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The Fight for a Living Wage for Fast Food Workers

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  • There are several reasons that $15 an hour may not be such a reach.
  • Part 1: Part 1: Fight for $15: Tens of Thousands Rally as Labor, Civil Rights & Social Justice Movements Join Forces
  • Part 2: Part 2: Is $15 an Hour a Realistic Goal for Fast-Food Workers?

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Part 1: Fight for $15: Tens of Thousands Rally as Labor, Civil Rights & Social Justice Movements Join Forces

Low-wage workers in the United States have staged their largest action to date to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage, with some 60,000 workers walking off the job in more than 200 cities. 

Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!

Protest%20for%20%2415%20Living%20Wage.jpgNermeen Shaikh: Low-wage workers in the United States have staged their largest action to date to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage, with some 60,000 workers walking off the job in over 200 cities. Protesters in the Fight for $15 campaign include fast-food workers, home-care aides, child-care providers, Wal-Mart clerks, adjunct professors, airport workers and other low-wage workers. The Service Employees International Union, or SEIU, helped organize the campaign.

In Chicago, demonstrators held signs saying, "We are worth more!" while in New York dozens of protesters temporarily halted business at a McDonald’s by staging a die-in, lying on the ground in front of the franchise. Several New York protesters carried signs saying, "We work hard" and "We see wage slavery." Protesters included Jemere Calhoun, who works at two McDonald’s restaurants.

Prior to joining Democracy Now!, Nermeen Shaikh worked in various non-profit organizations including the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad, the International Institute for Environment and Development in London, and the Asia Society in New York. She also worked briefly at Al Jazeera English in Washington, DC. She is the author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power published by Columbia University Press.

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Part 2: Is $15 an Hour a Realistic Goal for Fast-Food Workers?

At first blush, it seems a real stretch. But there are several reasons that $15 an hour may not be such a reach.

Eric Morath, Wall Street Journal

WSJ%20Interactive-%20Minimum%20Wage.jpgApr 15, 2015 | Fast-food workers in dozens of cities are rallying Wednesday, demanding a $15 hourly wage for their work.

They’re joined in some cases by home-care aides, retail clerks and other low-wage workers who often earn closer to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour than their stated goal.

But is $15 an hour a realistic demand?

At first blush, it seems a real stretch.

Eric Morath covers the economy from The Wall Street Journal's Washington Bureau. He reports on major economic data and the Federal Reserve, Treasury and Commerce departments.

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John Oliver Gets Edward Snowden to Crack

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  • Snowden is stunned to near-silence, not expecting such a contentious line of questioning from the bespectacled late-night host.
  • Part 1: John Oliver Makes Edward Snowden Squirm on ‘Last Week Tonight’
  • Part 2: Why John Oliver Can't Find Americans Who Know Edward Snowden's Name (It's Not About Snowden). 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: John Oliver Makes Edward Snowden Squirm on ‘Last Week Tonight’

Strangely enough, the host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight conducted arguably the toughest interview with Edward Snowden, taking him to task on the leaked NSA documents.

Marlow Stern, Daily Beast

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One%20Nation%20Under%20Surveillance%20graphic.jpg04/16/15 | Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who leaked classified NSA documents to the media, thus exposing that American citizens were having their privacy infringed upon by a complex web of global government surveillance programs, has given loads of interviews. He’s even been profiled in Laura Poitras’s Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour.

And it took a comedian to get him to crack. 

On Sunday night’s episode of the HBO series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the droll British satirist renewed his unwavering commitment to practicing real journalism by traveling to Moscow to interview Snowden. The interview was bookended with the series premiere, which featured Oliver interviewing former NSA director Keith Alexander.

Marlow Stern is an entertainment editor and writer for the Daily Beast and holds a masters degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

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Part 2: Why John Oliver Can't Find Americans Who Know Edward Snowden's Name (It's Not About Snowden). 

A large number of Americans, by choice, are remarkably unaware of virtually all political matters. The befuddled reactions of the Times Square interviewees when asked about Snowden illustrate …  a great deal about the full-scale political disengagement of a substantial chunk of the American population.

Glenn Greenwald, Intercept

04/16/2015 | On his HBO program last night, John Oliver devoted 30 minutes to a discussion of U.S. surveillance programs, advocating a much more substantive debate as the June 1 deadline for renewing the Patriot Act approaches (the full segment can be seen here). As part of that segment, Oliver broadcast an interview he conducted with Edward Snowden in Moscow, and to illustrate the point that an insufficient surveillance debate has been conducted, showed video of numerous people in Times Square saying they had no idea who Snowden is (or giving inaccurate answers about him). Oliver assured Snowden off-camera that they did not cherry-pick those “on the street” interviews but showed a representative sample.

