Michael Sainato

Michael Sainato

Michael Sainato is a Florida-based journalist focusing on environmental and civil rights issues.

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Shahid Buttar is challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has faced little opposition since being elected in 1987. (Photo: Shahid Buttar for Congress) Views
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
2020: Democratic Establishment vs. Democratic Socialists
Democratic Socialism has grown in popularity over the past few years, fueled by Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign and continued grassroots waves of support. The country has seen a surge of political candidates across all levels of government running on platforms that embrace democratic...
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Friday, July 19, 2019
The Billionaires v. Bernie
According to Forbes , there were 607 billionaires in the United States as of the end of 2018, an increase of more than 200 since 2010. And many of them going on the attack against Bernie Sanders’ 2020 Presidential Campaign, and his commitment to democratic socialism. As the primary season heats up...
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"The secrecy of the fur industry, and the secrecy they’re allowed by law enables them to have so much cruelty within their industry." (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
'Animal Fur Is Obsolete': Lawmakers Push Bills to Ban Sale of Animal Fur in California, Hawaii, and New York City
In the 1980’s and 90’s, fur activists were mocked and viewed in the mainstream as a radical nuisance, embodied by a stereotype of dousing wearers of fur coats in red paint. Since then, undercover investigations and campaigns targeting leading fashion corporations have swayed public opinion against...
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 Walmart also has a reputation for wage theft. Its the leading wage theft employer in the United States, with more than $1.4 billion paid in wage theft fines and settlements since 2000. (Photo: Michael Sainato) Views
Monday, November 19, 2018
'They Obviously Can Afford to': Workers Call On Walmart To Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour
The World’s largest retailer , Walmart, is far behind its competitors when it comes to a minimum wage; Amazon announced an increase to $15 an hour in October 2018, Target is scheduled to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, and Costco already pays a minimum wage of $14 an hour. With a...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Three Women Charged With Grand Theft Felony For Saving Thrown Away Baby Cow
On Sunday, October 21, three women were charged with a grand theft felony each for attempting to rescue a dying calf found in a pile of dead cows on at Ray-Mar Ranches, a factory farm in Oakdale, California which supplies calves to Harris Ranch, and beef to companies like Costco and In-N-Out Burger...
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DxE claimed the farm’s practices are a result of the Trump Administration’s decision to rollback a rule proposed under Obama in 2016 to create a minimum standard of animal welfare for organic farms. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Police Arrest 58 Activists After Factory Conditions Exposed at 'Free Range' Perdue Supplier
Lakeville Growers’ Petaluma Poultry , which provides products to Perdue Chicken in addition to direct sales to grocery stores, has built their brands on claims of raising organic and free range chicken. The company’s Rosie Organic Chickens were the first chickens to receive an Organic seal from the...
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In many ways, the 2018 midterm elections will be a referendum on this entire approach—with a rising tide of progressive candidates who stand to make substantial gains in Congress and state legislatures. Views
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
A Progressive Tide
During the 2016 presidential election, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York, made a now-infamous claim: “For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania,” he said, “we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat...
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Monday, May 21, 2018
The False Narratives Used to Try to Derail Bernie's Army
On Monday, Politico ran a piece on the Bernie Sanders founded organization, Our Revolution, titled “Bernie’s Army in Disarray,” a pre-conceived, yet inevitable narrative that Sanders’ movement is somehow ineffective and failing. The new article, a follow-up to their May 29, 2017 piece “Sanders...
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Sunday, April 22, 2018
With Treetop Protest, 61-Year-Old Red Terry Is Leading Fight Against Mountain Valley Pipeline
In Virginia and West Virginia, residents and activists are battling natural gas companies over a natural gas pipeline currently being constructed. The Mountain Valley Pipeline will extend 303 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia, with a recently proposed 70 mile extension into...
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Thursday, June 01, 2017
Bernie Sanders’ Revolution Is Just Getting Started
Several polls combined with his growing support base have confirmed that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the United States. His presidential candidacy sparked a progressive political revolution across the country. In response to its popularity, establishment figures have...
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