Leading Democrats to rally in Warren for Obamacare

By Kathleen Gray As Republicans in Congress begin taking steps to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, leading Democrats are hitting the road — even to the potentially hostile territory of Macomb County — to rally residents to  help save Obamacare. U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Democrat who won Michigan’s presidential primary election, Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan are among those planning to attend the Save Health Care rally Jan. 15 in Warren. Also planning to attend are the state’s five Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Michigan Democratic Party …

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USA Today

Democrats call for rallies nationwide to oppose GOP on health care

Democratic leaders are calling for a “day of action” on Jan. 15 to mobilize grassroots opposition across the country to Republican plans to “end Medicare as we know it and throw our health care system into chaos.” In a Wednesday letter, Senate and House Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., along with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., asked their congressional colleagues for help organizing rallies or other events in their own states. Sanders, who was tapped to lead “outreach” for Senate Democrats next Congress, has called for Democrats to get out of D.C. and engage working people following Hillary …

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Washington Post

Sanders, Democratic leaders announce ‘Day of Action’ to preempt health care cuts

Democratic congressional leaders and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have called for a Jan. 15 “Day of Action” to oppose any cuts to health-care plans or subsidies from the incoming Trump presidential administration, the latest example of the Vermont senator pushing his (briefly) adopted party toward more activism. “Millions of Americans voted for Donald Trump after he promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,” write Sanders, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) in the letter, sent to colleagues in Congress. “He must be held to his promises and should veto any …

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Think Progress

A Major Latino Coalition Just Called For An End To The Death Penalty

he National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 40 prominent Latino organizations, this week joined the growing, bipartisan list of groups calling for the end of the death penalty, noting that Latinos are “directly affected by its injustices.” For the first time ever, the NHLA Public Policy Agenda includes positions on drug policy and criminal justice and policing reforms. Perhaps most notably, the groups unanimously agreed to support abolition of capital punishment, a practice they say “disproportionately impacts people of color.” “The criminal justice system is so broken, there will never be an impartial way to apply capital punishment …

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Think Progress

The Fight For 15 Movement Clinches A Victory In The Nation’s Capital

On Tuesday, the Washington, D.C. city council voted unanimously in favor of a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020 — a bill that Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) says she’ll sign into law. That makes the nation’s capital the latest place to embrace the wage floor that has been championed by a growing movement of fast food and other low-wage workers. In 2012, fast food workers in New York City went on strike for the first time ever, demanding they be paid at least $15 an hour and also given the right to form a …

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Salon

Criminal injustice in Texas: Thousands stay jailed in just one county because they can’t pay bail — and it’s happening all over the U.S

What happens if you get arrested in Harris County, Texas? If you’re charged with a minor misdemeanor, like 22-year-old Maranda ODonnell, who was charged in May for driving with an invalid license, the officer that arrested you calls the assistant district attorney that’s on duty, who decides, usually over the phone, whether to charge you or let you go. If they decide to charge you, as they did with ODonnell, they determine how much your bail will be. If you can pay it, you’re immediately released, without even being booked into the jail. If you can’t pay, you’re booked. The …

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Common Dreams

To Pay for Subsidies to Massive Corporations, States Are Waging War on Poor Families

To witness the consequences of a political system captured by and utterly subservient to the interests of organized wealth, take a quick look at the state of Oklahoma. There we see the embodiment of the economic trends that have, over the past several decades, harmed working families and lifted the wealthiest: While providing a windfall of cash to special interests, particularly big oil, the state is cutting education and slashing funds allocated for the earned income tax credit, widely recognized as one of the more effective anti-poverty programs. As the state cuts benefits for the poor, “Oklahoma’s tax breaks for …

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The Hill

Sanders: You can’t praise Ali and disparage Muslims

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday said those mourning Muhammad Ali must remember the boxer’s deep Muslim faith. “I’ve been all over this country and I’m talking to Muslim people who say, ‘You know, Bernie, our kids are now afraid,’” he said during a press conference in Los Angeles. “I say to those people, one of the great American heroes in modern American history was Muhammad Ali, a very proud Muslim.” “Don’t tell me how much you love Muhammad Ali and yet you’re going to be prejudiced against Muslims in this country,” he said. Sanders cited Ali’s opposition to the Vietnam War as an …

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Democracy Daily

Ali Speaks to the Activist Soul

In the end, Muhammad Ali wasn’t just the most important athlete of his time. And he wasn’t just a world-changing activist. He was even more than those things: he was a unified human being. His occupation was inseparable from his aspirations, his spiritual ideals inseparable his worldly activities. That’s an important lesson for any historical moment, and for this moment more than most. Today we are experiencing a global activist wave, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1960s. Here in this country, the Black Lives Matter movement has become a powerful force for change. Bernie Sanders has …

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The Nation

Obama Flips on Social Security—a Big Win for Bernie Sanders

t was only a few lines in the president’s lengthy speech in Elkhart, Indiana. The New York Times and The Washington Post both missed the story. President Obama declared his commitment to sustain and defend Social Security but also to expand its benefits for retired people. “We can’t afford to weaken Social Security,” Obama said. “We should be strengthening Social Security—and not only do we need to strengthen its long-term health. It is time we finally made Social Security more generous and increase its benefits so that people get the dignified retirements that they have earned.” That statement alone is a 100 percent reversal of where Barack Obama …

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Minneapolis Post

Minneapolis approves ‘landmark’ paid sick leave law

Minneapolis has become the first city in Minnesota to require most employers to offer paid sick leave to workers. It probably won’t be the last. On Friday, Minneapolis city council gave unanimous approval to an ordinance that creates a mechanism by which the city will enforce paid sick leave rules on workplaces of six or more employees. In an amendment to the ordinance that was included by the council’s committee of the whole on Thursday, the city will also require that smaller workplaces allow workers to accrue and take unpaid leave for illnesses, medical appointments or to care for sick …

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Center for Economic and Policy Research

Job Growth Plunges in May, Although the Unemployment Rate Falls

The Labor Department reported that the economy created just 38,000 new jobs in May, the weakest job growth since September of 2010, when it lost 52,000 jobs. In addition, the jobs numbers for the prior two months were revised down by 59,000, bringing the average for the last three months to just 116,000. The household survey showed a drop of 0.3 percentage points in the unemployment rate, but this is not especially good news. The decline was almost entirely due to people leaving the labor force. The employment-to-population ratio [EPOP] was unchanged at 59.7 percent, 0.2 percentage points below the peak …

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