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10 things everyone should know about what it’s really like to live on the streets.

  • Since the recession, San Francisco's wealth gap has become a yawning chasm. The city's homeless tell their stories. 
  • Related: America Keeps People Poor On Purpose

Evelyn Nieves, AlterNet / Salon

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Thursday, Jun 30, 2016 | On Monday afternoon, as Patty L., a 33-year-old native San Franciscan currently living in a tent, began describing the casual hate tossed her way every day, a 30-ish, chubby white man in an Izod polo and khaki shorts walked by.

“Um,” he said scornfully. “Can I get through?”

Patty was leaning against a building, visiting two friends who live in a tent on a corner across the street from a trendy rock climbing gym. At least five feet of pavement separated Patty and the tent, which sits in the Mission District, a Latino/working-class/artists’ enclave transforming into the fastest-gentrifying neighborhood in the country.

Evelyn Nieves is an independent journalist who focuses on covering under-covered communities and social issues, especially poverty in the United States.

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America Keeps People Poor On Purpose, Yes! Magazine  

  • How four decades of lobbying and legislation gave corporations dominion over our economy—and eroded the American middle class.
  • A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality
  • Special Report | Homelessness and Poverty in America, Week Ending August 31, 2014

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Warning -- the sheepdog sellout begins: Sanders seeks company for his party-platform capitulation dance; don't join him.

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  • Now that Americans know that we live in a banana republic where elections are not only bought, as we already knew, but are also stolen under our noses, we need to pay priority attention to the issue of elections. In the absence of democracy, as Sanders himself knows, there is no hope whatsoever to achieve the diversionary reforms he wants to store safely away in a corrupt and undemocratic Party's platform where popular policies go to die. Sanders' retreat to the cowardly safety of the platform diversion has made him irrelevant to the priority task of demanding democratic elections, for which the people will now need to organize themselves.
  • Related: Sanders calls for supporters to back Clinton, “transform” Democratic Party

Rob Hager, OpEdNews

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At least 12 million Sanders supporters have been watching to see where Bernie Sanders will invest the considerable political capital, not to mention the money which paid for it, that they have entrusted to him. John Stauber and Binoy Kampmark, among others, analyzed Sanders' opportunity to address his followers on this subject in Sanders' important post-primaries Burlington speech in order to predict his intentions. Stauber, like many, saw that speech as a clear move toward Sanders' pending capitulation to become a Clinton supporter. Sanders could have used his end-of-primaries speech to mobilize his supporters behind a competent strategy to negotiate for real concessions going forward, if not to explain an even more aggressive Convention-floor-fight strategy over DNC Rules to continue his pursuit of the nomination.

Having failed his supporters' expectations, but at least arguably left ambiguities about his ultimate intentions whether to fight or to capitulate, Sanders was soon given another opportunity by the Bezos Post to address both his supporters and the DNC in answer to the question "what does Sanders want?" That open-ended question could easily be understood as calling for a considered explanation of a very specific set of demands that would comprise a coherent Convention strategy. To either defeat or support Clinton's flawed candidacy, Sanders would need to gain important strategic concessions from the corrupt Democratic Party. Without demands there are no victories.

Rob Hager is a public-interest litigator who filed a Supreme Court amicus brief n the 2012 Montana sequel to the Citizens United case, American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock, and has worked as an international consultant on legal development and anti-corruption issues.

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Sanders calls for supporters to back Clinton, “transform” Democratic Party, Tom Hall, World Socialist Website 

  • No small number of people will begin to see through Sanders’ increasingly shopworn facade and view his pivot towards an open embrace of the Clinton campaign with contempt.
  • Related: Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton
  • Related: This Is Our Neoliberal Nightmare: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why the Market and the Wealthy Win Every Time

The Real Meaning of Brexit: Cry of Pain by the World's Working People

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  • Tikkun Editor’s Introductory Note:  The vote by a majority in the UK to exit from the European Union  (Britain exiting, now called Brexit) is actually a cry of pain by the working people of Britain, and a reflection of the growing pain that will shape the social and political lives of our world in the coming decades till that pain is fully addressed.

