Real Faces of the Minimum Wage

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Richard Eskow: Here’s the truth: Most minimum-wage workers are adults, the majority of them are women, and many are parents who are trying to raise their children on poverty wages.

Can US Provide Coherent Strategy Combining Aid and Support for Business Growth in Haiti?

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Regine Barjon: There would have been little bemoaning today regarding the loss or the unaccountability of the US$ 7.5 billion aid package, had a fraction of these funds been invested in Private Sector Development to encourage local entrepreneurship.

Occupy the Ballot Forum and Independent Politics

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Dan Bluemel: Because of its electoral structure, the U.S. political system has never been welcoming to third parties. Some critics have argued this leaves the political landscape entrenched in a system comprised of moderates and hardliners who, in essence, espouse the same ideology.

Really Big Difference Between Democrats and Republicans

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Wayne Williams: Republicant’s along with fellow greedy and obscenely wealthy Libertarians and Corporatists, selfishly view the world as a ship of fools to dominate with fear-mongering.

The Road to Corporate Feudalism

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Sharon Kyle: Technological advances in communications, transportation, automation and the like have changed the mutual dependencies that once existed between the American middle class and the super rich.

Cesar Chavez Day Recalls 50 Years of Struggle

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Randy Shaw: The 50-year period since Cesar Chavez set out to organize California farmworkers has seen a remarkable growth in Latino political power, electoral clout, and in unionized Latino workers, while the plight of farmworkers has gone backward since the UFW’s high point at the end of the 1970’s.

Education for the 99%: How the Top 1% Is Destroying Public Education

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Jose Lara – With the top 1% in control of education policy and responsible for creating a financial crisis that is defunding our public schools and eliminating essential programs such as Adult Education and Early Childhood Education, we must join together as the 99%.

Supreme Court Set to End Affirmative Action in U.S. Schools

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Randy Shaw: In accepting a Texas case of a white student challenging racial preferences, the United States Supreme Court is again set to reverse decades of court precedents and impose its own conservative agenda.

10 Most This Week Led by Julie Driscoll’s Take on the Komen Trainwreck

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ulie Driscoll’s look at the long-term effects of the Komen Foundation’s ill-advised decision to strip its funding for Planned Parenthood for what were rather obviously political reasons, led this week’s LA Progressive 10 Most Read articles list.

Friday Feedback: “Occupy” Occupies Burlingame

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Friday Feedback: The Democratic Party, like the Republican Party receives THE MAJORITY of its funding from corporate sources. Democrats have supported the insane wars and the THREE NEW NAFTAs.

From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy the Neighborhoods

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Paul Loeb: Nothing stops the Occupiers and their supporters from can raising their key issues as clearly and powerfully as possible, while reminding people that showing up at the polls still matters.

A President Standing In Quicksand

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Joseph Palermo: Obama and the Democrats are in trouble politically not because they did too much to help hurting Americans, but because they did too little.

Jerry Betrays Cesar, UFW, and His Own Legacy

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Randy Shaw: Brown’s alignment with wealthy growers against indigent workers picking crops in the fields surely has Chavez turning over in his grave, and shows that the Governor views the UFW as just another group he is willing to betray.

Will Black and Latino Parents Support a Boycott of LAUSD?

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Leonard Isenberg: Since LAUSD is only paid for physical presence of students at school, the mass exodus of students from LAUSD schools would have a profound effect on LAUSD’s ability to finance its failed and unaccountable public education policies.

Go to Wisconsin, President Obama

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Paul Loeb: You need to go there and speak out, or at least speak out again and more strongly, because Americans need to understand what’s at stake, and those who are standing up there and elsewhere need to see you standing beside them.

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Obama’s Choice of Charlotte a Slap in Face to Organized Labor

Randy Shaw: As most labor union leaders continue to publicly praise President Obama, it’s clear with each passing week that Obama feels he can actively court corporate America while taking labor support for granted.

Suppose Your Actions Swung the Election

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Paul Loeb: Suppose the phone calls you made, money you donated, doors you knocked on, and conversations you initiated helped swing a critically close race, or two or three.

Don’t Let the Russ Feingolds Go Down for the Sins of the Blanche Lincolns

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Paul Loeb: To stand back in the next critical weeks and hand victory to the most greed-driven interests in America seems an unconscionable moral lapse. Far better to help make what difference you can in electing the electoral allies you most respect, and then keep on with all the other organizing that needs to be done.

