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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event

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  • "Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians.

Morgan Winsor, ABC News

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Mar 18, 2018 | What is the 'March of Our Lives'?

Students, teachers, parents and their allies will converge on the nation's capital next weekend to rally for gun control and school safety measures in the wake of last month's shooting in a Florida high school.

Thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate in the "March for Our Lives," organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured others on Valentine's Day. The accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he had legally purchased a year ago, authorities said.

Morgan Winsor, Breaking News Reporter, ABC News 

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The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians. Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

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  • The students' interview highlighted both the challenges and courage associated with their movement. It is very clear that the Parkland teens are not letting anyone take ownership of their campaign — and that they are highly committed to ensuring that rapid and effective action is taken to help end gun violence.
  • Related: March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event

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Disability activists are at the forefront of direct action against Trump.

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  • Despite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities * For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home * ‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’
  • Related: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Week Ending March 17, 2018 | 

Despite Republican Claims, Medicaid Work Requirements Would Hurt People With Disabilities, Robyn Powell, Rewire / Portside

https://rewire.news/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/GettyImages-125758443-740x525.jpgJanuary 12, 2018 | Although he has not yet imposed any explicit cuts, on January 11, the Trump administration took another step toward undercutting these essential social programs: It issued guidance allowing states to impose work requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries. This staggering and unprecedented change in health-care policy is expected to adversely affect millions of people in the United States, particularly those with disabilities.

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For parents of disabled kids, one of life's biggest struggles comes from outside the home. Katie Paulson, Upworthy

January 3, 2018 | Everyone knows being a parent is hard. But parenting a disabled child carries challenges you don't expect.

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‘If We Lose Our Health Care, We Will Begin to Die’, Zoë Carpenter, the Nation

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House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act; Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: House votes to gut the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • A House bill would make it harder for people with disabilities to hold businesses accountable for inaccessibility.
  • Part 2: Justice Department Scraps ADA Guidance
  • Attorney General Sessions is rescinding several guidance documents clarifying the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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'Anti-Trump Rhetoric Not Enough': Bold, Progressive Agenda Demanded for 2018

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"Empty platitudes and anti-Trump rhetoric is not enough to win seats in Congress," said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.). (Photo: Molly Adams/Flickr/cc)

  • "We must act together. And we must act strategically. 2018 is the year the people fight back like never before."
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Fatigue.jpgMonday, January 01, 2018 | As Republicans and President Donald Trump turn toward the new year with destruction on their minds, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined a chorus of voices in expressing the urgent need to reach beyond merely resisting the right's agenda and articulate an inspiring alternative that will sweep progressives into positions of power.

"Here is a New Year's resolution I hope you will share with me," Sanders wrote on Twitter just before midnight on Sunday. "In 2018, we will not only intensify the struggle against Trumpism, we will increase our efforts to spread the progressive vision in every corner of the land."

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street, Truthdig

From the cover of "US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality." (Haymarket Books)

A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.
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Net Neutrality Update

 

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  • On (February 27), internet users, small businesses, online communities, public-interest groups, and popular websites will mobilize to flood lawmakers with calls, emails and tweets. Our goal: to secure the final vote in the Senate needed to pass a resolution of disapproval that would overturn the FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal.
  • We need your help to make this happen: RSVP to join us online on Feb. 27.
  • Related: Net Neutrality Fight Shifts To The States

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February 21, 2018 | Breaking: The Net Neutrality repeal (has) become official. The FCC (published) its Net Neutrality rollback in the Federal Register (Thursday, February 22), which means that Congress will be able to examine the rules and move forward with a vote to reverse them.This also means that we have a limited amount of time to get all of our elected officials on board to save the open internet — but we have a plan to get there.

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Millions of people have spoken out against the FCC’s Net Neutrality repeal because they recognize how important the open internet is for racial justice, free expression, innovation and economic opportunity. The momentum we’ve seen has been grassroots and creative, and gives us hope for the future.

