Author Archives: Olivia Alperstein

This EPA rule change could kill thousands

Mercury regulations save 11,000 lives each year. Now, the EPA wants to weaken them.

While Americans were quietly preparing to ring in the New Year, the EPA gave families a deadly present to start the year off wrong. Continue reading

Future generations will mourn what the EPA did on 9/11

The White House wants to clear the way for frackers to release more methane, which poisons communities and torches the climate.

September 11 is already an annual day of mourning. But while the nation grieved over victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan future generations may well grieve as a tragedy in its own right. Continue reading

What’s at stake if Brett Kavanaugh joins the court

If Americans lose the right to privacy enshrined in Roe, they'll lose a lot more than abortion access.

President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Why should you care? Because everything from reproductive rights to voting, education, and health care is now at stake. Continue reading

What real tax reform could look like

We don't actually have to cut taxes on the rich, slash services for everyone, and blow a hole in the deficit.

No matter our politics, most Americans have a beef with taxes. And it’s no wonder. Continue reading

Prison labor is slavery by another name

Across the country the largest prison strike is taking place, vowing to ‘finally end slavery in 2016.’

Right now there’s a national movement mobilizing to raise the federal minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour. But imagine if instead of earning even that much, you could only earn a few cents an hour. Continue reading