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The Whole Economic System is Rigged for the Rich.

  • Part 1: Of Course College Admissions Rigged for the Rich. The Whole Economic System Is.
  • The college admissions scandal is just the tip of the inequality iceberg.
  • Part 2: School Daze: Use That Bribe Scandal to Fight for Debt-Free College.
  • Since 2006, student loan debt has grown 170 percent.

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Part 1: Of Course College Admissions Rigged for the Rich. The Whole Economic System Is.

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/ A commencement ceremony at Yalu University. "It's no shock college admissions are rigged for the rich," writes Gerard. "The whole economic system is rigged by the rich." (Photo: via Yales News)

The college admissions scandal is just the tip of the inequality iceberg.

Leo Gerard, Common Dreams

Thursday, March 14, 2019 | The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children.

The lesson is that no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart or talented you are, a dumb, lazy rich kid is going to beat you.

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Part 2: School Daze: Use That Bribe Scandal to Fight for Debt-Free College.


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 / Last week’s revelation of a big college bribery scandal among the rich and famous is further proof of the vast inequality between rich and poor and the plutocracy’s willingness to game the schools for themselves while ignoring the educational plight of everyone else. (Photo: Getty)

Since 2006, student loan debt has grown 170 percent.

Michael Winship, Common Dreams

Monday, March 18, 2019 | This will come as no surprise to most sentient human beings but we have an education crisis in this country that begins with the Cheeto Benito in the White House and trickles down all the way to households in which a child has never had a storybook read to them.

That my generation, as a wise man once said, is the first to teach the next generation less than we know goes beyond a sad commentary on our growing collective ignorance to reflect a society in which the best education is too often reserved for the scions of the high and mighty, the children of the very wealthy.

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Let’s Fight for Universal Childcare

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It’s good for the economy and consistent with our values.

 

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Katrina vanden Heuvel, the Nation

February 26, 2019 | A few weeks ago, Nation columnist Katha Pollitt wrote a compelling New York Times piece endorsing “day care for all.” Noting that childcare is “one of the biggest costs a family faces,” often surpassing even college tuition, Pollitt argued that a lack of affordable childcare is a problem on par with challenges that receive far more attention from leading progressives. “So why isn’t it on the front burner of the revitalized left?” she asked.

The question turned out to be prescient. Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) unveiled her proposal for universal childcare in the United States. While other candidates have discussed the need for affordable childcare—and it was one of Hillary Clinton’s priorities in 2016—Warren’s plan is clearly the most ambitious proposal to date. It would establish a network of federally funded, locally run childcare centers across the nation. Enrollment would be completely free for millions of children and affordable for all, with the total cost per family capped at 7 percent of a family’s income, no matter the number of kids. The centers would be staffed by qualified care providers, who would be paid similarly to teachers. Access would be guaranteed, but families with the means to choose other options would be free to do so. And it would be fully paid for with revenue from the wealth tax Warren has called for on households with a net worth greater than $50 million.

Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of the Nation.

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What America Has Done To its Young People is Appalling ~ James Ostrowski. Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

 

  • http://cdn-1.incredibleart.org/lessons/middle/images/kiddies.jpgPerhaps some of the problems young people face are caused by dysfunctional family situations and our failing education system.
  • From James Ostrowski at lewrockwell.com
  • Related: From the Archives | 28 People Who Prove Our Education System Is Failing

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Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue

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  • Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society
  • Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.
  • Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
  • We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse
  • Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment
  • All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

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Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society

Julie Asher, Catholic News Service / National Catholic Reporter


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Understanding the plague of sexual abuse in this country means going beyond the immediate headlines and understanding what experts are saying about this scourge. It also means looking not only at the Catholic Church but at all institutions and societal structures where abuse can take place.

Julie Asher <>, Catholic News Service / National Catholic Reporter

Feb 11, 2019 | Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.

More than 60,000 children are reported to have been abused every year, outnumbering those killed by guns or cars. Those who survive are often left not only with physical wounds, but also with psychological wounds that may never heal. These wounds exact both a profound personal and social cost.

