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Open your eyes to our North Side nightmare

  • To the rest of Minneapolis: We can see you from here, amid littered streets and tattered homes. Why have you turned your backs on us? 
  • Related: Poverty Is a Business
  • Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

Mickey Cook, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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April 21, 2016 | North Minneapolis is a war zone. We are afraid. We are losing our young people to gun violence. We are hiding in our homes, unable to enjoy our community the same way others do. Why do we not deserve the same as other nearby communities? 

We come and we go to our jobs. We don’t always take that walk we want to take, or that bike ride we crave, because we don’t want to be shot at or assaulted.

Mickey Cook lives in Minneapolis.

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Poverty Is a Business, Films For Action

  • The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. 
  • Related: Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor.
  • Related: Black America is getting screwed.

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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative, Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune 

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
  • Related: The Talk
  • Related: American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

Poverty Is a Business

  • The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. 
  • Related: Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor
  • Related: Black America is getting screwed

Films For Action 

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Films For Action is a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world.

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Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor, Chris Steele, AlterNet  / Zuccotti Park Press 

December 1, 2013  |  An article that recently came out in Rolling Stone, titled “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail,” by Matt Taibbi, asserts that the government is afraid to prosecute powerful bankers, such as those running HSBC. Taibbi says that there’s “an arrestable class and an unarrestable class.”  What is your view on the current state of class war in the U.S.?

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Black America is getting screwed, David Dayen, Salon 

  • Shocking new study highlights the depths of economic disparities
  • Black retail workers are twice as likely to live below the poverty line, and twice as likely to be unemployed. Why?
  • 40 Reasons US Jails And Prisons Are Full Of Black And Poor People

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Democrats silent as one million lose food stamp benefits in the US

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  • Sanders has criticized Hillary Clinton repeatedly for giving speeches to Wall Street audiences in return for six-figure fees, as well as raking in campaign contributions from the financial and fossil fuel industries. But he has not sought to make an issue of the cuts in vital social programs, particularly those implemented with the collaboration of the Obama administration or this year’s drastic cutback in food stamp eligibility for childless adults.
  • Related: Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class

Patrick Martin,  World Socialist Web Site

4 April 2016 | Tens of thousands of impoverished, unemployed adults were cut off food stamps Friday, the first wave of a social catastrophe that could affect more than one million people this year.

 

https://www.wsws.org/asset/8b5f681e-a78c-436e-95c3-47984421186H/SNAP-cutoff-states.png?rendition=image480 Some 22 states began terminating benefits for “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents,” or ABAWDs, in the jargon of the US Department of Agriculture, which administers the federally funded food stamp program, or Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as it is formally known.

Patrick Martin is a writer for World Socialist Web Site <>

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Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class, Dave Schneider, Fight Back! News

We have to be clear: Socialism with real political power for the majority will come from the revolutionary struggle of the working class against capitalism, not reforms and laws passed by politicians.

Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive Than Normal Companies

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  • When maximizing profits isn't the only goal, companies can actually work better. Under worker-run management structures, co-ops might avoid the usual friction between bosses giving orders from above, and staff misunderstanding or disputing decisions or resisting unfair work burdens from below. Fusing the workforce and management streamlines operations and saves energy otherwise sunk into training and monitoring the workforce.
  • Can Treating Low-Wage Workers Well Become The Hot New Business Strategy?

Michelle Chen, the Nation / Portside

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March 31, 2016 | Imagine an economy without bosses. It's not a utopian vision but a growing daily reality for many enterprises. A close analysis of the performance of worker-owned cooperative firms-companies in which workers share in management and ownership-shows that, compared to standard top-down firms, co-ops can be a viable, even superior way of doing business.

