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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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Why NFL’s Washington Redskins Needs Renaming

Why NFL’s Washington Redskins Needs Renaming

November 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

WASHINGTON TIMES 11/05/13 By Michael Shank WASHINGTON, November 5, 2013 —  The escalating conflict between the Washington Redskins football franchise, its owners and fans, and the growing community of concerned citizens, tribal leaders and District of Columbia City Councilmembers who want the football team to change its name is reaching […]

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DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

October 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

HUFFINGTON POST 10/21/13 By Michael Shank A damning report, released this week by Opportunity Nation, says that 6 million young people – or 15 percent of American youth — are neither in school nor working. This shocking statistic has particular importance for Washington, D.C. This coming fiscal year, which began […]

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Doing Away With Food Deserts in the District

Doing Away With Food Deserts in the District

May 17, 2013 at 11:42 pm

WASHINGTON POST 05/17/13 By Michael Shank It’s hard to believe that so many in America — over 50 million people — live in food insecurity.  This is the unfortunate reality all too common in Somalia or Pakistan, but America? What’s worse is that this food insecurity is most apparent in […]

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D.C.’s Separate and (Un)equal Driver’s License Plan

D.C.’s Separate and (Un)equal Driver’s License Plan

May 8, 2013 at 12:24 pm

WASHINGTON POST 05/08/13 By Michael Shank and Lindsay Schubiner Mayor Vincent C. Gray(D) proposed a bill last week that would permit undocumented District residents to acquire driver’s licenses and identification cards.  D.C. is the latest in a string of states that have taken similar steps in response to immigrant rights […]

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DC Public Schools: How to Keep Kids Out of Class, Not In

DC Public Schools: How to Keep Kids Out of Class, Not In

April 29, 2013 at 11:07 am

WASHINGTON POST 04/29/13 By Michael Shank and Allyson Mitchell A new report, released last week, suggests that DC Public Schools’ much lauded reform efforts are still failing to produce positive results for DC’s students.  Despite changes first championed by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee and now by Chancellor Kaya Henderson, the […]

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Gunslinging in America

Gunslinging in America

December 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

AL JAZEERA 12/23/12 By Michael Shank Now that the National Rifle Association is playing hard ball by suggesting today that we provide armed guards in every school across America at a cost of nearly $6bn, it is quite clear that this conversation has gotten completely out of hand. The idea […]

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Racism and Classism in the Heart of America’s Capital

Racism and Classism in the Heart of America’s Capital

November 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm

AL JAZEERA 11/13/12 By Michael Shank Of the two rivers that cup our nation’s capital – the Potomac and the Anacostia – the latter of the two is, perhaps, the most apt reflection of where America is at socio-economically. The Anacostia River – the Anglicised namesake of which was first […]

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