Rathke: Google decides to “do evil” to its workers

New Orleans      Remember back in the old days, which might have only been a few years ago, but certainly seems so twentieth century now, when it seemed OK that Google was the go-to search engine…

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Rathke: Faking the Voter Strategy

New Orleans      Democracy is under assault everywhere it seems, and, no, I’m not just taking about the White House. Russia is busy interfering with elections in, are you ready for this, Madagascar.  How did this…

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Rathke: Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me, says NRA’s Wayne LaPierre

New Orleans      It turns out that there’s a reason that Wayne LaPierre, the embattled chief of the National Rifle Association, doesn’t give many interviews to the press.  It because he comes off as an oblivious,…

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Rathke: When political parties lose control, welcome to crisis

New Orleans   Big ideas and popular demands move political parties, pro or con.  Politicians have to put their fingers in the air and see how the wind is blowing, especially if they lack core principles and…

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Rathke: Liberal Affordable Housing Conundrums

New Orleans   Just maybe there is beginning to be an emerging consensus in the United States, joining many other countries around the world, that there is in fact an affordable housing crisis in the country.   Perhaps…

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Rathke: Confusing Support and Autonomy for Welfare Recipients

Greenville       Some months ago I was reading about the demise of a significant social service and advocacy organization. A former executive director, David Tobis, who had also written a book about the organization and was one…

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Rathke: The predatory fight to keep workers temporary and “independent”

Little Rock      Once upon a time we might have been able to look at the Department of Labor to lead the way in drawing the bright lines that establish whether a worker is an employee or…

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Rathke: Spewing Cancer Chemicals on Louisiana’s Death Alley

New Orleans       A tip from a friend sent me to a seat on the back row of a lecture hall at the Tulane Law School to listen to a star-studded panel assembled on the topic…

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Rathke: Strong towns: Investing in old, lower-value neighborhoods, not more infrastructure

New Orleans       On the sometimes lonely march to try to advance and rebuild low-and-moderate income communities, it’s always a welcome relief to stumble on fellow travelers moving on much the same pathway.  At least that’s…

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Rathke: Have Doctors and Hospitals Joined Banks as Fraudsters?

New York City     It’s the holiday season when old time movies used to give us hope that miracles might happen.  Santa might climb down from the chimney, if you had a chimney anymore.  There were…

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Rathke, community radio: KABF Documentary is a Winner

Little Rock      JT Tarpley approached us out of the blue three years ago with a wild and crazy idea.  He wanted to make a documentary about KABF, our 100,000-watt noncommercial radio station broadcasting throughout central Arkansas. …

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Rathke: The Numbers Underneath the Art of Organizing

Quebec City    Listening to the national and office reports from the organizers ACORN Canada last evening at their Year End/ Year Begin meeting, I was making notes and trying to follow the breakthroughs on new campaigns…

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Rathke: How quickly can we get past impeachment?

New Orleans       Weather was miserable in New York as we schlepped from lower Manhattan to Newark Airport.  We prepared for the worst, but arrived early with hours to spare only to be victimized by almost…

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Rathke: The transplant system is needlessly allowing patients to die

New Orleans       There are no good ways to die, but emphysema is a tough way to go. I watched my grandfather die that way as a child.  He was weak and housebound in his last…

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Rathke: The Crisis and Crime of Lost Children

New York City       As people look at the year gone by and a decade coming to an end there are a barrage of lists with of best movies, books, songs, plays, TV shows, and on…

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Posted in Columns Health Care Hightower OtherWords Prescriptions

Why your CVS prescription is taking so long

The drug store giant’s CEO has been cutting corners while rewarding himself handsomely. By Jim Hightower Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Sometimes I don’t know whether to weep uncontrollably, laugh hysterically, or just throw up. I recently…

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Rathke: Five thousand blogs and what do you get

New Orleans       When you do something every day, rain or shine, here or abroad, every once in a while, you need to take stock, and evaluate whether a disciplined practice is a trivial habit, an…

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Rathke: New housing law in NY has impact on tenant evictions

New Orleans       The Wall Street Journal and its reporters must get a special thrill when they can score an exclusive on the New York Times on New York’s own turf.  I bet they didn’t even…

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Posted in Columns International Justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Support protests in Nigeria!

by Wade Rathke Tuesday, October 20 New Orleans     It’s a small world.  Marva Burnett, the president of ACORN Canada and ACORN International, visited several cities in Nigeria last year with her church group.  She met…

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Posted in Accountability Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Accountability some fine day – make your own list

Hope is not a plan, but it’s something to hang on to now, so we can imagine a better future. by Wade Rathke Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Greenville Miss    Georgia is now a 45-45 tie between…

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Rathke: We’re so sorry about Louisiana’s Senator John Neely Kennedy

New Orleans      Those of us who live in Louisiana or care about the role of the state and its people in public affairs are just as sorry as we can be every time our junior…

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Rathke: End of the year notes on the road

New Orleans      Since 1975, I’ve been on the road, one way or another, pedal to the metal or wheels up, anywhere between one-third and more than a half of the year.  I always make a…

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Rathke: Lanny Roy was a peoples’ warrior

New Orleans      Lake Charles is a medium-sized city of nearly 80,000 people, the fifth largest in Louisiana, close to the Texas border.  It’s the home of oil refineries and chemical plants.  Texans driving over the…

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Rathke: Voter Purges Coming in Wisconsin and Georgia

New Orleans       A Georgia judge allowed a 300,000 voter purge to happen hours ago in that state.  A lawsuit filed by Fair Vote Action seeking to prevent the purge will happen later this week on…

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