The term "co-op" evokes images of collective farming or crunchy craft breweries. But Virginie Perotin of Leeds University Business School synthesized research on "labor-managed firms" in Western Europe, the United States and Latin America, and found that, aside from the holistic social benefits of worker autonomy, giving workers a direct stake in managing production enables a business to operate more effectively. On balance, Perotin concludes, "worker cooperatives are more productive than conventional businesses, with staff working `better and smarter' and production organized more efficiently."

Michelle Chen is a contributing writer for the Nation.

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Can Treating Low-Wage Workers Well Become The Hot New Business Strategy? Jessica Leber, Co.Exist

Aetna, Gap, Starbucks—even Walmart—are making moves to pay and treat their employees better. Are we seeing the start of an age of friendlier big business, or is it all just PR?

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Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class*

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We have to be clear: Socialism with real political power for the majority will come from the revolutionary struggle of the working class against capitalism, not reforms and laws passed by politicians.

Dave Schneider, Fight Back! News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpg Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | A couple weeks ago, one of my coworkers and I started talking politics near the end of our shift. With the 2016 presidential primary in full swing, the election is now the topic of choice in our break rooms, box lines and union meetings. One thing led to another and this coworker asked me whether I was a Democrat or Republican. I said, “Neither one, I'm a socialist.” Immediately I braced myself for any number of negative reactions. I expected either an intense debate, loud profanity, or the silent treatment. You can imagine my surprise, when my coworker responded, “Yeah, me too.”

Since the 2008 financial crisis, socialism has become more popular in the U.S. Young people increasingly express support for socialism. According to a 2015 Gallup Poll, 43% of people ages 18-to-29 report a positive view of socialism. Nearly half the country says they would vote for a socialist presidential candidate (Gallup, 2015).

Dave Schneider is a 23 year old union organizer and labor activist living in North Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in fall 2011. He regularly writes for Fight Back! News.

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Snapshot of a broken system: How a profitable company justifies laying off 1,400 people & moved their jobs to Mexico

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When a Carrier air conditioner factory was closed, and its jobs outsourced, it wasn't because of financial hardship. 

David Dayen, Salon

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http://media.salon.com/2016/03/Screen-Shot-2016-03-21-at-10.23.57-PM-620x412.pngTuesday, Mar 22, 2016 | A viral video of 1,400 workers at a unionized Carrier air conditioner factory in Indianapolis being told their jobs would be outsourced to Mexico has become a searing example of the destructive power of globalization. Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have highlighted the video, which surfaced earlier this year, and vowed to fight these corporate practices. But what most people didn’t understand until a New York Times article this weekend is that Carrier’s air conditioning business has, in fact, been quite profitable.

Last year, Carrier produced a significant chunk of total profits for its parent company, United Technologies. Of $7.6 billion in earnings in 2015, $2.9 billion came from the Climate, Controls & Security division, where Carrier resides. Profits from this division have expanded steadily in recent years, which is not what you’d expect from a unit desperate to cut labor costs.

David Dayen is a contributing writer for Salon <http://www.salon.com>. His first book, "Chain of Title," releases in May 2016.

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Can Treating Low-Wage Workers Well Become The Hot New Business Strategy?

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Aetna, Gap, Starbucks—even Walmart—are making moves to pay and treat their employees better. Are we seeing the start of an age of friendlier big business, or is it all just PR?

Jessica Leber, Co.Exist

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03.16.15 |  In the auditorium of a drab office building Jacksonville, Florida, almost 200 employees of the health insurer Aetna gathered—with many more following along on a live video stream—for a visit from the CEO this January.

They were there expecting a town-hall-style Q&A. What they got instead was an emotional surprise, at least for the lowest-paid among them: CEO Mark Bertolini announced that everyone who earned less than $16 an hour would get a raise. Those same employees, most of whom worked in customer service and claims processing—and most of whom were women—could also choose less expensive health benefits the following year.

Jessica Leber is a staff editor and writer for Fast Company's Co.Exist. Previously, she was a business reporter for MIT’s Technology Review and an environmental reporter at ClimateWire.

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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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