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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.

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…

Can Government Pick Up Where Unions Left Off?

Can Government Pick Up Where Unions Left Off?

With union power waning, governments are implementing workers' rights. It's time to build a national movement built on grassroots efforts.…

Detroit Sinks Deeper Into Hell As It Faces Right Wing Utopian Fantasies

Detroit Sinks Deeper Into Hell As It Faces Right Wing Utopian Fantasies

Detroit faces austerity, vulture capitalists, and privatization as right wing ideologues pounce. Of course, no good will come of it.…

The New Terrorists: How Ordinary American Activists are Receiving This Dangerous Label

The New Terrorists: How Ordinary American Activists are Receiving This Dangerous Label

The trend to label ordinary American activists as domestic terrorists is alarming, bringing to new reasons to revisit the PATRIOT act.…

Criminalizing Students Cripples Their Future and Lines the Pockets of the Corrections Industry

Criminalizing Students Cripples Their Future and Lines the Pockets of the Corrections Industry

The alarming trend of criminalizing youth will only lead to increased criminal behavior, but the prison industry is eager for the business…

Even Conservatives are Finding Nearly Two Trillion in Potential Savings in the Defense Budget

Even Conservatives are Finding Nearly Two Trillion in Potential Savings in the Defense Budget

Long a target for cuts by liberals, two fiscally conservatives groups have now also joined the call for reduced defense spending.…

President Obama’s Leadership on Mental Health Goes Largely Unnoticed

President Obama’s Leadership on Mental Health Goes Largely Unnoticed

This week, the President led an important conference with new initiatives on mental health, but it was overlooked in favor of other news.…

A Brief Summary of Corporate Depravity Shows How They Earn Our Contempt

A Brief Summary of Corporate Depravity Shows How They Earn Our Contempt

It is all too easy to find corporate malfeasance. It is the basis of their nasty reputations, and the reason they need to be regulated.…

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