Human Rights

The Flint Water Crisis: Three Years Too Long

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:31
Progress Michigan

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the switch to the Flint River as a water source, which was part of bottom-line focused emergency management that contributed to the Flint Water Crisis. For three years, little has been done for the residents of Flint, who continue to struggle without access to clean, safe, and affordable water, because of callous indifference from the state’s elected officials.

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The Financial “CHOICE” Act is a “Cruel Choice” for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau & Consumers, Including Students

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:29

This week, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (TX) will hold a Wednesday hearing on his so-called Financial Choice Act 2.0.  The bill leaves consumers and our economy even more vulnerable to Wall Street's recklessness than before the '08 crisis by taking aim at all of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act’s protections caused by unfair bank practices abetted by regulatory failures.

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Senate Judiciary Committee must carefully assess Delrahim in light of potential agribusiness mergers

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:28
Friends of the Earth

Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Makan Delrahim, Trump’s nominee for Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. The DOJ’s Antitrust Division reviews and makes decisions on corporate mergers, and as an Assistant Attorney General Delrahim will be the ultimate decider on the proposed merger of giant agrichemical companies Monsanto Company and Bayer AG.

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Betraying 'Hire American' Pledge, Trump Rewards Companies Offshoring US Jobs

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:17
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

In yet another reminder of how corporate-friendly the Trump administration has been—despite campaign pledges to defend American workers and "buy American, hire American" rhetoric—a new study out Tuesday reveals that the president continues to reward U.S. companies who ship jobs overseas.

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President Trump’s Dramatic Retreat on Trade

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:10
Dean Baker, Jeff Hauser

Trade was a major theme in President Trump’s campaign.

He repeatedly complained that our trade negotiators were stupid and therefore had negotiated bad trade agreements. These bad trade deals are the cause of our trade deficits, which have cost us millions of manufacturing jobs over the last two decades.

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Why We Are Joining the March on Harrisburg

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 13:03
Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen

A little over a year ago, we embarked on a journey that would forever change our lives. With Democracy Spring, we marched from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. and then risked arrest in front of the Capitol. Our demands were simple: get big money out of our political system and end the systematic assault on voting rights.

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Where Is the Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders of Foreign Policy?

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:44
Katrina vanden Heuvel

When a prominent Washington peace activist was asked recently to name the leading anti-interventionists in the Senate, he responded, “Rand Paul and Mike Lee,” both Republicans. Democrats are in the midst of a furious struggle over what they stand for and who is included in their coalition, yet on foreign policy questions, their silence is deafening. When President Trump decided to drop 59 cruise missiles on Syria in response to purported use of chemical weapons, there was more debate about the attack among Republicans than among Democrats.

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Ivanka Trump Is Booed, Hissed in Germany for Defending Donald Trump

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:18
Nika Knight, staff writer

Ivanka Trump received a chilly reception in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday after she claimed President Donald Trump was an advocate for women and families during a roundtable discussion on women's rights, held as part of the G20 summit.

Ivanka Trump described Donald Trump as "a tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive."

The crowd of mostly women hissed and booed in response to Ivanka Trump's defense of her father.

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'Truly Dumb': Why $2.4 Trillion Corporate Tax Cut Will Not Magically Pay for Itself

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:15
Jon Queally, staff writer

With reports that President Donald Trump wants to slash the corporate tax rate by 60 percent and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin claiming widespread cuts for the nation's wealthy and powerfu

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'Conveyor Belt of Death' Continues as Arkansas Carries Out Double Execution

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:52
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

The government of Arkansas executed two men Monday evening despite concerns from attorneys that the first state killing had been "torturous and inhumane."

Fifty two year-old Jake Harold Jones was pronounced dead at 7:20 pm CDT, according to a timeline confirmed by the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Just over three hours later, Marcel Williams, 46, was pronounced dead at 10:33 CDT.

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Ontario to Launch North America's First Test of Universal Basic Income

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:51
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

The province of Ontario will start its pilot project testing universal basic income in three Canadian cities this summer, premier Kathleen Wynne announced on Monday.

