Posted in Common Dreams Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression While we were looking elsewhere

Saying Quiet Part Very Loud, Trump admits limiting voter access necessary to maintain Republican control

“This morning on live television, the president of the United States admitted he is opposed to laws that would make it easier for Americans to vote because that would hurt Republicans.” by Jon Queally, staff writer…

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We must continue to highlight and criticize, with passion, facts and concrete examples, the bad actors, practices and policies that have brought us to the brink of a global crisis. (Photo: CinCool/flickr/cc)
Posted in Citizen Power Columns Community organizing Environment

Six rules for organizing a grassroots regeneration revolution

We must think, act and organize locally, while simultaneously cultivating a global vision and global solidarity. by Ronnie Cummins Over the past five decades, as a food, natural health and environmental campaigner, anti-war organizer, human rights…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation Voter registration Voter suppression

Why so few young Americans vote

By John Holbein, University of Virginia The United States has one of the lowest rates of youth voter turnout in the world. The gap between 18- to 29-year-olds and those over 60, a common measuring stick,…

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Posted in Citizen Power Energy Mining News Utilities

Virginia passes clean energy legislation

The Virginia Clean Economy Act follows other states in capping energy bills of low-income ratepayers at no more that 6% of a family’s income for electricity and 10% for gas use. It creates a “social cost…

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"Kayaktivists" rally against fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland. (Photo by Rick Rappaport)
Posted in Citizen Power Columns Democracy Environmental Justice Hightower News Politics

Felonious Democracy

The leaders of our democracy don’t actually like it when people participate, but Americans are a rebellious bunch. By Jim Hightower | OtherVoices January 8, 2020 The awful truth about the corporate and governmental power elites…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Democracy Fat Money Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Wealth

Today, political office is no country for billionaires

New Orleans    Politics is drowning in money or, more accurately, money is drowning politics. Estimates for the campaign for President now run in the billions. There is every indication that future campaigns will be even…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Minority Voters Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Field testing voter purges and “drops”

Columbus        As the Voter Purge Project moves forward, we are now analyzing the voter files on more than a dozen states on our way to double that number in coming weeks, many of them include the…

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Ohio battles to protect the vote

Columbus        Twenty-five people made their way into the Vanderelli Room in Columbus.  The art, performance, and all-around community space in the Franklinton neighborhood of the city near downtown had been offered to TrustVote and the Columbus…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression

Government shouldn’t play gotcha on voting and benefits

New Orleans       Talking to a reporter from Politico about voter purges and why there needed to be supplemental efforts other than failing to answer a letter in the US Mail to determine whether a voter…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy economic justice Labor Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice Working Class

“Power and Respect for the Working Class”

New Orleans   I’m sorry, but whenever there’s a subhead in the Wall Street Journal in bold, italics heralding “Power and Respect for the Working Class,” it’s a signal that we have to pay special attention to…

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Posted in Campaign finance Common Dreams Democracy National News Politics Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

“It’s always been Republicans suppressing votes,” Trump advisor says party will get even more aggressive in 2020

“It’s clear there’s no law Donald Trump and his right-wing machine won’t bend, break, or ignore to try to win the presidency.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Common Dreams Reporting on Friday shows a top advisor…

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Posted in Campaign finance Democracy Elections Off the wire Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression Voting rights

Don’t let your vote get stolen – 5 essential reads about disinformation in 2020

Who’s manipulating what you know before you vote? AntonSokolov/Shutterstock.com Jeff Inglis, The Conversation As the 2020 election season heats up, there will be a massive number of people competing for your vote. Only some of them…

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Model Government? Arizona lawmakers outsource legislative ideas

By Evan Wyloge, Sarah Jarvis and Justin Price, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Phoenix – When Arizona lawmakers sponsored a 2016 house bill banning the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn products, the bill matched almost…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Elections Off the wire Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter suppression

More and more on pernicious voter suppression

Culebra      This is a warning on the eve of a new year:  I’m obsessed with stopping voter suppression as we countdown the months and days to the election in November.  Besides my general obsession, I’m especially…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice world

Are Hong Kong protestors caught in a box canyon?

Ponce, Puerto Rico   The Hong Kong protests continue unabated as the year ends, having begun on March 15, 2019, and definitely serving as a benchmark for the year.  Over Christmas, the protests moved once again into…

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Posted in Democracy News Politics Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Kansas abandons technology trumpeted by Kris Kobach, Trump’s onetime Voter Fraud Czar

A system supposedly meant to root out voter fraud was beset by security and accuracy issues. by Jessica Huseman, Pro-Publica The Kansas Secretary of State’s office has announced it will indefinitely suspend the use of controversial…

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