The 2018 Short Session was a triumph for that part of the right wing that is attempting to create a permanent majority by changing rules to silence and diminish all opposition. Herein, current information and background, ignored legislative offerings, reading suggestions, and action notices. “When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” -Thomas Jefferson.Read More
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The poor are some of the smartest and most resourceful people we have in our society. They are survivors and that makes for an amazing education.Read More
World Bank on Tuesday said it would by 2019 end all financial support for oil and gas exploration – huge news!
There is a great opinion piece in the New York Times today about the finanacial industry’s movement towards divesting away from fossil fuels. Amen! Fracking ruined our home town and everything around it in West...Read More
The book “$2.00 A Day, Living on Almost Nothing in America” by Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer shines a spotlight on the consequences of government policies on the lives of individuals and families caught in deepening poverty in the years since the welfare reform legislation of 1996 and after the 2008 financial crisis. Poverty in America is not new but it is worsening and a greater percentage of the American people are now living in poverty. –Dr. Jessie Fields, NY.
The number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.
- Bangladesh, Xinjiang, Venezuela: Your Friday Briefing February 21, 2019Let us help you start your day.ALISHA HARIDASANI GUPTA
- New Election Ordered in North Carolina Race at Center of Fraud Inquiry February 21, 2019The unanimous ruling by the North Carolina State Board of Elections was a startling turn in a case of political chicanery that underscored the risk for pervasive absentee ballot fraud.ALAN BLINDER
- USA Today Searched Old Yearbooks for Blackface Photos. It Found One Published by Its Editor. February 21, 2019Nicole Carroll, the newspaper’s editor in chief, apologized for a racist photo that appeared in a college yearbook in the late 1980s, when she was the yearbook’s editor.MATTHEW HAAG
- Jumaane Williams for Public Advocate February 21, 2019Vote on Tuesday, Feb. 26.THE EDITORIAL BOARD
- Peter Tork, Court Jester of the Monkees, Is Dead at 77 February 21, 2019Mr. Tork was an accomplished musician, but he became famous for his comedic role as the goofy member of a made-for-television band.ANITA GATES
- The Stench of Prejudice in Keith Tharpe’s Death Sentence February 21, 2019A juror in Mr. Tharpe’s case signed an affidavit stating that he was a “nigger,” wondering “if black people even have souls.”RANDALL KENNEDY
- Coast Guard Officer Plotted to Kill Democrats and Journalists, Prosecutors Say February 21, 2019A cache of weapons was recovered from the home of Christopher P. Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant and self-described white nationalist. A court filing called him a domestic terrorist.DAVE PHILIPPS
- Jussie Smollett’s Bond Set at $100,000 February 21, 2019The Chicago Police said Thursday that the “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, upset over his salary, staged a fake assault.SOPAN DEB and JACK HEALY
- Venezuela’s Ex-Spy Chief Rejects Maduro, Accusing Leader’s Inner Circle of Corruption February 21, 2019Hugo Carvajal announced his defection to the opposition and urged the military to break with the government ahead of a deadline to get aid shipments across the country’s borders.ANA VANESSA HERRERO and NICHOLAS CASEY
- Nonfiction: The Tumultuous Path From Emancipation to Segregation February 21, 2019“Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey From Slavery to Segregation,” by Steve Luxenberg, is an elegant history of the mostly losing battle to protect the civil rights of newly freed black citizens.JAMES GOODMAN