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Ida B. Wells: American Progressive Hero

            As progressives, we can commemorate Black History Month by celebrating the lives of some of the African American progressives who have worked to bring equality to America. In 1976, February was officially designated by the U.S. Government as Black History Month. Black History Month was an idea of African American historian, Carter Godwin Woodson, who designated the second week of February, to celebrate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, as Black History Week. Mr.

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On inequality and education

(Folks, this is a reprise of a diary I posted in July of this year over at Kos -- it made the Rescued list. It takes the form of a commentary upon a Chronicle of Higher Education piece. The most important thing to take away from this diary is that of the utter and complete bogusness of the "reform agenda," whether it be Republican or Democratic.

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South African Workers Fight History of Inequity

South African Labor Movement

Since August, I have been following and reporting on the events of the South African Marikana Miners strike. Since the beginning of that single strike, South Africa has been gripped with labor unrest. Workers in the country have achieved numerous wage concessions from all sectors of the economy. Business and government leaders are united in their cause of ending worker unrest, ostensibly in the name of protecting the economy. South Africa has the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of any country on the African continent, yet it is ranked the most inequitable country on the planet. In spite of its great wealth, the country has struggled with a crushing unemployment rate of approximately 25%. The labor movement in South Africa has been very dynamic since August. This article will attempt to clarify the current situation there as succinctly as possible.

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No Minimum Wage...........

Today’s edition of Forward Into the Past! (hat tip to Firesign Theater) is brought to you by the Missouri’s very own genius in hiding, Todd Akin. Mr. Akin took the opportunity last week to state his opposition to not only minimum wage laws, but also to the socialistic idea of paying women the same as men for the same work. Here is the following exchange that was recorded at a town hall meeting on September 27, 2012:

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