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Nurses need to be listened to, not blamed

By Suzanne Gordon

Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.

Ferguson Verdict Again Unearths America's Racial Problems

By David A. Love

The failure to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., is not an aberration.
Every 28 hours, a black person is killed by the police in the United States. Law enforcement is increasingly becoming an occupying force. For many black, brown and poor taxpayers, the cops are there not to serve and protect, but to suppress and contain — and, far too often, to kill.

This Thanksgiving, Think About Retail Workers

By C. Nicole Mason

Thanksgiving ought to be a time for all Americans to relax and enjoy themselves.
For salaried workers and for most two-income households, working on Thanksgiving or Christmas is the exception, not the rule. However, for minimum-wage workers and those without job security, staying home is simply not an option.
Workers who boycott or refuse to work on holidays often face intimidation or fear the loss of their jobs. There is no grievance process, union or human resources department eager to take up their cause.

Executive Action on Immigrants Will Be Welcome

By Jose Miguel Leyva

President Obama should go ahead and issue executive orders providing protection to millions of undocumented individuals by year’s end, as he is expected to do.
First, the moral case for doing so is exceptionally strong.
This protection would not be granted to people who just jumped over the border fence. It would apply to people who have been in this country for years and years: They are our friends and neighbors, who have worked beside us and for us, and whose children go to school alongside ours.

This Holiday Season, We Should Focus on Homelessness

By Darryl Lorenzo Wellington

Every year, I volunteer to serve the Thanksgiving meal at a homeless shelter. And every year, I recognize that providing a Thanksgiving feast can’t replace long-term solutions to homelessness.
Every year, I see too many of the same faces — families and individuals still on waiting lists for subsidized housing.
And this year, I’m appalled that so many major cities have enacted laws regarding the homeless that are anything but in the holiday spirit.

Child Treaty at 25: More to Be Done

By Jo Becker

On Nov. 20 25 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but we still aren’t doing enough to protect the youngest among us.
When I met 14-year-old Akwasi in Ghana recently, the first thing I noticed was his ripped school uniform. When he was 10, after his father died, he went to work in the gold mines to help his mother support his four brothers and sisters. He often spends six hours at a stretch, pouring heavy buckets of water over crushed ore to help separate out the gold.