Sharon Kyle: When hatred and fear are linked to tribalism and a xenophobic form of patriotism, murderous war becomes almost a certainty. When the zealots of hate are screaming for blood, it’s very hard to hear appeals for peace based on compassion and reason.
Ellen Brown: The US Postal Service, under attack from a manufactured crisis designed to force its privatization, needs a new source of funding to survive. Postal banking could fill that need.
Eushrah Hossain: At any moment, a renter living in a city without rent control laws can be evicted for no cause with a 30-60 day notice, forcing them to scramble for new housing and even too often raising the spectre of homelessness.
To put a human face on these rent control issues issues, Kate Clark interviewed five Pasadena and Glendale residents, whose lives have been impacted by rising rents and the struggle to hold onto affordable housing.
I’ve lived here for many years. I really like the mixture of people and I don’t like the way they’re being treated. They’re being kicked out of here and being told that they can’t pay, so they should just get away and move some other place.
A ton of our present membership are seniors who are on Social Security, and if they’re hit with a rent increase, they’re homeless. It’s a lot harder to couch surf when you’re 85 years old.
Only when you start threatening them and say, “I’m going to call the City and because it violates the health code,” that’s when they start doing things.
If I look at my income, and how much it goes up each year, and how much my rent increases every year—because right now it’s going up between 5 and 6%—I’ll be at 50% of my income. I have an aging parent, I have my school loans, I just will not be able to afford to stay.
After they had found out that I had called the City, I got a notice of eviction that said there were too many people in my apartment, that my son made too many people.
Jessica Goodheart: While the eyes of most journalists and citizens have been fixed on Washington and Donald Trump, a Duke University professor warns, Charles Koch-funded groups and politicians are quietly lining up the state authorizations needed for a new constitutional convention.
RJ Eskow: If today’s resistance is to become a lasting movement, we must decide what we’re for. Otherwise, the Resistance will fail to motivate the 38 percent of Americans who didn’t vote in the last election.
John Peeler: With the new tax law, Americans will be specifically discouraged from donating to charity because they’ll get the same standard deduction whether they donate or not.
Gustavo Arellano: At the beginning of this year, Orange County announced the simplest of solutions to its homeless problem: It would make living along the Santa Ana riverbed illegal and let the homeless figure out where to go.