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As President Obama expands Pell Grant eligibility to current prisoners for the first time since 1994, strange bedfellows Van Jones and the Koch brothers unite to tackle criminal justice reform, and the Black Lives Matter movement continues to demonstrate the racial inequities in our policing and incarceration system, we should recognize that we are living in a historic moment for criminal justice.
During one of his early morning shifts, Jose Melena stepped into a 35-foot-long oven and began loading pallets of canned tuna at a Bumble Bee Foods plant. Not realizing Melena was inside, fellow employees shut the machine door behind him and turned on the oven. With temperatures reaching about 270 degrees, he was cooked to death.
EU trade deals with Canada and the US could endanger citizens' rights to basic services like water and health, as negotiators are doing the work of some of the EU's most powerful corporate lobby groups in pushing an aggressive market opening agenda in the public sector.
What's in a prize? The politics of distribution versus growth.
On October 14, in Des Moines, Iowa, the Food Sovereignty Prize will be awarded to the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, run by African-American farmers of the southern United States and to OFRANEH - the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña).
Jorge Risquet was like the brother I never had. We had been working together since 1994. He had been selected by Fidel and Raúl Castro to oversee my access to the closed Cuban archives, and he headed the declassification commission that was created for my research on Cuban policy in Africa.
Across the world, women are on the frontlines of environmental and social degradation. Now, with ever-greater strength and resolve, they are standing up to reclaim their position at the forefront of movements to protect Mother Earth and revision and rebuild a healthy, equitable future for all.
On September 29, 2015, women from more than 50 countries joined the Global Women's Climate Justice Day of Action.
In the past few weeks, the problem of lead in Flint's drinking water has quickly gone from being a story largely ignored by the mainstream media to a scandal that's making headlines nationally.
Faced with overwhelming evidence, state and local officials who adamantly insisted for months that there was no problem have been forced to admit that their unequivocal assurances were completely false.
For interest groups that sought to influence Washington's thinking on the massive trade package set to bind together 40 percent of the world's economy, Monday's announcement of an agreement on the terms of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was a long time coming.
Over eight years of negotiations, 487 clients paid lobbyists to meet with or contact lawmakers and administration officials to discuss the trade pact, a Center for Responsive Politics analysis of lobbying data shows.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's plan for cracking down on gun violence faces long odds given a Congress that has largely failed to pass gun control legislation for years and receives millions of dollars from gun rights groups every election cycle.
Which is why Clinton - speaking in New Hampshire on Monday after a shooting left 10 people dead at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week - said she would take executive action if necessary.
September 11, 2001, was a tragic day for the entire world and for me personally. My 25-year-old niece, Katie McCloskey, was working on the 97th floor of the World Trade Center when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower. My high school friend, Ken Waldie, was aboard that jetliner. Both perished that morning. In the following days, I began to consider how peace might be achieved if people could begin to see each other as human beings.