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Dorothy Brown on racism in the tax code

June 11, 2021 - The Emory law professor and author of "The Whiteness of Wealth" calls for returning to a progressive income taxation system and establishing a tax credit as compensation for systemic racism. She also argues that simply publishing tax data by race could make the public angry enough to want to change the federal tax system.

How public campaign finance can address growing inequality

June 24, 2016 - The political donor class is overwhelmingly white, male, older and wealthy, and policies reflect their interests, worsening inequality. New reports show how public campaign financing diversifies contributors and helps elect officials who better represent constituents' interests, leading to policies that promote equity.

VOICES: I quit the NC State Bar for serving power instead of the people

January 20, 2016 - After 40 years as a public-interest attorney, Lewis Pitts retired from practicing law in North Carolina. But he didn't merely let his N.C. State Bar membership go inactive: He fought for the right to resign, citing his profession's "hunt for profit" that's led it to serve the political and business establishment instead of fighting for justice for all. This is his resignation letter.