Posted in Climate change Editorial/opinon ICE Opinion

Need money for a Green New Deal? Get it from ICE.

With the money we spend on ICE and CBP, we could solar power nearly 35 million homes. by Josue De Luna Navarro Sunday, July 26 The climate crisis is perhaps the greatest challenge humanity is facing….

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Posted in News Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

The Trump campaign’s legal strategy includes suing a tiny TV station in Northern Wisconsin

The president’s reelection campaign has paid millions to law firms filing defamation suits against news organizations. Media law experts say the lawsuits are doomed, but Trump could still get what he wants. by Meg Cramer and…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Pro Publica Vote by mail Voter suppression

Voting misinformation flourishes on Facebook

“Outright Lies” While the social media giant says it opposes voter suppression, the data shows a stark picture: Nearly half of all top-performing posts that mentioned voting by mail were false or misleading. by Ryan McCarthy…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS Voter registration Voter suppression

Alabama just doesn’t like its people it seems

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   There’s nothing new about states, particularly blood-red states, trying to suppress the vote. The Republican strategy continues to be not to change one iota in their far right, white grievance,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020

Trump threatens violent police crackdown against ‘any protesters’ who gather to denounce him in Tulsa

“The president expresses his intention to violate the Constitution by denying Americans’ First Amendment right to peacefully assemble.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, June 19, 2020 President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that “any protesters, anarchists,…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Pro Publica Vote by mail

The Postal Service is steadily getting worse — Can it handle a national mail-in election?

Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic. by Ryan McCarthy…

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Screen shot A protester is seen with a placard reading, "I can't breathe" on the fourth straight day of racial justice demonstrations in New York on May 30, 2020. (Photo: Ron Adar)
Posted in Citizen Power Common Dreams Community organizing News The People Speak

New York State classifies use of chokeholds as felony, two weeks into racial justice protests

“Stay in the Streets. It’s Working” “Let’s keep pushing, marching, organizing, and winning for our communities.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, June 8 Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday urged Americans to stay the course in…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics Race for the White House 2020

Calling on Americans to vote Trump out, The Lancet eviscerates US President over ‘Incoherent’ Covid-19 response

“The Lancet isn’t playing. They want Trump out.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, May 15 Esteemed medical journal The Lancet on Friday took an unusual step towards calling on American voters to remove President Donald…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Democracy News Voter suppression

Without a functioning Postal Service there is no vote by mail

Experts Warn Trump Assault on Postal Service Threatens November Elections “All the plans we have for a safe and legitimate general election in November depend heavily upon the ability to expand vote-by-mail. Yet those plans would…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

King for a day

Little Rock   Give it to Donald Trump. He took his best shot. He grabbed for the golden ring and declared himself King of America. It didn’t last long, but mark the date from April 13th…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Elections Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter suppression

Wisconsin voters deliver a blow to block purges

New Orleans The days when Wisconsin was famous for dairy are long gone. In recent years it has been the home of partisan and ideological divide, voter suppression, anti-unionism, and just about every other rightwing fad…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Bernie drops out, as Democrats pick pragmatism over consistency

Sanders, instead, has put forth a consistent vision that has remained more or less the same since his early days in politics as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Rather than moving toward the electorate and shifting positions…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

With record-shattering unemployment, Sanders, Schumer, and Wyden ask Trump’s Labor Dept: ‘do you have a plan?’

“It is absolutely imperative that the millions of Americans who are eligible for unemployment benefits receive every dollar to which they are entitled as quickly as possible.” by Jon Queally, staff writer Common Dreams Wednesday, April 1…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Economy Labor News Politics While we were looking elsewhere

#NotDying4WallStreet goes viral as progressives reject efforts to put corporate profits over public health

“We will not die for oligarchs’ quarterly profit margin.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As President Donald Trump and business elites suggest the U.S. public should go back to work in the midst of the worsening…

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Posted in Columns Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Time running out for Bernie to make a deal

Little Rock    Depending on how you look at it, one of the assets – or liabilities – of being an organizer for over fifty years, is that in the immortal words of the old country…

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Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Shutterstock)
Posted in Columns Hightower Politics Race for the White House 2020

The opposite of progressivism? Pessimism

Polls show broad support for progressive ideas. So why aren’t more progressives voting for them? By Jim Hightower | OtherWords March 18, 2020 There’s a short-circuit in the political convictions of some progressive-minded voters these days….

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Health Insurance News Public Policy Safety Net Sick Leave

New polling shows widespread US public support for paid sick leave, Medicare for all to fight coronavirus

“Humane policies are popular policies.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer CommonDreams Strong majorities of U.S. voters across the political spectrum support an array of progressive policy proposals that would provide immediate relief to those affected by the…

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Posted in Climate change Economy Op/Ed OtherWords

If money is tight, climate change is your issue

40 percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency — and more emergencies are coming. By Theo Wuest | OtherWords November 6, 2019 If you’re poor in America, climate change is your issue. We’ve already seen…

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Representatives from youth organizations on Wednesday spoke about the importance of a robust debate in front of the DNC headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Sunrise Movement)
Posted in Climate change Democrat Primaries News Race for the White House 2020 While we were looking elsewhere

Youth Coalition demands ‘serious discussion’ of key progressive issues at Democratic Presidential debate

“In the last few democratic debates, there has been little to no discussion on the defining issues that face our generation like immigration, climate change, gun control, and mass incarceration.”   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Virus may be fatal to the Trump Campaign

By Wade Rathke New Orleans    The reviews of President Trump’s press conference, where he claimed he was trying to calm the American people and was expected to show leadership in meeting the covid-19 crisis, were…

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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 Bribery Business Corruption National News Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

Trump’s company paid bribes to reduce property taxes, assessors say

Five former city employees and a former Trump Organization employee say the company used middlemen to pay New York City tax assessors to lower building assessments and pay less taxes in the 1980s and 1990s.  …

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Payroll Taxes Public Policy Senior Citizens

‘Stealth Attack on Social Security’: Trump condemned for exploiting coronavirus crisis to push Payroll Tax cut

“This is a Trojan Horse attack on our Social Security system.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Economists and progressive advocacy groups are warning that President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut or temporarily suspend the payroll tax…

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Posted in Democrat Primaries Editorial/opinon Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

The candidate you like is the one you think is most electable

Marjorie Hershey, Indiana University Electability has been the single most important force motivating voters in the 2020 Democratic primaries. But what is it? What makes one candidate seem like they could get votes from a majority…

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