Posted in Editorial/opinon First Nations Letters

Letter from Winona LaDuke

“Let us put our minds together to see what kind of future we can make for our children….”                   Sitting Bull By Winona LaDuke That’s really this time….

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Posted in People

We are Light and Shadow

by George Breed This morning I read an excerpt from “Temple and Contemplation” by Henry Corbin, that wonderful master of languages and translations (English, French, Arabic) and cross-spiritual shaman epistemologist; frequent presenter at Jung’s Eranos conferences…

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Posted in Arizona Arizona Legislature Education funding News Public Policy

Arizona education funding may be sent out of state

If a few Arizona senators have their way we could be sending our education tax dollars out of state. Senate Bill 1224 would be the only voucher program that designates money for out of state schools…

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Posted in Composting Environment Landfills The Revelator Waste

Can the U.S. slash food waste in half in the next ten years?

Emerging efforts by cities and the federal government show that progress is possible, but experts say systemic changes are still needed. February 14, 2020 – by Tim Lydon Can the United States make progress on its…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Columns Community organizing Credit economic justice Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Billionaire and Right-Wing’s racist lies about Redlining

New Orleans    With the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency leading the way to gut the Community Reinvestment Act along with some other federal regulators, the last thing we should be doing is having to…

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Posted in Columns Film Music Rural America

Drought

By John Whipple Every year, our family would take the day’s long drive to my grandparent’s farm in Western Missouri. It is from these experiences that drought draws its blood. The song speaks to what my…

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Posted in Business Courts/justice Economy News Pro Publica Public Policy

Utah Representative proposes bill to stop Payday Lenders from taking bail money from borrowers

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS Debtors prisons were banned by Congress in 1833, but a ProPublica article that revealed the sweeping powers of high-interest lenders in Utah caught the attention of one legislator. Now, he’s trying to…

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Posted in Courts/justice Debt New Debtors Prisons News Policing Pro Publica

They loan you money. Then they get a warrant for your arrest.

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS High-interest loan companies are using Utah’s small claims courts to arrest borrowers and take their bail money. Technically, the warrants are issued for missing court hearings. For many, that’s a distinction without…

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Posted in Business Climate Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Science

Temperature in Antarctica soars past 69°F as NOAA reports last month was world’s hottest January on record

While the reading in Antarctica still needs to be confirmed, the Brazilian scientists who logged it called the new record “incredible and abnormal.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on…

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Posted in Columns Elections Hightower Politics Race for the White House 2020

The irony of the centrist-progressive debate

Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can’t win “the middle.” But just look at the polls. By Jim Hightower | February 12, 2020 With dozens of Democratic candidates, scores of televised debates, and swarms of reporters…

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Coconino County Jail
Posted in Courts/justice ICE Immigration News The Conversation

Hundreds of county jails detained immigrants for ICE

To hold immigrant detainees for ICE, state and local governments enter into agreements with ICE known as Intergovernmental Service Agreements. These agreements require ICE to pay the local government per diem for each bed that the…

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Posted in Analysis Business Pro Publica Public Policy Taxes

TurboTax and others charged at least 14 million Americans for tax prep that should have been free, audit finds

Tax software companies made around $1 billion in revenue by charging people who were eligible to file for free. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Feb. 5, 3:18 p.m. EST More than 14 million taxpayers paid…

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Posted in Audio Children Education Entertainment Podcasts

Unique ‘Mary Farfisa’ Episode, A River In Space, touches on old age, Alzheimer’s

  By Jim Cheff, The Meteor ‘Mary Farfisa’ is a series of radio plays for children, created by writer/artist Jim Cheff. It ran for two years on Radio Sunnyside in Flagstaff. It now can be found…

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Posted in Health National News

Xi Jinping reassures Trump that April heat will kill virus

Quick health brief from the president. The Washington Post reports President Trump said that heat will kill the coronaviruses. At a White House meeting with state governors this morning Trump said Chinese President Xi Jinping feels “Very…

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Posted in National News Off the wire Politics Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Georgia Governor Kemp loses vote purge suit brought by reporter Palast

Nicole Powers for The Palast Investigative Fund February 9 Atlanta   In an extraordinary and unexpected move, Federal Judge Eleanor Ross has declared Gov. Brian Kemp the loser in a lawsuit brought by investigative journalist Greg Palast…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Don’t mourn, hit the doors!

New Orleans       What a week!  It was pretty much a full-on-Trump-arade!  Rarely have we read or heard so many pundits wringing their hands and tearing their hair since they were forced to walk-back the headlines…

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Posted in Deportation El Salvador Human Rights Immigration News Off the wire Social Justice The Conversation world

Deported to death: US sent 138 Salvadorans home to be killed

At least 138 people deported from the United States to El Salvador since 2013 have been killed, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch, which investigates human rights abuses worldwide.   Updated February 7,…

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Posted in Colorado Plateau Development Energy Environment First Nations Mining News The West Water

BLM suspends oil & gas extraction leases in Little Colorado River Valley

Flagstaff  The Trump administration has suspended 4,200 acres of oil and gas leases on public land in Arizona’s Little Colorado River Valley as part of a joint motion filed in federal court yesterday (Feb 5) after…

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Natalie Hoffman, Oona Holcomb, Madeline Huse, and Zaachila Orozco-McCormick were convicted of federal misdemeanors for leaving food and water in the desert for migrants. (Photo: @NoMoreDeaths/Twitter)
Posted in Arizona Courts/justice Immigration News Off the wire

Rejecting ‘profoundly disturbing’ logic, judge reverses convictions of AZ border humanitarians

This is the second time in recent months that a federal judge has granted a faith-based defense raised by volunteers prosecuted for providing aid to migrants traveling through the dangerous Arizona desert. By Jessica Corbett, staff…

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Posted in National News Politics Race for the White House 2020

Trump reportedly compiling Nixonian ‘Enemies List’ as he seeks revenge for impeachment

“McConnell hasn’t even held the final vote to launch the post-checks and balances era, and already the would-be authoritarian is escalating his abuses of power.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, CommonDreams President Donald Trump is reportedly…

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Posted in 2020 Census Computer science Immigration News Off the wire Voter suppression

The Census Bureau is building Trump a huge list of noncitizens. Will it be secure?

By Will Carless / February 1, 2020 When the Supreme Court ruled in June that the Trump administration could not place a citizenship question on the 2020 census, civil rights advocates breathed a sigh of relief….

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Posted in 2020 Census DACA News Public Policy Reveal

Fear of a census undercount

“I know for a fact that a lot of community members wanted to come today, but they are scared,” said City Councilmember Luis Chavez, who gave a speech about the importance of a full 2020 census…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Health Care Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Choking on the Doughnut Hole: Medicare Part D disasters

Little Rock      Driving through Mississippi back and forth on my regular route from New Orleans to Greenville to Little Rock and then back again, when I hit the long rural stretches since we belong to the…

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Posted in economic justice Hightower Income Equality Opinion

The truth about corporate philanthropists

If they can “give back” so much, it’s probably because they’ve been taking too much. By Jim Hightower | February 5, 2020Our society has coined expressions like “philanthropist” to encourage and hail people’s charitable spirit. Look…

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