The Republic of T.

Black. Gay. Father. Vegetarian. Buddhist. Liberal.

February 16, 2016
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How Democrats Should Have Answered Gwen Ifill’s Question on Race

With one question, moderator Gwen Ifill flipped the script on race relations in America during the last Democratic presidential debate. Now, Democrats must learn how to answer it. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff of PBS made history at the Democratic … Continue reading

October 15, 2015
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Democratic Debate Proves Movements Matter

Democratic Debate Proves Movements Matter Once upon a time, progressives envied the tea party movement’s influence over Republican candidates and lawmakers. Tuesday night’s Democratic debate showcased how much progressive movements have influenced the candidates and changed the discourse.

September 23, 2015
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We Must Fight Poverty With Justice

As Pope Francis brings his powerful message on poverty to America, the US Census Bureau’s report on poverty rates reminds us that our efforts to fight poverty are working, but are not enough. We must also fight poverty with justice.

May 20, 2015
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Not Lovin’ It: Thousands Storm McDonald’s HQ To Protest Low Wages

Not Lovin’ It: Thousands Storm McDonald’s HQ To Protest Stock Scheme, Wages In the largest protest of its kind, thousands of McDonald’s employees stormed the company’s headquarters today, to demand that it stop spending millions manipulating stock prices, and start … Continue reading

February 12, 2015
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Obama’s Right: Shame On Staples. Shame On The Republican House, Too.

The president is right. Staples is cutting workers’ hours (and paychecks) to avoid providing health insurance. Shame on them, but that’s only half the story. Earlier this week, Buzzfeed reported that the office supply giant Staples, Inc., has begun limiting … Continue reading

November 20, 2014
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Preparing For Injustice vs. Preparing for Justice in Ferguson

In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs? As it waits to hear whether the grand … Continue reading

November 5, 2014
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Minimum Wage Ballot Initiatives Deliver Progressive Populist Victories

In an otherwise dismal election, progressive populist victories on state ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage reveal a way forward for Democrats who are paying attention. Going into the 2014 mid-term election, the odds — and deep-pocketed billionaire donors … Continue reading

October 10, 2014
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The Five Worst Things Republicans Have Promised To Do

The GOP is rolling out a list of “principles,” and pretending to have a “positive agenda,” because Republicans can’t tell Americans what they really want to do. Twenty years after Newt Gringrich launched the “Contract With America,” Republican Party Chairman … Continue reading

October 7, 2014
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Historic Court Decision Weds Marriage Equality To Economic Justice

Yesterday, the Supreme Court made history, by deciding not to make history. The Court rejected appeals in the marriage equality cases set to appear before it, and left intact appeals court rulings striking down same-sex marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, … Continue reading

October 3, 2014
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Corporations Abandon ALEC’s Agenda, Some States Are Still Stuck With It

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt made news on Monday when he told NPR’s Diane Rheem that Google was dropping its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), because of the organization’s environmental policies — especially its climate denialism: “Everyone … Continue reading