a brief effort by the Goddard school district, in Wichita, Kansas, to ban a list of books including well-known novels “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison, “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas and “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.  The list, which was created and submitted by a...
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It may shock you to know, many inmates in correctional facilities aren’t there to get reformed. They’re there because they do disruptive things. In fact, much of the U.S. prison population caught the bad end of an angry judge merely because of co-occurring substance use disorders or clinical challenges, coupled with legal and poverty-related disadvantages....
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Primarily white GOP lawmakers intend to blow $400 million of their $2.1 billion allotment from the federal pandemic rescue plan to build two 4,000-bed prisons, plus a women’s correctional facility. U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York, called the diversion an abuse of funds, claiming it “will particularly harm communities of color who are already disproportionately impacted by over-incarceration and this public health crisis.” Nadler then asked the U.S. treasury department to disrupt the blatant “misuse” of pandemic-related funding by any state, particularly Alabama. 
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White Mississippi leaders are digging their heels in on refusing to expand Medicaid in the state, despite the resulting financial fallout and health problems. With a mountain of evidence favoring expansion critics are beginning to look past the opposition’s illogic and seeing something else in all the stubbornness. Some detect the specter of racism.  “I can’t speak to these political leaders or their motivation (for refusing to expand Medicaid)...
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Those financial benefits are precisely why Black community leaders keep invitations open to potential polluters. The money is still good, despite coming at a cost to African American neighbors. The U.S. Census reports the city of Gloster is more than 80 percent Black. More than half the town’s residents also live below the poverty line. Drax...
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