Michael Lerner, Tikkun magazine

Submitted by Evergreen Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller.

https://www.project-syndicate.org/default/library/b71da4aa7fcc049ed6f3f525bb4acda6.landscapeLarge.jpgJune 26, 2016 |  Unfortunately, the media and the ruling elites refuse to take responsibility for the global mess they’ve been making. Instead they seek to put the  blame on a sudden surge of ultra nationalism and hatred of immigrants. But this is a distorted picture that seeks to blame working people’s fears on their own reactionary ideologies, and misses the way the ruling elites of the society, the !% of richest people and their millions of allies in the upper levels of banks and corporations, media, academia, law, government and politics, who have developed a neo-liberal economic strategy that has resulted in massive loss of jobs and a triumph of the values of materialism and selfishness in daily life, are actually now trying to blame everyone else for the global mess they have made. Don’t get taken in by the media and the politicians and their superficial explanations–read the two articles below please! The first is from a European activist and visionary, the second from an American economist. Together they give us the information to challenge the media and our political misleaders. We at Tikkun do not fully endorse every part of these two different analyses, particularly not Jeffrey Sachs’ proposal about how to solve the Syrian refugee problem, but we do believe that each of these articles, when read together, contain important elements of a fuller analysis of the psycho-spiritual and rational foundations of the growing upset at the way the world is structured, and the to-date irrational forms that upset has taken. --Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun magazine & Chair, the (interfaith and secular-humanist-and-atheist-welcoming) NSP: Network of Spiritual Progressives

Part 1: Post-Brexit: Imagine a New European Community

Part 2: The Meaning of Brexit


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Part 1: Post-Brexit: Imagine a New European Community 

Martin Winiecki, Tikkun magazine

June 26th 2016 | The news of Brexit triggered shock waves around the globe, with many people wondering how could the Brits make such a foolish choice. But actually there is good reason why many people in Europe hold the EU in low esteem.

The European Union has alienated countless millions of workers and ordinary people all over the continent; for many “EU” has become the very synonym of a hostile “establishment.” While it began as a progressive project for freedom and solidarity among the peoples of Europe, committed to never again repeat the terrible wars of the 20th century and authentically humane initiatives, the EU has developed into an anti-democratic, neoliberal technocracy with ever decreasing legitimacy and benefit for the people. Preaching noble values of human rights, social democracy and peace, the rulers of the EU have led a scrupulous austerity regime, gradually expanding precarious work conditions for millions. The wide gap between its social rhetoric on the one hand and the implementation of free market policies on the other, gave many people the feeling of being constantly betrayed by an anonymous superstructure, which they cannot participate in or reach out to.

Martin Winiecki: born in Dresden, Germany in 1990, is a writer, speaker, and coordinator of the Institute for Global Peace Work at Tamera, Portugal.

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Part 2: The Meaning of Brexit

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Project Syndicate / Tikkun

June 25, 2016 | The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers, and European Union institutions, in that order. It will have major consequences. Donald Trump’s campaign for the US presidency will receive a huge boost, as will other anti-immigrant populist politicians. Moreover, leaving the EU will wound the British economy, and could well push Scotland to leave the United Kingdom – to say nothing of Brexit’s ramifications for the future of European integration.

Brexit is thus a watershed event that signals the need for a new kind of globalization, one that could be far superior to the status quo that was rejected at the British polls.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development, Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books include The End of Poverty, Common Wealth, and, most recently, The Age of Sustainable Development.

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Save Your Sympathy. You Are The Problem.

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  • If you really want to make sure this doesn’t happen again, you must finally recognize the link between a cultural climate that demonizes LGBTQ people and the attacks against them that inevitably follow.
  • If you can’t do that, please, have some respect for the fallen and say nothing at all.

C.J. Prince, Huffington Post

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06/20/2016 | In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox attended a vigil for the victims and gave a speech, which soon went viral, in which he apologized for his past homophobic behavior and thanked the LGBTQ community for being patient with him while he evolved. He later said in an interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell:

“I think it’s pretty sad that a speech by a Lieutenant Governor in Utah is getting this much attention just by saying we should love each other. How low is the bar in our country?”

C.J. Prince: Writer, activist, mom and executive director of North Jersey Pride

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The Deadly Plague Of Homophobia, Justin Utle, Huffington Post

Religious convictions are not allowed as an excuse for violence.

John Lewis Stands Up for Human Dignity Once Again

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  • A sit-in by the civil-rights icon on the floor of the House of Representatives is a powerful statement against gun violence.
  • Related: House Sit In - Action Alert

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

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June 22, 2016 | On March 7, 1965, 25-year-old John Lewis, already a veteran of the Freedom Rides, Mississippi’s Freedom Summer and Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington, walked ahead of 600 civil rights activists as they crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on the first leg of what was meant to be a peaceful march for voting rights.

As they stepped off the end of the bridge, a posse of 150 state troopers and deputy sheriffs attacked them, wielding clubs, bullwhips and tear gas. Lewis was beaten to within an inch of his life. But he took the horrible pummeling of  “Bloody Sunday” and survived to lead another march a week later. This time they kept going — all the way to the state capitol in Montgomery, 50 miles away.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and liberal public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965 to 1967. He also worked as a network TV news commentator for ten years.

