Going Back to Work - What do we do with our kids?

They flipped the switch. With many states still showing rising or steady infection and death rates, the federal and state governments, against the guidelines set by our top public health experts, have sent the country back to work.  One of the many problems this raises for working parents is that of childcare. “Child care is the issue that has gotten the least attention in discussions about employees returning to work. As states begin to slowly reopen and return employees to work, working parents are left wondering who will care for their children if schools, day cares and camps are closed.” One Think Tank Member writes: Continue reading

An Interview with Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a young activist in Zanesville, Ohio. He recently helped lead a Black Lives Matter march in Zanesville along with fellow activist, Melissa Dickinson. The march stretched from Zanes Landing, ended at the courthouse, and lasted two and a half hours. The protest included speeches by activists and participants, poetry readings, and a moment of silence to honor all who have lost their lives to police brutality.  Continue reading

Introduction to Issue 3

The chickens come home to roost.  Continue reading

Election 2020

This may be the most fearful election in a lifetime. It is clear that federal policy over the last four years has failed to deal with the environmental crisis or the public health crisis. The stakes are incredibly high and the future is uncertain. But one thing is clear. Never before have we needed more good leadership from our elected officials, and a grassroots movement to make that happen.  Continue reading

Hope

Is there any hope that things will change for the better as a result of the pandemic? This article explains real proposals and bills in Congress that would bring greater equality and justice to the American people and protections for the planet. Continue reading

Did you get your Economic Stimulus Check?

Did you receive your stimulus check? Learn more about the legislation that has passed and other bills in Congress that could bring us greater relief during  this period of unemployment and insecurity. Continue reading

Update on Unemployment Compensation in the Pandemic

As the nation heads back to work against the advice of our public health experts, workers will have difficult decisions to make - paycheck or safety, employer or family. Not everyone in need will receive the promised Pandemic Relief check. And some states are moving to deny compensation to workers who are called back to work in less than safe conditions.  Continue reading

The (Un)Affordable Housing Train Wreck is Here - Let’s Build a Grassroots Agenda to Deal With It

“At some point, possibly in June, the situation will be reversed, with tenants forced to pay up to three months rent or risk losing their home. ... landlords will finally be able to collect rent from each property or evict those who do not pay. Dennis Harrington, attorney with Southeast Ohio Legal Services, said, “So many lost their income because they lost their jobs. There’s no forgiveness of rent out there. That’s going to be a problem.” (Newark Advocate May 14, 2020).    But that’s not all. Renters who are in recovery, re-entry, or treatment for mental health issues face additional discrimination from landlords, condemning them to a lifetime of high rents for poor housing at best, and homelessness at worst.    Continue reading

Non-Violent? Civil? Disobedience? A Critique of the Anti-Lockdown Protests

In the last month, there have been numerous anti-shelter-in-place protests at state houses, capitals, and city halls. The protesters demand that states reopen regardless of the public health consequences. In the name of the first amendment, the protesters willfully risked the spread of the coronavirus to police, other protesters, and journalist. As it is at many right-wing rallies, the American flag was waved and reproduced as though to suggest that medical experts and politicians are somehow unpatriotic for putting in place public health protections. The omnipresence of the flag, alongside hateful and sometimes racist speech, suggests something even more unsettling, namely that unthinking patriotism—like unthinking corporatism—often keeps us from thinking and acting in the best interests of our families, our communities, and humanity at large.    Continue reading