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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v12n30 (07/25/2013) » Section: The News, Briefly

Heather McGhee: We Can Control Our Economy

Heather C. McGhee came to Buffalo this week to tell area residents that the US political economy really isn’t like the weather. The vice-president of policy and outreach at Demos, a liberal public policy and research organization in Washington, DC, had a substantial point beyond this obvious contrast: The American economy is not a system operating under invariant natural laws. Rather, it’s a system that’s been constructed by human beings, and “it’s not outside our control.” But, she said, “we talk about it as if it’s a large natural phenomenon, like the weather.”

Walk and Roll for Public Transportation

This Friday, July 26, is the 23rd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The law, signed in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush, was designed to afford protections for people with “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity” against discrimination.

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