Cost of Gentrification

by Will Merrifield

The exploding housing costs that have accompanied the influx of new residents into DC have brought mass displacement of life-long residents and a subsequent spike in family homelessness.  Currently, in the District, a person making minimum wage must work approximately 132 hours per week, 52 weeks a year, or earn $27 an hour at 40 hours per week to afford a 2 bedroom apartment at “Fair Market Rent”. 

‘Jobs vs. the Environment’: How to Counter This Divisive Big Lie

In an era in which our political system is dominated by plutocracy, grassroots social movements are essential for progressive change. But too often our movements find themselves at loggerheads over the seemingly conflicting need to preserve our environment and the need for jobs and economic development. How can we find common ground?

In Memory of John Judge

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 John Patrick Judge passed at the age of 66, just as he had lived – with courage in the midst of pain. An internationally acclaimed researcher, writer and speaker, as well as a lifelong anti-militarist anti-racist activist, and community organizer, Judge died on April 15 due to complications from a stroke suffered in early March.

IPCC report: 5 ways climate change threatens life as we know it

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Hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists are in agreement: Climate change is happening, we’re already feeling its effects and it’s only going to get worse. The newest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Monday morning in Japan (Sunday night ET), gives “the starkest warning yet” of global warming’s impacts. In many ways, the effects are expected to be insidious and nuanced rather than apocalyptic: They’ll increase by degrees, and worsen societal problems that we’re already facing.

Why Has President Obama Deported More Immigrants Than Any President in US History?

A Guatemalan undocumented immigrant prepares to board a plane at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport during his deportation process

America After 9/11

Since 9/11, the Department of Justice has prosecuted more than 500 terrorism cases, yet there remains scant public understanding of what these federal cases have actually looked like and the impact they have had on communities and families. Published by The Nation in collaboration with Educators for Civil Liberties, the America After 9/11 series features contributions from scholars, researchers and advocates to provide a systematic look at the patterns of civil rights abuses in the United States’ domestic “war on terror.”

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Emmett Till, Michael Brown and the Ongoing Struggle for Racial Justice

By Peter Dreier

Originally Published in Truthout.

In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said, "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."

“There Is No Military Solution” — But Obama Launches a New U.S. War in Syria

by Phyllis Bennis

Originally Published in CommonDreams

President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It contradicts his own commitment, stated a year ago in the UN General Assembly, to reverse Washington’s “perpetual war footing.”

And it portends disaster for the people of Syria, the region, and much of the world.

Not Another "War on Terror" Educational Resources

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Like many of you, the Washington Peace Center has been appalled at the violence and chaos in Iraq and Syria.  ISIS’s tactics and agendas are awful and frightening.  However, we also know that more US air strikes and military intervention are not the path to safety and justice for those living in those areas. We've started collected educational resources for you to inform yourselves and your community and take action for peace.  We'll try to keep this page updated with upcoming events as well. 

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Call for Immigrant Rights Advocates to Boycott White House Meetings

President Obama met with three Central American presidents at the White House Friday afternoon to address the influx of unaccompanied child migrants. According to The Hill, Obama claims to have come to agreement with El Salvador’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén, Honduras’ Juan Orlando Hernández, and Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina to “address poverty and violence” in order to stem the immigration tide.

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