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The TPP is Dead: The People Defeat Transnational Corporate Power

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The defeat of the TPP is a tremendous victory that should propel us forward. It shows organized people have power even in the US oligarchy. We need to build on this power, continue our unity as a movement of movements and demand that the people's agenda becomes the political agenda, not the agenda of big business and the wealthy oligarchs. It is time for people power to rule. We still have a lot of work to do, but we should celebrate this great victory and move to set a people's agenda for the United States.
Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers,  OpEdNews <http://www.opednews.com>


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11/11/2016 | The Obama administration faced reality on Friday when they recognized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would not be ratified by this Congress. The TPP is dead.

How did people power win?

We have worked to stop the TPP and other Obama trade agreements for more than five years. We were part of the 'movement of movements', the largest coalition ever opposing a corporate trade agreement, which stopped it. It included all sorts of activists who work on human rights, worker rights, the environment, climate change, Internet freedom, health care, food safety and more.

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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Missing from election debate: Unions key to economy, democracy

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  • Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.
  • Related: What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages

Larry Rubin, People's World

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http://www.peoplesworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/nocontractnopeace960.jpg "Unionists point out that Trump's claim that he will make America great again is hypocritcal; he is refusing to bargain with the union that legally represents his hotel workers in Las Vegas. Decent wages that result from unionization, workers point out, would boost the entire economy. In addition, they note, Trump is ignoring the results of a democratic election. | John Locher/AP

November 3, 2016 |  About a year ago, at the White House Worker Voice Summit, Vice President Biden cited the most powerful engine driving progress in America. “It’s a simple proposition,” he said. “With the ability [of workers’ unions] to sit on the other side of the table with employers and collectively bargain, [working people] have some power. At the end of day, that’s how progress is made.”

Collective bargaining is the only way to insure that employers will balance their need to make profits with the right of the workers who create those profits to have a decent, secure standard of living.

Unfortunately, once the election season began, no candidate has stressed how central building union bargaining strength is to the solving of many problems facing America.

Larry Rubin has been a union organizer, a speechwriter and an editor of union publications. He was a civil rights organizer in the Deep South and is often invited to speak on applying Movement lessons to today's challenges.

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What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages, Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost

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  • For Punch co-owners Soranno and John Puckett, however, the decision to raise pay wasn't political. It was simply a strategy to attract and retain quality workers who would, in turn, create a better experience for customers.
  • Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

What Punch Pizza learned from raising its wages

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  • For Punch co-owners Soranno and John Puckett, however, the decision to raise pay wasn't political. It was simply a strategy to attract and retain quality workers who would, in turn, create a better experience for customers.
  • Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

Ibrahim Hirsi, MinnPost

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https://www.minnpost.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_detail/images/articles/PunchPizzaOven640.pngThree years after Punch Pizza raised its minimum wage for entry-level employees, sales and job applicants have increased significantly.  MinnPost photo by Ibrahim Hirsi

10/26/16 | In 2013, Punch Neapolitan Pizza took a step that many companies wouldn't — or couldn't — take: It increased the minimum wage for all its workers to $10 an hour.   

In January of the following year, Punch co-owner John Soranno found himself in Washington, D.C., where President Barack Obama introduced the restaurant chain to the nation during the State of the Union address and commended the entrepreneur for raising wages and calling on businesses across the country to follow suit.

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Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate, David Howell, the American Prospect

Why “no job loss” is the wrong standard for setting the right wage floor.

 

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No Passes for Stereotyping — Of Any Kind

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Trump has made a "safe space" for bigotry. Opposing him shouldn't cause us to engage in a different brand of belittling.

John Russo and Sherry Linkon, Moyers & Company 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Millennials%20for%20Revolution%20%7C%20Decency.jpgSeptember 13, 2016 | When Mitt Romney dismissed the 47 percent of voters who, he predicted, would support Barack Obama “no matter what” as “victims” who depend on government assistance, liberal critics called foul. The quote, caught on video by a bartender at a Florida fundraiser in September 2012, reinforced Romney’s image as an elitist whose interests were firmly aligned with the wealthy. Not surprisingly, Democrats repeatedly used the line against Romney, and while we can’t blame his defeat in that year’s election on that one line, it sure didn’t help, especially in Rust Belt states like Ohio.

