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Thursday, October 9,2014

Democracy in the workplace

By Dave Anderson
Can democracy just consist of voting at the ballot box when we spend much of our time living under a dictatorship at the workplace? Increasingly, Americans are saying no. Under the radar, many are creating collective, cooperative kinds of economic institutions that aren’t your usual capitalist top-down enterprise. About 13 million Americans are in companies with some form of worker ownership. At least 40 percent of American society — 130 million people — are involved in co-ops and credit unions.
Thursday, September 25,2014

Dissecting the political party landscape

By Dave Anderson
There’s a surging populist progressive insurgency of Elizabeth Warren-type Democratic candidates all over the country, according to John Nichols in the latest issue of The Nation. But not in Colorado. Our politics are sometimes described as moderate, but actually should be called heterogeneous. In a profile of Colorado’s political divisions in 2012, journalist Ben Adler portrayed us as a typical “swing state”:
Thursday, September 11,2014

Battle brews on living wages

By Dave Anderson
On Sept. 4, fast food workers went on strike in 159 American cities. Hundreds were arrested for acts of non-violent civil disobedience. It was the latest escalation in a campaign for a $15 minimum wage and the right to form a union without retaliation..
Thursday, September 4,2014

Why Nicaraguan kids aren’t fleeing

By Dave Anderson
While many kids from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras flee to the United States, few children from neighboring Nicaragua do. Nicaragua is poor like those nations, but it lacks what experts consider to be the main cause for the migration: high crime and violence.
Thursday, August 14,2014

Finger-pointing in the gun rights fight

By Dave Anderson
Baum is a lifelong liberal Democrat who supports single payer healthcare, strong environmental protection, reproductive freedom, unions, stiff financial regulation, and peace over war. He also loves guns — which puts him at odds with his wife, daughter and friends.
Thursday, July 31,2014

U.S. at fault for circumstances feeding immigration

By Dave Anderson
President Obama has been accused of just opening up the border. Actually, his administration has deported approximately 400,000 people a year. He is spending $18 billion on border enforcement. We now have more than 21,000 Border Patrol agents. That’s double the number of agents since 2005.
Thursday, July 3,2014

Obituary for a river? Not if we start fighting

By Gary Wockner
And so when we talk about the rivers of Colorado, including the Fraser River which was the subject of this article, we are not just talking about short-term or very localized issues, we are talking about people and endangered wildlife throughout the Southwest U.S. from Denver to Mexicali and the Gulf of California.
Thursday, June 19,2014

Workers at Walmart cite poor conditions

By Dave Anderson
This month, something quite remarkable happened in America. Hundreds of Walmart workers who don’t have a union stood up to the company, knowing that it has a long history of illegally retaliating against its employees. In a high unemployment economy, they went on strike for a short time and protested at the firm’s annual shareholder meeting.
Thursday, June 12,2014

Real people pushed out of TPP talks

By Dave Anderson
At Public Citizen’s annual gala in May, Warren launched an attack on backroom trade deals such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated: “From what I hear, Wall Street, pharmaceuticals, telecom, big polluters and outsourcers are all salivating at the chance to rig the deal in the upcoming trade talks.
Thursday, May 22,2014

U.S. debates as Syria suffers

By Dave Anderson
Like the other uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, the protesters’ ideals were political freedom, social justice and dignity. From the beginning, the response of the Assad regime was uniquely horrific.
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