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Mass Incarceration is a Women’s Issue, Too Justice 

Mass Incarceration is a Women’s Issue, Too

United States (OW) – Over the last few years, our broken criminal justice system has become a national issue as horrific stories of victims of mass incarceration have made their way into the mainstream media. The dominant narrative around this issue is usually that it disproportionately affects people of color, particularly men. Many folks have heard of Kalief Browder, a New York teenager who took his own life after suffering nearly three years in solitary confinement, all for allegedly stealing a backpack. He was never tried. Fewer people know Maria Elena Hernandez, a retired California housecleaner who was jailed after police rejected Read More

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All National Monuments Created Since 1996 In Danger Of Privatization Environment 

All National Monuments Created Since 1996 In Danger Of Privatization

Yellowstone (OtherWords) – I’m writing this from Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, this was our first National Park. The world’s first, in fact. In an interesting window into how politics worked then (and now, arguably), Congress agreed to preserve this land only after being assured that it was entirely “worthless.” Of course, that was an utter lie. But for once in our nation’s history, lying in politics did some good. The real value of this park wasn’t known then, you see. Nobody knew that it set a precedent for the establishment of an entire National Park system that would Read More

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Waste Not, Want Not: One Simple Thing You Can Do To Save the Planet Activism Environment Featured 

Waste Not, Want Not: One Simple Thing You Can Do To Save the Planet

World (OtherWords) – We all know our consumer society creates far too much waste. OtherWords columnist and author of Recipe for America: Why Our Food System Is Broken and What We Can Do to Fix It Jill Richardson proposes a simple way to keep unwanted, but still useful items, out of landfills.  My neighbor moved out this week. I learned that when I found a moving truck blocking my car and I couldn’t get out of the driveway. No matter — by the end of the day, the truck was gone. In its place, however, was a queen-sized pillow-top mattress, a wooden Read More

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