Julie Asher: national editor at Catholic News Service

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Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
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We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse — starting with purity teachings that shame survivors.

Linda Kay Klein, NBC News Think

Feb. 12, 2019 | Sexual abuse was never just a Catholic problem. But unlike the Catholic structure, evangelical churches like the one I grew up in and have spent the past 13 years researching are largely self-governing. This means we’ve mostly lacked the kind of bureaucratic record that might prove systemic abuse the way it’s been documented in Catholic dioceses.



Sexual violence extends well beyond the church, yet I have found that religious authoritarianism and purity culture can enable it.



Now, a report on a major evangelical denomination is changing all that.

Linda Kay Klein is the author of "Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free," and the founder of "Break Free Together," a nonprofit committed to helping people release shame and claim their whole selves.

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Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment

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Worker leadership and mobilization, state and local policy innovations, and industry commitments must be part of a collective, comprehensive, and holistic strategy to eliminate sex-based, discriminatory workplace practices.

Diana Boesch, Jocelyn Frye, and Kaitlin Holmes, Center for American Progress

January 15, 2019 | Survivors' stories that have fueled the #MeToo movement are a vivid, troubling reminder of the need to combat sexual harassment in all workplaces and industries, especially for workers who face the steepest imbalances of power.



All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.



Importantly, there are successful strategies that have been deployed at the state level that are already making a difference.

This report highlights innovations to transform workplace practices and create better work environments for all—from worker-led initiatives to voluntary employer commitments to state-level legislative efforts and more.

Policymakers must prioritize bold, concrete action steps to combat sexual harassment and misconduct.

Diana Boesch is a research assistant for the Women’s Initiative at the Center for American Progress.
Jocelyn Frye
is a senior fellow at the Center. Her expertise is Women's economic security, women's rights.
Kaitlin Holmes was a research assistant for the Women’s Initiative at the Center.

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Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors. Credo Action / Ultraviolet

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  • Tell Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos: "Do not eviscerate protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault."
  • Related: These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government.

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Court Rules School Can Use Electric Shock as Punishment For Special Needs Students

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The use of shock therapy has been proven to be ineffective, and it is not used very often because other treatments work much better.

John Vibes, Activist Post

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July 2, 2018 | Family Court (Bristol County, MA) Judge Katherine Field denied a motion to stop the use of electric shock on disabled students, a form of punishment that has been controversial for years after news of the practice first reached the public in 2013 when video surfaced of an 18-year-old student receiving dozens of shocks for refusing to take off his jacket.

“(The state) failed to demonstrate that there is now a professional consensus that the Level III aversive treatment used at JRC does not conform to the accepted standard of care for treating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” Judge Field wrote in her decision.

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Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

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  • Tell Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:   "Do not eviscerate protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault."
  • Related: These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government.
  • Related: Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue

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Betsy DeVos wants to make schools less safe. Submit a comment to stop her.



This proposed rule is designed to deter survivors from reporting harassment and assault. DeVos’ changes allow schools to ignore assaults that happen off campus and limit who students can report to. Those who do report will face a process set up to intimidate and traumatize them – not protect them. But we can stop these changes from becoming official. Before these proposed rule can go into effect, the Department of Education must make them available for public comment and then address the concerns raised in the comments. Will you submit a comment now?

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These are the obscure Trump staffers who are systematically dismantling the federal government. Josh Israel, Danielle McLean, Think Progress
Yvette Cabrera, Joshua Eaton, and Kira Lerner contributed reporting to this story.


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  • Back in October (2017) a leaked Office of Management and Budget (OMB) document revealed that eight staffers are quietly poised to take an axe to domestic policy. After examining these eight members, we found they're deeply conservative and uniquely suited to dismantle or outsource major parts of the federal government.
  • Related: Republicans’ lack of alarm over the shutdown reveals a disturbing truth.

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Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society
  • Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.
  • Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
  • We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse
  • Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment
  • All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

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