Laura Flanders, Common Dreams

Laura Flanders

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Past articles by Laura:

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

The Mad Military Money Machine

There’s something sick about U.S. Military spending. It’s certainly not keeping anyone safe. This week, why we the public spend billions on bad technology and what happens to service people who speak up about it. Then, a peace economy – what might it look like? Laura Flanders talks to Jodie Evans of Code Pink. → Read More

Housing As A Human Right

The great American housing crunch and what organizing can do about it. This week on The Laura Flanders Show, we discuss some of the challenges and victories in the campaign for green, affordable public housing. → Read More

Love And Rage At The Border: An Artistic Uprising

In July 2019, we joined an artistic uprising in El Paso, Texas with folks from One Billion Rising, La Mujer Obrera, and more, who rise against the systemic violence and denial of human rights that immigrants and refugees experience. The Laura Flanders Show discusses. → Read More

A Hub For Radical Thinking: Bluestockings Bookstore & Activist Center

For the past 20 years, the Bluestockings Bookstore & Activist Center has established itself as a hub of radical thought in New York City’s Lower East Side. How can a space run collectively continue to serve an engaged and expanding world into the next 20 years and beyond? The Laura Flanders Show spoke with Bluestockings … → Read More

Community Land Trusts Are a Model for Reparations

In a racialized economy, land trusts and cooperatives offer a lasting form of reparations, say activists. → Read More