Posted in Columns economic justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Hipsters of the world unite

by Wade Rathke Thursday, November 19, 2020 New Orleans    Hipsters are absolutely not taking over the world, but it’s hard not to find them almost all over the world. MoveHub, an international shipping company got…

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Posted in Aging Analysis Kaiser Health News Safety Net

Starving Seniors: how America fails to feed its aging

Millions of seniors across the country quietly go hungry as the safety net designed to catch them frays. Nearly 8% of Americans 60 and older were “food insecure” in 2017. Laura Ungar and Trudy Lieberman September…

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Posted in Economy Op/Ed Restart 2021

You can’t eat civility: a message to Joe Biden and the Democrats

Politeness will not solve the problems facing the country. Democrats must put forth and fight for bold solutions that will materially improve the lives of working people. by Joe Sanberg Monday, November 16, 2020 Like many…

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Posted in Analysis Editorial/opinon OtherWords Restart 2021 Safety Net

Low-income voters showed up for Biden. Now they need relief.

People didn’t turn out in record numbers in a pandemic to vote for a return to normal. By Sarah Anderson, Margot Rathke November 12, 2020 Joe Biden is headed to the White House, and he has…

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Posted in Corporate Influence Green New Deal Op/Ed Politics

Time for Democrats to betray the donor class—not the people

A great many people did not vote for Joe Biden, they voted against Trump. We have to recognize how narrow this win was. by Naomi Klein Tuesday, November 10, 2020 These have been a harrowing few…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

The Elders call for surge in global cooperation to combat ‘current disarray’ set off by Covid-19, climate crisis

“Covid-19 has placed unprecedented strain on the multilateral system and cruelly exposed its failings. A fresh approach is urgently needed in 2021 with an unrelenting focus on justice and equality.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Coronavirus News Politics

Trump officials weigh deep funding cuts to Covid-19 relief, newborn screenings in Democrat-led cities

“Besides shameless graft, Trump’s central agenda is tormenting the people who didn’t vote for him.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Documents obtained by Politico reveal that the Trump White House is weighing millions…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Rushing Barrett confirmation McConnell pushes Senate to ignore Covid relief taks

 “Mitch McConnell is rushing to steal a Supreme Court seat before the election. Senate Republicans would rather help him do it than help millions of Americans.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Senate Majority…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

As deadline for Covid relief deal looms, poll shows voters support $2 trillion stimulus by 51-point margin

The new survey shows 72% of likely voters—including 56% of Republicans—support an ambitious coronavirus relief package. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 20 With the agreed-upon deadline for Democratic leaders and the Trump White House…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net

Judge strikes down Trump effort to slash food stamps for 700,000 Americans

Victory for ‘Basic Human Decency’ “There’s a lot of competition for Vilest Policy Ever, but slashing food stamps during a pandemic that’s causing massive unemployment is way, way up there.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Recession

Trump’s millionaire economic adviser celebrates ‘gales of creative destruction’ as millions lose their jobs and go hungry

“Wonder how the 14% of households with kids who reported that they didn’t get enough food to eat in the last seven days feel about the ‘gales of creative destruction.’” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community Economy Editorial/opinon Justice Op/Ed

Desideratum: Heading Off the Prospects of a Dark and Tumultuous Future

We can no longer afford to wait as climate changes, economic systems malfunction, and enflamed social divisiveness bear down on humanity with unprecedented, irreversible consequences. by Luisa Deprez, John Dorrer Tuesday, October 13, 2020 ”This time,…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Ro Khanna says Democrats have ‘moral obligation’ to pursue deal with White House on Covid relief

‘People Are Suffering’ “We are the party that stands for the working poor,” said the California Democrat. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, October 13 Still alone among progressive members of Congress in publicly urging House…

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Posted in Common Dreams Op/Ed Safety Net Social Security

Social Security’s Cost of Living Adjustment is inadequate.

Democrats Have a Plan to Fix That. After lifetimes of work, Americans have earned their Social Security. It is well past time they get a raise. by Nancy J. Altman Social Security is the primary income…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

1.3 million new unemployment claims spotlight consequences of refusing relief package

“As Trump and his Senate allies prioritize advancing their radical judicial agenda, millions of Americans remain jobless, families are battling food insecurity, and tens of thousands of small businesses are shutting their doors for good.” by…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Politics

Demanding a nation that ‘Cares for all’ not just the wealthy few, Working Families Party unveils People’s Charter

“The People’s Charter provides folks with something that is outside of [Biden’s] politics to vote for.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, October 8 A coalition of progressive lawmakers, union leaders, and social justice advocates on…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Homelessness Kaiser Health News

Hard lives made harder by COVID: homeless endure a ‘Slow-moving train wreck’

This was supposed to be the year California finally did something about its homelessness epidemic. COVID-19 upended that promise. by Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Angela Hart October 8, 2020 CALEXICO, California — The message wasn’t lost…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Trump ended Covid relief talks after McConnell said Republicans wouldn’t vote for deal

‘Telling All Working People…to Drop Dead’ “Trump is turning his back on you,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “He doesn’t care about workers and families. He only cares about himself.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Health Insurance Wealth

As Covid-Positive GOP Politicians enjoy healthcare they ‘would deny others,’ Coronavirus pandemic again makes case for Medicare for all

‘Mystifying that people think this kind of class system in healthcare is worth fighting to preserve’ “The moral of the story is, he lied to you for months and encouraged you to live recklessly during a…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Wealth

In address on inequality amid pandemic, Pope calls on global community to confront ‘destructive effects of empire of money’

“Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday,…

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Posted in Common Dreams Community News

‘Years of Repair’: New animated film imagines the future to come inspired by a vision of justice and the common good

“The true power and possibility of this project is not onscreen,” explains executive producer Naomi Klein. “That resides in the movement of movements that is fighting for this vision of radical repair every day. by Jon…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Restart 2020 Safety Net

Rich mostly fine but poorest ‘completely crushed’ after Covid-19 triggered ‘most unequal’ recession in modern US history

A new analysis by the Washington Post found that the coronavirus recession has eliminated low-wage jobs at around eight times the rate of high-wage jobs. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 1 While the ongoing…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News

Survey shows 60% of US families struggling to get by, as McConnell dismisses new Covid relief bill as ‘political stunt’

“He’s been blocking the original HEROES Act for 138 days. As always, his priorities are appalling.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 30 On the Senate floor Wednesday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated once again…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment

Despite mass suffering, GOP senators prepare to leave town without approving Covid relief

“Trump and his Senate allies have found time to fast-track their SCOTUS plans while Americans are continuing to suffer without a new relief package.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, September 24 An additional 1.5 million…

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