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2012: What's Ahead?

Will Young Voters Steal the Show in 2012? Maybe, If Lawmakers Listen

Will Young Voters Steal the Show in 2012? Maybe, If Lawmakers Listen

by Jamilah King on December 22 2011, 9:56AM

Operatives from both parties will be courting young voters in 2012, but it’s crucial to understand what drives young people to political action in the first place.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Politics

Our Economy Was Built on Bull. Until We Admit That, We're Screwed

Our Economy Was Built on Bull. Until We Admit That, We’re Screwed

by Kai Wright on December 21 2011, 10:00AM

We have organized society around a misguided belief in unfettered growth and unrestrained capitalism. The question of 2012 must be how we begin building a society based on something different.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Economy, Kai Wright

The 2012 Attack on Reproductive Rights Will Trade on Women of Color

The 2012 Attack on Reproductive Rights Will Trade on Women of Color

by Akiba Solomon on December 20 2011, 9:57AM

2011 has featured a string of hard-fought, local battles to protect poor women’s access to reproductive health care. That won’t change next year, and poor women of color will again be in the crossfire.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Gender, Gender & Sexuality, Health

How Immigrants Forced Media to Treat Them Like Humans in 2011

How Immigrants Forced Media to Treat Them Like Humans in 2011

by Mónica Novoa on December 20 2011, 9:45AM

This year we gained valuable allies in our fight to add humane language into the discourse on immigration. But there’s much more to come in 2012.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Drop the I-Word

The Arc Is Bending Toward Justice. But That Doesn't Make Our Work Easier

The Arc Is Bending Toward Justice. But That Doesn’t Make Our Work Easier

by Rinku Sen on December 19 2011, 9:43AM

Quiet as it’s kept, we’re making real progress toward a just society. So next year, writes Rinku Sen, I’m keeping three imperatives: avoid triumphalism, put an explicit racial analysis front and center in national debates, and fight like hell.

Topics: 2012: What's Ahead?, Politics, Movement