“Homewreckers” and Why We Need Investigative Journalism

“Homewreckers” and Why We Need Investigative Journalism

I used to be a reporter and I miss it sometimes – not the long hours and low pay, but the digging underneath the surface and ferreting out facts that some would prefer the public not to know. I was reminded of that recently while reading Aaron Glantz’s new book, “Homewreckers.” Investigative journalism is what Glantz does for a living, and he’s good at it. But what I’m talking about goes far beyond one writer or one book. It’s about whether citizens of a democracy understand what is going on in their country. “Homewreckers” is the story of the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash, zeroing in on two groups:…
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My Family Wouldn’t Be Here Under the Trump Immigration Plan

My Family Wouldn’t Be Here Under the Trump Immigration Plan

Recently, President Trump announced an “immigration plan” – actually, just a set of talking points, without enough detail to be called a real plan. While it was quickly proclaimed “dead on arrival” in Congress, it tells us a lot about the administration’s priorities and the path it will pursue on immigration. My family – and lots of other people from similarly humble backgrounds – would not be here if the president’s proposal had been in effect when they arrived. My grandfather, Saul Mirken, arrived from Russia in the 1890s as a child, apparently welcomed by one or two other relatives already here, looking for a better life at a time…
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The Climate Change Denial Suicide Cult

The Climate Change Denial Suicide Cult

A recent encounter on Twitter with a bunch of climate change denial types sent my memory flying back nearly 20 years to my days as a reporter and an eerily parallel run-in. Now as then, I realized, we’re face-to-face with a suicide cult. Climate change threatens us all, of course, but it’s of special concern here at The Greenlining Institute because low-income communities of color have the fewest resources to deal with its effects and often suffer most from the toxic air pollution generated by our fossil fuel economy.  In addition, these communities most urgently need the jobs and investment that the clean energy economy will bring – or at…
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