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The Basic Income Movement

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  • The important thing is to create a floor on which people can start building some security.
  • Part 1: A Universal Basic Income Is The Bipartisan Solution To Poverty We've Been Waiting For
  • Part 2: Catalyst | Basic Income movement in the Twin Cities

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: A Universal Basic Income Is The Bipartisan Solution To Poverty We've Been Waiting For

What if the government simply paid everyone enough so that no one was poor? It's an insane idea that's gaining an unlikely alliance of supporters.

Ben Schiller, Fast Company

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

March 16, 2015 There's a simple way to end poverty: the government just gives everyone enough money, so nobody is poor. No ifs, buts, conditions, or tests. Everyone gets the minimum they need to survive, even if they already have plenty.

This, in essence, is "universal minimum income" or "guaranteed basic income"—where, instead of multiple income assistance programs, we have just one: a single payment to all citizens, regardless of background, gender, or race. It's a policy idea that sounds crazy at first, but actually begins to make sense when you consider some recent trends.

Ben Schiller is a New York-based staff writer for Co.Exist, and also contributes to the FT and Yale e360. He used to edit a European management magazine, and worked as a reporter in San Francisco, Prague and Brussels.

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Part 2: Catalyst | Basic Income movement in the Twin Cities

Working to gurantee income for all and transform economy from "free market" to a "care economy"---care for each other, care for the planet

Lydia Howell, Catalyst, KFAI-FM | MN

Catalyst: Politics and Culture Fridays, 9 AM, expanded to one hour, local writer Lydia Howell explores local culture, art, and activism with interviews and special features. She won the Premack Award for Public Interest Journalism for her investigative reporting on homelessness in (the now defunct) Pulse Newspaper. Lydia is a long time denizen of KFAI who also writes for various community newspapers and online publications.

Contact: 612-354-3762 lydiahowell@comcast.net

Broadcast: KFAI 90.3FM, Minneapolis; 106.7FM, St.Paul / Streamed @ KFAI.org<> 9AM, Friday, September 14.

Archived: for 2 weeks after broadcast. Click here.

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Special Report | The US Gun Culture: Week Ending October 3, 2015

  • America is living under the gun. America has lost its mind.
  • Part 1: Guns Kill An Average Of 36 People Every Day, And The Nation Doesn't Even Blink.
  • Part 2: Say No to ‘The New Normal’ — Five Things You Can Do About Gun Violence.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 



Part 1: Guns Kill An Average Of 36 People Every Day, And The Nation Doesn't Even Blink

The shooting at Umpqua Community College is part of a steady beat of U.S. gun violence.

Nick Wing, Huffington Post

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10/01/2015 | The nation was once again confronted with the horror of a deadly school shooting on Thursday, this time a massacre at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon. A gunman killed at least 10 people and wounded seven before police fatally shot him. It marked the 45th shooting on a school campus this year, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a group pushing for legislative reforms to reduce gun violence. It was the 142nd shooting at a school since the December 2012 rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Those numbers alone may come as a surprise, because we typically don't talk about school shootings unless they inflict a level of devastation that makes them impossible to ignore. Most people are familiar with Columbine and Sandy Hook. When we look at the bigger picture, however, those mass shootings are revealed as tragic outliers in the overall trend of gun violence that has infiltrated American schools.

Nick Wing, Senior Viral Editor, Huffington Post

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Part 2: Say No to ‘The New Normal’ — Five Things You Can Do About Gun Violence

Here are 5 things you can do right now that will help bring sane gun laws to America sooner than you might think possible.

Cliff Schecter, Bill Moyers & Company

Smith & Wesson 442 and Glock 21 guns on display. May 2012 (AP Photo/The Grand Rapids Press, Cory Morse) 

June 13, 2014 | Some days it can seem like we should just give up. You’re just processing one senseless mass shooting in Las Vegas when you find out there has been a mass killing in Florida. But there’s no time to think about that because your television is saying that there’s a shooter on the loose in North Hollywood, and there has been another high school shooting in Oregon. It can lead to despair.