LA Progressive: August 8 to 15, 2010 — Articles

Articles by Robert Reich, Anthony Samad, Walter M. Basch, Ron Wolff, Randy Shaw, Ted Vaill, Randy Shaw, Steve Hochstadt, Gary Corseri, Georgianne Nienaber, Tina Dupuy, Sharon Kyle, Seth Hoy, Marian Wang, Ivan Eland, Jasmyne Cannick, Howard Roth, Katherine Smith, Michael Sigman, John Summers, Denis Campbell, Norman Solomon, Peter Dreier, Diane Lefer, Andrea Nill, Joseph Palermo, Jim Fuller, Gautam Dutta, Wais Hassan, and Aqeela Sherrills

Cowards vs. Hypocrites: Why Democratic Politicians Despise the “Professional Left”

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Randy Shaw: But progressives believe the public supports more progressive stands (e.g. polls showed strong support for the public option that Obama abandoned), leaving Democrats to fend off charges that they talk about serving the public good but instead serve corporate interests inimical to the public welfare.

How Wars Are Born: China vs. the U.S.

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Shamus Cooke: Behind the military jockeying for power are economic interests. Controlling the U.S. economy are powerful corporations, who rely on the U.S. military to ensure them super profits overseas, including domination over whole regions — the Middle East, Latin America, the Pacific — that are viewed as the “exclusive economic zones” of U.S. corporations. The fact that China is now declaring itself master of its own zones is intolerable for U.S. corporations, which will stop at nothing — including war — to maintain U.S. military dominance over the globe.

CDP Convention Wrap-Up: On the Value of Primary Fights

Paul Hogarth: But with no real competition among Democrats to replace Schwarzenegger, progressives have been nervous that Brown will not excite the base. This left much of the weekend’s drama on down-ballot races, where competitive primaries meant candidates for Lieutenant Governor and State Insurance Commissioner sought the Party’s endorsement going into June 8th. And while there’s much controversy around that process, it’s a good thing for Democrats.

The Fight to Save Public Education

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Shamus Cooke: The first battle tactic against public education was to starve it. Politicians have consistently lowered taxes on corporations and the rich for the past three decades, thereby lowering state revenues that have created the budget crises in nearly every state. Consequently, public education is in a state of shell shock.

Crony’s Triangulating Fog: Grifters, Greed and the Gullible Americans

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Brad Parker: Americans, behavior-modified to trust advertising, swimming in the dead pool of propaganda environmentally disguised as benign advertising and Infotainment, continue to cop to the Triangulating Fog Machine’s all sizzle no steak obfuscation. The only question left to ask, now that the confidence game is more widely known, is – will they keep buying it like a beaten dog or wake up and demand their money and government back?

Mr. Obama, You Need to Forcefully Take the Lead

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Emily Spence: You cannot leave critical matters for future administrations to sort out in a meaningful manner. Despite vicious backlash for your stance, you must vigorously work to change our collective course now rather than continue the same old policies that your predecessors in office had and that, obviously, do not work.

Massachusetts: Timidity of Hope Won’t Cut It

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Joseph Palermo: The Obama Administration cut far too many deals with the same corporate special interests that have dominated Washington since the Reagan years. Obama watered down his agenda. The Democratic base stayed home. The Republicans were energized beyond belief. And the Democratic candidate in a Democratic state lost the “Lion of the Senate’s” seat.

Medicare in Crisis: The Devastating Impacts of a Corporate Health Care Bill

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But now the dust is starting to settle, and the Congressional vision for health care in the U.S. is emerging. Instead of being “progressive,” it will amount to a massive, corporate-inspired attack on American workers, the elderly, and the poor.

Who Is Behind the Privatization of Public Education?

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This whole alarming privatization process is accelerating across the country and here in California, propelled by corporate interests who are writing state legislation and school board policies to facilitate their takeover of public schools.

Empathy, the Truth Behind the Hypocrisy

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The Republicans are searching through Judge Sotomayor’s old speeches and party conversations to find trash to dump on her in their talk radio slime sessions. For honest people, it is more important to look at and consider what she actually said in legal decisions she wrote while she’s been a judge, deciding cases. When it [...]

Federal Judges Accepting All-Expense Paid Junkets to Right-Wing Conferences

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Federal judges were attending corporation-sponsored conferences at posh watering holes, at times on the very subjects of cases they have pending before them, a prominent law school dean wrote in a 2008 book of essays. While at these sessions, “judges not only hear right wing views propagandized to them, but also hobnob with, speak with, [...]

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