Oliver’s overall discussion is good (and, naturally, quite funny), but the specific point he wants to make here is misguided. Contrary to what Oliver says, it’s actually not surprising at all that a large number of Americans are unaware of who Snowden is, nor does it say much at all about the surveillance debate. That’s because a large number of Americans, by choice, are remarkably unaware of virtually all political matters. The befuddled reactions of the Times Square interviewees when asked about Snowden illustrate little about the specific surveillance issue but a great deal about the full-scale political disengagement of a substantial chunk of the American population.

Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Polk Award for national security reporting, is an American columnist, blogger, and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for Salon.com from 2007 to 2012.

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The rush to humiliate the poor

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  • Never mind that few can afford filet mignon on a less-than-$7/day food-stamp allotment; they’re more likely to be buying chuck steak or canned tuna. This is less about public policy than about demeaning public-benefit recipients.
  • 10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are

Dana Milbank, Washington (DC) Post

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April 7, 2015 |  Rick Brattin, a young Republican state representative in Missouri, has come up with an innovative new way to humiliate the poor in his state. Call it the surf-and-turf law.

Brattin has introduced House Bill 813, making it illegal for food-stamp recipients to use their benefits “to purchase cookies, chips, energy drinks, soft drinks, seafood, or steak.”

“I have seen people purchasing filet mignons and crab legs” with electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards, the legislator explained, according to The Post’s Roberto A. Ferdman. “When I can’t afford it on my pay, I don’t want people on the taxpayer’s dime to afford those kinds of foods either.”

Dana Milbank writes about political theater in the nation’s capital. He joined the Post as a political reporter in 2000. 

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10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are, Sarah, Addicting Info

  • So, don’t tell me policy isn’t written to make the rich richer and the poor poorer… because that’s exactly how it’s written. And please stop blaming poor people for trying to survive.
  • Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs
  • Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal

Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs

  • The rich don't generate jobs. Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help
  • The 1 percent are parasites. 
  • Excerpted from "Why We Can't Afford The Rich"
  • 10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are

Andrew Sayer, Salon

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Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 | ‘When did you last get a job from a poor person?’ So goes my favorite Tea Party slogan. The Americans are good at slogans but the Tea Party specializes in discombobulatingly daft ones. Of course you won’t get a job from a poor person, we wearily concede, but it doesn’t follow that the rich create jobs, as if they have special powers that turn their gains into a gift of jobs to the rest of us. U.S. billionaire Nick Hanauer is refreshingly honest 

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about this: ‘If it was true that lower taxes for the rich and more wealth for the wealthy led to job creation, today we would be drowning in jobs.’ So why hasn’t the spectacular shift in income and financial wealth to the rich over the last four decades led to unprecedented jobs growth?

First of all, we need to ask what the rich and super-rich do with their spare money. They generally use it to try to get even more, through either real investment or financial ‘investment.’ In the latter case, whether by betting on market movements or buying income-yielding assets, or the many other ways unearned income can be extracted, their actions are unlikely to result in net job creation. Some ‘investment’ is used to buy up firms in order to sell off parts of them – to asset-strip them, in other words. This is likely to result in job losses, and indeed may reduce the ability of the firm to produce in the long run. Many companies have boosted their profits by cutting jobs.

Andrew Sayer wrote “Why We Can’t Afford The Rich.”

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10 Government Handouts That Prove Who The Biggest ‘Takers’ Actually Are, Sarah, Addicting Info

So, don’t tell me policy isn’t written to make the rich richer and the poor poorer… because that’s exactly how it’s written. And please stop blaming poor people for trying to survive.

Debunking the lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs

Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Free Trade Deal

Who Let the Dog Turds In?

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The Peter Principle states that in any hierarchal organization, leaders tend to reach their level of incompetence. In other words, cream sours when it gets to the top. That’s our country: a creamery that stinks!

David Culver, Telling It Like It Is!

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April 9, 2015 | Recently I came across two pictures: one of Paul and Shirley Wellstone on the rear deck of their green bus during a campaign stop, and Shirley Chisholm on the day in 1972 she announced she was running for president.

Then I remembered a book by Molly Ivins, “Who Let the Dogs In?” As described in goodreads, it’s “her own personal Hall of Fame of America’s most amazing and outlandish politicians –the wicked, the wise, the witty, and the witless – drawn from more than twenty years of reporting on the folks who attempt to run our government (in some cases, into the ground).”