But we’ve had many similar battles in this country before. Did anyone foresee an African-American becoming president just 40 years after the raging battles for civil rights in the 1960s? Ten years ago, when gay marriage bans were sweeping the nation, did anyone think we’d be at a point where Oklahoma, Kentucky, Utah and Texas have all been told by judges that marriage equality is here to stay?

Cliff Schecter is a political columnist for The Daily Beast, president of PR firm Libertas LLC and a gun safety activist. He contributed this post for our Take Action section.

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Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders can’t save America

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The famed linguist-philosopher talks neoliberalism, the future of fossil fuels and our broken political culture. 

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Tommaso Segantini, Jacobin / Salon 

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 | Throughout his illustrious career, one of Noam Chomsky’s chief preoccupations has been questioning — and urging us to question — the assumptions and norms that govern our society.

Following a talk on power, ideology, and US foreign policy last weekend at the New School in New York City, freelance Italian journalist Tommaso Segantini sat down with the eighty-six-year-old to discuss some of the same themes, including how they relate to processes of social change.

Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and activist. He is perhaps best known as a critic of all forms of social control and a relentless advocate for community-centered approaches to democracy and freedom. Over the last several decades, Chomsky has championed a wide range of dissident actions, organizations and social movements.

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Slave Wages for the Disabled

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  • It is still perfectly legal in the United States to pay someone as little as $2 or $0.22 or even $0.06 (!) an hour to toll in a segregated workplace - if the worker is disabled.
  • ‘60 Minutes’ Gets Disability Insurance All Wrong
  • 10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities

Elizabeth Picciuto, Daily Beast

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image.crop.800.500.jpg/48100577.cached.jpgSep 23, 2015 | A debate over the sub-minimum wages paid to workers with disabilities erupted into a scuffle between law enforcement and protesters last week at the state capitol grounds in Lansing, Michigan.

Police arrested blind protester Joe Harcz, 62, of Mt. Morris, who was informed by what, he noted, was ironically termed a police “courtesy call” that he will be charged with a felony.

Elizabeth Picciuto received an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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‘60 Minutes’ Gets Disability Insurance All Wrong, George Zornick, the Nation <>

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  • The report, by Steve Kroft, made big promises, purporting to reveal a “secret welfare system” with its own “disability industrial complex,” and an out-of-control bureaucracy “ravaged by waste and fraud.” Kroft also said SSDI might be “the first government benefits program to run out of money.” But when it came time to deliver, he didn’t have the goods.
  • Myths & Facts Behind The Campaign To Attack Disability Benefits
  • Six Myths About Food Stamps

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10 Crucial Ways We Can Make Society More Inclusive for People With Disabilities, Kristin Duquette and Mary Hums, Huffington Post 

  • Although the ADA made significant changes, it did not address everything a person with a disability faces on a daily basis. Just because a president signed a piece of legislation into law doesn't mean that a) it's fully enforced and b) it 100 percent changed our culture on how we view the disability community.
  • Disabled Americans Are Worse Off In The Job Market Than They Were 25 Years Ago

Special Report | Pope Francis I In the United States: Week of October 2, 2015

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Francis I is the new face of a more moderate, less antagonistic brand of Catholic Church.

8 New Items including:

  • 30,000 Murdered In Argentina While Pope Francis Was Top Jesuit, Millions While Pius XII Was Pope
  • 5 Amazing Ways Pope Francis Made Republicans Squirm Yesterday
  • Pope Francis on clerical abuse: 'I do not judge those who are not able to forgive'
  • Pope in Philadelphia: message of love says family is the 'future' of church
  • Pope Francis given rockstar welcome in New York to close historic day in US
  • Native Americans Decry Sainthood For California's Iconic Missionary
  • Pope Francis Castigates World Elite at U.N. — Links Environmental Destruction and 'Social Exclusion'
  • Breaking Down The Pope’s Address To Congress