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Net Neutrality Fight Shifts To The States, Jenni Bergal, Huff Post 

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  • Some state officials want to take action to protect their residents against the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality.
  • The Internet Association, a trade group that represents tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, has announced that it too will join the upcoming legal fight.

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Fed Up With Democrats, Progressives Forge Own Path

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  • Since the 2016 election, local progressive activists are organizing, strategizing, mobilizing and starting to win.
  • Related: Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party

Jim Hightower, AlterNet / Truthdig

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January 28, 2018 | Last June, after Democratic candidates had lost four straight special Congressional elections (Rob Quist in Montana, James Thompson in Kansas, Archie Parnell in South Carolina, and Jon Ossoff in Georgia), America’s purveyors of conventional political wisdom simultaneously jumped to the conclusion that the policies and message of Democrats were just too progressive for our nation of moderate-right voters. The Washington cognoscenti expressed dismay that, despite Trump’s dismal public approval ratings and the nationwide surge of “Resist!” campaigns, the hapless Democratic Party was still unable to score any electoral victories. “Why Do Democrats Keep Losing in 2017?” queried a June headline in The Atlantic. “Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?” asked a cynical CNN reporter. “It is a bit surprising that Democrats haven’t managed a single victory yet,” declared a University of Wisconsin election expert. “Panic is setting in on the left,” exclaimed a Vox headline.

Really?

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Special Report | What Killed the Democratic Party, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Net Neutrality Fight Shifts To The States

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Lindsay Chestnut protests near the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., last month. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules, prompting officials in a growing number of states to fight back with lawsuits and proposed legislation. Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press (AP)

  • Some state officials want to take action to protect their residents against the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality.
  • The Internet Association, a trade group that represents tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, has announced that it too will join the upcoming legal fight.

Jenni Bergal, HuffPost

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01/25/2018 | While Congress wrestles with whether to restore net neutrality rules after the Federal Communications Commission scrapped them last month, a growing number of states have decided to take on the issue themselves.

Legislators in at least 15 states, from California to Rhode Island, have introduced bills that would create state net neutrality laws or use other approaches to require that internet service providers follow net neutrality requirements in some way to ensure an open and equal internet.

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Senate Dems One Vote Shy of Net Neutrality Revival. Tell Your Senators How to Vote Now. Countable 

  • https://d15oah1tzzrs2i.cloudfront.net/snack/image/60076/large_60076-1516128561.jpgEfforts to rescind the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality have reached a crucial pivot point. There are now 50 votes guaranteed in the Senate to block the repeal. They only need one more vote! If you support net neutrality, Now is the time to reach out to your senators and make sure they know how you expect them to vote.
  • Related: The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them.

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

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From the cover of "US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality." (Haymarket Books)

A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.

Paul Street, Truthdig 

https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/USPoliticsAgeUncertainty_127.jpegJanuary 24, 2018 | With the news cycle taken over by the latest madness emerging from the mouth or Twitter feed of the childish “orange one” in the White House, could we step back from the circus to reflect like adults on the social and historical forces that produced the clown presidency? Haymarket Books’ new collection of essays by leading left political analysts, “US Politics in an Age of Uncertainty: Essays on a New Reality,” is required reading for anyone interested in such reflections on Donald Trump.

All the contributors rightly place the Democrats at the center of the story of what went wrong. “The horrors and challenges presented by the Trump administration,” writes Princeton professor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in the book’s seventh essay, “should not obscure the very important discussion of how the administration came into power. You cannot understand the emergence of Trump without taking account of … the failure of the liberal establishment to provide a real alternative to the reactionary populism … of Trump.”

Paul Street holds a doctorate in U.S. history from Binghamton University. He is former vice president for research and planning of the Chicago Urban League. Street is also the author of numerous books, including “Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis” (2007), “The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power” (2010), and “They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy” (2014), and a regular contributor to Counterpunch, Z Magazine/ZNet, Black Agenda Report and teleSUR English. He has taught American history at several Chicago-area colleges and universities.

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Resisting Trumpism Requires Fighting Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory
    • The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.
  • Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism
    • President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.
  • Related: There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.

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