Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The paradox of Trump support

New Orleans      There was a time when families followed a careful rule.  When gathering with the blood, avoid talking about religion or politics. Only part of that rule still holds, as America becomes more and…

Click to read full article
Posted in Immigration News Pro Publica

The FBI is investigating massive embezzlement of Border Patrol union funds

The head of the powerful union representing border patrol agents nationwide said the FBI is working to identify who stole some $500,000 out of the coffers of the El Paso local. The theft raises more questions…

Click to read full article
Posted in Analysis Environment Landfills Mining Water

Mine waste dams threaten the environment, even when they don’t fail

“These ecosystem modifications directly affect organisms on land and in the water downstream. Every decision to allow a mine to proceed with a tailings storage facility indelibly transforms rivers and their ecosystems for hundreds to thousands…

Click to read full article
Shutterstock
Posted in Columns Health Care Health Insurance Hightower

The lie of health care ‘choice’

In our corporate-run health system, consumer “choices” are shaped entirely by profit-seeking monopolists. By Jim Hightower | February 19, 2020 Lyndon Johnson had a saying about special interests trying to get his support to pass some…

Click to read full article
Posted in Editorial/opinon First Nations Letters

Letter from Winona LaDuke

“Let us put our minds together to see what kind of future we can make for our children….”                   Sitting Bull By Winona LaDuke That’s really this time….

Click to read full article
Posted in Analysis economic justice OtherWords Public Policy Student Debt

A broken promise to teachers and nonprofits workers

Trump wants to cancel student loan forgiveness for public servants. But what if you’ve already taken the loans? By Jill Richardson | February 19, 2020 Before sharing my opinions about Trump’s recent proposal to cut student…

Click to read full article
Posted in Analysis Community organizing Military Rathke: Chief Organizer Report War

There’s no Duck-and-Cover with automated warfare

Kansas City      I can still remember my third grade teacher walking us through the duck-and-cover exercise and announcing as we prepared to march to the corner single file that she would be standing on the…

Click to read full article
Posted in News Race for the White House 2020

“That’s called electability”: diverse coalition propels Bernie Sanders to big win in Nevada

“That’s not just a savvy coalition for winning the Nevada caucuses, it’s how Bernie Sanders becomes president. Face it, establishment Democrats—it’s his party now.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer This is a developing story… Check back…

Click to read full article
Posted in Columns Infrastructure Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Transportation

The end of automobiles and locals dominating airports

Kansas City  Flying in and out of the Kansas City International airport is like a snapshot back in another time, more specifically a time when automobiles and the convenience of local customers dominated planning and performance….

Click to read full article
Posted in Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Something Democrats and Republicans have in common: Exaggerated stereotypes about both parties

Misconceptions abound on both sides of the aisle. Victor Moussa/Shutterstock.com Douglas J. Ahler, Florida State University With animosity between party supporters already at an all-time high, buckle up for what promises to be one of the…

Click to read full article
Posted in Common Dreams Greenpeace Misleading advertising News Plastic Waste

Greenpeace finds labels on plastic products ‘Mislead the public and harm America’s recycling systems’

Instead of getting serious about moving away from single-use plastic, corporations are hiding behind the pretense that their throwaway packaging is recyclable. “Retailers and consumer goods companies across the country are frequently putting labels on their…

Click to read full article
Posted in Analysis Courts/justice

Prosecutor disavows Barr bigfooting of Stone sentencing.

Yesterday the Meteor published a story about Roger Stone being sentenced to 40 months in prison. Below, Rachel Maddow breaks down Justice Department prosecutor John D. Crabb’s declarations to Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Roger Stone…

Click to read full article
Posted in National News Pro Publica

Trump’s new spy chief used to work for a foreign politician the U.S. accused of corruption

Richard Grenell did not disclose payments for advocacy work on behalf of a Moldovan politician whom the U.S. later accused of corruption. His own office’s policy says that could leave him vulnerable to blackmail. by Isaac…

Click to read full article
Posted in Courts/justice Diné Environment First Nations News

Navajo Elders Object to Snowbowl Chairlift on Sacred Mountain

Threatened plant, the San Francisco Ragwort, which grows no where else in the World except on the San Francisco Peaks is in the way of Arizona Snowbowl’s new gondola style lift. By Shawn Mulford Censored News Flagstaff,…

Click to read full article
Posted in Ethics News Podcast Pro Publica Public Policy

How much has the government spent at Trump’s properties? It won’t say.

“He’s paying our money to himself,” the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold told “Trump, Inc.” “There must be so much more we haven’t seen.” by Ilya Marritz, WNYC Feb. 19, 4 a.m. EST This month, The Washington…

Click to read full article
Posted in Analysis Community Development Health The Conversation Urban Planning

Is your city making you fat? How urban planning can address the obesity epidemic

Editors note: With thoughtful planning Flagstaff could turn our continued growth into a health boon for the community. The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers….

Click to read full article
Posted in Analysis Ethics National The Conversation

Why Trump’s post-impeachment actions are about vengeance, not retribution

“Since the end of his Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump has carried out a concerted campaign against his Democratic political opponents as well as members of his administration who cooperated with them.” Austin Sarat, Amherst…

Click to read full article
Posted in Affordable Housing Columns economic justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Housing crisis forcing rich cities to get smaller

New Orleans        A reporter, Jed Kolko, with the New York Times seems to be connecting the dots in an interesting and important way.  In a recent article about some of the unintended consequences of geographic…

Click to read full article
Roger Stone
Posted in Common Dreams Courts/justice National News

Judge sentences Roger Stone to 40 months in prison

Stone is expected to be pardoned by President Donald Trump. by Eoin Higgins, staff writer This is a breaking news story… Stay tuned for updates. Longtime Republican operative and ally to Preisdent Donald Trump Roger Stone…

Click to read full article
Posted in Common Dreams Courts/justice News

‘Our institutions are sounding alarms’: Federal Judges call emergency meeting over Trump interference with DOJ

“This is mind-blowing. I’ve never heard of anything like it. We are in full on crisis mode.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer, for CommonDreams.org The head of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association on Monday called an…

Click to read full article
Posted in Common Dreams National News

After granting Blagojevich and others clemency, Trump calls himself the ‘Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the country’

“NARRATOR: He is not the chief law enforcement officer in the country.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer, Common Dreams.org February 18, 2020 Telling reporters on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews that he had commuted the…

Click to read full article
Posted in Common Dreams

More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials tell William Barr: Resign now!

‘Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words’ by  Common Dreams staff More than 1,100 former US Department of Justice officials called on Attorney General William P. Barr on Sunday…

Click to read full article
Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Minority Voters Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Field testing voter purges and “drops”

Columbus        As the Voter Purge Project moves forward, we are now analyzing the voter files on more than a dozen states on our way to double that number in coming weeks, many of them include the…

Click to read full article
Posted in Business Courts/justice Economy News Pro Publica Public Policy

Utah Representative proposes bill to stop Payday Lenders from taking bail money from borrowers

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS Debtors prisons were banned by Congress in 1833, but a ProPublica article that revealed the sweeping powers of high-interest lenders in Utah caught the attention of one legislator. Now, he’s trying to…

Click to read full article