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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Racial Discrimination Alive and Well in Reproductive Healthcare (The Hill)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Andrea Flynn looks at racial disparities in access to health care in the U.S. in light of the U.N.'s periodic review of countries' work to dismantle racism.

How Maine Saved the Internet (Bloomberg View)

Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford explains how a town in Maine with a population of only 3,321 got a reasonably priced, high-speed fiber optic network.

What’s Lost in the Market Basket Stories (Working Economics)

Workers should not have to rely on a benevolent CEO to ensure they have "good" jobs, writes David Cooper. Better labor laws would make sure everyone had those benefits.

Why Is it So Controversial to Help Poor Mothers Afford Diapers? (The Nation)

Bryce Covert calls out those who see diaper subsidy programs as "controversial," because these programs help children and working families to thrive. They should be a no-brainer, she says.

Working Anything but 9 to 5 (NYT)

Jodi Kantor looks at one mother's struggle with automated scheduling software that threw her and her child's lives into chaos, as she worked unpredictable and sometimes unreasonable hours.

Virgin America Flight Attendants Vote To Join Union (HuffPo)

One worker who voted against unionization in 2011 explained that since the last vote, grievances continued unaddressed, leading to yesterday's decisive win, reports Dave Jamieson.

Silicon Valley Is Ruining "Sharing" for Everybody (TNR)

Noam Scheiber decries the Silicon Valley definition of "sharing," which is more along the lines of under-regulated economic activity that takes advantage of users' skills, possessions, or property.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 05:18 AM PDT.

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  •  Free Birth control in Colorado (0+ / 0-)

    Racial Discrimination Alive and Well in Reproductive Healthcare

    "Here's What Happened After Colorado Provided Free Birth Control for Five Years"

    The state lowered its teen pregnancy rate, dropped its number of abortions and saved millions of dollars in the process.

    The Colorado Family Planning Initiative provided low-income women
    with IUDs and other implants at 68 clinics across the state. The
    program has been funded by an anonymous donor for the past five years.

    The statistics: From 2009 to 2013, the teen birth rate dropped by 40%
    in Colorado. The teen abortion rate in counties served by the 68
    clinics went down by 35% from 2009 to 2012. It all added up to a savings
    of $42.5 million of public funds in 2010 alone, according to the state.

    "This initiative has saved Colorado millions of dollars," Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said in a press release.
    "But more importantly, it has helped thousands of young Colorado women
    continue their education, pursue their professional goals and postpone
    pregnancy until they are ready to start a family."

    If conservatives care about results — fewer unwanted pregnancies and
    fewer abortions are pretty nonpartisan goals! — then it's time to toss
    away their dogma against birth control. Sadly, that dogma seems to trump
    facts for some. For the rest of us, there's good news to be had in Colorado.

    You Don't Happen To Make It. You Make It Happen !

    by jeffrey789 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 02:36:52 PM PDT

  •  Susan Crawford is fantastic and Obama too (0+ / 0-)

    and a key to the internet in Rockport ME is the OPEN ACCESS conditions attached to the ARRA (broadband stimulus) of 2009.

    Three Ring Binder is one of the great successes of the ARRA broadband program.

    "Your victory has demonstrated that no person anywhere in the world should not dare to dream of wanting to change the world for a better place." -- Mandela

    by agoldnyc on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 08:00:51 PM PDT

  •  I had missed the NYT article. (0+ / 0-)

    Insert profanity of your choice here.
    It is UNCONSCIONABLE for this young, single mother's story to be so common.
    Is there no way to reverse our race to the bottom? Surely we are on an accelerating slide ever downward. What a country. Exceptional my ass.

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    by peregrine kate on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 08:01:26 PM PDT

    •  What this type of scheduling does (1+ / 0-)
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      peregrine kate

      is to create a perpetual underclass of day laborers who are constantly job hopping and re-training. The woman in the article is going to be fired or quit, only to get a job a Dunkin Donuts. Her replacement will be the one that the original worker is replacing, and the same problems will persist, for employer and employee.

      I'm living in America, and in America you're on your own. America's not a country. It's just a business.

      by CFAmick on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 09:12:37 PM PDT

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