US Layoffs Hold Steady as 2017 Winds Down

December 28, 2017

The number of Americans filing new applications for unemploy-ment benefits held steady last week near historically low levels, the latest evidence of health in the US economy as 2017 draws to a close. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs […]

Nichols: The 2017 Progressive Honor Roll

December 28, 2017

“’Resistance’ was the watchword for 2017,” writes John Nichols in The Nation. “Resistance not just to Donald Trump, but to a status quo that gave our most powerful bully pulpit to an actual bully. Progressives not only refused to go backward in 2017; they demanded a new conversation that challenged old […]

Court Rules Against Oregon Bakers in Wedding-Cake Case

December 28, 2017

An appellate court Thursday upheld a penalty against Oregon bakery owners who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding almost five years ago. The owners of the since-closed Gresham bakery — Aaron and Melissa Klein — argued that […]

McAlevey: What #MeToo Can Teach the Labor Movement

December 27, 2017

“My first #MeToo memory is from the kitchen of the Red Eagle Diner on Route 59 in Rockland County, New York,” writes Jane McAlevey in In These Times. “I was 16 years old, had moved out of my home, and was financially on my own. The senior […]

Nader: For Year End Charitable Giving—Some Favorites

December 27, 2017

“Here are some of my favorite, frugal, effective non-profit citizen action organizations that you may wish to favor with your tax-deductible generosity,” writes Ralph Nader in CounterPunch. 1. Veterans For Peace (VFP): Composed of veterans from World […]

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