The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II speaks at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on May 20, 2021. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Posted in Black Lives Matter News Poor Peoples Campaign

Poor People’s Campaign to march against Manchin obstructionism in West Virginia

‘We Are Coming’ “Manchin’s positions are wrong, constitutionally inconsistent, historically inaccurate, morally indefensible, economically insane, and politically unacceptable,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. by Brett Wilkins, Staff Writer June 8, 2021    …

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Posted in Analysis Unemployment

Biden faces backlash over ‘shameful’ capitulation to GOP governors as they end unemployment lifelines

“You only take back the lifeline when people aren’t drowning,” said Claire Guzdar of the Groundwork Collaborative. by Jake Johnson, Staff Writer June 5, 2021 Biden administration officials publicly signaled Friday that they have no intention…

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Posted in Analysis Arizona Restart 2021 Unemployment insurance

GOP Governors’ termination of jobless aid could cost local economies over $12 billion

“If states proceed with their plans to end these critical programs, they will be ripping the rug out from under millions of Americans and further hindering our economic recovery.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, June…

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Posted in Analysis Citizen Wealth COVID Reboot 2021

Third round of coronavirus relief checks led to largest monthly rise in household income since 1959

“This is what happens when you opt for investing in working people over trickle-down economics.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, April 30, 2021   The third round of coronavirus relief checks, which have been sent…

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Posted in Analysis Government Politics

Biden gives Congress his vision to ‘win the 21st century’ – scholars react

President Joe Biden spoke to Congress on April 28, 2021, with a historic duo flanking him: two women, one of them African American. Vice President Kamala Harris called the proceedings to order; Speaker of the House Nancy…

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Posted in Taxes Wealth

Jayapal calls for crackdown on wealthiest after IRS chief says tax evasion costs US $1 trillion a year

“We don’t just need a wealth tax, we also need to give the IRS the tools it needs to make sure the ultra-rich finally pay their fair share.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer April 15, 2021…

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Posted in Taxes Wealth

719 billionaires now own four times more wealth than poorest 165 million Americans combined

“Congress should act to restore taxes on the wealthy and limit further democracy-distorting concentrations of wealth and power.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, April 15, 2021 After seeing their fortunes surge during the deadly coronavirus…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Weak cybersecurity puts all at risk

by Wade Rathke March 16, 2021 New Orleans    If you are lucky, maybe you have a bit of savings for your retirement, like a 401(k) plan. Maybe if you are really lucky, you worked for…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke White Privilege

Clogged pipeline for minority and women-owned businesses

by Wade Rathke March 15, 2021 Pearl River     If the Jeffersonian story of America was the small yeoman farmer, the contemporary story of America is often of small businesses. These are the main streets…

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Posted in News Restart 2021

President Biden signs sweeping $1.9 trillion Covid relief package into law

“This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation—working people, middle-class folks, people who built the country—a fighting chance.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, March 11, 2021…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

3/11 Pandemic Anniversary

by Wade Rathke March 11, 2021 New Orleans    9/11 has been a date fixed on the mental calendar of Americans for what will be twenty years this September of 2021. It is worth wondering whether…

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Posted in Columns Economy Government Wade Rathke

Politicians face off over ESG investing

by Wade Rathke Friday, March 5, 2021 New Orleans    Free marketeers are caught in a crisis of contradictions. They want to pretend that market forces exist independent of any interference from government or other factors,…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 Restart 2021

‘Stop Nickel and Diming the American people’: Anger grows as Senate Democrats move to deny relief checks to 17 million

“While you’re quibbling over who you want to exclude, people are suffering. SEND THE CHECKS.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer March 5, 2021   The decision by the Senate Democratic leadership and President Joe Biden—for no…

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Posted in COVID Reboot 2021 News Restart 2021

With jobless benefits to expire in 9 days, Republicans pull out all stops to obstruct relief bill

“When Sen. Johnson voted to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, he didn’t force staff to read the bill. But now that working people need help, he’s forcing a delay.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday,…

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Posted in Coronavirus Investigations

Meatpacking industry fought feeble Covid-19 safeguards under Trump

“These documents show that the industry actively pushed back against the few steps the Trump administration took to try to ensure the safety of meatpacking workers and federal inspectors.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, March…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus

How inequity gets built into America’s vaccination system

People eligible for the coronavirus vaccine tell us they are running up against barriers that are designed into the very systems meant to serve those most at risk of dying of the disease. We plan to…

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Posted in News Payroll Taxes Unemployment insurance

Millions set to receive surprise tax bills for pandemic jobless benefits

‘We Should Be Taxing the Rich, Not the Unemployed’ Democrats are facing pressure to act fast to stave off an “easily avoidable political disaster.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer March 2, 2021   With tax season…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Economy Wade Rathke

No venues, no sales, no money

by Wade Rathke March 1, 2021 New Orleans   One week, we have the southern end of the polar vortex. The next week, it’s spring, while I’m still hacking away at freeze-damaged night-blooming jasmine, bougainvillea, and the…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News

Trump-appointed judge strikes down pandemic eviction moratorium

‘The CDC Must Appeal Immediately’ The pause on evictions was put in place to help stem the spread of Covid-19. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, February 26, 2021 A Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas on…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Wilbur Mills sunk in the Tidal Basin

by Wade Rathke February 25, 2021 Little Rock.    Wilbur Mills moved me to Arkansas in 1970. He didn’t reach out and offer me a job to work for him or anything like that. Quite the opposite….

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Posted in Income Equality News Restart 2021

Majority of US voters want government to invest more in healthcare, education, and fighting poverty

57% of the electorate thinks the government doesn’t spend enough on anti-poverty initiatives, while 56% want to see more investment in education and healthcare. by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, February 24, 2021     Lawmakers…

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Posted in News Safety Net

In contrast to Republican leaders AOC helps raise $1 million in direct relief for Texans in crisis

“AOC helped raise $1 million for Texas relief as Ted Cruz made his way back home from Cancún.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, February 19, 2021 As Sen. Ted Cruz rushed back to Texas on…

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Posted in Columns Sustainability Vandana Shiva

Reclaiming our common home: expand the commons to include everything we need

Ecological civilization is based on the consciousness that we are part of the Earth, not her masters, conquerors, or owners. by Vandana Shiva Thursday, February 18, 2021 The path to an ecological civilization is paved by…

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Posted in Agriculture Analysis Labor

Indian farmers are a powerful force in Indian politics, and here’s why their protests matter

by Surupa Gupta, University of Mary Washington Tuesday, February 16, 2021 A large number of women have joined the protests against new farm laws in India. Sanchit Khanna/Hindustan Times via Getty Images For over two months, farmers…

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