Income Inequality

What the Flint Crisis Reveals About Inequality in the U.S.

What the Flint Crisis Reveals About Inequality in the U.S.

February 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

TIME MAGAZINE 02/09/15 By Michael Shank and Justin Talbot-Zorn It isn’t just how much money people are making—it’s also what people are breathing, drinking and eating On Sunday, Hillary Clinton took leave from the New Hampshire campaign trail to address to a local church in Flint, Mich. Just a few […]

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Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

Vatican Mayors Summit Spots Pope on Municipal Pulpit

July 24, 2015 at 9:56 am

HUFFINGTON POST 07/21/15 By Michael Shank Rarely am I inspired by a piece of writing so revolutionary that it cuts through the hubris and cacophony of contemporary society. Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, did that for me. There is hardly a more widely and recently distributed piece of literature that […]

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Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

Community Activists Question Timing Of Grand Jury Announcement

November 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

NPR 11/25/14 By Laura Sullivan For weeks, Ferguson police and local leaders met with community groups and activists to work out a plan for the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. But any results of that […]

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Detroit’s Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

Detroit’s Death Knell? Austerity, Structural Racism, Water Wars

November 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

HUFFINGTON POST 11/18/14 By Michael Shank and Peter J. Hammer The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising. The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, […]

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Detroit on the Brink

Detroit on the Brink

October 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm

THE HILL 10/29/14 By Michael Shank and Peter Hammer The post-industrial dystopia emerging on the streets of Detroit may be shocking, but it is not surprising.  The crisis results from the convergent forces of fiscal austerity and structural racism in a region defined by its extreme segregation of race, wealth […]

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Jobs Index Shows Dismal Outlook for US Workers

Jobs Index Shows Dismal Outlook for US Workers

October 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

ROLL CALL 10/23/14 By Michael Shank and US Rep Steve Cohen (D-TN) This month, the first-ever global ranking of countries based on the quantity — and quality — of their jobs was released. The JustJobs Index uses empirical data to provide workers around the world with a simple answer to […]

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Yemen’s Chaos

Yemen’s Chaos

May 22, 2014 at 10:17 am

NATIONAL REVIEW 05/22/14 By Michael Shank The drone memo matters, but what the West is failing to do on the ground matters more. In Washington, D.C., it is rare for any adversarial country to remain in the forefront of foreign policy for very long. Yemen is an excellent example of […]

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How to Save the American Dream

How to Save the American Dream

March 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm

CNN 03/14/14 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Alan Lowenthal Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif) serves on the House Foreign Affairs and Natural Resources Committees.  Michael Shank is associate director for legislative affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation and a senior fellow at the JustJobs Network. […]

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Federal Minimum Wage War Outmaneuvered By Municipalities

Federal Minimum Wage War Outmaneuvered By Municipalities

December 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

HUFFINGTON POST 12/11/13 By Michael Shank and Ed Lazere As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushes for a national minimum wage increase this congressional session — and as SeaTac, Washington, passes the highest minimum wage in the country at $15 an hour — the leaders of the District of Columbia […]

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Minimum Wage War Reaches Tipping Point

Minimum Wage War Reaches Tipping Point

December 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

WASHINGTON TIMES 12/09/13 By Michael Shank and Ed Lazere WASHINGTON, December 9, 2013 —As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushes for a national minimum wage increase this Congressional session – and as the Seattle area suburb of SeaTac, Washington passes the highest minimum wage in the country last week at […]

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