Saqib Bhat­ti is the Co-Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Action Cen­ter on Race & The Econ­o­my and the Direc­tor of the ReFund Amer­i­ca Project.
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Why the Federal Reserve Should Grant Zero-Interest Loans to Local and State Governments
Our states and cities are facing devastating cuts due to the pandemic. To prevent that, let’s cancel Wall Street.
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An Economic Blueprint for Chicago Any Progressive Candidate Should Get Behind
Chicago’s elections offer a chance to break with the neoliberal policies of the past—by taxing the rich to invest in underserved communities.
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After Rahm Emanuel’s Neoliberal Nightmare, the Next Chicago Mayor Must Embrace Reparations
Emanuel's pro-corporate policies ravaged Black and Latinx communities across Chicago. His successor will be tasked with reversing this trend.
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Why Is #Resistance Dem J.B. Pritzker’s Family Hotel Chain Hosting an Anti-Muslim Hate Group?
If he really wants to stand up to Trump’s bigoted agenda, Pritzker should demand Hyatt cancel the meeting of the racist group.
Labor
The Hidden Tax Increase for Working Families in the GOP Tax Bill
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Goldman Sachs’ Strongman in Puerto Rico
Trump’s Puerto Rico policy is a backdoor bailout for the financial giant.
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The Only Way to Defeat Trump Is to Understand That Race and Class Are Inseparable
Solidarity is key to building a multiracial working-class movement.
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Puerto Rico Can’t—And Shouldn’t—Pay Its Debts Just to Enrich Wall Street Profiteers
With interest rates of 785 percent, the island got stiffed by the municipal equivalent of a payday loan
Culture
Why Donald Trump Sends a Chill Through My Muslim-American Body
Trump's anti-Muslim rhetoric is even more dangerous than it seems
Labor
Rahm Emanuel Is Trying To Pay Wall Street Banks Even More for Chicago’s Bad Financial Deals
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I Saw Disturbing Racism at Yale After 9/11. Sadly, It Seems Little Has Changed.
When will our universities stop treating students of color as throwaway items in the grooming of privileged white students?
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A New Plan for American Cities To Free Themselves of Wall Street’s Control
Arbitrary financial fees are sucking cities and states dry. But they can change the terms if they band together and bargain collectively.
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Why Chicago Won’t Go Bankrupt—And Detroit Didn’t Have To
Detroit's bankruptcy wasn't inevitable. Neither is Chicago's. But the austerity hawks don't want you to know that.
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In Chicago’s Mayoral Election, the Austerity Agenda Went Unopposed By Both Emanuel and Garcia
Chicago's progressive movement needs to do more to advance a real alternative to austerity economics.