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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Truthout

Despite Economic Growth, Middle-Income Americans Have Less Than They Did 40 Years Ago

Over the past 40 years, the US economy has boomed. But what does that mean for the “American dream”? While the top 1% has had enormous gains, average US households aren’t any better off today. In fact, they’re falling further behind. We crunched numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, adjusting them for inflation, and found that during the past 40 years, middle-income households have seen their income decrease 13 percent, and the number that really matters — discretionary income — has decreased even more, by almost 30 percent. This was true for all households, not just married households. …

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The Hill

CBO: Hurricane damage costs will increase faster than the economy

Costs associated with hurricane damage will increase over the next several decades as a result of climate change and coastal development, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated in a report released Thursday. “The growth in expected hurricane damage is expected to exceed the growth in the nation’s ability to pay for such damage,” the CBO said in its report, which was prepared for Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.). The agency estimates that annual hurricane damage will rise from 0.16 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), which is about $28 billion, to 0.22 percent of GDP by 2075, …

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Think Progress

Democratic Voters More Likely To Be Targeted By Ohio’s Voter Purge

Over the last five years, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State has purged about 2 million inactive voters from its rolls. Civil rights groups have sued the state, arguing the purge violates federal voting laws. As the 2016 election draws closer, a new Reuters analysis finds that far more Democrats than Republicans are being purged in the state’s most populous counties. In Ohio’s major cities, including Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati, voters have been removed from the rolls in Democratic-leaning neighborhoods at about twice the rate as in Republican neighborhoods. In some neighborhoods in Cincinnati with a high proportion of poor, African-American …

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