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  • The Nina Turner Show: Believing It's Possible with Danny Glover

    August 2017

    In this episode of The Nina Turner Show on The Real News Network, Danny Glover tells Nina Turner how he became an actor and activist, and calls for a global movement that raises expectations of itself and of the world.

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  • Danny Glover Remarks on Nelson Mandela Day 2017

    July 2017

    On July 18th, 2017, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Danny Glover delivered remarks to the General Assembly on International Nelson Mandela Day. Mr. Glover highlighted the legacy of Mandela as a reminder that "nonviolent resistance paired with sustained activism, is the key to transforming a potential dead end into a new beginning." 

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  • Closing the Women's Wealth Gap

    June 2017

    Month's after the Women's March, this video lays out the difference between the wealth and income gap. They explain that while women earn 79 cents to the dollar that men earn, there is an even larger gap between how much women own: “Women own only 32 cents on the dollar that men own, and black and Latina women own pennies on the dollar compared to white men and white women”

    This large wealth gap exists for a number of reasons, including:

    1) Women make less than men

    2) Women are more likely to work part time (usually because women are caring for family members)

    3) Women often can't access tax subsidies that encourage savings (because of the way they are structured)

    Robert and Elena call to keep pushing for pay equity, affordable childcare and, paid family leave to address this disparity. Ultimately, they advise that whenever your local area, state, or national government is considering legislation, it is important to ask: "who benefits?" Ultimately, legislation that benefits women, benefits all of the United States.

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  • The Nina Turner Show: Appalachians Rising

    June 2017

    At the 2017 People’s Summit, Nina Turner talks to organizers from West Virginia and Ohio about the challenges of living and affecting change in rural America.

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  • Sexual Activity and Contraceptive Use Among Teenagers in the United States, 2011–2015

    June 2017

    This study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention looks at sexual activity trends in teenagers. 

    It finds that 42% of the female teenagers and 44% of the male teenagers had had sexual intercourse at the time of the interview. Overall, "Longer-term trends, from 1988 to 2011-2015, show declines in the percentage of teenagers who were sexually experienced." In addition, the study looked at contraceptive use, the type of relationship that exists when the teen had sex for the first time, the teen's attitudes towards becoming or getting their partner pregnant, and how each of those factors influences the earliness, frequency, and safety of teen sexual activity.

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  • Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Calls For Peace, Unity, Religious Freedom At Rutgers' Muslims For Peace Event

    March 2017

    "Let us be brave and forceful in standing up for each other’s rights to live and worship freely and let us not be afraid to say that whoever threatens that right for any one of us will have to face all of us together."

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard  delivered the keynote address at the 10th Annual Prophet Muhammad Day event at Rutgers University. "The event, hosted by Muslims for Peace, is focused on bringing communities together to celebrate the legacy of compassion, mercy, and justice of the Prophet Muhammad, and to stand together against anti-Muslim rhetoric and policies."

    Gabbard focuses on the need for faiths all across the country and the world to come together to respect and protect each other. She draws from personal experience when political opponents attempted to use her religion as a reason not to vote for her, and sites many instances of crime and discrimination against certain religions. 

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  • Who Pays If We Raise The Social Security Payroll Tax Cap?

    February 2017

    There has been a significant amount of discussion about Social Security. Many are concerned that the current model for Social Security is not sustainable and it will eventually not be able to pay benefits out to retirees.

    The Social Security payroll tax currently in place is capped at the same level for everyone, regardless of how much they make. In 2017 the maximum wage earnings that are taxed by the payroll tax is $127,200. This means that if you make any amount over $127,200, that extra money is not taxed. Ultimately this leads to a "regressive" tax structure where those making up to $127,200 are paying a higher percentage of their income than those who make more that that amount.

    This article looks at the effect that raising or eliminating the cap would have on income earners across the country. Based on its data " the vast majority of workers would not be impacted." This is because "roughly 1 in 18 people, or 5.4 percent of workers, earn more than the current cap and would be affected if it were eliminated."

    Percent of workers have incomes above the payroll tax cap

     

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