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Series | No link between homeless villages and crime rates, Guardian review suggests.

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D’Arion Daniel plays with ZyCorey in Othello Village, a village of tiny homes for homeless people in Seattle. Photograph: Jenny Riffle for the Guardian

  • Guardian study of two US cities finds crime is likelier to go down than up in neighborhoods that host city-sanctioned encampments.
  • Related: Dear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been.

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Wed 23 May 2018 | They stood in a rainy parking lot under fir trees, 60 homeless men and women, young and old, patient and weary. The glow of a single lightbulb outside the “office” – a shack of plywood, duct tape and plastic sheeting – illuminated their faces.




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It was the 9pm check-in at a homeless village called Right 2 Dream Too in Portland, Oregon. The code of conduct was read aloud. Then the roll call began: one by one, people showed ID and stepped through the chain link fence, towards portable toilets, bedrolls, warmth, sleep and safety.
Thacher Schmid <https://www.theguardian.com/profile/thacher-schmid> is a Portland (OR)-based journalist who writes about poverty and music.

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https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/edgar-hoover.jpg?itok=_2wcbtVQDear Liberal America: The FBI Is Not Your Friend -- And It Never Has Been. Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon

The love and kisses tour of J. Edgar Comey has put a smiling face on an agency known for hardball and duplicity.
 

 

 

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The GOP is destroying social security so stealthily, we're missing it.

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    After a trillion dollar giveaway to corporations in the Trump TaxScam, the GOP is targeting social security as promised.

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Jan 24, 2018 | The GOP hasn’t made it’s plans to go after Social Security secret. In November, Marco Rubio was quite honest about plans to target SS once the massive corporate tax cut was passed. Republicans know Social Security is a popular institution, so the strategy is to increase the red tape to turn public opinion against the program.




To learn more read, "Republicans Are Killing Social Security One Tiny Service Cut at a Time" written by Nancy J. Altman for Slate on January 22, 2018.




The GOP claim that the Social Security contributes to our ballooning deficit, when it’s actually self sufficient. Of every dollar Americans put into our SS savings account, only 7/10 of a penny goes towards administering the program. Despite that stellar ratio, Republicans have been slashing the minuscule operating budget since 2010 when they gained power in Congress.

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  • We believe the PPC’s approach is consistent with our own views on what is necessary to build a mass movement. A movement, though, is only as effective as the people who build it. Sign up now.
  • Related: The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them

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Special Project | All Out for the Poor Peoples Campaign!

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  • Related: The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them

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May 18, 2018 | The Labor Fightback Network urges all our readers to participate in the Poor Peoples Campaign (PPC). Visit the PPC website to sign up for events.

Inspired by the PPC of 1968 that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was working on at the time he was assassinated, it focuses on the three issues he raised in 1968: poverty, racism, and, militarism, and adds an issue not as central in the 1960s: climate change and environmental degradation. The 1968 campaign was made up of a broad multiracial coalition of organizations committed to mutual support for each other’s issues. It encouraged participants to see their common ground and identify common enemies and obstacles. Mass protest and non-violent civil disobedience, as practiced in the Civil Rights Movement, were its central tactics. This included including the building of a massive temporary tent city in Washington, DC, to demonstrate the impact of poverty in the US.

elnwebmaster is the discussion blog of the Labor Fightback Network, an auxiliary to the laborfightback.org website. It is designed to facilitate discussion among labor activists concerning the critical issues facing working people in the current economic crisis.

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The Wars Abroad and the Wars at Home—and the Work of Putting an End to Them, elnwebmaster, Labor Fightback Network

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  • The terrible "balanced budget amendment" didn't pass but we can not ignore the fact that 233 Representatives in the House voted to steal $2.9 trillion from Social Security's surplus.
  • That's our money and we need to vote them out in November.

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