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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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 Bailout 2020 News Pro Publica Wealth

The CARES Act sent you a $1,200 check but gave millionaires and billionaires far more

The stimulus checks were meant to get average Americans through the lockdown, but those $1,200 payouts were small change compared with the billions in tax breaks the CARES Act handed out to the country’s wealthiest. by…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

Analysis finds nearly one third of owed unemployment benefits have not been paid

Bloomberg found a $67 billion gap between the sum of benefits paid out by the Treasury Department and the amount that is owed to jobless Americans. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 A Bloomberg…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net Safety Net Unemployment insurance

Nearly 60% of Americans support extending boosted unemployment benefits as Trump and McConnell say let them expire

“The across-the-board $600 increase in weekly unemployment benefits should be extended well past its expiration at the end of July—until unemployment is falling rapidly and is at a manageable level.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday,…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Pro Publica

100,000 lives lost to COVID-19. What did they teach us?

Each person who has died of COVID-19 was somebody’s everything. Even as we mourn for those we knew, cry for those we loved and consider those who have died uncounted, the full tragedy of the pandemic…

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ACORN members take over walkway amidst recent no evictions campaign.
Posted in Columns Coronavirus Government Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

Mutual aid and governmental responsibility

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Mutual aid or solidarity work has long been a feature of political activity in times of crisis and often at all times. ACORN affiliates around the world have been involved…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Democracy Public Policy

Chomsky says Trump a ‘Sociopathic Megalomaniac’ who made US ‘singularly unprepared’ for pandemic

New comments from the renowned academic come after he accused Trump of wanting “to destroy the prospects for all organized human life… in the near future.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, May 25 World-renowned intellectual…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Unemployment insurance

With 36 million newly out of work, Trump says he’s willing to let boosted unemployment benefits expire

“This is the worst economic crisis in 100 years and Donald Trump is doubling down on Herbert Hoover’s economic playbook and pushing workers to risk their health for his political benefit.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Coronavirus Evictions News Pro Publica

Can you be evicted during Coronavirus? Here’s how to find out.

The CARES Act temporarily protects millions of renters from being evicted, and many states and cities passed their own rules to help those struggling to pay rent. Use our new database to find out if eviction…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Why ACORN and the cartels and not the state?

New Orleans   I had to do a doubletake. What in the world? There were pictures of armed men with masks giving out food and protective gear in Mexican barrios. Another picture, eerily like the ones…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Homelessness Jails Poverty Safety Net The Conversation

What the coronavirus crisis reveals about vulnerable populations behind bars and on the streets

  by  Stephanie Hartwell, Wayne State University; Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, Wayne State University, and Sheryl Kubiak, Wayne State University The notion that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity killer has crumbled. The health and economic fallout from…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

Demanding ‘unprecedented’ action from Congress, Sanders says HEROES Act must include Medicare expansion and $2,000 monthly payments

“The Senate must improve this legislation if we are to adequately address the two most urgent needs facing working families right now: healthcare and economic security.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, May 14 Sen. Bernie…

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Posted in Columns Hightower OtherWords

CEOs aren’t Pigs. That’s unfair to — to pigs —

—Pigs are intelligent animals with a sense of social responsibility. CEOs are looting taxpayers funds meant for small businesses.   by Jim Hightower Wednesday, May 13, 2020 There’s a general sentiment today that multimillionaire corporate chieftains…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Navajo News Rez Life

As Covid-19 Devastates Navajo Nation, Doctors Without Borders Dispatches Team to Battle Outbreak

“You’re telling people, ‘Wash your hands for 20 seconds multiple times a day,’ and they don’t have running water.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, May 12 As the virus continues to lay bare systemic inequities…

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Posted in Columns Economy Housing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Pandemic is pushing Wall Street suburbs and home garden space

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Rumor or reality? I wasn’t sure. My daughter had heard from a real estate agent who specializes in New Orleans historic districts like the French Quarter, Marigny, Bywater, and elsewhere…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Paid leave, who knew?

Little Rock   I thought I was paying pretty close attention, but this one slipped right by me. Who knew that part of the giant stimulus package included a first-of-its-kind paid leave provision? It must be me,…

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Posted in Agriculture Coronavirus Economy Kaiser Health News

Economic blow of the coronavirus hits America’s already stressed farmers

Sandy West May 7, 2020 Richard Oswald, still mourning the loss of his family’s homestead to flooding along the Missouri River, is planting corn and soybeans into ground that last year was feet deep underwater. It’s…

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Posted in Columns Mississippi Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report USStates

Mississippi’s Politicians and Powerful are the Real Welfare Queens

by Wade Rathke Greenville, Mississippi   In the ongoing conservative war against the poor, welfare or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) spending was converted to a block grant program, allowing states, purportedly, to design their own…

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