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West Virginia teachers unions ram through sell-out deal to end strike.

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Dale Lee (second from left), Christine Campbell (third from left) and school support staff union president Joe White smile and applaud as governor Justice signs bill.

The agreement, which the unions endorsed and are claiming as a victory, is a betrayal of the courageous struggle by 33,000 school workers.

Will Morrow, World Socialist Website

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7 March 2018 | On Tuesday afternoon, billionaire West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed into law a bipartisan agreement announced earlier in the day by legislators to end the nine-day strike by teachers and other public school employees across the state.

The agreement, which the unions endorsed and are claiming as a victory, is a betrayal of the courageous struggle by 33,000 school workers.

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Series | A Nation Under Trump, Part 4 - Poverty issues gain traction in first year of Trump presidency

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Volunteers with Catholic Charities' St. Maria's meals program in Washington serve dinner March 8 to people who are homeless. (CNS/Chaz Muth)

  • The Series: As the anniversary of Donald Trump's election as president of the United States approached, the NCR staff wondered if the calls to action that persisted immediately following the election remained as urgent.
  • Part 4: With united voice Christian groups fight cuts to safety-net programs

Heidi Schlumpf, National Catholic Reporter (NCR) 

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Nov 3, 2017 | In the year since Donald Trump was elected U.S. president, Catholic Charities has seen a small decrease in the number of people served at its food pantries, medical and legal clinics, domestic violence shelters, afterschool programs and senior centers. This good news mirrors overall dips in poverty and hunger, as the U.S. economy continues to recover from the 2008 recession. 

Now for the bad news: The wealthy have recovered more quickly than poor and middle-class Americans, leading to widening income inequality; more Americans still face food insecurity than before the recession; some workers have dropped out of the labor force altogether; and decades-long income and wage stagnation persists, leaving more than 40 million Americans — more than one in 10 — in poverty.

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Previously in this Series:

Part 3 - Trump has put anti-immigrant campaign promises into action

Part 2 - The Trump presidency and Europe's dilemma

Part 1 - What has the GOP learned since Trump's election?

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Against Charity ~ Daniel Raventos & Julie Wark

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Angelina Jolie visits refugees in 2012. UNHCR / Flickr

Rather than creating an individualized “culture of giving,” we should be challenging capitalism’s institutionalized taking.

Mathew Snow, Jacobin

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It’s a no-brainer — you should save the child. Would the answer be any different if there were others around who could also help? No. Should it make any difference if the desperate child wasn’t directly in front of you? No.

Mathew Snow is a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh.

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No, Big Corporations Shouldn’t Get Tax Breaks to Create Jobs

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  • The breaks seldom pay for themselves — and put employees of local businesses out of work.
  • Related: Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment

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January 31, 2018 | Governors and mayors insist that giving our tax dollars to corporations to lure them to move to our cities is good public policy. The corporations create jobs, those workers pay taxes, and — voila! — the giveaway pays for itself!

Does it really work that way? Unfortunately, no.

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Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment, Willis and Jacob Druker, Socialist Alternative

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In exchange for $3 billion from the state government, electronics giant Foxconn will build a massive factory in Wisconsin. What’s good for big business is good for the rest of us. Right?

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Series | Entire homelessness agency could be eliminated by Trump's budget cuts

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  • Shuttering the agency and cutting funds for low-income housing remind experts of Reagan’s deep spending cuts that ‘ushered in a new age of homelessness’
  • Related: When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime

Alastair Gee, Guardian

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Thu 16 Mar 2017 | While much of the attention given to Donald Trump’s budget proposal has focused on dramatic cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency and the state department, amid the many cuts in the plan is the elimination of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).





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Outside in America is a year-long series on homelessness in the western US. The project focuses on people on the frontline of a devastating crisis and enables readers to take action to help solve the problem.

 





In addition, Trump’s budget would cut billions of dollars of funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which helps provide low-income housing.

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When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime, Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout 
More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

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