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A White Poet Borrows a Chinese Name and Sets Off Fireworks

September 11, 2015This year’s edition of the anthology “Best American Poetry” has come under criticism for including a poem by a white poet writing under a Chinese pseudonym, touching off intense online debate about diversity, inclusion and racial entitlement in the poetry world.Read More (Via The New York Times)

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NYT Reviews Firelight Media's 'The Black Panthers...

September 2, 2015 "The beginning of 'The Black Panthers,' Stanley Nelson’s excellent new documentary, includes a television news report on tensions between black citizens and the police in American cities. If not for the fuzzy, monochrome images and the voice-over’s unironic use of the word 'Negroes,' the clip could have been broadcast last week, instead of almost 50 years ago. And if Mr. Nelson doesn’t...

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Gap To End On-Call Scheduling For Workers

August 28, 2015Gap Inc. announced Wednesday that it would end on-call scheduling for employees at its stores by the end of September, making it the latest retailer to drop a practice increasingly seen as unfriendly to working families.In a post on a company blog, Andi Owen, global president for Banana Republic, said Gap Inc.'s various brands had been reevaluating their scheduling practices over the...

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Court backs Obama on minimum wage, overtime for home health...

August 27, 2015The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed a victory to the Obama administration on Friday, ruling that the Department of Labor can make home-care providers eligible for the minimum wage and overtime pay.The three-judge panel on the federal court of appeals reversed the decision of a lower court, stating that the administration's move was within the powers of the Fair Labor...

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Rolling in Sackcloth and Ashes

June 25, 2015"This morning, I awoke under the watchful eye of that certificate into a living nightmare. Reports about the shooting at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, dominated my social media feed as texts from friends and colleagues poured in. Some expressed sorrow. Others shock. Yet, the most visceral feeling in my gut was rage. Nine bullets pierced the side of nine black...

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Domestic Worker Groups Announce Alliance At Clinton Global...

June 10, 2015                                                             Ai-jen Poo, Director of NDWA, and Sheila Lirio Marcelo, CEO of Care.com, announce an alliance and the Fair Care Pledge alongside Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global...

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Can Southern Company Shareholders Persuade Its Board to...

May 28, 2015The Nathan Cummings Foundation and other Southern Company investors publicly voiced concerns about the company's board of directors ahead of its annual meeting of shareholders this month. One point of particular concern was Southern’s support for controversial climate change skeptic Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon. Read more (via Huffington Post)

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With victory in L.A., the $15 minimum wage fight goes...

May 27, 2015On Labor Day last year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti went to a celebration in a park on the south end of the city and announced what he called “the largest anti-poverty program in the city’s history”: boosting the minimum wage to $13.25 per hour by 2017. It was an ambitious move for a town that hadn’t recovered quite as strongly from the recession as two of its northern neighbors —...

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