About 4,000 residents of Hamilton, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay will be randomly selected to take part in the three-year program. One group will start receiving funds this summer—as much as $12,570 annually for individuals—while the other will be part of the control group, and not receive any money.

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Blame Canada's Dairy Farmers, Our Newest Randomly Selected Enemy

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:36
Abby Zimet, staff writer

Because Little Donny saw a Fox News (sic) story he didn't quite get and needs a new distraction before Day 100, he's now attacking Canada (safer than North Korea, but WTF?), charging its longtime milk regulations are "very unfair" to Wisconsin dairy farmers. Fired up for a (wildly misinformed) trade war, he just slapped a duty on Canadian lumber and warned Canada's farmers and cows, "We will not stand for this. Watch!" - which they are now doing with a bemused horror familiar to many of us.

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Puerto Rico Religious Leaders Call for Bankruptcy Ahead of "Vulture Fund" Deadline

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:26
Jubilee USA Network

Before May, protections expire that shelter Puerto Rico from debt lawsuits and predatory financial groups popularly known as "vulture" funds. The Catholic Archbishop of San Juan and Puerto Rico's Bible Society head are calling on the island's governor and oversight board to immediately activate a bankruptcy process designed by Congress.

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New Report Reveals Trump Is Not Punishing Corporations that Offshore American Jobs, but Awarding Them New Government Contracts

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 10:25
Public Citizen

Despite President Donald Trump’s campaign promises to punish firms that offshore American jobs, the flow of federal contract awards to major offshorers has continued unabated since Trump’s inauguration, according to a new report released today by Good Jobs Nation and Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. The report, titled “Trump’s First 100 Days: Federal Contracting with Corporate Offshorers Continues,” reveals that a majority of the largest U.S. government contractors ship jobs overseas.

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Attention, Please: We Can Guarantee Healthcare for All Californians

Common Dreams - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 08:41
Deborah Burger

With continued uncertainty in Washington over the fate of the Affordable Care Act, California has a unique role to play in charting a new path on health care reform – legislation that would guarantee coverage for all Californians, at much lower cost.

SB 562, the Healthy California Act, introduced by state Senators Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, with the California Nurses Association as lead proponent, will receive its first legislative hearing Wednesday, April 26 before the Senate Health Committee.

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Choosing Democracy: The Coming May Day Strike May be the Biggest in ov...

anti-Racism DSA - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 00:18
Choosing Democracy: The Coming May Day Strike May be the Biggest in ov...: by Sarah Aziza, Working In These Times  This article was first  posted  by Waging Nonviolence. When 26-year-old Catalina Adorno hit ...
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Primarily A Mental Phenomenon: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance's Robert Pirsig Dies

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 19:27
Abby Zimet, staff writer

Robert Pirsig, the brilliant, troubled author of 1974's iconic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values - a dense philosophical exploration, father/son road trip narrative, and study of the art of motorcycle maintenance as "the art of rationality itself” - has died at 88 at his Maine home. Seeking to reconcile humanism and technology, Pirsig argued in what became a cultural touchstone that, "The real cycle you're working on is a cycle called yourself."

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Nebraska Lawmakers Pass Bill to Restore Voting Rights Immediately Upon Completion of Sentence for Past Criminal Conviction

Brennan Center - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:14
Nebraska Lawmakers Pass Bill to Restore Voting Rights Immediately Upon Completion of Sentence for Past Criminal ConvictionApril 24, 2017

Under current Nebraska law, citizens who have successfully completed a sentence for a felony conviction must wait two years before their rights are restored. This bill would remove that waiting period.

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Liza Goitein on All Things Considered: What is Section 702?

Brennan Center - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 17:00
Liza Goitein on All Things Considered: What is Section 702?April 24, 2017 NPR-702.mp3

Brennan Center's Liza Goitein joins NPR's "All Things Considered" to explain how Section 702 allows for warrantless surveillance of Americans.  

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American Dream in Freefall: It's This Bad

Common Dreams - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 16:54
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Whither the American Dream? It may not be totally dead, but a new study suggests that it is certainly on life support.

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