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.
- Joe Biden, Long Scrutinized for Crime Bill, Unveils Plan to Reduce Mass Incarceration July 23, 2019Mr. Biden, whose record on criminal justice has cast a shadow over his campaign, cited incarceration’s toll on poor communities and people of color.Katie Glueck
- U.K., Puerto Rico, Equifax: Your Tuesday Briefing July 23, 2019Here’s what you need to know.Chris Stanford
- New York City to Consider Banning Sale of Cellphone Location Data July 23, 2019A bill would make it illegal for cellphone companies and mobile apps to share user location information collected in the city without a customer’s explicit permission.Jeffery C. Mays
- Two Police Officers Are Fired Over Facebook Post Saying Ocasio-Cortez ‘Needs a Round’ July 23, 2019One police officer from Gretna, La., referred to the congresswoman as a “vile idiot” and suggested she should be shot. Another officer liked the post.Jacey Fortin
- Robert Mueller Is Testifying Tomorrow. Here’s What You Need to Know. July 23, 2019After two years of silence and one brief public statement, the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will finally sit for prolonged questioning at two House hearings on Wednesday.Adam Goldman and Nicholas Fandos
- Boris Johnson to Be U.K. Prime Minister July 23, 2019Having won the backing of his Conservative Party, Mr. Johnson will immediately face the daunting task of managing Britain’s exit from the European Union by Oct. 31.Stephen Castle
- Batman and AT&T: A New Dynamic Duo? July 23, 2019The Dark Knight, Wonder Woman and their Justice League compatriots are under new management at a time when the streaming wars are heating up and superheroes are more popular than ever.Gregory Schmidt
- Inside Hushed Museum Hallways, a Rumble Over Pay Grows Louder July 23, 2019Art workers around the country are sharing their salaries and in some cases forming unions to put pressure on their institutions.Elizabeth A. Harris and Robin Pogrebin
- Flooding in Riverside Park: Good for Ducks. Bad for Amtrak Trains Below? July 23, 2019Underneath the 330-acre park in Manhattan, trains run to and from Albany, Niagara Falls and beyond.Sharon Otterman
- Li Peng, Chinese Leader Derided for Role in Tiananmen Crackdown, Dies at 90 July 23, 2019For decades, critics called for Mr. Li, who became known as the “butcher of Beijing,” to face trial or a public reckoning for his role in the 1989 bloodshed.Erik Eckholm and Chris Buckley