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Deborah is a former social work professor who taught social policy, mental health policy, and human diversity. Proud to be called liberal, she happily pays her taxes after being raised in a home that needed long-term welfare. Contrary to the opinion of many, she is living proof that government investment in children leads them out of poverty having received services from Head Start to Pell Grants. Deborah works with low-income, first generation, and disabled college students who are at high-risk for dropping out of college in a program designed to help them graduate. She lives with her husband, stepson, and an aging cat.

Supreme Court Opens the Door to Harassment So Should Liberals Take Advantage of It?

Supreme Court Opens the Door to Harassment So Should Liberals Take Advantage of It?

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled anti-choice protesters can harass women going into clinics. Should liberals likewise protest this way?…

African American Woman Compared To Ape in Instagram Photo by Coworkers

African American Woman Compared To Ape in Instagram Photo by Coworkers

Lisa Fisher, an African American woman, was shocked to find her photo posted on Instagram by coworkers, being compared to an ape.…

Louisiana Lawmakers Act to Become Accessories to Murder

Louisiana Lawmakers Act to Become Accessories to Murder

Louisiana lawmakers voted to force abortion doctors to identify themselves on the internet in an effort to scare them off or get them killed…

No, the Fact Elliot Rodgers Killed More Men Than Women Doesn’t Change His Misogyny

No, the Fact Elliot Rodgers Killed More Men Than Women Doesn’t Change His Misogyny

Some men have been suggesting Rodgers' killing of more men than women means he wasn't a misogynist. Nothing could be further from the truth.…

Did Conservatives Kill School Busing Because It Was Actually Working?

Did Conservatives Kill School Busing Because It Was Actually Working?

As the successes of school busing have been forgotten, maligned, and legally deterred, school segregation has become the norm again…

The Revenge of the Poor, Betrayal of the Elite Now Leads to The Rise of Super Bugs

The Revenge of the Poor, Betrayal of the Elite Now Leads to The Rise of Super Bugs

Neglecting the conditions and healthcare of the poor has contributed to drug-resistant microbes which have reached crisis proportions.…

It’s All Too Easy to Relate To The Documentary ‘The Brainwashing of My Dad’

It’s All Too Easy to Relate To The Documentary ‘The Brainwashing of My Dad’

An upcoming documentary, "The Brainwashing of My Dad" traces how right wing media morphed a mild-mannered Democrat into a racist Republican. It happens all the time.…

A Guide to White Privilege for White People Who Think They’ve Never Had Any

A Guide to White Privilege for White People Who Think They’ve Never Had Any

Economically disadvantaged white people have the hardest time accepting that they have white privilege, but they do.…

King Ended the Reign of Terror So Now It’s Time For the Truth About White Privilege

King Ended the Reign of Terror So Now It’s Time For the Truth About White Privilege

White people have largely ended violence. Now, it is time for telling the truth about privilege and facing what it means to lose it.…

Eliminating Poverty Is More Than Just Putting Dollars In The Pockets Of The Poor

Eliminating Poverty Is More Than Just Putting Dollars In The Pockets Of The Poor

An implicit goal of the War on Poverty was to make the US a true meritocracy, and in this sense, it missed its target.…

Liberals Have Fought Alone Since the War on Poverty Ended in 1980

Liberals Have Fought Alone Since the War on Poverty Ended in 1980

The snide satisfaction conservatives gloat in their declaration that the War on Poverty failed is apropos given how they sabotaged it …

On This Thanksgiving, A Long-Term Poverty Survivor Gives Thanks

On This Thanksgiving, A Long-Term Poverty Survivor Gives Thanks

Liberals can take a moment to pat themselves on the back. There are poor people everywhere who are grateful for their help. Here's my thanks.…

Low Wage Work Rebellion May Finally Bring Down Our Poverty Rate

Low Wage Work Rebellion May Finally Bring Down Our Poverty Rate

People should not work full-time for wages that put them below the poverty line, but it is all too common. Now, they're taking a stand.…

Recent Judicial Decisions Show How Crucial It is To Fight for Obama’s Nominees

Recent Judicial Decisions Show How Crucial It is To Fight for Obama’s Nominees

Recent appalling decisions by Bush-appointed judges show the importance of getting some Obama-appointed judges on the bench. If only he could …

The Real Villains Behind the Criticisms of Obamacare

The Real Villains Behind the Criticisms of Obamacare

The media is quick to look for anything negative about Obamacare, but they protect the real culprit: insurance company behavior…

Stop-and-Frisk is Back, So If You’re Black, Assume the Position

Stop-and-Frisk is Back, So If You’re Black, Assume the Position

NYC's stop-and-frisk program was going to start seeing reforms including oversight and cameras on patrol, but a federal court has halted it.…

Can The Conservative Mind Be Changed?

Can The Conservative Mind Be Changed?

Accumulating research suggests political beliefs are hard-wired into our biology, so can conservatives change their minds?…

Let’s Get this Straight, the Kochs Are Menacing, Soros is Benevolent

Let’s Get this Straight, the Kochs Are Menacing, Soros is Benevolent

Conservatives incessantly drone on and on about George Soros as a villain, when the Koch brothers are discussed. Who's the real villain? …

It’s Amazing What the American People Will Believe About Obamacare

It’s Amazing What the American People Will Believe About Obamacare

The fact that there are people who still believe in death panels is pathetic enough, but now they think there will be forced home visits.…

ALEC Continues to Push Failed Market-Based Educational Reforms

ALEC Continues to Push Failed Market-Based Educational Reforms

Market-based educational reform is an utter failure, and yet we still can't shake the nasty remnants of its bad policy influence…

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