By eliminating medical out-of-pocket expenses, Medicare for All would reduce headcount poverty by 19 percent, reduce the overall poverty gap by 22 percent, and increase poor people’s incomes by 29 percent

By Matt Bruenig, People’s Policy Project.September 14, 2019 | EDUCATE! The Census released its annual income, poverty, and health insurance statistics earlier this week. The summary report shows that 8 million of the nation’s 42.5 million poor people would not be poor if they did not have to pay medical out-of-pocket (MOOP) expenses like deductibles, copays, coinsurance, and self-payments. Medicare for All (M4A) virtually eliminates these kinds …

Coalition pushes to end criminalization of marijuana and other drugs

By Kyle Jaeger, Link September 8, 2019 | CREATE! A coalition of more than 100 civil rights groups—including ACLU, NAACP, National Education Association and National Organization for Women—released a criminal justice reform platform for the 2020 elections on Thursday that calls for the legalization of marijuana and supports the “dismantling” of the criminalization of other drugs. As part of the document’s plank on ending …

This Company Hired Anyone Who Applied. Now It’s Starting a Movement.

Greyston Bakery uses a practice of open hiring: filling positions on a first-come, first-served basis, no questions asked. Now it wants to teach other companies how to do the same. Fast Company| by Eillie Anzilotti Photos from Greyston. Around 25 years ago, Ty Hookway, founder of the upstate New York-based janitorial services company CleanCraft, was driving past one of their …

Guide or ‘gold standard’ for public and private sector projects that encourage sustainable economic development while upholding Indigenous rights

The lands of the world’s 350 million Indigenous peoples and local communities hold 80 percent of the world’s biodiversity and sequester nearly 300 billion metric tons of carbon. Over 80 percent of biological diversity is managed by local communities. But forested landscapes are vulnerable to climate change, the encroachment of agriculture and extraction activities. The gold standard aims to: Strengthen respect, recognition and protection …

‘Prisoners—especially Blacks, Chicanos and Puerto Ricans—are increasingly advancing the proposition that they are political prisoners. They contend that they are political prisoners in the sense that they are largely the victims of an oppressive politico-economic order’

Though that definition of political prisoner is unorthodox, it illustrates the political and economic nature of criminalization. This is why observers of Black August connect the fight to free “revolutionary” political prisoners to the broader struggle against US prisons. Mass incarceration is a symptom of the same system that political prisoners have dedicated their lives towards fighting. According to a new …

Henry A. Giroux’s book “The Terror of the Unforeseen”: to defeat fascism we must dismantle capitalism

By Christian Fuchs, Truthdig.com August 24, 2019 | STRATEGIZE! “The Terror of the Unforeseen” A book by Henry A. Giroux Henry A. Giroux’s book “The Terror of the Unforeseen” analyzes the conditions that have enabled and led to Donald Trump’s rule and the consequences of that rule, which have ushered in an authoritarian version of capitalism. Giroux provides a realistic analysis that holds …

Seattle Has Figured Out How to End the War on Drugs

While other cities are jailing drug users, Seattle has found another way. The war on drugs has been one of America’s most grievous mistakes, resulting in as many citizens with arrest records as with college diplomas. At last count, an American was arrested for drug possession every 25 seconds, yet the mass incarceration this leads to has not turned the tide on narcotics. …

Preemption laws have exploded in recent years as predominantly Republican state legislatures and ALEC try to curb anything progressive that comes out of city governments

A new report from the National Employment Law Project found that 25 states specifically preempt local minimum wages. In just 12 cities and counties, nearly 346,000 workers have been affected by preempted minimum wages, and those workers are losing $4,100 each on average — nearly $1.5 billion a year in total.  More than half of the workers affected by preemption in those …

Health care is a human right, and we shouldn’t have to worry about whether we can breathe the air here in Colorado, day by day

Diana Bray@Diana4Colorado Special to The Colorado Sun See more Sometimes you just have to take a leap into the unknown when you see that the status quo is simply not working.  In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt did just that when he signed Social Security into law. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson did the same with Medicare, which provides health …