Sanders: To Lift ‘Outrageous’ Burden of Student Debt, Time for Tuition-Free College for All

“Each and every American must be able to get the education they need to match their skills and fulfill their dreams.” Source:  Common Dreams/Jon Queally In order to lift the burden of debt on millions of students and unleash the potential of current and future generations, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declared on Tuesday night that Read more »

ACLU Sues Kansas Over ‘Unconstitutional’ Law Barring Boycott of Israel

The law, part of a wider pattern of targeting the non-violent BDS movement, decried as “attempt by the government to silence one side of a public debate” Source:  Common Dreams/Jessica Corbett The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to challenge a Kansas law that requires any company or individual who contracts Read more »

How Many Hours Americans Need to Work to Pay Their Mortgage

Source:  Howmuch.net/Raul Many people define the American dream as owning your own home, not to mention a comfortable lifestyle, healthy children, and a secure retirement. But the ability to afford a home—let alone all those other things—depends entirely on where you live and your level of income. This makes apples-to-apples comparisons across the country extremely difficult. How Read more »

How Hurricane Response Efforts Are Sorting People into Deserving and Undeserving Poor

Source:  Talk Poverty/Maria Foscarinis Hurricanes Irma and Harvey delivered a devastating one-two punch to Texas and Florida, forcing millions to evacuate and leaving thousands displaced. Now, as emergency responders try to help hurricane victims cope with the aftermath of the storm, previously homeless residents are taking a particularly hard hit. In Florida, as officials rushed to open emergency Read more »

Iranian President: ‘Entire World Will Condemn America’ if Trump Kills Nuclear Deal

“We have achieved benefits that are irreversible. Nobody can roll them back, neither Trump nor 10 other Trumps.” Source:  Common Dreams/Jake Johnson Amid reports that President Donald Trump is planning to decertify the Iran nuclear accord sometime this coming week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Saturday that any attempt to undermine the deal will earn the United States Read more »

White New Orleans Has Recovered from Hurricane Katrina. Black New Orleans Has Not.

Neither the epic storm nor the city’s recovery have remedied systematic racial prejudices that have undermined African-Americans’ efforts to rebuild and return home. This post originally appeared at Talk Poverty. Republished in Moyers and Company 96,000. That’s how many fewer African-Americans are living in New Orleans now than prior to Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall 11 years ago Read more »

DON’T LET DUMP TRUMP OPPOSITION WATER DOWN KAEPERNICK’S ANTI-IMPERIALIST MESSAGE

Source:  American Herald Tribune/Daniel Haiphong President Trump has spent much of the last week responding to the plethora of sports players that have taken a knee to the national anthem. The increase in anthem protests comes after Donald Trump referred to Colin Kaepernick as a “son of a b****” at a political rally in Alabama on September 22nd. Read more »

New Bill Will Show Which Lawmakers Support ‘Indiscriminate Bombings of Schools, Marketplaces, Hospitals’

Bipartisan resolution calls for U.S. military to stop aiding Saudi-led coalition’s bombing campaign in Yemen Source:  Common Dreams/Andrea Germanos As the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Yemen continues to deepen, with the number of cholera cases on track to hit one million by year’s end, a new bipartisan bill aims to stop the U.S. from fueling Saudi Arabia’s assault on the impoverished Read more »

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 »