David Culver is the editor of Evergreene Digest.

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Special Project | Have They No Shame?: Week Ending April 11, 2015, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • 8 New items including:
    • Pat Robertson: Gays Will Force Christians To Like Anal Sex And, Eventually, Polyamory And Bestiality
    • San Francisco Cops Said It Was Legal To Murder Black Man Because He Was An ‘Animal’
    • Rudy Giuliani: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Should Be 'Commended' For Shooting Michael Brown
    • University of Oklahoma frat investigated after video of ‘Never be a n****r SAE’ sing-along goes viral
    • Michigan pediatrician: God doesn’t want me to treat your baby because you’re lesbians
    • Cops Make Parade Float Mocking a Woman for Being Raped By Her Father as a Child
    • Ferguson Judge Who Threw People in Jail For Owing a Few Hundred Bucks, Owes $170K to the State
    • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation

 

Big Bible vs. Big Business

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  • “This historic week made one thing clear. There is a new American coalition for equality emerging. It crosses party lines. It touches all sectors of society – from businesses to faith leaders, to elected officials. It is fundamentally reshaping our national politics. And no state legislator peddling a two-bit piece of bigoted legislation is going to fly in our country anymore.” --Chad Griffin, The Human Right’s Campaign
  • 'Religious Discrimination' Laws Have Nothing to Do With Religion
  • Indiana, Religious Liberty, and Religious War

Wayne Besen, Truth Wins Out

separation-of-church-and-hate-1.jpgApril 7, 2015 | The battles in Arkansas and Indiana over two bogus “religious freedom” bills, that were thinly disguised vehicles for anti-LGBT discrimination, exposed a major rift within the Republican Party. It came down to Big Bible vs. Big Business – and the concerns of social conservatives were swiftly dropped like a bad stock. (* “Big Bible” does not mean ALL Christians. Just the intolerant ones who reject separation of church and state and have shamelessly built a lucrative industry distorting the Bible to justify discrimination)

With major corporations like Wal-Mart and Apple loudly condemning these bills, Republican lawmakers quickly retreated. Amended bills were passed that explicitly banned these controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Acts from being used to discriminate based on sexual orientation. This, of course, undermined their original purpose, which was to allow business owners to cite their faith to deny services to LGBT people. (and anyone else they morally objected to)

Wayne Besen is the Founding Executive Director of Truth Wins Out and author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth” (Haworth, 2003). In 2006, Besen was recognized in the Advocate Magazine’s “People of the Year” issue. In 2009, he was named in Instinct Magazine as a “Leading Man”.

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'Religious Discrimination' Laws Have Nothing to Do With Religion, Julian Bond, Advocate.com

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  • Julian Bond was at the forefront of the civil rights battles of the mid-20th century. He says the 'religious discrimination' bills now cropping up all over the nation are a return to the institutional intolerance of those days.
  • Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom

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Indiana, Religious Liberty, and Religious War, Steven Jonas, Planetary Movement

What Republican state legislatures are doing now would establish one religion as supreme over all of the others, with the power of the State to determine which is which.  Above and beyond discrimination against one or more targeted groups of individuals, this is a recipe for a Second Civil War, not only about race, but now about religion. 

Special Project | Have They No Shame?: Week Ending April 11, 2015

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  • And so, let me echo the attorney Joseph N. Welsh, in his famous rebuke of Sen. Joe McCarthy: "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?"
  • The Barbarians Inside the Gate
  • 8 New items including:
    • Pat Robertson: Gays Will Force Christians To Like Anal Sex And, Eventually, Polyamory And Bestiality
    • San Francisco Cops Said It Was Legal To Murder Black Man Because He Was An ‘Animal’
    • Rudy Giuliani: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Should Be 'Commended' For Shooting Michael Brown
    • University of Oklahoma frat investigated after video of ‘Never be a n****r SAE’ sing-along goes viral
    • Michigan pediatrician: God doesn’t want me to treat your baby because you’re lesbians
    • Cops Make Parade Float Mocking a Woman for Being Raped By Her Father as a Child
    • Ferguson Judge Who Threw People in Jail For Owing a Few Hundred Bucks, Owes $170K to the State
    • LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation

Compiled by  David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Pat Robertson: Gays Will Force Christians To Like Anal Sex And, Eventually, Polyamory And Bestiality, Curtis M. Wong, Huffington Post

04/03/2015 | Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson tackled the recent controversy over Memories Pizza, which became Indiana's first business to publicly declare that they won't cater to same-sex weddings in the wake of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act this week. He warned Christian business owners of all types that gay customers will eventually "make you conform to them."

