president obama

INSTITUTE INDEX: The refugee crisis unfolding on the U.S. border   |   July 18, 2014
Number of unaccompanied children who came to the United States in 2012: fewer than 20,000 Number in fiscal year 2014: about 60,000 Estimated number in fiscal year 2015: 80,000...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Striking for fast-food justice   |   May 15, 2014
Date on which fast-food workers across the United States and around the world are taking part in a one-day strike for higher pay and the right to unionize: 5/15/2014 Number of...

 

VOICES: The South says not one more deportation   |   May 1, 2014
By Mónica Hernández and Dani Moore Last month the Obama administration reached a shameful milestone -- the deportation of 2 million people. The Southeast is...

 

Three things Obama's new clemency initiative doesn't do   |   April 28, 2014
By Kara Brandeisky, ProPublica Last week, the Department of Justice outlined expanded criteria that could allow prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes to win early release from...

 

Republicans say no to CDC gun violence research   |   April 22, 2014
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica After the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of a few congressional Republicans who expressed a willingness to reconsider...

 

Showdowns loom at Southern auto plants   |   February 7, 2014
By Joe Atkins, Labor South A group of workers, preachers and activists traveled from Mississippi to Detroit recently to proclaim what should be a core issue of 2014. "Labor...

 

Obama takes on climate science deniers in State of the Union   |   January 29, 2014
President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night was a mixed bag for environmental advocates. Energy and climate got significant attention from the president. He...

 

Protests across North America aim to block 'NAFTA on steroids'   |   January 29, 2014
By Benjamin Gerritz, Labor Notes Workers across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will unite in an Inter-Continental Day of Action Friday to stop a massive new trade agreement, the...

 

Alumnus of school at center of NC voting rights battle among First Lady's State of the Union guests   |   January 28, 2014
When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight, among the guests who'll be sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama will be a recent graduate of Elizabeth...

 

Communities resist as tar sands flow through KXL South   |   January 23, 2014
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams Tar sands oil began flowing through the the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline Wednesday as operations commenced delivering the "the...

 

Obamacare Navigators fronting for partisan purposes?   |   November 12, 2013
Since the day the Affordable Care Act was passed, conservatives -- mainly those in the Tea Party -- have been drumming up reasons to tank so-called "Obamacare," vowing...

 

Where healthcare's bare bones are buried   |   November 11, 2013
By Phil Mattera, Dirt Diggers Digest President Obama may very well have blundered in leaving out the nuances when he pledged during the Congressional deliberations over the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Promoting the myth of 'sustainable coal'   |   September 13, 2013
Month in which a group of prominent Democrats formed the CoalBlue Project to promote the idea of "sustainable coal": 7/2013 Number of weeks after President Obama laid...

 

Claiming and teaching the 1963 March on Washington   |   August 22, 2013
By Bill Fletcher Jr., Zinn Education Project August 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Publicly associated with Dr. King...

 

Moral Monday marches on with Dr. King in mind   |   August 16, 2013
While North Carolina lawmakers have adjourned for the year, the Moral Monday movement marches on, with plans underway to hold rallies across the state this month protesting the...

 

After a pause, Walmart strikes back   |   July 31, 2013
In a coordinated purge, Walmart has lashed out against workers who walked out in early June. Sixty have been fired or disciplined so far, said Brandon Garrett, a worker from...

 

VOICES: For young black men in American cities, you're either invisible or viewed as a threat   |   July 16, 2013
(This story originally appeared at Next City.) My wife and I left the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in a limousine last Sunday, both of us hyped from her appearance that...

 

Secret TPP deal would void democracy   |   July 10, 2013
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Many people know NAFTA has cost U.S. workers 700,000 jobs. But how many know another effect was to drive Mexican small farmers out of business? In...

 

Southern coal plants top list of worst carbon polluters targeted by Obama climate plan   |   June 26, 2013
Pointing out that "Americans across the country are already paying the price of inaction," President Obama bypassed Congress and outlined a plan this week to use his...

 

Nullification: How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws   |   May 6, 2013
By Lois Beckett, ProPublica In mid-April, Kansas passed a law asserting that federal gun regulations do not apply to guns made and owned in Kansas. Under the law, Kansans could...

 

The strange politics of TVA privatization   |   April 16, 2013
In his latest budget plan released last week, President Obama pitched the idea of selling off the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the federally owned and self-financing...

 

Exxon Mobil hit with $1.7M pipeline safety fine days before Arkansas oil spill   |   April 1, 2013
Last Friday afternoon, residents of the central Arkansas community of Mayflower looked on in horror as thousands of barrels of crude oil bubbled up in their yards and poured down...

 

Drilling deeper: The wealth of business connections for Obama's energy pick   |   March 25, 2013
By Justin Elliott, ProPublica When President Obama nominated Ernest Moniz to be energy secretary earlier this month, he hailed the nuclear physicist as a "brilliant...

 

After a powerful lobbyist intervenes, EPA reverses stance on polluting Texas county's water   |   March 14, 2013
By Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica When Uranium Energy Corp. sought permission to launch a large-scale mining project in Goliad County, Texas, it seemed as if the Environmental...

 

New type of small nuclear reactors planned for Tenn., S.C. slammed for wasting taxpayer money   |   February 28, 2013
A new type of nuclear reactor the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to build at one of its sites in Tennessee has just won a tongue-in-cheek award for wasting taxpayer money...