As Wall Street Vultures Circle, Demands for Immediate Puerto Rico Debt Relief

“Washington must abandon its austerity agenda and support the removal of all manmade obstacles to Puerto Rico’s recovery and reconstruction.” Source:  Common Dreams/Jessica Corbett While Wall Street vultures circle amid an ongoing humanitarian crisis and try to entice Puerto Rico with “relief” offers in the form of more debt, advocates for economic justice are demanding immediate debt relief and federal stimulus Read more »

Study Shows Kids’ Test Scores Drop When Their Food Stamps Run Out

The drop-off in academic achievement happens immediately, every month. Source:  Talk Poverty/Rachael West Last week, researchers released a new study that confirms what every student, teacher, parent, and human being with a stomach already knew: It’s harder to think when you’re hungry. The study’s authors matched up the timing of math tests in South Carolina to the Read more »

California lawmakers approve ‘sanctuary state’ bill

Source:  Fox News Lawmakers in California on Saturday passed “sanctuary state” legislation even as President Trump and his administration have vowed to crack down on jurisdictions that do not cooperate with federal immigration agents. The bill approved early Saturday limits police cooperation with federal immigration authorities and is intended to bolster protections for illegal immigrants Read more »

Fight over electoral district boundaries heads to top U.S. court

Source:  Reuters/Andrew Chung WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It is a political practice nearly as old as the United States – manipulating the boundaries of legislative districts to help one party tighten its grip on power in a move called partisan gerrymandering – and one the Supreme Court has never curbed. That could soon change, with the Read more »

Horrifying Video Shows Cops March Over Old Woman in Downtown St. Louis

Source:  RFT/Sarah Fenske A horrifying moment captured by Fox-2 (KTVI) in downtown St. Louis yesterday shows an older woman being knocked down — and then trampled by officers who marched right over her. The video was captured on a Livestream of yesterday’s protests by Fox-2, then later highlighted by the group Resist STL. The protests — which Read more »

This Year’s Poverty Data Look a Lot Different When You Break Them Down by Race

Source: Talk Poverty/Valerie Wilson & Janelle Jones Yesterday’s Census release of data on income, poverty, and health insurance demonstrated two things: There are policies that work for people who are struggling, and there is still a lot of work left to do—especially for people of color in America. It is encouraging that the people who Read more »

‘We send a report every morning to ICE’: Motel 6 reportedly outing guests to immigration officials

“Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.” Source:  Think Progress/Zack Ford Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on a daily basis. According to a report by the Phoenix New Times, this has resulted in at least 20 arrests at the two locations Read more »

Now Jeff Sessions Wants to Take Your Privacy Away — Permanently

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is calling on Congress to “promptly” reauthorize a controversial surveillance measure set to expire on December 31, 2017. Source:  AntiMedia/Derrick Broze Washington, D.C. — On September 7, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats sent a letter to the leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate urging Read more »

Jimmy Carter Speaks Out Against US ‘Oligarchy’ and Trump’s Diplomatic Failures

Former president bemoans money in politics and says tensions with Pyongyang won’t subside until “we’re willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings” Source:  Common Dreams/Andrea Germanos Former President Jimmy Carter has once again taken aim at money in the U.S. electoral process, saying Tuesday that it makes the nation function Read more »

Here Are the 39 Senate Democrats (and Angus King) Still Not Backing Medicare For All

While seven Democrats have now signed on as co-sponsors of Bernie Sanders’ bill, most have remained on the sidelines Source:  Common Dreams/Julia Conley Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will introduce his Medicare for All bill on the Senate floor on Wednesday, a plan that he has said will cost the U.S. $6 trillion less than the current healthcare system. Medicare Read more »