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Reimagining School Safety

A look at the dangers posed to students by law enforcement and how to invest in real school safety for our nation’s children.

Spending More on the Military Means Lining the Pockets of Top Defense Industry Executives

Until we address the Pentagon’s revolving door, private corporate interests are always going to be put ahead of public well-being and care.

Reimagining School Safety Resolution Toolkit

Real school safety means divesting from school resource officers and investing in restorative practices, social development, health, and counseling.

Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

Many school districts are deciding that police in classrooms cause more problems than they solve.

Military Recruiters Don’t Belong in High Schools

Military recruiters deliberately exploit the financial and social insecurities of teenagers to enlist more soldiers.

At a Time of a Global Crises, the United States Is Weaponizing Its Humanitarian Aid

The US should prioritize humanitarian aid over military aid. The former makes for a safer future for all, while the latter makes the world more volatile.

Decriminalize Fare Evasion

You don’t go to jail for missing a highway toll. It shouldn’t be any different for fare evasion on public transportation.

How $9.3 Billion Funds Coronavirus Outbreaks in Federal Prisons

Why are we spending billions on a system set up only to amplify harm, especially in the context of a global public health crisis?

Police Kneeled With Me, Then They Drew Their Guns

“No mainstream media covered the abuse we experienced that night, but the mayor taking a knee went viral.”

If Money Is Tight, Climate Change Is Your Issue

40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency — and more emergencies are coming.

Teenagers Are Changing The World. Let Them Vote.

Young activists are leading global struggles over climate change and civil rights. They deserve to have a say in who runs their government.

Even Alongside Impeachment, AOC’s Plan to Eradicate Poverty Should Be Headline News

While Trump’s potential impeachment dominates news feeds, let’s not lose sight of the deep policy changes needed to make this country work for all of us.

This Labor Day, We Need Real Plans to Build Worker Power

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have far-reaching proposals to give workers something even more important than money: power.

US Jews on Trump’s Camps: ‘Never again’

I’m not saying the events of the Holocaust are repeating themselves right now. I’m saying that, as a Jew, I carry with me the memory of what can happen when everyday people allow our leaders to scapegoat an entire community.

What ‘Abolish Ice’ Really Means

It’s about asking whether we need an immigration system that terrorizes the least dangerous people in this country.

As the Far Right Goes Global, So Do Anti-BDS Bills

An increasingly global campaign to tar the BDS movement as “anti-Semitic” comes as Israel’s staunchest global defenders are increasingly anti-Semites themselves.

Critics of Campus Activists Don’t Care About Free Speech

They complain when students protest hateful speakers, but not when shadowy conservative groups and politicians write laws to punish our speech.

A Bus Tour Pushes For Higher Taxes on the Rich

Tax cuts have funneled wealth to the richest for decades. Activists have convened a nationwide bus tour to prove how unpopular those tax policies have been.

We Need These Amendments to the 2020 NDAA

While we debate the enormous Pentagon budget, let’s also keep an eye on these four critical amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.

What Sanctions Mean for My Iranian-American Family

As innocent people suffer the repercussions of sanctions, break-ins are on the rise — including at my grandparents’ house.