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Medicaid Work Requirements: Trump's War on the Poor Expands, One State at a Time 25.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Donald and Melania Trump walk out to the North Portico to greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as the Trumps host a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington, DC. (Photo: Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty Images) Unlike the highly publicized battle over Trumpcare, the Republican attack on Medicaid is happening one state at a time, with minimal scrutiny. Last week two state legislative bodies passed bills that would make Medicaid available only to people who meet stringent work requirements, bringing the total number of states pursuing work requirements to 12. Now, activists across the country are challenging "welfare 2.0," which threatens to leave people who are already struggling without health insurance. Donald and Melania Trump walk out to the North Portico to greet French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron as the Trumps host a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Washington, DC. ...
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To Be a Survivor in a Nation of Embedded Racism: Black Lives Matter 18.4.2018 Truthout.com
Vividly and trenchantly, Patrisse Khan-Cullors -- with the assistance of asha bendele -- draws on her personal experience to convey how Black communities are under systemic attack. In this excerpt of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, she writes of a precarious life caught between the police, poverty and prejudice. Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Khan-Cullors speaks to people gathered at Pershing Square to protest a homeless man who was shot by the LAPD, March 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) A compelling memoir from a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement. Get When They Call You a Terrorist now from Truthout. Click here now. Vividly and trenchantly, Patrisse Khan-Cullors -- with the assistance of asha bendele -- draws on her personal experience to convey how Black communities are under systemic attack. In compelling prose, she makes a cogent case for why Black lives are under siege by a deeply embedded ...
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Teachers in Puerto Rico Demand an End to School Closures and Privatization 11.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Efforts to privatize the public schools in Puerto Rico were already under way when Hurricane Maria provided just the impetus the neoliberal establishment was looking for. But educators there are fighting back -- with the support of their peers on the mainland. Ultimately, it's a fight for the future of the working class, say Liza Fournier and Mercedes Martinez, unionized teachers in Puerto Rico. Teachers participate in a one-day strike against the government's privatization drive in public education, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on March 19, 2018. (Photo: Ricardo Arduengo / AFP / Getty Images) Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We're now more than a year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories in those months. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators and educators not only about how to resist but also about how to build a better world. ...
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Ending the war on youth as they march for their lives 29.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Political Action One of the most hopeful uprisings of the Trump era has been the March for Our Lives movement, whose compelling teenager-led platform and brilliant speaking of unfiltered truths is such a refreshing antidote to the traditional dogma that too often stultifies left-wing organizing. Significantly, those eloquent voices who took to international platforms last weekend are also a reminder that, no matter how dreadful the educational/indoctrination system in which they are forced to toil, young people can prove resilient enough to survive a structure designed to reduce them to obedient test-taking automatons. Beneath the calls for gun control that mark this remarkable political moment, there seems to be an underlying rebellion, one that is demanding an end to the war against youth. While the press focuses on issues like "how to keep kids safe in school," perhaps we in the adult world can pause, stop strategizing about how to harness this youthful energy into our own agendas (the typical ...
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Tennessee Wants to Use Funding Meant for Poor Families to Kick People Off Medicaid 29.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
With your support, Truthout can continue exposing inequality, analyzing policy and reporting on the struggle for a better world. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. Nashville Public Radio  reported  over the weekend that the Tennessee legislature is finalizing legislation that would add work requirements to the state's Medicaid program, kicking at least 3,700 Tennessee workers off their health care. The state's Republican leaders appear to have no qualms about taking health insurance away from Tennesseans who can't find work or get enough hours at their job -- even though taking away someone's health insurance  isn't going to help them find work any faster , and can actually make it harder to find and keep a job. Instead, debate around the legislation has reportedly centered on how to pay for the new policy. Lawmakers' own estimates put the price tag for enforcing the new work rules at $10,000 per person disenrolled from Medicaid -- which advocates ...
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Forced Sterilization Programs in California Once Harmed Thousands -- Particularly Latinas 26.3.2018 Truthout.com
In these troubling and surreal times, honest journalism is more important than ever. Help us keep real news flowing: Make a donation to Truthout today. In 1942, 18-year-old Iris Lopez, a Mexican-American woman, started working at the Calship Yards in Los Angeles. Working on the home front building  Victory Ships  not only added to the war effort, but allowed Iris to support her family.  Iris' participation in the World War II effort made her part of a  celebrated time  in US history, when economic opportunities opened up for  women and youth of color .  However, before joining the shipyards, Iris was entangled in another lesser-known history. At the age of 16, Iris was committed to a California institution and sterilized.  Iris wasn't alone. In the first half of the 20th century,  approximately 60,000 people were sterilized  under US eugenics programs. Eugenic laws in 32 states empowered government officials in public health, social work and state institutions to render people they deemed "unfit" ...
