Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Approved in Philadelphia

When the worker rights and protections of the New Deal were passed in the 1930s, domestic workers were specifically excluded from these rights as a concession to southern lawmakers. As a result, domestic workers have worked without the right to a minimum wage, without the right to overtime, without the right to form a union, and without protection from harassment …

The Supreme Court’s departure from the constitution and democracy

No legislature, governor, or president has ever suggested that corporations should be considered “persons” for the purpose of constitutional protections, particularly under the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection rights. No federal or state legislature, no president, and no state governor has ever, in more than 240 years, suggested that billionaires and corporations have a First Amendment “right” to unlimited political bribery. Congress …

A coalition of nonprofit health care providers is investing in the notion that ample paychecks, stable housing and nutritious food are no less critical to well-being than doctors, medical equipment and pharmacies

Excerpt from an article that appeared on  Oct. 13, 2019, Section BU, Page 1 of the New York Times, NY edition with the headline: A Steady Paycheck Is Good Medicine for Communities. Forty-one nonprofit medical systems across the United States, plus four government providers, have formed the coalition, the Healthcare Anchor Network, with the mission of doing more business with local companies in the communities …

Jane McAlevey: The Path to Climate Justice Runs Through the UAW Strike: During Climate Week, why not show we can have economic and environmental justice?

https://www.thenation.com/article/climate-strike-uaw/ By Jane McAlevey, Sept 24, 2019 Union members stand outside of the General Motors Flint Assembly Plant on September 17, 2019 in Flint, Michigan. (Sara Faraj / MLive.com / The Flint Journal via AP) Few people know what’s really happening behind closed doors as General Motors executives and UAW officials try to hammer out an agreement to end their …

Intergenerational human rights violations underway with climate breakdown

One of the aims of the lawsuits is to make apparent to companies and governments that investing in fossil fuels comes with legal and financial risks, said Ellen Dorsey, executive director of the Washington-based Wallace Global Fund, which has supported work on fossil fuel divestment. Sept 2019, Human rights threats in warming world could speed up climate action, Laurie Goering, …

25 ways the Canadian Health Care System is Better than Obamacare for the 2020 Elections

By Ralph Nader, Nader.org September 20, 2019 | EDUCATE! Everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctor and hospital. It will produce far less anxiety, dread, and fear. Can you hear that, Congress and the White House? Dear America: Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare, and although it has improved access to healthcare for some, tens of millions of Americans still cannot afford basic …

Federal Court Blocks South Dakota Laws Suppressing Pipeline Protests

By Staff, Aclu.org September 20, 2019 | RESIST! SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A federal court today blocked enforcement of the unconstitutional provisions of several South Dakota laws, including the recently-enacted “Riot Boosting” Act, that threaten activists who encourage or organize protests, particularly protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, with fines, civil liabilities, and/or criminal penalties of up to 25 years in prison. In granting plaintiff’s motion …

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 …