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A secret weapon in fighting homelessness? Interior designers. Really.

One of the biggest challenges facing families transitioning out of shelters and into homes of their own is the cost of furnishing them.

Robbie Couch, Upworthy

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Humble%20Design%2C%20Detroit%20illus.jpgMarch 10, 2016 | When Temia McGuire lost her job, she also ended up losing her home.

As difficult as it was personally for the Michigan mom, she didn't focus on herself. Her main priority was her children.

"I think I was just worried about the kids, how they felt," she says.

Robbie Couch: I'm a wandering writer with Michigan roots, activist tendencies, and an irrational fear of birds. I do what I can to help make empowering, important stories go viral.

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Stop Pfizer from deserting America

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  • Sign the petition to Congress:"Stop Pfizer from dodging billions in taxes owed to the American people by passing the Stop Corporate Inversions Act, which would block companies from hiding their profits by moving their tax address, but not their business, overseas."
  • Senate votes soon: Stop the Big Pharma insider poised to become FDA chief

Murshed Zaheed, CREDO Action

http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/photo_-__2013-04-26_at_3.01.52_pm.jpgMarch 12, 2016 | One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies makes billions off of U.S. government contracts, develops and sells its drugs here, relies on our roads and workforce – and is about to desert Americans to the tune of billions of dollars.

American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer recently announced that it would be merging with Allergan, a tiny European rival, in a move designed to move Pfizer’s tax address offshore – while it continues to do business here in the U.S.2 Called a “corporate tax inversion,” the move would help Pfizer dodge taxes while robbing Americans of revenue that could fund infrastructure or education.

Murshed Zaheed is the Deputy Political Director for CREDO Action, which is a social change organization with 3.5 million members that runs a mobile phone company to fund progressive activism and raise millions of dollars for non-profit groups.

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Senate votes soon: Stop the Big Pharma insider poised to become FDA chiefMurshed ZaheedCREDO Action

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  • Petition to the United States Senate: "Oppose the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf as head of the Food and Drug Administration. At a time of rising prescription drug prices and safety risks we need a champion for American families, not an insider so closely tied to the pharmaceutical industry."
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Democrats and Republicans Are Quietly Planning a Corporate Giveaway — to the Tune of $400 Billion

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Why isn’t anyone talking about it?

William Greider, Moyers & Company

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/The%20facts%20are%20obscure%20...%20failing%20democracy%20text.jpgMarch 7, 2016 | Young people are the good news of 2016. They see the stressful realities of American life more clearly than their elders and are rallying around the straight talk of Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, the big hitters back in Washington politics are working on an ugly surprise not just for the kids but for all of us — another monster tax break for US multinational corporations.

The bad news is that key leaders of the Democratic Party — including the president — are getting on board with Republicans, despite some talk about confronting income inequality. Influential Democrats intend to negotiate with Republican counterparts on the size and terms of post-facto tax “forgiveness” for America’s globalized companies. This is real money they’re talking about — a giveaway of hundreds of billions.

William Greider, a prominent political journalist and author, has been a reporter fo,r more than 35 years for newspapers, magazines and television. He is the author of the national bestsellers One World, Ready or Not, Secrets of the Temple and Who Will Tell The People. Greider’s most recent book is The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to A Moral Economy.

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$%@*! this deal!

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Whose interests is Obama looking out for with these deals?

  • There is plenty of information available on TPP -- a genuine disaster in the making.  Please contact your members of Congress, regardless of who owns them, and tell them TPP is intolerable.
  • Special Report | Stop the TPP, Week Ending February 13, 2016

Paul, Emma, Anne and the team at SumOfUs.org

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http://peoplesworld.org/assets/Uploads/stopp-tppa.jpg  Wed, 21 Jan 2015 | President Obama is negotiating two massive trade deals that will put our democracy, food safety, Internet freedoms and access to life-saving medicines in danger. Last night during the State of the Union, along with a slate of progressive ideas, he disturbingly called for a bill that would allow these deals to bypass Congress, forgoing Constitutionally-protected democratic oversight.

World leaders are working alongside major corporations to pass these dangerous deals -- and they are refusing to tell us what's inside the agreements.

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Petition Text: Stop negotiating in secret and release the text of the TPP and TTIP immediately!

SumOfUs.org is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy.

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Special Report | Stop the TPP, Week Ending February 13, 2016, Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/9-strategies-to-end-corporate-rule/images/Stencil.jpg/image_large  Below we provide fact-based sources of information on the key issues surrounding the TPP.
  • Obama’s unexpectedly brief mention of the TPP may simply reflects that the pact is very unpopular across the political spectrum and talking about it more only makes opposition grow.
  • Statement of Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
  • Part 1: The Facts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Compared to the Obama Administration’s Claims
  • Part 2: Is The TPP Still Obama's Top Priority?
  • Part 3: TPP Is Obama’s #1 2016 Priority: Why Only 28 Seconds in the SOTU?

Cracking Down on Shell corporations

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Nicole Carty, SumOfUs.org

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(2/3/16) | Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have just introduced legislation to crack down on anonymous corporations.

The legislation comes just days after a shocking 60 Minutes exposé revealing just how easy it is to anonymously launder dirty money through shell corporations.

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Nicole Carty, Senior Campaigner, SumOfUs.org

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Trade trumps climate: WTO swats down India’s massive solar initiative at the behest of the US.

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The ruling is a particularly harsh kick in the gut to climate cooperation, coming so soon after the Paris accord in December. 

