• As the Palestinian-Israeli peace process has broken down, frustration has peaked, with more Arab citizens seeking to run for municipal office. Violating a 50-year Palestinian Authority boycott of local elections, Palestinian engineer and activist Ramadan Dabash, is running for city council in East Jerusalem to fight for better streets and quality education for Palestinian children.
(“Breaking a taboo: Jerusalem elections and the Palestinian vote,” Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 3, 2018; “Most Palestinians in Jerusalem boycott elections. But One Palestinian is running anyway,” PRI’s The World, Oct. 26, 2018)
• On Election Day, Nov. 6, voters in the Republican-dominated state of Arkansas, will vote on raising the minimum wage to $11 an hour by 2021.
(“Putting partisanship aside, Arkansas voters may raise the minimum wage,” American Prospect, Oct. 11, 2018)
• In a shift since 2016, young Americans, according to recent polling, view socialism more favorably than capitalism. The public has been embracing ideas like “Medicare for All” and a federally-guaranteed job, tilting the energy in the Democratic party toward its progressive wing.
( “Faces of a new Capitalism,” Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 11, 2018)