Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Homelessness Housing

Community land trusts could help heal segregated cities and reduce homelessness

Efforts to build wealth for Black Americans could focus on property ownership.  Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images by  Mark Roseland, Arizona State University and Christopher Boone, Arizona State University American cities represent part of the…

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New Yorkers in need line up to receive free produce during a Pop-Up Food pantry event hosted by Food Bank For New York City at Barclays Center on September 10, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Food Bank For New York City)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows nearly half in US suffering serious economic hardship—and situation ‘going to get worse’

“There is nothing for the people we surveyed who earn under $100,000 a year to fall back on.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, September 11 As the United States endures its six month of the…

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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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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Marine One for departure from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC., on Friday, July 19, 2019. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto)
Posted in Common Dreams Elections News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail

Sanders warns nation: Trump is laying groundwork for election result mayhem

“Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy,” says the Vermont senator. by Jon Queally, staff writer Sunday, September 6 Warning of the…

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Overcrowding, poor sanitary conditions, and chronic health problems have helped exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 in U.S. prisons and jails. (Screen capture from photo: Spencer Weiner/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails Prisons

108,000 US inmates infected with Covid-19

Among prisoners, the death rate from the potentially fatal virus is three times higher than average. Report: Only 7% of Inmates’ Loved Ones Say Prisoners Have Soap and Other Basic Necessities to Stop the Spread of…

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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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A woman wearing a mask walks past a wall bearing graffiti asking for rent forgiveness in Los Angeles on May 1, 2020. (Photo: Valerie Macon / AFP via Getty Images file)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Evictions Homelessness News

Trump eviction moratorium only delays—doesn’t prevent—housing crisis

“While an eviction moratorium is essential, it is a half-measure that extends a financial cliff for renters to fall off when the moratorium expires and back rent is owed.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, September…

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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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Hundreds of union activists rally at the Minneapolis Social Security Field Office on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. (Photo: AFGE/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Payroll Taxes Social Security

Social Security actuary says Trump payroll tax cut would effectively destroy program by 2023

“Trump’s disastrous plan to defund Social Security would eliminate retirement and disability benefits by 2023,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “That may make sense to the billionaires at Trump’s country club, but it makes zero sense to…

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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 Analysis Coronavirus The Conversation Unemployment Unemployment insurance

Yes, most workers can collect more in coronavirus unemployment than they earn – but that doesn’t mean Congress should cut the $600 supplement

The $600 federal jobless benefit expired on July 31. Joe Raedle/Getty Images by  David Salkever, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Americans who lost their jobs because of the pandemic had been getting a US$600 bump on…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Unemployment

Economic recovery sputters as benefits expire, GOP takes heat

“Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits expire tomorrow because congressional Republicans failed to extend them. ‘Malpractice’ is far too weak a word for this epic, cruel failure.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer On May 11, Senate Majority Leader…

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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

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 Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SNAP benefits Unemployment insurance

Super-sized unemployment benefits are essential in a Depression

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  Congress is going back to work. High on the agenda with the clock ticking is the next stimulus bill. Some things are clear. Mainly that the US economy is on its…

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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

Seattle City Council passes progressive tax on big business to fund relief

“Working people and our movement have to unapologetically claim victory for what we’ve won, because we want to spread these victories to other cities.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, July 7 The Tax Amazon movement…

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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 Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Poverty Public Policy

Studies detail how poorest saved by Covid-19 Stimulus—and why more Is needed

‘Poverty Is a Policy Choice’    “When you look at the size of the government response, it makes sense.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, June 22 Two separate studies released Sunday show that U.S. government…

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Posted in Analysis Homelessness

The toll that curfews have taken on homeless Americans

Homeless people across the country have been affected by the curfews. In Los Angeles on June 2, police fired a hard rubber bullet at a homeless man in a wheelchair who was out after curfew, hitting…

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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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