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Health care is a human right
Health care is a human right, yet efforts to expand access to coverage have repeatedly come under attack in Washington. I have long supported Medicare for All as the most effective way to expand access to health care. The United States already has a “public option.” In fact, there are three: Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare, which covers the military.
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Is affordable housing out of reach?
Not only is there not a single place in the country where a full-time minimum-wage worker can afford a modest two-bedroom rental home at fair market rent, but Massachusetts is the sixth most expensive state in the country for renters.
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Here’s what I saw at the border
On Sunday, June 24, I flew to McAllen, Texas to find out what's really happening to immigrant families ripped apart by the Trump administration. The crisis at our border isn’t over.
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Revolutionary slaveholders
Maintaining slavery, as an economic institution, was the major driving force for the desire for Independence from England – at least for the Southern states. And it is fair to say that the Stars and Stripes were stitched together in large part by the sting of the lash upon black backs.
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Why we all lose with the model minority myth
Asian Americans who are committed to civil rights for all must keep our focus on fighting racial and economic inequality together with other communities of color. We cannot allow ourselves to be used as a wedge by conservative forces seeking to undermine educational access, employment opportunities, and a political voice for communities of color.
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Cities and states add support to preserve fair housing rule
In reaction to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s suspension of an important fair housing rule, a groundswell of national advocacy has emerged calling to preserve the rule and its goals of fair housing for all.  To date, and in separate actions, both cities and states are speaking up for the 50-year old Fair Housing Act and the goals that it has yet to achieve.
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Fighting to remain in Roxbury
While there is no “silver bullet” for our housing problems, there are actions that we can and must take in order to ensure that we can remain in our community.
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School funding: Let’s put our money where our future is
Recently, the Massachusetts Senate took an important step in revisiting the state’s school funding formula, which dictates how resources are distributed for public education. This should be applauded, but to ensure a strong future for the Commonwealth there are issues to face. Specifically, we must reconsider the principle of equalized funding in favor of more varied, equitable and thus effective funding.
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New NFL rules won’t silence fight for justice
Elected leaders must do more than just acknowledge that systemic racism, economic inequality and the achievement gap exist. We must actively work to interrupt these patterns of discrimination. We must focus on effective legislative solutions to tackle disparities at their root, where they continue to choke at the promise of yet another generation.
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Corporate tax cuts are not trickling down to workers
Working families are, as usual, getting the short end of the stick from the new Trump-GOP tax law. Huge tax cuts that mostly go to the wealthy and corporations are exploding the national debt, and threaten deep cuts to essential public services like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and education.
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Trump’s systematic dismantling of past policies
We cannot let the controversy and turmoil distract us from what Trump is actually accomplishing. His administration is fundamentally altering United States policy at home and abroad.
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A legacy of housing discrimination has contributed to the racial wealth gap
Homeownership is the number one way that working families build wealth, and protect themselves in stormy seas. But black families have consistently been discriminated against, generation after generation, and the results are there.
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