Posted in Climate change Climate Justice Water

Postcard from Thermal: surviving the climate gap in Eastern Coachella Valley

In the climate crisis, it’s possible to live in the same place but inhabit different worlds. by Elizabeth Weil and Mauricio Rodríguez Pons, ProPublica August 19, 2021   The first thing to know about Thermal, California,…

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Posted in News Restart 2021 Unemployment

Anger grows as GOP Governors cut off jobless benefits

‘Attempting to Starve People Back to Work’ Meanwhile, the Biden administration is under fire for claiming it is powerless to prevent states from ending the $300 weekly unemployment boost. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, May…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Productive incoherence and thinking differently about change

by Wade Rathke October 24, 2020 Pearl River   A book entitled, The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics, arrives in the mail with the word SEX in capital red letters along with obsession…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Wade Rathke

Protest moves people, money, and votes

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Remember not so long ago when one self-proclaimed wizard after another, usually in power in some corporation, foundation, or governmental post, declared that “protest is passé.” Those of us so…

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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 Analysis Banks Pro Publica Racism

Trump Financial Regulator Quietly Shelved Discrimination Probes Into Bank of America and Other Lenders

At least six investigations into discriminatory mortgage loan “redlining” have been halted or stalled — against staff recommendations — under the Trump administration’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. by Patrick Rucker, The Capitol Forum…

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Posted in Columns Public Policy Racism Wade Rathke

Signs of Caution and Hope from Conservative Critics

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Watchwords for all of us in this work have always included “know your enemy” and “keep them close.” It is impossible to keep up in these days and times with…

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Workers set up a solar PV power system. (Photo: Team Massachusetts 4D Home/flickr/cc)
Posted in Climate change Coronavirus News Restart 2020

As coronavirus cases and unemployment in the US climb, 39 groups launch coalition for clean energy and healthy communities

“The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear that the health of nature, the health of people, and the health of our economy are all deeply connected, and this fact should guide and inform the U.S. government’s response.”…

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Posted in Columns economic justice Wade Rathke

ACORN is 50

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Celebrating a 50th anniversary feels strange on a Zoom call, but that doesn’t make it feel any less of an accomplishment. As the clock passed midnight in India, the farthest extent…

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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 Analysis Community organizing Human Rights Justice The Conversation

The 2020 uprisings join a long river of struggle in America

Protesters filled the newly named Black Lives Plaza, near the White House, on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images by Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan The river was the metaphor that best captured…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Justice Wade Rathke

Elaine race massacre

Pearl River   Cities throughout America are erupting once again over the extra juridical killing of a black man by the police. Some voices are calling for calm, while President Trump calls for chaos. The “powers…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Wade Rathke

Reaction hits the streets against police killings

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   Wow, there’s yet another argument from the “powers that be” to scold and admonish protestors. Now they can say they were risking their health and the health of their community by…

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Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Women in the draft – yes

Pearl River    The draft was a central issue in the opposition to the Vietnam War. It touched all young men from eighteen to twenty-six, and the families that loved them. It was a terribly unifying…

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