Last Friday, Hillary Clinton said the following:

You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. They’re racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people – now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric. Now some of these folks, they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America. But the other basket – and I know this because I see friends from all over America here – I see friends from Florida and Georgia and South Carolina and Texas – as well as, you know, New York and California–but that other basket of people are people who feel that the government has let them down, the economy has let them down, nobody cares about them, nobody worries about what happens to their lives and their futures, and they’re just desperate for change. It doesn’t really even matter where it comes from. They don’t buy everything he says, but he seems to hold out some hope that their lives will be different. They won’t wake up and see their jobs disappear, lose a kid to heroin, feel like they’re in a dead end. Those are people we have to understand and empathize with as well.

John Russo is the former co-director of the Center for Working-Class Studies and coordinator of the Labor Studies Program at Youngstown State University

and Sherry Linko, a professor of English at Georgetown University and a faculty affiliate of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, edits the blog Working-Class Perspectives and is working on a book about the literature of deindustrialization. 

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Minnesota nurses strike at critical juncture

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  • “All of the struggles of the working class—against attacks on wages and benefits, and against war, police killings and other forms of state repression—must be united in one common struggle, through the building of a mass political movement of the working class whose aim is to replace the bankrupt capitalist system with socialism.” --Socialist Equality Party (SEP) presidential candidate Jerry White
  • Related: Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate

Our Reporting Team, World Socialist Web Site

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13 September 2016 | The strike by nearly 5,000 nurses at Allina Health hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota has entered its second week.

The struggle has reached a critical juncture. Nurses have demonstrated their determination to beat back Allina’s attack on their healthcare benefits and dangerously increase their workloads. In the face of the company strikebreaking operation and slanders by the corporate-controlled media, the vast majority of nurses remain militant and defiant.

World Socialist Web Site is published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)

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Reframing the Minimum-Wage Debate, David Howell, the American Prospect

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Why “no job loss” is the wrong standard for setting the right wage floor.

 

 

 

You Can Stop the Debt Trap of Payday Loans

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/ISAIAH%20logo.jpgSeptember 13, 2016 | One car wreck. A broken neck. A family struggling to make ends meet. Is this the time to be charging people 300% interest? In a moment of need and desperation, is this a way to treat people? As a pastor I know that robbing people when they need a small dollar loan is not right.

We have just 3 weeks left to tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to #StopTheDebtTrap for good by creating strong rules against predatory payday lending. Raise your voice with us by submitting a comment today.

Many people in my church have gotten swept in the cycle of debt that comes with payday lending. Tammie, a parishioner at my church, got in a horrible car accident and broke her neck. Brian and Tammie couldn’t make ends meet once they fell down to one income and took out a payday loan. That loan spiraled them into a cycle of debt and shame that haunted them for years. Brian says, “It wasn’t just the money – it was the shame and loneliness we felt every time the money was taken from our bank account.” We prayed together, but we also started working to change the laws. Change the system so that the moment that families are in need isn’t the time when they are taken advantage of.

We in Minnesota know that this kind of predatory lending is just plain wrong.

We have just 3 weeks left to tell the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to #StopTheDebtTrap for good by creating strong rules against predatory payday lending. Raise your voice with us by submitting a comment today.

ISAIAH has been fighting to change the rules both in our state and across the country to make sure that everyone gets a fair and just loan.  As people of faith, we need to make sure that nobody endures such spiritual, social and mental devastation all so that greedy payday lenders can make an unjust profit. And we have an opportunity to do that today.

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We are closer than ever to stopping the worse aspects of these loans. But we need you to take action. Join me in flooding Directory Cordray and the CFPB with comments from the faith community. Now is the time to let your voice be heard!

Resource: Faith for Fair Lending 

In faith & solidarity,

Pastor Paul Slack
New Creation Church
President, ISAIAH

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PS - Another way you can help #StopTheDebtTrap is by watching and sharing this short video of stories from allied pastors’ and parishioners’ in Texas. Then invite your friends and family to submit comments to the CFPB too.

PPS - Check out more payday lending stories at http://stopthedebttrapstories.tumblr.com/

Act Now to Stop the Debt Trap!

 

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