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The Chicago Teachers' Strike Isn't Just About Kids – It's About Union Power, Too

Written by Bradley D. Marianno, University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Katharine O. Strunk, Michigan State University____Classes in Chicago’s public schools were canceled starting Oct. 17 as more than 25,000 teachers in the nation’s third-largest school district went on strike in what they’re calling a fight for “justice and equity” for their students.The...

Study: Racism Shortens Lives And Hurts Health Of Blacks By Promoting Genes That Lead To Inflammation And Illness

Written by April Thames, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences____Negative social attitudes, such as racism and discrimination, damage the health of those who are targeted by triggering a cascade of aberrant biological responses, including abnormal gene activity. It is not surprising that reports documenting lifespan and causes of...

Why More Places Are Abandoning Columbus Day In Favor Of Indigenous Peoples Day

Written by Malinda Maynor Lowery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill____Increasingly, Columbus Day is giving people pause.More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day as an alternative to – or in addition to – the day intended to honor Columbus’ voyages.Critics of the change see it as just another...