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Past articles by Sarah:

There's an easy way to cap sky-high CEO salaries and limit outrageous pay gaps — and it would actually work

CEOs at giants like Amazon and Lowe's raked in huge pay raises while frontline employees barely scraped by — thanks to your tax dollars. → Read More

Wall Street Bonuses Soar By 20%, Nearly 5 Times the Increase in US Average Weekly Earnings

While inflation has wiped away wage gains for most U.S. workers, just-released data reveal that Wall Street employees are enjoying their biggest bonus bonanza since the 2008 crash. Institute for Policy Studies analysis of new New York State Comptroller bonus data: The Inflation Divide * * The average annual bonus for New York City-based securities industry employees rose 20 percent to $257,500… → Read More

Poor People’s Campaign and House Progressives Call for a ‘Third Reconstruction’

Amidst partisan haggling over President Biden’s infrastructure proposal, the Poor People’s Campaign joined progressive House members on Capitol Hill on Thursday to lay out a comprehensive moral vision for the nation. “It’s unforgiveable that 250,000 people die every year in this country from poverty and inequality,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) during a press conference to unveil a sweeping… → Read More

How the CEO-Worker Pay Gap Deepens Income and Wealth Inequality

Massive CEO paychecks reflect a rigged system that only benefits those at the top of the corporate ladder. → Read More

Danny Glover: Why I’m in Alabama with Amazon Workers

Actor and activist Danny Glover traveled this week to the most-watched Amazon facility in the country — the Bessemer fulfillment center outside Birmingham, Alabama. The warehouse’s more than 5,800 predominantly Black workers are in the middle of a historic vote on unionization. If a majority vote in favor, they would become the e-commerce giant’s first U.S. employees to form a union. In the… → Read More

The Covid Deal Is a Welcome Stopgap. Congressional Progressives Aim for Much More in 2021.

The Progressive Caucus has unveiled a legislative agenda designed to meet the scale of the pandemic catastrophe and reduce our vulnerability to future crises. → Read More

Biden could cancel student debt. Will he?

Washington is abuzz with ideas for actions the Biden-Harris administration could take that would not require congressional approval. One of the buzziest: canceling student debts owed to the federal government. The Department of Education owns about 92 percent of the $1. → Read More

After Boosting Low-Income Voter Turnout, Poor People’s Campaign Mobilizes for Covid Relief

While higher-income voters swung further towards Donald Trump compared to four years ago, increased support from poor and low-income voters helped push Joe Biden over the top.According to early polls, those with household incomes of less than $50,000 in 2019 voted for Biden by an 11.5-point margin (55 to 43), compared to an 8.2-point Democratic margin in 2016 (50 to 42). | By → Read More

San Franciscans Vote Overwhelmingly to Rein in Overpaid CEOs

A ballot measure to increase taxes on corporations with extreme gaps between CEO and median worker pay sailed through on a 65-35 margin. → Read More

The Trump Tax Reform Helped the Billionaire Class—Not the Working Class

“We gave you the greatest, biggest tax cut in history!” crowed President Trump at a recent rally in Prescott, Arizona.If that rally crowd had been packed with billionaires, they would’ve had good reason to applaud. But for ordinary working families, the 2017 Republican tax law is nothing to cheer about. | By Sarah Anderson → Read More

The Fox is Still in the Henhouse at the Post Office

Skyleigh Heinen, a U.S. Army veteran who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and anxiety, relies on the Postal Service for timely delivery of her meds to be able to function. She was one of thousands of Americans from all walks of life who spoke out recently to demand an end to a forced slowdown in mail delivery.The level of public outcry in defense of the public Postal Service → Read More

My great-grandfather faced danger as a mail carrier. He'd be shocked by Trump’s war on USPS.

Donald Trump’s mail slowdown upends a centuries-old work ethic and undercuts essential postal services during a pandemic, just when we need them most. → Read More

Does the Coronavirus Crisis Have to End with a Wealthier Wealthy?

We all have to come together. We need to help each other. We don’t have time for politics as usual.In times of crisis — the current coronavirus pandemic, for instance — these sorts of calls for cooperation become the drumbeat of our daily lives. And most all of us march to that drumbeat because we understand that we do need to cooperate and help each other when crises crash → Read More

Does the Coronavirus Crisis Have to End with a Wealthier Wealthy?

This time around, let’s leverage the power of the public purse to reduce inequality. → Read More

To Reduce Inequality in Elections, All States Should Allow Voting At Home

In the United States of America, we have an election process in which the wealthiest Americans can spend unlimited funds to buy political influence while the poor, particularly poor people of color, face multiple barriers to exercising their most basic democratic right: voting. As a result, the richer the American, the likelier they are to vote. According to the most recent Census data, voters… → Read More

Wall Street weapons company CEOs cash in on Iran war danger

The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying. Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions were to lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of our casualties. → Read More

Congress: War Profiteering Is Real. We Need to End It.

The prospect of war with Iran is terrifying.Experts predict as many as a million people could die if the current tensions lead to a full-blown war. Millions more would become refugees across the Middle East, while working families across the U.S. would bear the brunt of our casualties.There is one set of people who stand to benefit from the escalation of the conflict: CEOs of → Read More

‘The Squad’ Keeps the Focus on Bold, Inequality-Busting Policies

Reps. Omar, Tlaib, Pressley, and Ocasio-Cortez fight hard for their constituents in the face of racist attacks.. “We are one of the wealthiest countries in the history of this world. And yet millions of adults in the United States still don’t have health insurance,” Rep. Ilhan Omar told an audience of her Minnesota constituents on Thursday evening. → Read More

'The Squad' Keeps the Focus on Bold, Inequality-Busting Policies

Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley fight hard for their constituents in the face of racist attacks. → Read More

How Congress Manufactured a Postal Crisis—And How to Fix it

In 2006, Congress passed a law that imposed extraordinary costs on the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) required the USPS to create a $72 billion fund to pay for the cost of its post-retirement health care costs, 75 years into the future. This burden applies to no other federal agency or private corporation. | By Sarah Anderson, Scott → Read More