Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist at The American Prospect, and editor of Clarion, the newspaper of Professional Staff Congress, a New York City labor union. The views expressed here are her own.

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Still Missing New Orleans

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(Photo: AP/Gerald Herbert) A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina flooded this now-abandoned strip mall in New Orleans. T he first time I saw New Orleans, I entered an empty city. The streets were marked with chalky streaks of salt and toxins left behind by the waters that had filled them; the stench of rotten things filled the air. It was September 19, 2005, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans when the levees were breached by the sea and the canals, whose contents rushed into the roads and the yards and the living rooms of the city’s poorest residents. By the time I arrived, the only vehicles on the streets were the camouflage-painted Jeeps of the National Guard . After abetting mayhem with shoot-to-kill orders against the city’s most desperate citizens, many on the New Orleans police force simply fled the city. With colleagues from the labor union I worked for at the time, I visited the Greyhound bus depot, which was housing the inmates of the infamous Angola...

The Clinton Candidacy: What the Republican War on Planned Parenthood Is Really About

Abortion opponents know a pro-choice woman is likely to be the Democratic nominee. War on.

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(Photo: AP/Charlie Neibergall) Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the Iowa State Fair on August 15, in Des Moines. I n the Republican war on Planned Parenthood , there are many casualties, most notably, poor women and the truth . But the real target is the Democratic Party and its frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination. It should not surprise us that in a campaign in which the Democrats are expected to select Hillary Clinton as their nominee, government funding of Planned Parenthood’s health-care services is again a big issue. In the right-wing mind, there is no woman more uppity than a liberal woman who would deign to run for president. The second-most uppity woman is the one in somebody else’s family (or your own) who claims control of her own fertility. When the first is emblematic of the second, a season of hate against both is a no-brainer. Poor women rely on the Planned Parenthood clinics for the most fundamental health care a woman of childbearing age...

Republicans Slut-Shame Megyn Kelly, Reward Trump

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(Photo: AP/John Minchillo) Fox News host and moderator Megyn Kelly, listens during the first Republican presidential debate on August 6. D onald Trump cherishes women. I know that because he told me so . (Well, not me specifically; rather, the media who followed him to Michigan where he gave a press conference ahead of a big speech yesterday.) The speech came in the wake of Trump’s apparent reference to the menstrual cycle of Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who dared to ask the real-estate magnate and reality-show actor, during last week’s Republican presidential debate, to defend the many disparaging remarks he has made about women, particularly about the appearance of women with whom he takes issue. “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,” Kelly said to Trump as part of a question about whether his temperament was appropriate for the role of presidential nominee. “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” Trump replied. A day later, when Trump accused Kelly of...

Why Jeb Bush's Pitch to the Koch Brothers Should Scare You

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(Photo: AP/John Raoux) Jeb Bush speaks at a small business town hall meeting in Longwood, Florida, on July 27. A t the Koch brothers’ big California confabulation last weekend, each of the invited candidates who submitted to questioning on the main stage by Politico ’s Mike Allen made pointed pitches to ideological proclivities of both the multi-billionaire brothers and their deep-pocketed fellow travelers. But the winner of the pitching contest may turn out to be the one least expected to win himself some Koch-love. When she wasn’t offering to “throw a punch” at Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina applauded the “patriotism” of Charles and David Koch, implying that their neo-libertarian ideology of self-enrichment was a boon to the nation. Marco Rubio, in a smooth performance that likely persuaded some of his electability, took aim at the Obama administration’s new EPA “clean energy” regulations, suggesting they would benefit “some billionaire somewhere who is a pro-environmental cap-and-...

Bernie Learns His Lesson -- But Have the Rest of Us?

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(Photo: Al Drago/CQ Roll Call via AP) Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders waits to speak to federal contract workers during a rally on Capitol Hill on Wedneday, July 22. “ We want a nation where a young black man or woman can walk down the street without worrying about being falsely arrested, beaten, or killed,” Bernie Sanders told some 8,000 supporters in Dallas on July 19, the day after his contentious encounter with protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement at Netroots Nation. While Sanders, the socialist U.S. senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, appeared to have learned his lesson quickly, the same cannot necessarily be said for some of his most ardent followers, or for the progressive movement more broadly, where power rests primarily in the hands of white men. When Sanders announced his candidacy, I welcomed it—and I still do. Standing far to the left of likely nominee Hillary Clinton, Sanders’s presence in the race, coupled with...