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Sunday
Dec 21st

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Will we act to save all our children and our nation's future? We can!

Will we act to save all our children and our nation's future? We can!The introduction this week of the Strong Start for America's Children Act by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) is a hugely important and long overdue step forward towards leveling the playing field for children, especially poor and low income children. Investing in them in their early years to be ready for school will provide a foundation for future success with lifelong benefits for them and economic and social benefits for our entire nation. Its enactment would demonstrate our commitment as a nation to doing what we know works for all of our children as research shows that poor children can perform as well as nonpoor children if we provide them the supports to do so.
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Bullying in nation's DNA

Bullying in nation's DNANobody asked me, but I can't help being amused, or maybe it's bemused, when I see efforts to stamp out bullying in our schools and neighborhoods.

While I'm adamantly anti-bullying, the inescapable fact is that this is not just a nation of bullies, it is a nation that has DNA glazed with the bullying gene.
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Protest planned to support Walmart workers on "Black Friday"

Protest planned to support Walmart workers on The day after Thanksgiving, so-called "Black Friday," will be a moment for national protests over the conditions faced by thousands of Walmart workers. You may be one of many who go regularly or periodically to Walmart, looking for the good deals. Well, this November 29, things will be a bit exciting and informative outside of Walmart facilities.
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We need immigration reform now!

Nine-year-old Jaime Gordillo Villa was born in the United States and is a good student who has gotten awards for both good grades and behavior. He wants to be a lawyer when he grows up to help immigrants and others who need help. He says he doesn't want people to suffer for things they didn't do.
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Time to raise minimum wage

The first federal minimum wage of 25 cents an hour was established in 1938. Since then, it has been raised 22 times. It's time to increase the floor for the 23rd time, from its current $7.25 to at least $10 an hour.
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12 Years a Slave: A necessary movie

Melissa Harris-Perry called “12 Years a Slave” the best movie you’ll only want to see one time. 

This is one of those very rare times when I disagree with my celebrity news crush. Normally I find her insight on issues spot on and in toe with my own. But this time she got it wrong.
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Stand up to bigotry of 'states' rights'

Stand up to bigotry of 'states' rights'In 1980, after receiving the nomination of his party, Ronald Reagan kicked off his presidential campaign in Philadelphia, Miss., at the Neshoba County Fair. Neshoba County is not someplace you just drop into; you have to want to go there. It's a small town remembered largely for being the site of the horrid 1964 murders of three young civil rights volunteers, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney. Reagan went to Mississippi to give a speech that focused on states' rights and the dangers of big government. He went to send a message — and it was heard clearly across the South.
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