Clayton Aldern, Grist / Daily Climate

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24 Feb 2016 | The World Trade Organization delivered a blow to India’s ambitious solar power program on Wednesday at the behest of the United States. So much for all that nice chatter about international climate cooperation back in December.

Responding to a U.S. complaint, a WTO dispute panel ruled that several provisions of India’s National Solar Mission were “inconsistent” with international trade norms. The point of contention? India’s solar plan, which seeks to install 100 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2022, requires a certain percentage of cells and panels to be manufactured locally.

These types of provisions, called domestic content requirements, are prohibited under most international trade agreements. Want to be part of the WTO? You gotta be open to trade — every time — or you’re guilty of the dreaded protectionism.

Clayton Aldern is a senior fellow at Grist.

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Naomi Klein: Climate Change “Not Just About Things Getting Hotter… It’s About Things Getting Meaner”, Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

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In a wide-ranging conversation, the journalist and climate activist discusses the recent Paris climate accords, the politics of global warming, climate change denial and environmental justice.

 

 

Fed’s Neel Kashkari Says Banks Are ‘Still Too Big to Fail’

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He took a pre-emptive shot at the banking industry, noting the “endless objections” its lobbyists have raised to proposals for stronger regulation. “We need to move before we as a society have forgotten the lessons of ’08,” he said.

 

Binyamin Applebaum, New York (NY) Times

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http://static01.nyt.com/images/2016/02/17/business/17DB-KASHKARI/17DB-KASHKARI-master675.jpg Neel Kashkari at a California Republican Party event in 2014. On Tuesday he outlined a number of potential options for restraining large banks. Credit Stephen Lam/Reuters

Feb. 16, 2016 | During the 2008 financial crisis, Neel Kashkari worked tirelessly to save the nation’s largest banks. As a senior Treasury Department official in the George W. Bush and Obama administrations, he helped those banks grow larger than ever.

On Tuesday, he said it was time to think about breaking them up.

“I believe the biggest banks are still too big to fail and continue to pose a significant, ongoing risk to our economy,” Mr. Kashkari said at the Brookings Institution, delivering his first public speech as the new president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Binyamin Applebaum is a Washington correspondent for the New York Times. He covers the Federal Reserve and other aspects of economic policy.

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Special Report | Stop the TPP, Week Ending February 13, 2016

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    Here we provide fact-based sources of information on the key issues surrounding the TPP.
  • Obama’s unexpectedly brief mention of the TPP may simply reflects that the pact is very unpopular across the political spectrum and talking about it more only makes opposition grow.
  • Statement of Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch
  • Part 1: The Facts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Compared to the Obama Administration’s Claims
  • Part 2: Is The TPP Still Obama's Top Priority?
  • Part 3: TPP Is Obama’s #1 2016 Priority: Why Only 28 Seconds in the SOTU?

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 


http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/9-strategies-to-end-corporate-rule/images/Stencil.jpg/image_largePart 1: The Facts on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Compared to the Obama Administration’s Claims

We know from past comments by the president and the US Trade Representative that their sales pitch for the TPP is not always consistent with the facts. Below we provide fact-based sources of information on the key issues surrounding the TPP.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Flush the TPP <>

 

http://www.flushthetpp.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/1tppnyc2-e1452614374969-620xauto-1.jpg12 Jan 2016 | President Obama will make his push for the ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a major part of the State of the Union as this is a major goal of his final year in office. This is an opportunity for a widespread discussion of the TPP and what impacts it will have on the economy, workers, the environment and more.

Just yesterday the World Bank published a comprehensive analysis of the TPP and concluded that by 2030 the TPP will have a miniscule 0.4% impact on US trade. See Potential Macroeconomic Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” The World Bank, January 2016. The economic impact for the United States is minimal but the impact on workers, the environment, food safety, traditional energy and the overall balance between corporate power and government is dramatic.

Kevin Zeese and 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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Part 2: Is The TPP Still Obama's Top Priority?

Obama’s unexpectedly brief mention of the TPP may simply reflects that the pact is very unpopular across the political spectrum and talking about it more only makes opposition grow.

Lori Wallach, Popular Resistance

https://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/1tppustr4.jpg January 13th, 2016 | The State of the Union was only 58 minutes long and it was not until 40 minutes into the speech that President Obama mentioned the TPP. It could be described as a passing reference, Lori Wallach, in the comment below clocks it at 28 seconds. It was merely three lines, as Wallach shows below they were three false lines. As they were read, Speaker Paul Ryan, perhaps the most important player on the TPP in the House, did not applaud, indeed there was only a smattering of applause throughout the Chamber.

Prior to the speech, the TPP was described as one of the major focal points of the State of the Union. When the president listed his top priorities at the beginning of the speech, the TPP was not included. Why did it shrink to almost nothing? Is the TPP still the president’s top legislative priority for 2016 or does the short shrift indicate he may realize he does not have the votes? Or, is the short shrift just more of the same strategy of keeping a low profile for a very controversial agreement in the hopes of passing it under the radar? If the latter is his goal, the movement’s job is to highlight it and make sure it is on everyone’s radar.

Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

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Statement of Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

January 13th, 2016 | Obama only dedicated 28 seconds of his final State of the Union address to the TPP, his self-proclaimed top 2016 priority, but that beat the number of Congress people who stood to cheer for the controversial agreement.

As the cabinet fans out this week to amplify President Obama’s 2016 goals, we will see if they are ginning up support for the pact.

Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

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