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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30,000 Murdered In Argentina While Pope Francis Was Top Jesuit, Millions While Pius XII Was Pope, Jay Janson, Countercurrents

27 September, 2015 | Pope’s visit to USA, blown up to super large proportions, a media inculcated impression that God’s representative on planet Earth is blessing America as its investors in profitable use of US Armed Forces go on destroying nations and peoples. Article not intended merely to unmask the Pope we are being hyped about, but to show the Papacy has long been an instrument of the wealthy who brutally misrule most of humanity.

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5 Amazing Ways Pope Francis Made Republicans Squirm Yesterday, Patricia Miller, Salon

Friday, Sep 25, 2015 12:11 PM CDTIn his speech to Congress, the pope made one thing very clear: Republicans aren't acting very Christian

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Pope Francis on clerical abuse: 'I do not judge those who are not able to forgive' Guardian

Pope also suggests Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who was jailed for refusing marriage licences to gay couples, was denied her right to religious freedom.

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Pope in Philadelphia: message of love says family is the 'future' of church, Adam Braeton, Guardian

Saturday, 26 September 2015 | Free-wheeling remarks at World Meeting of Families focus on children and grandparents, not abortion or same-sex marriage

  • At Independence Hall: Francis forcefully defends immigrants
  • At mass: Pope praises women with vision to reinvigorate church
  • In the air: Francis requests impromptu flight over Statue of Liberty
  • Gallery: Pope-mania sweeps Philadelphia ... and its dogs
  • Video: Pope Francis leaves lasting impression amongst loving fans

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Pope Francis given rockstar welcome in New York to close historic day in USGuardian

Thursday, 24 September 2015 | Pope touches on Mecca hajj tragedy and church sex abuse scandal during evening mass at St Patrick’s where thousands had turned out to greet him.

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Native Americans Decry Sainthood For California's Iconic Missionary, Julian Brave NoiseCat, Huffington Post

Junípero Serra "created and brought genocide to the California Indian people."

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Pope Francis Castigates World Elite at U.N. — Links Environmental Destruction and 'Social Exclusion', Reynard Loki, AlterNet

"The misuse and destruction of the environment are also accompanied by a relentless process of exclusion," the pontiff said.

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Breaking Down The Pope’s Address To Congress, CAP Action War Room

  • Sep 24, 2015 | “Mr. Speaker, The Pope Of The Holy See!”
  • Today, Pope Francis made history yet again by becoming the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress. Speaking for nearly an hour on a range of issues, the pope’s overall message was one of peace, cooperation, and action. Pope Francis made sure to include members of Congress in his call to action, stating, “your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by your legislative activity, to grow as a nation.” Though he is the leader of the Catholic Church, today’s speech solidified Pope Francis’s role as a moral force for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.
  • We’ve put together a summary of the key points in his speech. Head over to ThinkProgress for a complete run-down.

Papantonio: The Death of Critical Thinking In America

  • Stupid Voters Are Exactly What Republicans Want
  • Bill Moyers | Susan Jacoby on American Ignorance

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Papantonio-%20The%20Death%20of%20Critical%20Thinking%20In%20America.jpgMarch 13, 2015 | The right wing attack on education has done more than just make students a little less intelligent – it has completely dismantled a generation’s critical thinking abilities. And that’s exactly the kind of voter that the Republicans want.

America’s Lawyer Mike Papantonio talks about this with attorney Howard Nations.

Mike Papantonio, "Pap, " has received numerous multi-million dollar verdicts on behalf of victims of corporate malfeasance.

Howard Nations: The Nations Law Firm is a  national pharmaceutical litigation firm.

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Bill Moyers | Susan Jacoby on American Ignorance, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers & Company

  • The author and free thinker discusses the rise of ignorance in our classrooms, our culture and our politics.
  • An Absolutely Shocking Statistic about America's Education System

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