Each week I look for articles that dig a bit deeper into the issues that are a part of our political conversations. It’s good to build our knowledge about issues that we care about and that affect us, as that information can make us better advocates for outcomes that we seek. I hope you enjoy these reads!
This past week Congress held its first hearing to consider the issue of reparations. The issue has one that has started to get more media attention and great articles about reparations are picking up steam. This article, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates and published in The Atlantic back in 2014, is excellent. I also recommend listening to his short and compelling testimony in Congress which you can see here:
Late in 2016, when it became clear that Trump was going to be the GOP nominee, a corporate leadership group was formed to advise the president. Many of the policies that we’ve seen flowing out of federal agencies are the work of this group. Rolling Stone has the story, and more importantly, the exact list of people who were on this “shadow cabinet.”
This opinion piece by author David Daley in the Detroit Free Press outlines just how devastating gerrymandering has been in Michigan, directly leading to catastrophic outcomes like the water crisis in Flint. He also expands on the effect that gerrymandering has had on neighboring states.