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Profiting Off The Poor and Disabled in The Poverty Industry

  • This hour, we'll discuss the rise of the poverty industry and how it plays out across the U.S. 
  • Related: Here are 7 things people who say they’re ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal’ don’t understand

All Sides Staff, Radio WUSU

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June 7, 2016 | The poverty industry is made possible when social service funds don't end up where they are suppose to and instead, the government and private industry profits off of the poor and disabled. This hour, we'll discuss the rise of the poverty industry and how it plays out across the U.S. and in Ohio. 

Guests:

• Daniel Hatcher, Author, The Poverty Industry: the Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens

Jack Frech, Anti-Poverty Advocate and Retired Director, Athens County Job and Family Services Department

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Here are 7 things people who say they’re ‘fiscally conservative but socially liberal’ don’t understand, Greta Christina, Raw Story <http://www.rawstory.com>

 

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If you care about marginalized people — if you care about the oppression of women, LGBT people, disabled people, African Americans and Hispanics and other people of color — you need to do more than go to same-sex weddings and listen to hip-hop. You need to support economic policies that make marginalized people’s lives better. You need to oppose economic policies that perpetuate human rights abuses and make marginalized people’s lives suck.

And that means not being a fiscal conservative.

Noam Chomsky: America Hates Its Poor

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Special Report | The Verizon Strike

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  • Verizon strikers are fighting against the oppression and indignity of the American workplace.
  • A labor strategy of workplace action and bold political vision is more necessary than ever.
  • Part 1: Chronicle of a Strike
  • Part 2: The Verizon Strike Is a Reminder That Improving Workers’ Lives Will Always Require Workplace Action

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Chronicle of a Strike

 

Verizon strikers are fighting against the oppression and indignity of the American workplace.

Alex Gourevitch, Jacobin Magazine

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5.18.16 | Bruce has worked construction for Verizon for nearly thirty years and he is on strike. Walking a picket outside a Verizon Wireless store, he explains why: “I love this job. It’s outdoors, you get dirty, you get to do things. You see that island over there, I can tell you where each of the manholes are. I’ve been in every one of these buildings here,” he says, pointing to a café, then some office buildings, a travel agency, and a few restaurants. “I don’t like not working, just standing around here. But we gotta do this. I mean, I love this job but I don’t want it for my children.”

Only a few Verizon workers are picketing this Massachusetts location, standing calmly in the signature red shirts of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) holding placards emblazoned “On Strike!”

Alex Gourevitch is an assistant professor of political science at Brown University and the author of From Slavery To the Cooperative Commonwealth: Labor and Republican Liberty in the Nineteenth Century.

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Part 2: The Verizon Strike Is a Reminder That Improving Workers’ Lives Will Always Require Workplace Action

A labor strategy of workplace action and bold political vision is more necessary than ever.

Elizabeth Mahony, Jacobin / In These Times 

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Monday, May 23, 2016 | On Tuesday, news broke that Verizon would return to the bargaining table with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The renewed negotiations could bring to a close the largest US strike in five years, which has seen nearly forty thousand workers—mostly landline technicians but also some call-center and retail employees—walk out for more than a month.

At stake are the potential outsourcing of call-center jobs to the Philippines and Mexico, the implementation of forced overtime, the assignment of employees to other cities for months at a time, and the increased use of non-union contractors.

Elizabeth Mahony is an assistant editor at Jacobin.

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UAW endorses Clinton, “Wall Street’s presidential darling”

The UAW endorsement of Hillary Clinton is a marriage made in heaven, or better yet Wall Street. They both share the fear that the UAW will not be able to survive another upheaval by autoworkers who, like tens of millions of other workers, are being radicalized by unprecedented social inequality, unending wars and the turn by the corporate and financial oligarchy in the US and around the world to ever more authoritarian forms of rule.

Jerry White, World Socialist Website

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg.

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UAW President Dennis Williams made the announcement on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” saying the UAW executive board had unanimously endorsed Clinton and “all our members will be with us.” Williams claimed the decision had come after polling members and holding “focus groups” that showed “very close” numbers for Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Republican Donald Trump got the support of 28 percent of those polled, Williams said.

Jerry White is an American politician and journalist, and is the Labor Editor reporting for the World Socialist Website.

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Help Preserve A Major Victory in the Fight Against Income Inequality.

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Robert Reich, Democracy for America

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Because of a new overtime regulation issued this week by the Labor Department, over 13 million workers will get a raise. Starting on December 1, most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year will receive time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours during a week. The previous cutoff for overtime pay, set in 2004, was $23,660.

Democracy for America members played an important role in helping make this happen. In late 2014, 72,570 people signed my petition urging President Obama to expand overtime pay. In the summer of 2015, many of you submitted public comments directly to the Labor Department urging them to issue these new rules.

Together with the hard work of leaders like the Center for American Progress, the Economic Policy Institute, and activists across the country, we won a major victory in the fight against income inequality.

http://movetoamend.org/sites/default/files/sign-btn.pngUnfortunately, the battle is not over yet. Please sign my petition to Democrats in Congress: Don't let Republicans overturn overtime.

Robert Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He's the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. 

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