All Views Articles for 2018-12-06

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Saturday’s two-hour event, which interspersed the women’s testimony with song, prayer, and calls to action, laid bare the human cost of L.A.’s housing crisis. (Photo: Poor People's Campaign) Aleta Sprague
In Los Angeles, the Poor People’s Campaign Makes a Powerful Case for Housing as a Human Right
From skyrocketing rents to the lack of public toilets on Skid Row, women who’ve experienced poverty and homelessness offer valuable insights for policymakers--but are they listening?
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We need comprehensive solutions animated by a genuine vision of social change, not business as usual. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc) Chuck Idelson
Democrats Will Ignore Broad Progressive Reforms at Their Peril
After a decade in which it lost more than 900 federal and state elections, the Wall Street-dominated wing of the Democratic Party continues to insist on adherence to a political path that landed them in wilderness in Washington and most state capitols
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Bill McKibben
How The Iconic 1968 Earthrise Photo Changed Our Relationship To The Planet
"At least on a human timescale, we’ll never have a planet as intact and full of life as that one we glimpsed from space. Our trajectory is definitely downward. But there was so, so much beauty there, and there’s still so much left ― for now."
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The crazy keeps piling up. (Photo: AFP/Timothy A. Clary) Rebecca Gordon
Life at Trump Speed: On Mental Whiplash and Forgotten Outrages
Unlike the speed of earlier days, which sharpened the attention, Trump speed makes it impossible to focus on anything for very long, not when the next outrage is already heading for you at full tilt
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These customer service issues erode confidence in the system, leaving Social Security vulnerable to benefit cuts that opponents of the program have been advocating. (Photo: Courtesy of AFGE, Flickr | CC 2.0) Max Richtman
New Legislation Would Clamp Down On Social Security Field Office Closing
Congress should pass it, the president who promised to protect Social Security should sign it, and SSA’s budget should be increased to implement it
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Elizabeth Bruenig
Why This Progressive Texan Can't Get Excited About Beto O'Rourke
I'm not sure we need another Obama, or another of any Democrat we've had recently: I think the times both call for and allow for a left-populist candidate with uncompromising progressive principles. I don't see that in O'Rourke.
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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ride a New York City subway together in October 2017. (Photo: Richard Drew / AP) Naomi LaChance
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Defends Amazon Deal at Sanders Event
“Every day it’s something else. This Amazon deal took the cake for me. … You give away $3 billion? $3 billion? To the richest man in America? For a company that will most likely come here anyway?”
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The challenges that face us are immense. Now, more than ever, we need hellraisers like Mother Jones and Noam Chomsky to fight like hell for the living. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan
How Would Mother Jones Eulogize George H.W. Bush?
Mother Jones would have us pray for George H.W. Bush, who died at age 94, but also for his victims, many of whom, children included, were buried without pomp, or were simply disappeared
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Under Bush, the U.S. committed genuine war crimes. (Photo: Shutterstock) Peter Certo
It’s Good to Argue About Dead Presidents
New debates, especially on overlooked subjects, bring new vibrancy to our civic life. In death, even flawed politicians can do us that final service
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The Trump administration and its corporate allies are trying to con all of us into believing that for-profit corporations can carry out Medicare’s mission. They want to weaken, and ultimately dismantle, the superior government program. (Photo: Screenshot) Diane Archer, Richard Eskow
Don’t Let the Trump Administration Corporatize Medicare
Medicare Advantage plans force enrollees to gamble with their health and their savings
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Codepink's women for Peace at the Nomination Hearing for new US Ambassador to Yemen. (Photo by Ann Wright) Ann Wright
Nominee for US Ambassador to Yemen is No Friend of the Yemeni People
Confirming Christopher Henzel as the US Ambassador to Yemen will continue the US role in the starvation and deaths of millions of Yemenis
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