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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, February 16, 2019.

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Feature Article | Activism & Organizing

The Anger Is Real. Let’s Do Something With It. Monika Bauerlein, Mother Jones

 https://www.motherjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/anger-ap-kav.jpg?resize=990,556/ J. Scott Applewhite/AP

  • Don’t let the purveyors of rage drag you down to their level.
  • Related: The Return of the Strike
     

 

Publisher's Choice | Government & Politics

Democrats Totally Cave on Border: Give Trump All He Wants, Get Nothing In Return, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Democrats' total capitulation on the border
  • The Democrats got absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada.
  • Part 2: Democrats Are Capitulating to Trump by Approving Border, DHS Funding
  • We have Democrats actually playing his (Trump's) game.

Of Special Interest | Economics

A US Tax on Wealth Is Long Overdue. Thomas Piketty, the Boston Globe / Common Dreams / Portside

https://portside.org/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/field/image/warren_tax_the_rich_piketty.jpgCarefully calculated by economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, the proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), now running for president, sets a rate of 2 percent on fortunes valued between $50 million and $1 billion, and 3 percent above $1 billion, Getty Images

Between 1930 and 1980, the rateappliedon the highest incomes was on average 81 percent, and the rate applied to the highest inherited estates was 74 percent. Clearly this did not destroy American capitalism.

Bloggers & Columnists | Ralph Nader, Chris Hedges, Amy Goodman, Thomas Piketty




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Activism & Organizing

Demand Critical Congressional Hearings – Long Overdue, Avoided or Blocked. Ralph Nader, Nader.org
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/US%20Capitol.jpg/ Phil Roeder (CC BY 2.0)
 

Here are my suggestions for a dozen long-overdue hearings in the House of Representatives, now run by the Democrats:

Gender & Sexuality

Sexual Abuse: A "Serious and Pervasive" Issue, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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  • Part 1: Child sex abuse called 'a serious and pervasive' issue in US society
  • Child sexual abuse in the United States is at epidemic levels.
  • Part 2: Southern Baptist Convention report on sex abuse shines a light on evangelical culture.
  • We need to take a long look at the theological and structural conditions that enable abuse
  • Part 3: Driving Change in States to Combat Sexual Harassment
  • All workers deserve a work environment free of any type of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment.
  • Related: Stop Betsy DeVos' attack on student sexual assault survivors.

Government & Politics

Why millions of people are getting hit with a surprise tax bill this year,  Matthew Yglesias, Vox
https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/K5B1541tKIQWSwRyUK77e06XiJg=/0x0:1024x683/920x613/filters:focal(729x344:891x506)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/63009239/paul-ryan-wisc.0.jpg/ Paul Ryan in 2016, then the House speaker and an architect of the tax bill. Darren Hauck/Getty Images

An effort to make the tax bill look better ended up making it look worse.
 

Labor

Push puts Minnesota near goal of ending veteran homelessness. Chris SerresMinneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Former%20Homeless%20Vet%20Moves%20Into%20Dwtn%20Mpls%20Studio%20Apt.jpg/ Gallery: With the help of Housing Coordinator Genevieve Pelrine of Start Today Hennepin, Robert Kleen was able to get an affordable lease on a studio in downtown Minneapolis. Richard Tsong-Taataril - Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • A goal that once seemed unattainable — securing safe and stable housing for every veteran known to be homeless — is now within reach. 
  • State getting all vets off the street
  • Related: Homeless America ~ Chris Hedges
  • Related: The market will not fixTwin Cities' affordable housing crisis.
     

Media & Technology

How Facebook Screwed Us All, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/How%20Facebook%20Screwed%20Us%20All.jpgRight-wing sites and clickbait dominate the platform that dominates American news consumption. And that same platform, despite its stated commitment to supporting “quality news,” keeps making it harder for people to find genuine journalism.
 

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