Sen Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Defense: Trump hopes to normalize relations with North Korea | Senate defense bill would limit help for Saudis in Yemen | US to honor temporary Taliban ceasefire Pelosi: 'Medicare for All' should be 'evaluated' if Dems win House Al Sharpton: Trump on course to win in 2020 because Dems are ‘too tame’ to deal with him MORE (I-Vt.) on Thursday slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore Stormy Daniels’s former attorney files defamation suit against her Justice Department seizes reporter's phone, email records in leak probe: report MORE for "going to war against working people" in America. Speaking on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Sanders charged that Trump has not lived up to the campaign promises he made during his 2016 presidential campaign, and said his cuts to programs like Medicaid and Medicare are equivalent to a "war" against working-class citizens. … [Read more...] about Sanders: Trump is ‘going to war’ on working people
Actor Danny Glover in Sacramento: "The gentrification of our cities is pushing poor and working people out" May 14, 2018 Actor and activist Danny Glover spoke at the Capitol in Sacramento on Monday, May 14, for the California Poor People's Campaign. The campaign seeks to address the “crisis of poverty, racism, militarism, and ecological devastation.” Paul Kitagaki Jr. … [Read more...] about Actor Danny Glover in Sacramento: “The gentrification of our cities is pushing poor and working people out”
WASHINGTON, April 12, 2018 – The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality today released “Bare Minimum: Why We Need to Raise Wages for America’s Lowest-Paid Families,” a report on working people and their struggle to make a living when paid tips, or the federal minimum wage, or less. The report makes a case for raising wages that is grounded in history, economics, and movements across the country, but particularly in the lived experience of our nation’s lowest-paid working people. “A living wage is not a privilege, it is a civil and human right for all,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Education Fund. “The majority of people who would benefit from the policy changes we recommend are women, especially women of color, who are overrepresented in the low-wage workforce. Changes are a bare minimum and needed to redress longstanding inequities. The first-hand stories in this report … [Read more...] about New Report: Working People Need Minimum Wage Raise : Indybay
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader PostEverything Perspective Perspective Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events The magic of the show was that its transcended race and geography. Making Roseanne a Trump supporter kills that. The magic of the show was that its transcended race and geography. Making Roseanne a Trump supporter kills that. by C. Nicole Mason by C. Nicole Mason April 3 C. Nicole Mason is the author of "Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America" and director of the Center for Research and Policy in the … [Read more...] about ‘Roseanne’ was about a white family, but it was for all working people. Not anymore.
Coston Plummer is a home-care worker on the South Side. He makes $11 an hour. The work he does is draining, mentally and physically, and he wonders why the state can’t pay more. He wonders, actually, how long the state will continue to pay at all. EDITORIAL The State of Illinois has a miserable record of paying for social services in a timely manner, and even now the state’s backlog of bills is $8.1 billion. At a rainy day rally in the Loop on Tuesday, Plummer was among a dozen speakers calling for Illinois to switch to a graduated income tax, dumping the current flat tax, a change that would require an amendment to the state Constitution. Plummer’s not much on public speaking, but he sees a direct connection between how taxes are paid in Illinois and how ordinary working people get by — or don’t — and he wanted to have his say. “They don’t respect us,” he said, speaking of the politicians, beginning with Gov. Bruce Rauner, who … [Read more...] about EDITORIAL: Working people in Illinois deserve a fairer state income tax
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the announcement by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady 's announcement he won't seek re-election (all times local): 2:15 p.m. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Congressman Bob Brady earned a reputation as a "forceful champion for working people in Pennsylvania and across the nation." Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, announced Wednesday he won't be seeking re-election. In a statement, Pelosi makes no mention of Brady's legal troubles. His decision not to run again comes amid an FBI investigation into a payment his campaign made to a primary opponent in 2012 who ended up quitting the race. Pelosi says that Brady spent his two decades on Capitol Hill "promoting affordable housing, quality health care and access to life-saving prescription drugs." Brady is the top ranking Democrat on the House Administration Committee. Pelosi says he's been "a powerful voice on critical oversight issues, including ensuring our federal elections are free, fair … [Read more...] about The Latest: Pelosi says Brady working people’s champion
Later this month, Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his final State of the State speech at the Capitol. For every governor, this speech is a rare chance to speak directly to the people of Michigan about the challenges and opportunities facing our state in the year ahead – and, more importantly, it’s an opportunity to propose a bold agenda for building a better Michigan for everyone.Unfortunately, during his seven years in office, Snyder has turned each of his State of the State speeches into a long lecture filled with happy talk, where he cherry-picks a few rosy statistics from his trusty dashboards, while ignoring the real problems working people face in our state every day.Michigan deserves better.We deserve a governor who will be straight with us about the very real economic challenges our state is still facing, because the truth is, no matter how high the stock market climbs, there are still far too many children in Michigan growing up in poverty, and far too many people … [Read more...] about Column: Working people deserve more
Robots are perfect for the mundane, repetitive work that nobody wants to do but somebody has to do. Dennis Walsh Published 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 2, 2018 Photo: Xijian | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Xijian | Getty Images Don't Worry So Much. Robots Are Mostly Doing the Work People Hate Anyway. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery When people think of robots, they often think of machines equipped with artificial intelligence capabilities that will, at some point, have the power to rise up and overtake humans as they learn and grow. Sci-fi narrative aside, what many people don’t realize is that robots have been around for a very long time, and often not in the way that they think. There are different types of robotics technologies, some of which are the moving robots that Amazon uses to … [Read more...] about Don’t Worry So Much. Robots Are Mostly Doing the Work People Hate Anyway.
During the campaign, Donald J. Trump released a list of 21 conservatives from which he promised to pick U.S. Supreme Court justices, should he win the election. With President-elect Trump apparently nearing a decision on a nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republicans are no doubt eagerly awaiting the chance to confirm Trump’s pick and restore a conservative majority on the court. But the replacement of Scalia with a like-minded conservative should trouble working-class voters who bought Trump’s promise to fix the rigged system that undermines their interests. That’s because any conservative nominee to the court is likely to back the conservative agenda of gutting campaign-finance regulations, the result of which has been to fortify the rigged system Trump vowed to fix. U.S. elections are awash in so-called “outside spending” — money spent by groups and individuals independently of candidates — and conservatives on … [Read more...] about POINT OF VIEW Trump’s Supreme Court nominee won’t help working people
The phrase "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" originated from a fairy tale. It was used to describe an illusion, as one cannot physically lift themselves up by pulling on their bootstraps. This metaphor was once understood as self-deception. Today, the phrase is used to assert superiority and spread shame.There is nothing admirable about idolizing individualism by devaluing the various contributions of others. Recently, Sen. Chuck Grassley demonstrated his inclination to devalue others when he attempted to justify economic oppression by depicting the behavior of people in the working class as being careless and reprehensible. Millions of working Americans are calling for fair compensation and an end to the 1 percent's government sanctioned ability to exploit their labor. Still, they are accused of looking for a free ride.Business leaders, however, are able to outsource U.S. jobs and inflame racism to distract the public from the reality of the situation. The decision to … [Read more...] about Grassley devalues working people, justifies oppression