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Judge strikes down Trump effort to slash food stamps for 700,000 Americans

Victory for ‘Basic Human Decency’ “There’s a lot of competition for Vilest Policy Ever, but slashing food stamps during a pandemic that’s causing massive unemployment is way, way up there.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Safety Net Unemployment insurance

3 in 4 Americans—including 55% of Republicans—want Senate GOP to prioritize Covid-19 relief over ramming through Coney Barrett

“Trump’s Senate allies are doing everything they can to ensure Trump’s pick for the high court moves swiftly through the approvals process. Where has this urgency been as Americans have languished for weeks without new coronavirus…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Debt Pro Publica Safety Net

Debt collectors have made a fortune this year. Now they’re coming for more.

After a pause for the pandemic, debt buyers are back in the courts, suing debtors by the thousands. by Paul Kiel and Jeff Ernsthausen Earlier this year, the pandemic swept across the country, killing 100,000 Americans…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Wealth

In address on inequality amid pandemic, Pope calls on global community to confront ‘destructive effects of empire of money’

“Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday,…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Restart 2020 Safety Net

Rich mostly fine but poorest ‘completely crushed’ after Covid-19 triggered ‘most unequal’ recession in modern US history

A new analysis by the Washington Post found that the coronavirus recession has eliminated low-wage jobs at around eight times the rate of high-wage jobs. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 1 While the ongoing…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts News Safety Net

McConnell quietly rams through more lifetime Trump judges while blocking Covid relief

“It’s outrageous that McConnell continues to prioritize the Trump court takeover amid the pandemic. Enough.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, September 16 As Covid-19 relief for jobless and hungry Americans, collapsing small businesses, and state…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

Can democracy work for the poor?

by Wade Rathke Thursday, September 10, 2020 New Orleans   We can answer the question of whether or not democracy can work for the poor, or we can ask why democracies are failing the poor? Either…

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Posted in Columns Gig Economy Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Workers

Gig work is not a jobs safety net

by Wade Rathke Thursday, September 3, 2020 Pearl River If service work had been the equivalent of a jobs’ “safety net” for workers in many cities and towns in the past, the only replacement available would…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Economy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Unemployment

The disappearance of service industry safety net jobs

New Orleans     Perhaps the most dependable host on WAMF, our low power non-commercial radio station in New Orleans, has been a product representative for a fine local distillery in the city.  Her show every Tuesday…

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Philadelphians rallied at City Hall before taking to the streets to demand Congress return and come to a deal on unemployment and other relief measures on August 20, 2020. (Screencapture from photo by Cory Clark/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Evictions News Safety Net Unemployment

Number of unemployed people struggling to cover basic needs has nearly doubled since GOP killed $600 Federal boost

While Senate Republicans push for a “skinny” coronavirus relief bill, half of jobless Americans couldn’t pay for basic expenses in August, up from 27% in July. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, September 2 After Senate…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Unemployment

McConnell adjourns Senate for month-long recess without deal on Coronavirus relief, advances judges

‘Morally Obscene,’ Says Sanders “During the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans think they can take a long vacation while millions of Americans face hunger and eviction.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Posted in DACA Editorial/opinon News Op/Ed Safety Net

Dreamers’ Children: Up to 200,000 American kids could be left parentless

In his continued attacks on DACA and TPS beneficiaries, Trump aims to create a dramatic influx of children into the child welfare system. by Robin Valenzuela Thursday, August 6 In 2013, undocumented immigrant Alicia Chávez (not…

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President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump taking questions about the Paycheck Protection Program with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on April 28. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Safety Net Unemployment

Anger with GOP growing as $600 unemployment benefit ends

“They’re Playing With Us” “All our government wants is money in their pockets, while the people are poor and starving and scrounging.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Saturday. August 1 Americans angry with inaction from Senate…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020 Safety Net

Sanders rips GOP plan to subsidize business meals as children go hungry

‘Pathetic Would Be Too Mild a Word’ “Millions of families in this country are facing hunger; there’s not an additional nickel in their package for nutrition programs for children or for working people.” by Jake Johnson,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams News Restart 2020 Safety Net Unemployment insurance

GOP proposes legal immunity for corporations, $0 in funding for states, and deep cuts to unemployment benefits

“Republicans have wasted months coming up with a proposal that, remarkably, would make the pandemic and economic pain even worse—especially a corporate immunity provision that would be a literal death sentence to countless Americans.” by Jake…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams News Restart 2020 Safety Net Unemployment

GOP under fire for slipping $30 billion pentagon gift into Coronavirus bill

“F-35s Don’t Help Families Pay Their Bills”  “Just how twisted is the Senate GOP coronavirus bill you ask? It includes $686 million for new F-35 fighter jets.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 In…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

GOP plan to slash unemployment benefits by $1,600 per month condemned as ‘absolutely unacceptable’

“The country is on fire and the chief concern for Senate Republicans is that unemployed people have too much money.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 27 Progressives are rejecting out of hand a proposal…

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About six million people signed up for the SNAP program in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented expansion of the program. (Photo: Andrew Burton)
Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net SNAP benefits

Despite surging need amid pandemic, GOP moves to rollback SNAP when food assistance ‘Matters now more than ever’

“SNAP delivered. Like it always does.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, July 20 Pointing to the success of the SNAP food assistance program during the coronavirus pandemic, economists on Monday said Republicans’ plan to end…

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White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters outside the West Wing at the White House on Friday, May 15, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net Social Security

White House pushes ‘pure giveaway’ to rich investors while urging cut to pandemic unemployment aid

Recipients of the enhanced unemployment benefit could see the aid slashed by more than 50% under a plan being discussed by the Trump administration and GOP by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, July 14 The Trump…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Restart 2020 Safety Net

Sanders calls on ‘Do-Nothing’ Senate to approve $2,000 monthly checks, cancel rent, and expand Medicare

“This I know: nothing will happen unless the American people stand up, fight back, and demand, in overwhelming numbers, that the Senate act.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, July 6 Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday…

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Posted in Climate change Editorial/opinon Safety Net The Revelator

Should environmentalists embrace Universal Basic Income?

  Cash payments from the government could help ease the transition to a climate-safe economy and weather the natural and economic storms to come.   by Tara Lohan, The Revelator Sunday, June 28 If you had…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Safety Net Unemployment

Analysis warns devastation will follow if GOP cuts off $600 unemployment boost

“It would be a catastrophe to let these turn off and replace them with nothing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 26 A leading progressive economist warned Friday that devastating job losses and income cuts…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Unemployment insurance

Supplemental unemployment has been life changing

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   What could possibly be good about a pandemic? OK, not much, but…there are some things that have turned out to be a complete win. The one that I hear over…

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Posted in Banks Debt News Pro Publica Safety Net

Capital One and other debt collectors are still coming for millions of Americans

As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Americans got protection from evictions, foreclosures and student debt. But debt collectors have continued to siphon off their share of paychecks from those who still have jobs. by Paul Kiel and…

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