Laura Flanders, Common Dreams

Laura Flanders

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Past articles by Laura:

GOP United in Action To Keep Workers Down

Just six percent of private sector workers belong to a union in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we’re short of united action on our economy. For weeks now, employers and their lobbies have been unified in their lament that a scarcity of workers is the result of overly generous federal unemployment benefits. People would rather stay home and get rich off the public purse, they → Read More

Does the US Have a Culture of Violence? Not the United States of Women

The white, male, militarist culture of violence isn’t inevitable. It’s a societal choice. Let's switch. → Read More

Latinx Farmworkers Are Purchasing Failing Farms From White Owners

Latinx farm owners stand at the intersection of racial justice and food justice. → Read More

Time to Take the Mittens Off!

I like as good meme as much as the next person who likes memes, but I have my qualms about the Bernie mitten moment.For those who have been paying attention to something else, in the days after the Biden/Harris inauguration, a picture of Vermont’s Senator Sanders siting masked and in mittens went viral. Speedily engineered apps enabled anyone to sit Sanders at their protest, → Read More

The Times They Ain’t a-Changing

I’ve never been a Bob Dylan fan, and the Nobel Prize winner’s sale of his archive to Universal Music changed nothing about that. In fact, sing as he might about how The Times They are a-Changing, Dylan’s deal, worth an estimated $300 million to him, changed nothing about anything. But it could have been different. Dylan, pre-sale, had assets worth an estimated $200 million. → Read More

The US Spends More Than $80 Billion a Year Incarcerating 2.3 Million People

There’s never been a better time to reconsider the entire system. .. The US today spends more than $80 billion a year incarcerating 2.3 million people in state and federal prisons, local jails, youth facilities and deportation centers. That’s $80 billion that comes out of public coffers and goes into public confinement. → Read More

Covid Country Diary

We left Manhattan for the Catskills in March; two months into the city’s lockdown, this rural county had the highest per capita number of new cases in the state. → Read More

We Can’t Afford to Be Bystanders During a Pandemic, Says Activist Linda Sarsour

Sarsour is part of a generation that won’t take the government's word, but will ask questions and demand accountability. → Read More

Covid-19: Our Health Crisis Is Born of Bigotry

“A bridge is no stronger than its weakest part.” Former slave turned educator Anna Julia Cooper uttered those very contemporary-sounding words back in 1892. The US didn’t heed them then; we haven’t heeded them yet. The big question, brought home to us one more time by the Covid-19 crisis, is why not? What does American society so love about having weak parts that we → Read More

Puerto Rico's Uprisings Have Empowered a New Leadership Among the Oppressed

Rising activist leadership from youth, LGBTQ people and Black Puerto Ricans is a step toward liberation for the island. → Read More

Tanisha Anderson, Impeachment, and a Hawk

I was thinking about impeachment when a bird fell out of the sky. I was thinking about quid pro quos and the using of the presidency for personal gain when I rounded a corner and saw a hawk, gray and crumpled. It was a bright blue day, and she seemed to have slammed herself into a window, mistaking it for the sky. Dazed on the sidewalk, she stood perfectly still, protected by → Read More

The Federal Reserve Was Set Up to Provide Capital to Largest Wall Street Banks

The Fed has paid Wall Street banks to effectively purchase the government's debt. → Read More

Let’s Not Wait for the Next Crisis to Nationalize Wall Street Banks

It's time for quantitative easing, but for the people instead of the powerful. → Read More

How We Can End Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence – why are states so bad at making it stop? This week, in her first appearance since fleeing Brazil, women’s rights advocate Debora Diniz joins fellow activists and philanthropists to discuss what works and what doesn’t in stopping violence against women and girls. This and more on The Laura Flanders Show. → Read More

Extreme Cities: Ground Zero For Climate Change

No matter how we tackle climate change, cities are key. They emit massive amounts of carbon and they’re ground zero for the climate crisis. But could they also prove to be the sites of our best climate solutions? That’s this week on The Laura Flanders Show. → Read More

Mass Incarceration: Envisioning A Moral Future, Featuring Michelle Alexander

Color Of Change, Define American, and Union Theological Seminary will host a symposium on mass incarceration and mass detention at Union’s campus in New York City. For too long, these issues have been treated as if they were wholly distinct when, in fact, the system that seeks to criminalize and disenfranchise communities of color is … → Read More

We Must Abolish Prisons to Rebuild Communities Fractured by Mass Incarceration

We can begin by transforming our relationships to one another, say abolitionist activists. → Read More

Aging Isn't the Problem. Ageism Is.

What will it take for the U.S.'s elders to age with dignity? Activists discuss their work to combat ageism. → Read More

A Backwards System Of Mental Oppression

“Even if abolition happens tomorrow, there’s still a mental oppression we will have to face. That’s what our communities deal with every day,” says No New Jails’ organizer Kerbie Joseph in our latest episode, “New Justice: A World Beyond Prisons.” The Laura Flanders Show has more. → Read More

New Justice: A World Beyond Prisons

Prisons, police and punishment through incarceration. Are they with us forever in the land of the free? Sustained campaigns for change are beginning to pay off. At the community level, it turns out that a whole lot of people and places already make peace without cops. Today, we imagine a world without prisons. It may be closer than we think. The Laura Flanders Show discusses. → Read More