All Views Articles for 2020-05-20

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
It will be impractical, and in many places impossible, to safely conduct the election in 2020 unless the numbers voting on Election Day are greatly reduced. (Photo: Shutterstock) Bernie Horn
To Save Lives—and Democracy—We Need to Vote by Mail
We need tens of millions of fewer Americans voting at the polls. Sending ballots in the mail is the simplest solution.
Read more
JPMorgan Chase is the world’s largest funder of fossil fuels. Without that money, the fossil fuel companies simply can’t afford to build their new mines, pipelines or fracking wells. (Photo: Antonia Juhasz/Twitter) Alec Connon
In the Fight to Curtail the Climate Crisis, the Earth Just Moved a Little
Nearly half of Chase’s owners have demanded to know how the bank plans to align its business model with the Paris Agreement. On the surface, that probably doesn’t sound like an earthquake. But it’s quietly seismic.
Read more
Violence by an intimate partner is the leading cause of injury to women 15 to 44 years old.  (Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images) H. Patricia Hynes
Women Have Risen to Heroic Heights During Covid-19
Yet, the global pandemic in physical and sexual violence against women continues unabated and worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.
Read more
Fortunately, we have an alternative to this fossil-fuelled, neoliberal capitalist normal: the Green New Deal. (Photo: Climate Justice Ottawa) Claire O’Manique
The Way Out of the COVID-19 Crisis Is a Green New Deal
This crisis has reinforced what we already know—our current economic system is leading us down a path of destruction.
Read more
The acting IG’s ouster calls into question the future of the Chao-McConnell investigation, other critical oversight, and whether the watchdog was dismissed for unearthing damaging information. (Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Getty Images) Donald K. Sherman
Trump Just Removed the IG Investigating Elaine Chao. Chao’s Husband, Mitch McConnell, Already Vetted the Replacement.
The President’s attack on inspector general independence at the Department of Transportation deserves just as much public scrutiny as all the rest.
Read more
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper "insisted a Wall Street Journal op-ed that Canada 'came close' to defaulting on its debt—hitting the debt wall—in the '90s. It’s a scary tale, but not even remotely true," writes Linda McQuaig. (Photo: Stephen Harper/flickr/cc) Linda McQuaig
Let’s Not Be Duped Again By Deficit Hawks Peddling Austerity
We could actually be on our way to a very different and promising future. But, count on it, the deficit hawks will soon be circling menacingly overhead, hell-bent on preventing any diversion from the austerity they’ve confined us to for decades.
Read more
The lack of rights and livable benefits in many companies makes these workers particularly vulnerable, working in an industry that relies on efficiency to meet market demand. (Photo: AP/Nati Harnik) Emily Folk
Coronavirus and the Inhumane Treatment of Meat Packers
The meat industry has always been exploitative of employees—but the coronavirus has exposed the poor working conditions of meat packers who are getting sick at alarming rates.
Read more
Local news outlets cover stories and offer community-level information—potentially lifesaving during a global pandemic—that national outlets will never provide. (Photo: iStock / Getty Images Plus) Victor Pickard
The Answer to the Media Industry's Woes? Publicly Owned Newspapers.
Newspapers must be for the people. It’s worth investing our tax dollars in them.
Read more
Vandana Shiva
Poisons Mean Extinction: For Bees and Humanity
Protecting bees is an ecological duty, pushing them to extinction is an ecological crime. The threat to bees is a threat to humanity.
Read more
 Maria Mora came to find information about her claim but found the California State Employment Development Department was closed due to coronavirus concerns on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in Canoga Park, CA. (Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) Mark Dudzic, Richard Master
Medicare Is Best Way to Cover the Millions of Americans Whose Health Insurance Has Been Taken Away
This solution is the most seamless for patients, and the most cost-effective approach for taxpayers. Plus, it prevents an unnecessary and massive transfer of government money to America’s health insurance companies.
Read more