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by Aricka Flowers
Wed Aug 24

Bernie's 'Our Revolution' Campaign To Launch Wednesday In Chicago, Nationwide (VIDEO)

Despite having lost the Democratic presidential nomination, "the Bernie revolution" will continue with the "next phase" launching nationwide Wednesday night.

Some 2,600 watch parties and meetings are set to take place across the country tonight as former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses thousands of his supporters to "lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share," according to Our Revolution President Jeff Weaver, who also served as Sanders' presidential campaign manager.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Aug 15

Significant Racial Disparities Seen In Mental Health Treatment Among Youth, Study Finds

Minority children and young adults are far less likely to get mental health treatment than their white counterparts, a new study shows.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Aug 10

In A Victory For Seniors, AARP Dumps Conservative Policy Group ALEC

Pressure from seniors and progressive groups led AARP to announce last week that it would drop its ALEC membership.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Aug 2

McDonald's Curbs Antibiotics In Chicken, Groups Urge KFC To Follow Suit

McDonald's announced Monday that it has stopped serving chicken raised with antibiotics important to human health, a change made months ahead of schedule.

The fast food giant initially expected the transition to be complete by March 2017.

Also on Monday, McDonald's officials said the company is eliminating high-fructose corn syrup from its sandwich buns and has removed artificial preservatives from its Chicken McNuggets, pork sausage patties, omelet-style eggs and scrambled eggs.

Public interest and environmental groups that are campaigning to curb antibiotic overuse in food animals applauded McDonald's for its action on antibiotics in chicken.

"This expedited time frame and transparency is wonderful news for anyone who cares about public health," Lena Brook, food policy advocate at the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) food and agriculture program, wrote in a blog post.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Jul 26

New Research Explores The 'State Of America's Fathers'

Although fathers in the United States have increased their time spent on child care and housework in recent years, they are still doing much less than mothers, according to a report on the "State of America's Fathers."

"Fathers are taking on more child care and domestic work than ever before - and they say they want to do more - but we still have a long way to go" toward achieving gender equality in parenting, reads the report released last month by Promundo and the MenCare campaign.

The research, being billed as the first comprehensive report on U.S. fatherhood, is largely based on data from the Families and Work Institute's National Study of the Changing Workforce.

Among the key findings, 81 percent of employed parents who have a spouse or partner and a child under the age of 18 live in dual-income households. On the flip side, 19 percent of such parents live in single-income households. 

"The gender-based boundaries between caregiving and breadwinning have begun to crumble," the report explains, "and today's dual-career, dual-carer parents demand new policies that support them."


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