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San Francisco Cops Said It Was Legal To Murder Black Man Because He Was An ‘Animal’, Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Think Progress

March 15, 2015 | The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) will investigate dozens of racist and homophobic text exchanges between a former SFPD sergeant convicted of corruption charges and four other police officers, the San Francisco Chronicle first reported. The texts made public Friday included jokes about Kwanzaa, calling African Americans monkeys, calling for the lynching of all African Americans, and even one that said, “Its [sic] not against the law to put an animal down.” The four officers have been on the force for at least a decade, with two having faced disciplinary action in the past. The revelation comes at a time when police practices around the country are under scrutiny for racial bias. 

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Rudy Giuliani: Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Should Be 'Commended' For Shooting Michael Brown, Maxwell Tani, Huffington Post

Citing a section of the Justice Department's scathing report of racial bias within the Ferguson Police Department, Rudy Giuliani said (03/12/2015) former Officer Darren Wilson should be commended for shooting unarmed teenager Michael Brown in August.

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University of Oklahoma frat investigated after video of ‘Never be a n****r SAE’ sing-along goes viral, Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

In the brief video, posted on Twitter by a group of black students called OU_Unheard, the frat brothers can be heard singing and clapping along to a song with the repeated lyrics of “There will never be a n****r SAE,” along with a line about lynching, “You can hang them from a tree (inaudible)”.

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Michigan pediatrician: God doesn’t want me to treat your baby because you’re lesbians, David Ferguson, Raw Story 

  • Only 22 states have laws prohibiting doctors from refusing to treat patients based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • The American Medical Association (AMA) strongly urges physicians not to deny care to LGBT people, but has no explicit rules regarding the practice.
  • The Contrerases say they hope that by going public with their story, they can ensure that children from same-sex families won’t face discrimination in the future.

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Cops Make Parade Float Mocking a Woman for Being Raped By Her Father as a Child, Matt Agorist, Free Thought Project

  • March 5, 2015 | Disgusting, repugnant, vile, hateful, despicable. These are just a few words that can be used to describe the actions of several of Baton Rouge’s finest.
  • The Baton Rouge police department has launched an internal investigation into the actions of officers who allegedly rode on and helped decorate a float that mocked a woman for being raped as a child; by her father.

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Ferguson Judge Who Threw People in Jail For Owing a Few Hundred Bucks, Owes $170K to the State, John VibesFree Thought Project

This week (March 1-7), Ferguson Judge Ronald J Brockmeyer,  who was exposed for imprisoning poor people that couldn’t pay fines, actually owes the state over $170,000 in taxes himself.

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LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation, Rory Carroll, Guardian US

  • A video taken by a passerby appears to show police officers wrestling the man to the ground before shots are heard.
  • Civilian oversight and other reforms have improved the LAPD’s fearsome image … (but) critics say the force remains prone to racism and unneccessary force.
  • Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

'Religious Discrimination' Laws Have Nothing to Do With Religion

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  • Julian Bond was at the forefront of the civil rights battles of the mid-20th century. He says the 'religious discrimination' bills now cropping up all over the nation are a return to the institutional intolerance of those days.
  • Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom

Julian Bond, Advocate.com

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March 31, 2015 | The value of religious freedom is paramount in our country — that’s why it’s enshrined in our nation’s Constitution. Let there be no doubt: People of faith and their right to exercise their closely held religious beliefs are fully protected. Most unfortunately, a select group of insidious activists and elected officials is pretending those protections don’t exist and is threatening the civil rights of LGBT Americans.

Legislators in states such as Indiana, Arkansas, and Georgia are busy pushing bills that purport to further protect religious believers from the so-called scourge of government intrusion. But these bills aren’t about religious belief at all: They’re about discrimination, pure and simple.

Julian Bond is a civil rights leader and former member of the Georgia legislature. He is the founder and president emeritus of the Southern Poverty Law Center and served as chairman of the NAACP from 1998 to 2010.

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Flipping the Script on Religious Freedom, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • separation-of-church-and-hate-1.jpg“It is absolutely hypocritical for Pence to claim that Indiana’s Christians need legal protections, while its LGBT citizens are left to depend on ‘Hoosier hospitality.’
  • Part 1: Part 1: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Fails Miserably On ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos
  • Part 2: The Awesome Response to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • California Attorney-General Fights To Void Deadly Anti-Gay Ballot Initiative

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