Photos: Migrant Farm Workers in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Indigenous Mixtec farm workers in a crew of migrants from the Mexican state of Guerrero pick avocados on the Parks ranch in Goleta, on the California coast near Santa Barbara.

Here's How to Fix the Wall Street Mess

The richest 400 Americans -- that's right, just four hundred people -- own MORE than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. 400 rich Americans have got more stashed away than half the entire country!

Finances and the Current Crisis: How did we get here and what is the way out?, Pt. 2

The turmoil in financial markets and the bailout to the tune of $700 billion has turned the public eye and wrath on Wall Street and Washington. While millions are aware of the triggering causes, ranging from predatory lending to deregulation to insatiable greed, what isn’t so obvious is the longer-term process.


Book Review: Never Been a Time

Harper Barnes’ most recent book Never Been A Time tells the story of one of the most bloody race riots in US history – the 1917 East St. Louis race riot. Barnes, a longtime editor and cultural critic for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, outlines the underlying and unique factors that lead to the riot.


A New Era Begins

A few weeks back, we received an e-mail alert from a friend to take action on behalf of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union (AFSCME) on standing up for California public workers in the face of steep budget cuts proposed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Why the Rush?

Monday saw the collapse of the second, minimally-revised bailout package in the House of Representatives. There was tremendous pressure exerted by George W. Bush in a shock-and-awe doomsday scenario reminiscent of the run-up to the Iraq War.

Obama Urges Comprehensive Response to Economic Crisis

More than a Wall Street bailout is needed to end the current financial crisis and restore economic growth, Barack Obama told supporters in Reno, Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the University of Nevada.

Financial Crisis, Bailouts, and the Real Economy, Speaking with Sam Webb

It takes a lot of chutzpah to blame homeowners for this crisis, given all we know about how the housing crisis developed and all the predatory lenders involved.

Why John McCain has Trouble with Truth and Taxes

Despite repeated corrections by fact-checking watchdogs, the McCain campaign continued to falsely claim this week that Barack Obama would raise taxes on working families.

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