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Minnesota nurses strike at critical juncture

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  • “All of the struggles of the working class—against attacks on wages and benefits, and against war, police killings and other forms of state repression—must be united in one common struggle, through the building of a mass political movement of the working class whose aim is to replace the bankrupt capitalist system with socialism.” --Socialist Equality Party (SEP) presidential candidate Jerry White
  • Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

Our Reporting Team, World Socialist Web Site

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13 September 2016 | The strike by nearly 5,000 nurses at Allina Health hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota has entered its second week.

The struggle has reached a critical juncture. Nurses have demonstrated their determination to beat back Allina’s attack on their healthcare benefits and dangerously increase their workloads. In the face of the company strikebreaking operation and slanders by the corporate-controlled media, the vast majority of nurses remain militant and defiant.

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Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate, David Howell, the American Prospect

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Why “no job loss” is the wrong standard for setting the right wage floor.

 

 

 

You Can Stop the Debt Trap of Payday Loans

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpg  We have just 3 weeks left to tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to #StopTheDebtTrap for good by creating strong rules against predatory payday lending. Raise your voice with us by submitting a comment today.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/ISAIAH%20logo.jpgSeptember 13, 2016 | One car wreck. A broken neck. A family struggling to make ends meet. Is this the time to be charging people 300% interest? In a moment of need and desperation, is this a way to treat people? As a pastor I know that robbing people when they need a small dollar loan is not right.

We have just 3 weeks left to tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to #StopTheDebtTrap for good by creating strong rules against predatory payday lending. Raise your voice with us by submitting a comment today.

Many people in my church have gotten swept in the cycle of debt that comes with payday lending. Tammie, a parishioner at my church, got in a horrible car accident and broke her neck. Brian and Tammie couldn’t make ends meet once they fell down to one income and took out a payday loan. That loan spiraled them into a cycle of debt and shame that haunted them for years. Brian says, “It wasn’t just the money – it was the shame and loneliness we felt every time the money was taken from our bank account.” We prayed together, but we also started working to change the laws. Change the system so that the moment that families are in need isn’t the time when they are taken advantage of.

We in Minnesota know that this kind of predatory lending is just plain wrong.

We have just 3 weeks left to tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to #StopTheDebtTrap for good by creating strong rules against predatory payday lending. Raise your voice with us by submitting a comment today.

ISAIAH has been fighting to change the rules both in our state and across the country to make sure that everyone gets a fair and just loan.  As people of faith, we need to make sure that nobody endures such spiritual, social and mental devastation all so that greedy payday lenders can make an unjust profit. And we have an opportunity to do that today.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Take%20Action%20Today%20button.jpg Take five minutes right now to write a personalized comment to the CFPB telling them why your faith calls for an end to predatory debt-trap lending.

We are closer than ever to stopping the worse aspects of these loans. But we need you to take action. Join me in flooding Directory Cordray and the CFPB with comments from the faith community. Now is the time to let your voice be heard!

Resource: Faith for Fair Lending 

In faith & solidarity,

Pastor Paul Slack
New Creation Church
President, ISAIAH

Reply to Kate Hess Pace, ISAIAH <>

PS - Another way you can help #StopTheDebtTrap is by watching and sharing this short video of stories from allied pastors’ and parishioners’ in Texas. Then invite your friends and family to submit comments to the CFPB too.

PPS - Check out more payday lending stories at http://stopthedebttrapstories.tumblr.com/

Act Now to Stop the Debt Trap!

 

SOA Watch Convergence at the US/Mexico Border from October 7-10

 

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We are excited to announce that the Puente Human Rights Movement, an amazing grassroots migrant justice organization based in Phoenix, Arizona, is organizing the Convergence kick off vigil with us on Friday, October 7th.

SOA Watch

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/puente.jpgSeptember 17, 2016 | After discussions with Puente, we decided to start the convergence weekend with the vigil at the Eloy Detention Center at 5pm, and to include the welcome and opening into the program there, instead of having it in Nogales. The Eloy Detention Center is located about half-way between Phoenix and Tuscon. A separate opening event is going to take place on the Mexico side of Nogales, Sonora.
See the
Schedule of Events below and check the SOAW.org/border webpage for updates.

Our
march on the US/Mexico border on Saturday morning at 8:30am, followed by the rally with music and speakers at the border wall will be the first convergence event that is going to take place on the U.S. side of Nogales.

We've set up a facebook community page for people to post rideshare informationFor travel considerations for Nogales, Arizona, which requires passing a Border Patrol checkpoint, or traveling to Tucson, Arizona, which is reasonably accessible to undocumented folks, please see the full Travel Considerations and Know Your Rights Resource page.

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Call for Protest Movement to Demand Open Debates with Four Candidates

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  • 76% Want Four-Person Debates. Why Are Establishment Elites Preventing It?
  • We Are Calling for People to Occupy the Debates

Kevin Zeese

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion.jpg  September 11, 2016 | A recent USA Today poll found 76% of voters want debates with four candidates including not just the two most hated candidates in history, the Republican and Democratic nominees and their vice presidential running mates, but Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka of the Greens, and Gary Johnson and Bill Weld of the Libertarians.

Any candidate on enough ballots to achieve 270 electoral college votes should be in the debates. The people have a right to see all candidates debating the issues who are on their ballots.

Kevin Zeese (with partner Margaret Flowers) are participants in Popular Resistance <PopularResistance.org>, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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