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Why it’s Important to Fight the Stigma Attached to Poverty: Part I

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  • Like me, I hope this poem will make you think more deeply about the strengths of, and challenges faced by, people experiencing poverty.
  • Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017

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Maya Lehmann, Daily Work

July 26, 2017 | It seems like Americans are more polarized than ever before. It is very easy to dismiss and distance ourselves from people whose beliefs, education, background, or values are different from ours. This seems particularly true in the political rhetoric these days, especially when it comes to government services and public assistance. Essentially, we have created and reinforced an “us” vs. “them” mentality that is harmful to American society and impairs our ability to work together and make positive changes that can benefit us all.

This polarization and dichotomy is definitely true in the way that people experiencing poverty are viewed. It is very easy to treat “them” as if they are somehow lesser than “us.” Often we either look at someone who is experiencing poverty as lazy or incompetent, or we act as if we have all of the solutions to fix their life, but both of these perspectives are harmful to someone’s self-sufficiency. We need to actively combat this judgmental attitude because it is not productive and it is harmful towards other people. Not only that, but these negative stereotypes are simply not true. The poem below by Julia Dinsmore articulates why we should not blame people for their situations, but instead support, encourage, affirm, respect, and realize that their situations are often the result of circumstantial or systemic barriers.

Maya Lehmann, Case Management Intern, Daily Work 

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Fake Labor News? What the Mainstream Media Is Not Telling You About the Poor, Week Ending August 5, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Fake-News-400x255.jpgIf you solely rely on the Western media for enlightenment, your acquired knowledge is plain ignorance. You will never learn the truth because they simply manipulate the news. Learn the truth in our selection of articles below. 

• The United States of Cruelty, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire
• America's Disgusting, Boundless Hatred for Poor People, Brittney Cooper, Salon
• GOP Descent into Mindless Meanness, Lawrence Davidson, ConsortiumNews.com
• The rush to humiliate the poor, Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post 
• Indiana Republican: ‘No One Has the Guts’ to Let the Poor ‘Wither and Die’, Allen Clifton <>, Forward Progressives 

 

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Tracking Trump's Corporate Cronies

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  • Instead of removing the insiders as promised, Trump turned over the inner workings of government to the corporate class. 
  • Public Citizen shows Trump’s ‘draining the swamp’ promises were a scam. Check out Public Citizen's CorporateCabinet.org website.
  • Related: License to Kill

Public Citizen

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Virginia Simson

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/9-strategies-to-end-corporate-rule/images/Stencil.jpg/image_large  August 1, 2017 | Candidate Trump railed against the corporate elite and special interest making backroom deals in D.C., and vowed to give new voices a chance to go into government service.

Instead of removing the insiders as promised, Trump turned over the inner workings of government to the corporate class. Public Citizen has been tracking Trump’s nominations and appointments within his transition team and administration.

Below is some of the work Public Citizen has done, which shows Trump’s ‘draining the swamp’ promises were a scam. Check out Public Citizen's CorporateCabinet.org website.

Public Citizen advocates for a healthier and more equitable world by making government work for the people and by defending democracy from corporate greed.

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License to Kill, Robert Weissman, Public Citizen 

We need stronger controls on corporate wrongdoing. The last thing we need is to confer on giant corporations a license to kill. Senator Portman’s  Regulatory Accountability Act must be defeated.

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Mining Truth launches campaign to highlight financial risk from PolyMet

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  • Mining Truth launches campaign to highlight financial risk from PolyMet
  • $934 million damage deposit is needed to protect taxpayers
  • Sulfide mining pollution would forever change Minnesota, including the Boundary Waters, Lake Superior, and our economy. 

The Mining Truth coalition, Mining Truth

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http://www.miningtruth.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Screen-Shot-2015-06-16-at-10.10.13-AM.png07/20/2017 | The Mining Truth coalition launched a public information campaign this week with a goal of ensuring Minnesota taxpayers are protected as permit applications are considered for PolyMet’s proposed sulfide mine in northern Minnesota. Billboards near the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources headquarters in St. Paul and along I-35 highlight the $934 million damage deposit experts say is needed to cover cleanup costs.

“PolyMet’s own permit application says polluted water from the site will require expensive treatment for decades, if not centuries, after this proposed mine closes” said Kathryn Hoffman, Executive Director of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. “Unless Minnesota insists on a bankruptcy-proof, upfront damage deposit, taxpayers could be left with a huge cleanup bill.”

Mining Truth is a coalition of Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy formed in 2012 to provide a resource for Minnesotans to get facts about how sulfide mining and its potential impacts differ from iron mining.

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License to Kill

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Robert Weissman, Public Citizen

 

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http://www.opednews.com/populum/uploadnic/politics-constitution-jpg_11_20121212-72.jpg June 28, 2017 | It may be Big Business’ top priority:

Use the Trump administration not just to roll back Obama-era health, safety, environmental and financial regulatory safeguards, but to make it nearly impossible for future administrations to add new regulatory protections.

The Big Business bill to carry out this scheme is the misnamed Regulatory Accountability Act — more accurately known as the License to Kill Act. The bill’s champion is U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.

Starting today, we’re airing a hard-hitting TV ad in Senator Portman’s hometown of Cincinnati that makes clear that this gift to giant corporations would cost lives.


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Act now.

Portman’s License to Kill bill would give giant corporations the power to block food safety standards, clean water protections, toy safety rules, workplace safety protections, rules to stop bank rip-offs and much more.

The bill would force government agencies to undergo 53 additional procedural steps before issuing a new regulatory protection — and give big corporations the right to sue over each of them.

On top of that, the bill directs agencies to focus not on how they can best protect the American public, but on how to limit the impact on corporate profits.

You can understand why this is such a priority for Big Business.

And why we absolutely can’t let the License to Kill bill become law.

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We’re going to make plain this bill’s human cost and hold its proponents accountable.

We can, and we will, stop this License to Kill.

Onward,

Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen

 

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