A living wage is an antidepressant, a sleep aid, a diet, a stress reliever, a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect.

Some of the biggest beneficiaries of minimum wage increases are children. A 2017 study co-authored by Lindsey Bullinger, an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, found that raising the minimum wage by $1 would reduce child-neglect reports by almost 10 percent. Higher wages allow parents working in the low-wage labor market to keep the lights …

A vision of a just society and collective well-being over individual benefit: Ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution

A Spark of Hope: The ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution, by Hilary Klein, Portside.org February 19, 2019  In 1998, Zapatista women in Amador Hernadez demanded daily that the Mexican military leave the village communal landholdings, Tim Russo What are the lessons of the EZLN’s revolutionary struggle for Indigenous autonomy, a quarter-century after declaring war on Mexico and global capitalism? January 1, …

Coal miners stripped of benefits by mine owners, despite agreements

Who else might like Medicare for All? Retired coal miners who just had their health benefits ripped away. Common Dreams: “On Friday, a ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge in Texas showed why retired coal miners led to believe their health benefits would be with them for life were wrong and at least one advocate for Medicare for All noted …

Nearly 80 percent of workers are forced to live in insecurity, paycheck to paycheck — hoping that their child doesn’t get sick, their car doesn’t break down or that they don’t lose their job.

Let Us Fight Together for Economic, Social, Racial and Environmental Justice, Not Unbridled Greed: If Trump truly wants to govern in a bi-partisan manner, let’s take a look at what the overwhelming majority of the American people want, By Bernie Sanders, Common Dreams, February 06, 2019  It is not “a hot economy” when 43 percent of households can’t afford to pay for housing, food, child …

Study Shows Two-Thirds of Personal Bankruptcies Still Caused by Illness and Medical Bills

Despite Promises of ACA, Study Shows Two-Thirds of Personal Bankruptcies Still Caused by Illness and Medical Bills, by Julia Conley, staff writer, CommonDreams, Feb 7, 2019 “We need to move ahead from the ACA to a single-payer, Medicare for All system that assures first-dollar coverage for everyone.” A majority of personal bankruptcy cases examined in a new study were brought about …

Climate change could hurt babies’ hearts, study says

By Jen Christensen, CNN, January 30, 2019 (CNN)Heat and pregnancy do not mix. High temps don’t just make a pregnant woman uncomfortable, the heat can actually hurt the health of her baby — and with climate change, this will probably become a bigger problem. A study in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Heart Association found that a larger number of babies will probably …

How climate change, obesity, and malnutrition are related. Want to fix obesity and climate change at the same time? Make Big Food companies pay: A new report says food companies are pursuing profit at the expense of public and environmental health

A new report, published Sunday in the Lancet, implores us to think about the possibility of big, systemic fixes for these interrelated scourges. Overnutrition, undernutrition, and global warming share common causes: powerful commercial interests that promote overconsumption, “policy inertia,” and weak governance, according to the report, led by the University of Auckland in New Zealand, George Washington University in the US, and …

More good news about healthy soil: a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotic

Bacteria in Ancient Irish Soil Halts Growth of Superbugs. Researchers analyzing soil from Ireland have discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria which is effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA. The new strain of bacteria was discovered by a team based in Swansea University Medical School, made up …