Michael Winship is senior writing fellow at Demos and a senior writer of the series, Moyers & Company, airing on public television.

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House Sit In - Action Alert, Nancy Nord Bence, Protect Minnesota 

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Let's be as brave and determined as the sit-in participants. Let's keep speaking up about gun violence. Let's Protect Minnesota!

 

Sanders calls for supporters to back Clinton, “transform” Democratic Party

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  • No small number of people will begin to see through Sanders’ increasingly shopworn facade and view his pivot towards an open embrace of the Clinton campaign with contempt.
  • Related: Warning -- the sheepdog sellout begins: Sanders seeks company for his party-platform capitulation dance; don't join him
  • Related: Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton
  • Related: This Is Our Neoliberal Nightmare: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why the Market and the Wealthy Win Every Time

Tom Hall, World Socialist Website

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bernie%20Sanders%2C%20Clinton%20Sheep%20Dog.jpg 18 June 2016 | On Thursday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders delivered a speech to his supporters live over the Internet in which he laid out the next stage of his “political revolution” in the aftermath of the Democratic Party primaries. The speech exposed the real political content of his campaign: channeling the leftward political radicalization of workers and youth into the Democratic Party, one of the two main parties of American capitalism.

The speech was doubtlessly coordinated closely with the highest levels of the Democratic Party establishment. It followed by barely a week Sanders’ closed-door meeting with President Barack Obama after the California primary, and by only two days Sanders’ meeting with Hillary Clinton, the party’s presumptive nominee.

Tom Hall: Socialist Equality Party (US) / ICFI

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Warning -- the sheepdog sellout begins: Sanders seeks company for his party-platform capitulation dance; don't join him, Rob Hager, OpEdNews

  • Now that Americans know that we live in a banana republic where elections are not only bought, as we already knew, but are also stolen under our noses, we need to pay priority attention to the issue of elections. In the absence of democracy, as Sanders himself knows, there is no hope whatsoever to achieve the diversionary reforms he wants to store safely away in a corrupt and undemocratic Party's platform where popular policies go to die. Sanders' retreat to the cowardly safety of the platform diversion has made him irrelevant to the priority task of demanding democratic elections, for which the people will now need to organize themselves.
  • Related: Sanders calls for supporters to back Clinton, “transform” Democratic Party

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Bernie Blew It: He Sold Out Instead of Confronting Clinton, Robert Scheer, Truthdig

  • That the former Goldwater Girl is a devotee of peace through bombing is not news, but her unctuous satisfaction with the results of her warmongering tenure as secretary of state is a depressing harbinger of worldwide chaos should she be elected president. And don’t lecture me about the future of a Supreme Court in the hands of someone who would hang Edward Snowden if she could work it for the polls. Et tu, Bernie?
  • Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016

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This Is Our Neoliberal Nightmare: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why the Market and the Wealthy Win Every Time, Anis Shivani, Salon / AlterNet

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This Is Our Neoliberal Nightmare: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Why the Market and the Wealthy Win Every Time, Anis Shivani, Salon / AlterNet

  • The rage driving our politics stems from cruelty of capitalism. So why do we vote for those who worship the market?
  • Related: Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Some on the far left say sellout is more like it

     

101 Ways To Take Care of Yourself When the World Feels Overwhelming

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  • A therapist shares small ways to practice self-care.
  • Related: How Bonhoeffer Dealt with the Despair of World Chaos
  • Related: From a trained therapist | 11 small ways to feel less helpless this week

Annie Wright, Upworthy

http://i.upworthy.com/nugget/575efaa68c6f78002200007b/attachments/MEDIUM-25d9ab9c21037c30504523224b362a04.jpg June 20, 2016 | I think that, for most of us, there are times in life when it all just feels like Too Much.

There may be some days, weeks, months, maybe even years when — for whatever reason — just getting through the day or going to work or putting one foot in front of the other feels hard. Really, really hard.

Maybe it’s because you’re wrestling with anxiety, depression, or some other mental illness.

Maybe it’s because you’ve had your heart broken. Maybe you’ve gone through a physical or emotional trauma. Maybe you’re deeply grieving. Or maybe there’s no easily understood reason for why you’re feeling bad.

Whatever the case, I want you to know that it’s OK if you’re going through a tough time.

Annie Wright: Counseling & Mental Health, Berkeley, California

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How Bonhoeffer Dealt with the Despair of World Chaos, Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout 

  • The chaos of the world makes many individuals want to throw up their hands and go hide in a bunker until the problems pass.
  • Related: 101 Ways To Take Care of Yourself When the World Feels Overwhelming

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From a trained therapist | 11 small ways to feel less helpless this week, Annie Wright, Upworthy

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When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Fred Rogers

 

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