Laura Flanders

Laura is YES! Magazine's 2013 Local Economies Reporting Fellow and is executive producer and founder and host of "GRITtv with Laura Flanders." Follow her on Twitter @GRITlaura.

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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 9:45am
Will We Ever Stop the Drones?
Almost a year after the 2012 election, Florida congressman Alan Grayson decided to hold a hearing. The number of drone attacks were going up not down; sparse news reports from mostly military sources weren’t making much of an impact on the American public. In October 2013, Grayson decided to invite...
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Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:45am
Anti-Social Giving to Harvard and Yale
Not so long ago, Yale University received a $150 million gift. That looked like a lot until Harvard scooped up $400 million a few weeks later. Both gifts came from Wall Street speculators – Blackstone Group Founder and CEO Stephen Schwarzman and hedge fund executive John S Paulson. Paulson’s...
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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 7:00am
This LGBT Pride, Let’s Celebrate Difference Not Sameness
It’s hard to imagine an American poet more celebrated than four-time Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Frost whose most famous poem concludes: "Two roads diverged in a wood and I —I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference." When the most celebrated poet’s most well-known...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 8:15am
From Belfast to Baltimore Bad Police Tactics Spread. So Can Justice.
It’s an old adage but it’s true, especially when it comes to policing: an injury to one really is an injury to all. That’s because like a bad movie, bad police tactics spread the globe. Accountability can go global too, but as in a recent case out of Ireland, justice moves more slowly. Shortly...
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Monday, May 4, 2015 - 6:45am
The Missing Millions in Prison Aren’t Missing, We Are.
It’s becoming popular in the media to talk about the missing millions-- the 1.5 million African American men in their prime who are missing from civic life. Those millions, it’s explained , are mostly missing because they’ve died young or been locked up. There’s been a catastrophic rise of...
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Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:30am
The Cost of Doing (BIG) Business
“The cost of doing business.” That’s what corporations call it when they claim a deduction from their taxes for the damage they’ve done to people and the planet. It’s a cost of doing business all right; a cost to us, of doing business with them the way we currently do it, and it’s just one of the...
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Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 2:30pm
Forget Big vs. Small Government. For the Rightwing, It's Only About Power
Conservatives need to figure out where they stand on local power. Their views present a paradox, suggested The New York Times recently. Causing the confusion are so-called pre-emption laws passed by states to stop local governments from enacting their own policies. Eight states have passed laws...
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Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:00am
The Incredible Whiteness of Clinton
Hillary Clinton effectively entered the 2016 presidential race this week with a major speech to a women’s conference in Silicon Valley . Word is, she’s decided to make gender even more central to her campaign this time around and in California she did just that. She also exposed the incredible...
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 1:15pm
Uber Wants to Reorganize the Economy? Workers, Too, Can Play at that Game
The global newswire Associated Press announced this January that it will no longer refer to the app-based cab-hail service Uber as “ride-sharing.” The move follows criticism that services like Uber and Lyft are very far from sharing; to the contrary, they are taking more than they’re giving. That’s...
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Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 1:30pm
What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy
As Sarah van Gelder pointed out recently , 2014 research by the Pew Center found that 78 percent of Americans believe that too much power is concentrated in the hands of a few huge companies. More than half—62 percent—believe our current economic system is rigged in favor of those with the most...
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