Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy economic justice Labor Poverty Social Justice Wade Rathke 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 Arizona Environmental Justice First Nations Immigration Justice Mexico Off the wire Rez Life Social Justice Southern O'odham Tonto O'odham

For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an ‘imaginary line’

By Christina Leza, Colorado College March 19, 2019  Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency…

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Prisoners at Parchment Prison
Posted in Columns Community organizing Courts/justice Poverty Social Justice Wade Rathke

The issue at Parchman Prison is bad conditions not cellphones

Amsterdam      If Parchman Prison in the fertile Mississippi River delta of Sunflower County is in the news, it means there’s bad news, never good news.  Parchman is the only men’s state prison in Mississippi.  Parchman is…

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Posted in Art Columns Community organizing Off the wire Social Justice Wade Rathke

Teaching history through art: “The Uninvited”

New Orleans       In a post-Christmas present, our crew was invited to an opening night play.  Top that, bam! The staging was at the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses in the heart of the French Quarter…

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Signing of CRA in 1977
Posted in Banks Columns Community organizing economic justice Economy Housing Policy National Off the wire Politics Social Justice Wade Rathke

City National Bank Shows Why Some CRA Proposals are Wrong

New Orleans      There’s a big split within the federal banking establishment about what to do about revisions to the 1977 Community Reinvestment Act.  This is not your run of the mill, chest thumping, and elbow…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Policing Social Justice Wade Rathke

Disparate neighborhood policing strategies

New Orleans       The headline may have said that Iran sent twenty missiles at two Iraqi bases where US troops and materials were stationed, but the picture in my local paper was equally disturbing.  It showed…

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The family walks along public land near Marisela’s home in Flagstaff.
Posted in Arizona Community Courts/justice Immigration National News Off the wire Social Justice The West

To find Jose Montelongo, ICE agents targeted his whole family

One family’s ordeal under Trump’s zero tolerance immigration tactics. *Note: Some names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals By Sarah Tory High Country News One afternoon last April (2019), a group of agents with…

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Posted in Community economic justice First Nations National News Off the wire Politics Social Justice The West

When disaster strikes, Indigenous communities receive unequal recovery aid

U.S. citizens recovering from natural disasters receive $26 per person, per year from the federal government. Tribal citizens? Just $3. By Allison Herrera High Country News In the last decade, more than 70 natural disasters have…

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In 1976, after most Freedom Summer workers had long moved on, Blackwell became the first black female mayor in the state, a post she held for more than 20 years.
Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice National Off the wire People Social Justice Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights Wade Rathke

Unita Blackwell’s life and work is a beacon for us all

New Orleans       At the end of every year, there’s a section in the New York Times about the “lives they lived” that looks at people large and small that died during the past year.  Unita…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice Social Justice Wade Rathke

A New Year, A New Decade

San Juan    2020, nice round numbers with a good solid sound. A new year. A new decade. We always hope for the best and settle for the rest. Living in the United States, after three…

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Posted in Banks Columns Community organizing Economy Income Equality Social Justice Wade Rathke

Debt means “Can’t Win for Losing”

Ponce       Arkansas Community Organizations, one of KABF and ACORN’s partners on many projects, especially those involving financial security for low-and-moderate income families, recently released a report about major debt that is oppressing these families.  The…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Environment First Nations First Peoples News San Carlos Apache Social Justice

Apaches standing strong defending sacred Oak Flat from mining

By Sandra Rambler, Censored News Chi’Chil’Bilda’Goteel (Oak Flat) — How do you respond to a White Man whose name is Paul Gosar, an Arizona Congressman who recently said, “You’re still wards of the government.” And then…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Social Justice Wade Rathke 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 Environment National News Social Justice

Small communities across the U.S. struggle to cope in the shadow of larger disasters

By Justine Coleman and Isaac Windes, Investigative Reporting Workshop Katrina. Sandy. Harvey. Maria. Each was a disaster of shattering magnitude, battering America’s shores over the past two decades. But between these pivotal storms lie hundreds of…

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A Baltimore eviction scene.
Posted in Affordable Housing Columns Community organizing economic justice Housing displacement Housing Policy Social Justice Wade Rathke

Rathke: The dollars driving landlords to evict aren’t big time

Little Rock      The landlord ideology about tenants is based on a narrative mythology that whenever they evict, it is because their tenants are deadbeats and scofflaws.  Landlords having powerful local and national organizations and a much…

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