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Walking the New Broadway - by Jeff Prant
Carbusters.org, the journal of the carfree movement, generously allows over 40 past issues to be downloaded. http://carbusters.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2010/07/Carbusters-40.pdf
Posted: Sat Mar 8, 2014 5:54PM
Until Republicans Stop Hating the Safety Net, Poverty Will Continue to Grow - by Bill Berkowitz
January 8 marked the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty. What usually happens with anniversaries of this magnitude—i.e. this past summer’s 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—is that it is recognized and discussed for a media minute before other issues reclaim the nation’s attention.
Posted: Sat Mar 8, 2014 6:01AM
U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stand Rulings Prohibiting Anti-Immigrant Housing Ordinances - by ACLU
NEW YORK - The U.S. Supreme Court on March 3 declined to hear two prominent cases involving anti-immigrant local ordinances in Hazleton, Pennsylvania and Farmers Branch, Texas that would have denied housing to immigrants that the cities considered "illegal aliens." The decision will let stand lower court rulings in the 3rd and 5th Circuits, respectively, that found the ordinances unconstitutional and permanently prohibited the ordinances from taking effect.
Posted: Mon Mar 3, 2014 12:22PM
1,000+ Health Professionals Call on President Obama to Act on Fracking - by Environment America
Washington, D.C. – On February 20, Environment America Research & Policy Center and its state affiliates delivered letters (see PDF) from more than 1,000 doctors, nurses, and other health professionals to President Obama and state decision-makers asserting that fracking should be stopped, given the overwhelming threats to public health. The letters come as public awareness of the health and environmental impacts of fracking is on the rise. For example, in a peer-reviewed study published las...
Posted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 6:13PM
After community outcry, City Harvest takes no donations from settlement-builder Leviev - by Adalah-NY
Contrary to 2012 media reports touting Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev’s support for the New York City anti-hunger nonprofit City Harvest, the organization received no support of any kind from Leviev during that period. In November 2012, after media reported on Leviev’s support for City Harvest fundraisers, Adalah-NY mobilized letters from organizations and from over 600 individuals calling on the award-winning organization to reject funds from and publicly disavow Leviev due to his compan...
Posted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 9:14AM
Obamacare Harms America's Workforce - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Wed Feb 5, 2014 11:49PM
Want to end poverty? Brazil's answer: Give people money - by Howard Schneider
Though controversial, the government a decade ago decided that any family under the poverty line would be given enough money to put them over it. The transfers, which now go to 14 million people, has helped decrease income inequality in the country – incomes for the poorest are growing faster than Brazil’s top earners.
Posted: Wed Feb 5, 2014 5:27AM
Shalefield Stories: Residents on the Frontlines of Fracking Tell Their Personal Stories - by Environment America
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Environment America Research & Policy Center joined residents living on the frontlines of fracking who recounted their stories of illness, water contamination, and damage to their livelihoods due to dirty drilling operations in a new booklet called Shalefield Stories. The new booklet was released today even as President Obama touted natural gas development in his State of the Union speech and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz asserted last week that the impacts of frack...
Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 7:14PM
Lawsuit over Treatment of South Dakota Indian Parents and Tribes Can Move Forward - by ACLU
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A federal court has ruled that a lawsuit charging state and local officials with violating the rights of Indian parents and tribes in state child custody proceedings can go to trial.
Posted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:57PM
Obamacare Enrollment Misinformation - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:24AM
2013 worst year in decades for abortion rights-what can be done? - by Jane Cutter
The year 2013 nearly broke the all-time record for the most new restrictions on abortion passed in a single year. Some 22 states passed 70 different laws including late-abortion bans, doctor and clinic regulations, limits on medication abortions and bans on insurance coverage, according the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-choice research group. Twenty-four states have barred abortion coverage by the new health exchanges and nine of them forbid private insurance plans, as well, from covering most ...
Posted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 12:07AM
Philippines: Shield Yolanda rehab efforts from 'disaster capitalism' - by AKBAYAN (Citizens Action Party)
Amid allegations of overpriced and substandard temporary shelters constructed for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, Akbayan Partylist urged the government to shield the rehabilitation efforts from possible “disaster capitalism.”
Posted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:56PM
Homelessness in Winter Cold - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Thu Jan 9, 2014 11:44PM
Canal & River Trust (UK) Evicting Disabled Boat Dwellers: Thousands Sign Petition - by NBTA
Over 3,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Canal & River Trust to stop evicting disabled, elderly and vulnerable boat dwellers. The petition, supported by the campaigning web site 38 Degrees, is online at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/stopevictingdisabled Please re-post and re-tweet #canaleviction
Posted: Mon Jan 6, 2014 2:24PM
Police violence against people with disabilities-on the rise? - by Thomas Oswald
Across the United States the rights and lives of people with disabilities are being violated by police officers. Reports show that as many as 50 percent of those shot by cops are have mental illnesses. The current system allows police to use their authority to justify the outright killing of disabled people. Usually, the police officer receives no penalties.
Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:40AM
Happy Holidays- Stand Up to the Grinch! - by J Hart
Californians: Two important dates to put on your calendar: Thursday January 9th, 2014 7pm- Tom Wheeler is coming to speak in Oakland, CA along with Catherine Sandoval of the CPUC and others. Tickets are free, but limited in quantity- reserve yours today before they run out. A protest is being planned. When former FCC chair Genachowski came to town in April 2011, Stop Smart Meters! protesters were escorted out of the room after making a "disturbance." Thursday January 16th, 2014 9:30am...
Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:44PM
The Soup Kitchen State Grows - by Christoph Butterwegge
Old age poverty is the result of deregulation of the labor market and dismantling the social state... What is lacking for the impacted is justice. Need justice and distribution justice have always existed in the political realm. The task of the social state was to fight poverty and protect citizens from certain standard life risks, sickness, accidents and so forth... The wealth of the country cannot be concentrated in a few hands so hardly anything is left for the great multitude.
Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:01AM
Freezing Cold + Raw Sewage = State of Emergency in Gaza - by wexit
"It is cold, there is no power, and I am charging my computer using a car battery in order to get this message out. It is so cold in Gaza that everyone has cold feet and a cold nose. A new storm is hitting this besieged enclave. There is no electricity, and shortages of water, fuel, and vital services mean people just sit and wait for the unknown...
Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:29PM
Obamacare Disturbing Surprises - by Stephen Lendman
Posted: Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:52PM
ACLU Sues Bishops on Behalf of Pregnant Woman Denied Care at Catholic Hospital - by ACLU
NEW YORK and DETROIT— The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a pregnant woman who miscarried and was denied appropriate medical treatment because the only hospital in her county is required to abide by religious directives. The directives, written by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, prohibited that hospital from complying with the applicable standard of care in this case.
Posted: Tue Dec 3, 2013 12:09AM