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New Deal Today: Policy & Politics

News items that speak to the resurgence of interest in the New Deal as a touchstone for public policy and political action today.

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  • Painting the Mail: Post Office Art of the New Deal
    • October 1, 2022
    • Living New Deal
    Tuesday, November 15, 2022 5pm-6pm PST (8pm EST)with Barbara Bernstein The New Deal didn’t just decorate post offices. It celebrated them. Murals, bas reliefs and sculptures depict letters being written, mailed, sorted, transported, delivered, read and shared. These artworks are increasingly imperiled as post offices are sold and repurposed. Barbara Bernstein, read more
  • Favorite New Deal Site
    • August 25, 2022
    • Living New Deal
    Tell Us About Your Favorite New Deal Site Send us a first-person story of 100 (or so) words describing the site and why you chose it. Submissions will appear in future issues of The Fireside! Be sure to include a photo (with photo credit). Send to [email protected]. Thanks! An East Texas Treasure In 1933, the read more
  • Favorite New Deal Site (A New Feature)
    • August 8, 2022
    • Susan Ives
    Tell Us About Your Favorite New Deal Site Send us a first-person story of 100 (or so) words describing the site and why you chose it. Submissions will appear in future issues of The Fireside! Be sure to include a photo (with photo credit). Send to [email protected]. Thanks! Red Rocks Rocks On! Named for 300-foot read more
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Statue Installed in the Capitol
    • August 8, 2022
    • Living New Deal
    "Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it may be a diamond in the rough.” This famous quote by the educator and civil rights activist Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955) is inscribed on the pedestal of her statue, recently installed in Statuary Hall at the US Capitol. Her statue replaces that of read more
  • The Mural So Controversial, Nixon Tried to Remove It
    • October 8, 2021
    • Living New Deal
    by GRAY BRECHIN | OCTOBER 4, 2021. Originally published in Zocalo Public Square 75 Years Later, 'War and Peace' Survives, But Its Ideals Have Not As multiple crises pile atop one another in the young 21st century, a tripartite mural at a former San Francisco post office lobby rebukes us with its dated optimism. “War and Peace,” by the read more
  • UCSF Medical Center Murals to Stay in Place
    • August 31, 2021
    • Living New Deal
    The Zakheim murals at the UCSF Medical Center will stay in place after a court order. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the work to remove the mural has been temporarily halted after Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch granted a motion for a restraining order requested by San read more
  • CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: NEW DEAL BOOK AWARD FOR 2021
    • July 8, 2021
    • Living New Deal
    The Living New Deal invites submissions for the First Annual New Deal Book Award.   This award has been established to recognize and encourage non-fiction works about the history of the United States in the New Deal era, 1932-1942, or inclusive of a substantial portion of that remarkable decade between the nadir read more
  • Interest in the New Deal Is Growing. With your help, so are we!
    • May 11, 2021
    • Living New Deal
    In every state, volunteers equipped with the Living New Deal’s new mobile app are sending us their New Deal discoveries. Our online New Deal map and database document 17,000 New Deal sites. We believe we’ve just scratched the surface! Our website draws more than a million visits a year.  Our"Map and Guide read more
  • Lecture Video: "Resolving Tensions Over Race & Representation in Public Art"
    • February 15, 2021
    • Living New Deal
    View the ConversationA recording of Tuesday's luncheon is available here. We hope you find it as fascinating at we did. Please share with anyone who might be interested! NCAC’s virtual luncheon explored the various approaches to resolving tensions around such work--including shrouding or relocating artworks, commissioning new works, innovative course offerings, read more
  • Three Myths About Unemployment
    • January 16, 2021
    • Living New Deal
    The New Deal Disproved and Biden Must Reject David Riemer and June Hopkins Originally published on The Hill.  https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/531978-three-myths-about-unemployment © Getty Images As a new administration prepares to grapple with the economic crisis caused by COVID-19, three myths about unemployment continue to muddle the thinking in Washington about how to help unemployed American workers.   Myth #1: read more
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