BLOOMIE AND TRUMP

BLOOMIE AND TRUMP A bipartisan effort. By Khalil Bendib | February 26, 2020

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Rathke: Come on up, Mississippi – time for a new constitution!

Little Rock      On the Peoples’ Daily News that I do for the Affiliated Media Foundation Movement (AM/FM) and all of our stations, I scrounge the daily papers for factoids and news bits that might interest our…

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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: 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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Sen. John Neely Kennedy

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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Posted in Coronavirus Op/Ed Racism The Conversation

As Arizona coronavirus cases surge from early reopening, Indigenous nations suffer not only more COVID-19 but also wrongly from blame

At the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.   (Getty Images/Mark Ralston) by  Lisa Hardy, Northern Arizona…

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Image: Nattanan Kanchanaprat, Pixabay.
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 Democracy Op/Ed OtherWords

We hold this truth to be self-evident: it’s happening before our very eyes

The man in the White House has taken all the necessary steps toward achieving the despot’s dream of dominance. by Bill Moyers Saturday, June 6 At 98, historian Bernard Weisberger has seen it all. Born in…

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Posted in Justice Op/Ed OtherWords

Keep your eye on what’s important: Ending police brutality

We don’t know who’s carried out violence and vandalism or why. We do know police keep killing unarmed black Americans. by Jill Richardson   June 3, 2020 The grocery store across from my old house in…

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Posted in Authoritarianism  Democracy Op/Ed The Conversation

Trump’s use of religion follows playbook of authoritarian-leaning leaders the world over

by Laura R. Olson, Clemson University Sunday, June 7 It was a striking moment: Donald Trump, Bible in hand, posing for photos in an apparent moment of political theater made possible by the dispersal of protesters…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon OtherWords Political Cartoons While we were looking elsewhere

I can’t breathe

Call it political brutality. By Khalil Bendib | June 3, 2020

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Posted in Justice Op/Ed Social Justice

Don’t let cops join our protests

Cops who turn marches against police violence into parades don’t actually want substantial changes to policing. This piece is a commentary, part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis. by Derecka Purnell, The Appeal Sunday…

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Posted in Common Dreams Op/Ed

A memorial day for lies?

by Laura Flanders So which will it be? Will this disaster spark a shift for the better? Or will the deadly myths white Americans tell ourselves survive Covid-19? Memorial Day messaging bodes ill. I want to…

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We must go deeper in organizing and uniting people around a visionary and far-reaching agenda that calls for us to reorganize society around the needs and demands of the poor. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign/Twitter)
Posted in Bailout 2020 Coronavirus Editorial/opinon Opinion Safety Net

Poor People’s Campaign: We refuse to allow politicians and big corporations to balance state budgets by denying rights

Leaders are using the lie of scarcity to place the burden of the crisis on the poor while billionaires are becoming even richer and large corporations are getting bailouts. by Rev Dr Liz Theoharis Friday, May…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Opinion OtherWords

I’m a frontline nurse in Arizona. We need masks, not a border wall.

  Wall construction threatens to put our rural hospital systems in the borderlands at a much higher risk. By Alex [Withheld] Tuesday, May 5, 2020 I work as a nurse at a trauma hospital in southern…

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Posted in Health Care Op/Ed OtherWords Safety Net

Rural America deserves a real Covid-19 response

Rural residents are more likely to be older and uninsured, while 350 rural hospitals are at risk of closing. They can’t afford neglect now. By Gloria Oladipo April 29, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, many…

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Posted in Analysis Op/Ed The Conversation

The ‘first scientist’s’ 800-year-old tonic for what ails us: the truth

English scientist Roger Bacon believed everyone has a responsibility to think for themselves. Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de santé, CC BY by Richard Gunderman, Indiana University It seems that science has been taking a beating lately. From decades…

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Eugene Debs delivering a speech in Chicago in 1912. "I can see the dawn of the better day for humanity," the famous socialist leader once said. "The people are awakening. In due time they will and must come to their own." (Photo: Wikipedia)
Posted in Op/Ed

Romance is the New Realism: Eugene Debs and the Age of Corona

In this pandemic-era, it has become increasingly clear that we are only as healthy as the least insured—hence the poorest—in our society. by Danny Sjursen May 1, 2020 I was first exposed to Eugene Victor Debs…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Political Cartoons

No safe distance

NO SAFE DISTANCE We’re suffering from a highly contagious virus (plus, the COVID-19 pandemic). By Khalil Bendib | April 29, 2020

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Economy Editorial/opinon Wealth

Why are working people forced to sacrifice for the common good but not the titans of capitalism?

Why is it that lawmakers can order workers to stop working, and small business owners to lock their doors, but not order landlords, bankers, and Wall Street investors to also suspend their activities? by Scott Klinger…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Evictions Housing Opinion The Conversation

Renters still left out in the cold despite temporary coronavirus protection

  by  Kirk McClure, University of Kansas and Alex Schwartz, The New School Emergency relief for renters across America may protect them from the threat of eviction during the coronavirus crisis – but it won’t last…

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At first it was an email pointing out that the pandemic would mean that global carbon emissions would be down... But then it got worse with people I respect circulating writings that embraced the pandemic as ultimately good for the environment by warning humanity to respect Mother Earth." (Image: NASA)
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Environment Op/Ed

Finding hope in dark times while avoiding environmentalists’ mistakes of the past

Post pandemic we will need to fight for a green and just recovery that brings together addressing climate change and caring for those hurt by the crisis.   by Carlos Davidson Sunday, April 19 We are…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Opinion

Failures show Trump Is clear and present danger to the United States

Seven “pro-contagion activities” by Trump increased the coronavirus death toll in the United States. by Ralph Nader Trump ridiculed, then minimized, then delayed the federal government’s response to the coronavirus for weeks. Then finally he wrapped…

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Posted in Coronavirus Editorial/opinon Letters News

Letter from Rez doctor: Navajo Nation in need of assistance

  Editor’s note: This letter to the public is written by a physician who has been working on the Navajo Nation and environs for 8 years. Many are feeling alone on the Navajo Nation right now,…

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