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  • $15 and Change: How Seattle Led the Country's Wage Revolution

    By David Goldy Goldstein, YES! Magazine | News Analysis

    A sign held by a minimum wage protester outside Seattle city hallA sign held by a minimum wage protester outside Seattle city hall. (Photo: Toby Scott)"It's easy to not think about the person serving you your food," 21-year-old Caroline Durocher told me as she prepared for the 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. shift at a Taco Bell in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood.

    Durocher had been working low-wage jobs since she was 16, but after five years of so-called "entry-level" employment, she felt stuck. Unable to get a better job without a college degree, but unable to earn enough money to go back to college, Durocher barely scraped by serving up 99-cent tacos to a steady stream of impatient drive-thru customers before heading home to the studio apartment she shared with her father.

    "We definitely get disrespected a lot and looked down upon for being in fast food," sighed Durocher. But she was about to earn some respect.

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  • Students Should Be Creative Innovators, Not Force-Fed Consumers of Status-Quo Knowledge

    Students Should Be Creative Innovators, Not Force-Fed Consumers of Status-Quo Knowledge

    By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview

    Unless students are empowered to help shape their own educations, and use their skills and energy to fight for justice and make their neighborhoods better places, there will be little progress in solving the nation's most pressing problems, Mark Naison, author of "Bad Ass Teachers Unite," tells Truthout. He says we need to go back to the activism of the '60s, where young people took the lead in fighting for civil rights and transforming their own schools.

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  • "Badhoneywell" Makes Its Nationwide Debut

    "Badhoneywell" Makes Its Nationwide Debut

    By Mathias Quackenbush, Truthout | News Analysis

    The US government's complicity in the Israeli siege of Gaza is no secret. Israel has the eleventh largest military in the world, which is in large part due to US military aid of over $3 billion annually. What remains in the shadows, however, is the alarming extent to which United States corporations profit from the Israeli war machine. Honeywell International Inc., collaborator with the Israeli weapons industry and profiteer from US drone wars, is the target of a new nationwide boycott and divestment campaign.

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