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The Brutal Ways Trump and GOP Have Launched a Full-Out Assault on America's Poorest that Americans Won't Acknowledge

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  • Part 1: The Brutal Reality of Being Poor in America the Super-Rich Won't Acknowledge
    • Poverty can cost a fortune in the U.S.
  • Part 2: 4 Ways Trump and GOP Have Launched a Full-Out Assault on America's Poorest
    • Republican policies seek to punish poor Americans.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

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Part 1: The Brutal Reality of Being Poor in America the Super-Rich Won't Acknowledge

Poverty can cost a fortune in the U.S.

Alex Henderson, AlterNet 

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/default_310_wide/public/story_images/shutterstock_552016606.jpg?itok=fITKAoSR February 4, 2018 | The ink is barely dry on a trillion-dollar tax cut for multinational corporations, and one of its largest beneficiaries is already looking for more. Earlier this month, Bank of America announced it would be applying a $12 monthly surcharge for e-banking, a policy that disproportionately affects its poorest customers. For lower-income earners, it's merely the latest reminder that trickle-down economics don't really trickle down, and that being poor can be extraordinarily expensive.

E-banking at BOA had been free provided customers didn't use tellers and agreed to receive their monthly statements online. But effective Jan. 19, 2018, clients will have to either maintain a minimum balance of at least $1500, or receive monthly direct deposits of $250 or more to avoid a fee. According to a private report by Goldman Sachs, BOA enjoyed a $21 billion profit last year and will be paying an estimated $3.5 billion less in taxes in 2018 thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which lowered the U.S.’ corporate tax rate from 35 to 21 percent.

Alex Henderson's work has appeared in the L.A. Weekly, Billboard, Spin, Creem, the Pasadena Weekly and many other publications.

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Part 2: 4 Ways Trump and GOP Have Launched a Full-Out Assault on America's Poorest

Republican policies seek to punish poor Americans.

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson, AlterNet

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_779285617.jpg?itok=EPVwqAbZ February 2, 2018 | During the first year of the Trump administration, the word “unprecedented” has been used so many times it has almost lost its meaning. But there simply is no other word to describe this presidency. First and foremost, there is the unprecedented degree to which the administration has attacked the country’s institutions in ways that threaten the foundations of our democracy. But this first year is also unique because of the unforgiving extent to which the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress have leveled legislative assaults against poor people. 

Ebony Slaughter-Johnson is a freelance writer and a former research assistant at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her work has appeared in AlterNet, U.S. News and World Report, Equal Voice News, and Common Dreams.

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Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die

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  • If right-to-work laws alone cost Democrats roughly 3.5 percent of a given state’s vote share, how many votes has the party lost since 1978 by refusing to prioritize progressive labor reforms? What kind of country would we live in today, if they hadn’t?
  • Related: #MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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January 26, 2018 | The GOP understands how important labor unions are to the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party, historically, has not. If you want a two-sentence explanation for why the Midwest is turning red (and thus, why Donald Trump is president), you could do worse than that.

With its financial contributions and grassroots organizing, the labor movement helped give Democrats full control of the federal government three times in the last four decades. And all three of those times — under Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama — Democrats failed to pass labor law reforms that would to bolster the union cause. In hindsight, it’s clear that the Democratic Party didn’t merely betray organized labor with these failures, but also, itself.

Eric Levitz: ‎Associate Editor of Daily Intelligencer - ‎New York Magazine

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#MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: #MeToo In the Fields: Farmworkers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence
    • “We have the power to speak and end the silence. We don’t want fear and silence to persist any longer.” -Nely Rodriguez, CIW organizer
  • Part 2: How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford
    • Decades after the company tried to tackle sexual misconduct at two Chicago plants, continued abuse raises questions about the possibility of change.
  • Related: Kick Against the Pricks and Other Unsexy Truths About Sexual Harassment
     

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When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

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More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout

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January 16, 2018 | More than a dozen people were recently arrested in El Cajon, California. Their crime? They were feeding the homeless.

“The arrests come in the wake of a newly enacted city ordinance banning people from feeding the homeless in public,” a local news station reported.

The group was aware of the ordinance, the report said, but defied the law in an act of civil disobedience on MLK Day. One man who was arrested proudly displayed his ticket on Twitter and referenced Rev. King in his tweet. 
http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/styles/medium/public/... Jon Miltimore is the Senior Editor of Intellectual Takeout. He is responsible for daily editorial content and web strategy.
 
Jon 
Miltimore previously was the Senior Editor of The History Channel Magazine, Managing Editor at Scout.com, and general assignment reporter for the Panama City News Herald. He also served as a White House intern in the speech writing department of George. W Bush. 

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#MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

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  • Part 1: #MeToo In the Fields: Farmworkers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence
    • “We have the power to speak and end the silence. We don’t want fear and silence to persist any longer.” -Nely Rodriguez, CIW organizer
  • Part 2: How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford
    • Decades after the company tried to tackle sexual misconduct at two Chicago plants, continued abuse raises questions about the possibility of change.
  • Related: Kick Against the Pricks and Other Unsexy Truths About Sexual Harassment

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: #MeToo In the Fields: Farmworkers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

  • The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has spent more than 20 years organizing against hyper-exploitation in Florida's tomato fields.
  • “We have the power to speak and end the silence. We don’t want fear and silence to persist any longer.” -Nely Rodriguez, CIW organizer

Sarah Lazare, In These Times / AlterNet

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December 27, 2017 | Lupe Gonzalo works in the tomato fields of Immokalee, Fla., worlds apart from the Hollywood celebrities whose #MeToo testimony is exposing widespread sexual violence and toppling powerful men. Yet, Gonzalo says that it is women like her, “with no platform and no voice, invisible and vulnerable,” who bear the brunt of workplace sexual assault—and who offer lessons in how to band together to defeat it.

“Of course, it is incredibly important to pay attention to the suffering of all women, particularly women who work in industries and live in a society that doesn’t have protections, basic rights, where abuse is incredibly rampant,” says Gonzalo, referring to the #MeToo movement, first sparked in 2007 by Tarana Burke. “Looking at the extremity of that violence here, farmworkers began to create a solution and built a program to ensure our own rights.”
 
Sarah Lazare is web editor at In These Times. She comes from a background in independent journalism for publications including The Nation, Tom Dispatch, YES! Magazine, and Al Jazeera America. A former staff writer for AlterNet and Common Dreams, Sarah co-edited the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War.

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Part 2: How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford

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Decades after the company tried to tackle sexual misconduct at two Chicago plants, continued abuse raises questions about the possibility of change.

Susan Chira and Cathrin Einhorn, New York (NY) Times <https://www.nytimes.com>

December 19, 2017 | The jobs were the best they would ever have: collecting union wages while working at Ford, one of America’s most storied companies. But inside two Chicago plants, the women found menace.
Bosses and fellow laborers treated them as property or prey. Men crudely commented on their breasts and buttocks; graffiti of penises was carved into tables, spray-painted onto floors and scribbled onto walls. They groped women, pressed against them, simulated sex acts or masturbated in front of them. Supervisors traded better assignments for sex and punished those who refused.

Susan Chira is an American journalist. She is currently a senior editor and correspondent for gender of the New York Times.

Catrin Einhorn is a journalist at The New York Times who reports and produces narrative-driven work in a variety of media, including print, audio, video and interactive pieces.

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  • Part 1: The Unsexy Truth About Harassment
    • Sexual harassment is often understood, like other forms of gender-based violence, as a violation of consent. It is more than that.
  • Part 2: Kick Against the Pricks
  • Will men ever see women as full-fledged human beings rather than ego salves and receptacles?

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