Guilty of Being Poor

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(Photo: Tony Fischer/Flickr)Here’s something you might not know about Ferguson, Missouri: In this city of 21,000 people, 16,000 have outstanding arrest warrants. In fact, in 2013 alone, authorities issued 9,000 warrants for over 32,000 offenses.

That’s one-and-a-half offenses for every resident of Ferguson in just one year.

Most of the warrants are for minor offenses such as traffic or parking violations. And they’re part of a structural pattern of abuse, according to a recent Department of Justice investigation.

The damning report found that the city prioritized aggressive revenue collection over public safety. It documented unconstitutional policing, violations of due Read More

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Plutocracy the First Time Around: Revisiting the Great Upheaval and the First Gilded Age

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A rendering of the Haymarket Affair on May 4, 1886, in Chicago, Illinois. A bomb was thrown at a demonstration for workers’ rights, killing at least eight people. (Image: Haymarket Riot via Shutterstock)

What came to be known as the Great Upheaval, the movement for the eight-hour day, elicited what one historian has called “a strange enthusiasm.” The normal trade union strike is a finite event joining two parties contesting over limited, if sometimes intractable, issues. The mass strike in 1886 or before that in 1877 – all the many localized mass strikes that erupted in towns and small Read More

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How Marijuana Could Lift Native American Tribes Out Of Poverty

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Audience members look on at a tribal marijuana conference for tribal governments considering whether to legalize marijuana for medicinal, agricultural, or recreational use, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, in Tulalip, Wash.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Native American reservations have long topped the list of the poorest communities in the United States, with one in four Native Americans living in poverty and little potential for new businesses or growth. But a Native American tribe in Maine said this week it is considering commercial-scale production of marijuana, joining hundreds of other tribes looking at the industry as a potential goldmine for economic opportunity. Read More

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