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How does your representative vote on gun control/gun rights?

After the most recent mass shooting–at Umpqua Community College in Oregon–President Obama urged Americans to look into where their Congressional representatives stand on gun-control legislation. With surveys showing that most Americans support common-sense gun laws–including universal background checks–you have to wonder if Congressional representatives’ attitudes coincide with prevailing public opinion. The following article, originally posted…

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What Donald Trump doesn’t know about the Mexican farm workers who make his 5-star dinner possible

Donald Trump’s sneers about Latino rapists, criminals, and druggies coming-to-harm-your-property-and-your-kids have real-life consequences. His all-too-familiar ethnic scapegoating intentionally obscures the truth about a community that’s made up for the most part of hard-working, well-intentioned, and law-abiding people just trying to support their families by working jobs that would otherwise go unfilled. For some, Trump is…

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Bernie Sanders: Plain-speaking on the death of the middle class

Bernie Sanders–now a declared candidate for President–is not new to the business of truth-telling. The following article, originally published here in 2013, chronicles one of his finest moments… Want to hear the real story on the destruction of the middle class in this country?  Without spin? Without obfuscation? Watch this excerpt of a rare moment…

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Who am I? Guess the progressive

Can you identify this person? Occasional Planet’s “Who Am I” series features people who have made important contributions to liberal thought, progressive politics, human rights, enlightened education, environmental awareness, and “small-d” democratic principles–both in the US and internationally. The abbreviated bios in our “Progressive Hall of Fame” only hint at the scope of our hall…

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