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We Are All Fast Food Workers Now 21.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Truthout is funded by readers, not by corporations, lobbyists or government interests. Help us publish more stories like this one: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation! "Many people are angered by the cruelties of the twenty-first-century economy. And their fury has fueled worldwide protest. Simultaneously, and almost everywhere, low-wage workers and small farmers began to revolt: in New York City restaurants, laundries, and warehouses, in Western Cape wineries and the garment shops of Phnom Penh, in Southern California Walmarts, and the big hotels of Providence, Oslo, Karachi, and Abuja. As capital has globalized, so has the labor movement. Marches, strikes, protests, and sit-ins from Tampa to Mali have changed the global conversation about workers' rights." So writes Annelise Orleck in her new book We Are All Fast Food Workers Now: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages -- which, as she explains on this week's episode of Off-Kilter, tells the story behind the growing global labor movement ...
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In "Call for Peace" Address, Sanders Takes on Endless War and Global Oligarchy 19.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks onstage at CNN's "Jake Tapper in Conversation with Bernie Sanders" during SXSW at Austin Convention Center on March 9, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: Steve Rogers Photography / Getty Images for SXSW) You'll never read "sponsored content" or "advertorial" stories at Truthout. That's because we're powered by readers: Donate today to keep our work going! In a wide-ranging speech viewed by more than 11,000 people from over 30 countries, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Sunday commemorated the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq by highlighting its devastating consequences and issuing an urgent call for a global agenda that pursues "peace, not war" and "development, not destruction." "We need to invest in our children, in our elderly, and in healthcare and education and environmental protection. We do not want more and more war," Sanders said. "People in my country, the United States, and all over the world are sick and tired of spending billions and billions of dollars on ...
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Canada is culpable for Tina Fontaine's death 15.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Pamela Palmater Tina Michelle Fontaine was a 15-year-old Anicinabe girl from Sagkeeng First Nation northeast of Winnipeg. Thelma Favel, the aunt who raised her, described her as polite and funny, someone who made people laugh all the time. Tina, however, also carried a great deal of pain inside from the loss of her father, Eugene Fontaine , in 2011. Two men pled guilty in 2014 to manslaughter and were sentenced to nine years each in his beating death. Family members say Tina was finding it difficult to cope with her father's death. Her aunt Thelma tried to get counselling, but says she was turned away by several Child and Family Services agencies. Tina had been struggling to write a victim impact statement which was to be used in the sentencing of the men convicted in her father's death when she left her community to visit her mother in Winnipeg. Her aunt, not hearing from her, contacted Child and Family Services. In the days before her murder, Fontaine had come in contact with Winnipeg police, and Child ...
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As US Military Flies Overhead, Okinawa Residents Live Under a Cloud of Fear 9.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
A spate of US military aircraft accidents, incidents and emergency landings have many in Okinawa fearing for their safety. The Japanese southern islands comprise less than 1 percent of Japan's territory by host roughly 70 percent of US military bases. (Photo: Jon Letman) Residents of Okinawa live in constant fear of US military aircraft crashing in their midst or dropping loose parts, as one helicopter recently did at a nursery school. The US presence also exposes residents -- who are calling for an end to the occupation of their land -- to automobile accidents, pollution, noise, crime, sexual violence and environmental degradation. A spate of US military aircraft accidents, incidents and emergency landings have many in Okinawa fearing for their safety. The Japanese southern islands comprise less than 1 percent of Japan's territory by host roughly 70 percent of US military bases. (Photo: Jon Letman) The following article could only be published thanks to support from our readers. To fund more stories ...
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The Leaked Rule That Could Ban Immigrants Based on Income, Explained by Experts 5.3.2018 Truthout.com
In February, leaked documents revealed that the Trump administration is preparing new rules that would effectively end the United States' family-based immigration system. If implemented, the regulation would prevent low-income and working-class immigrants from entering the country by denying legal status to immigrants considered "likely" to become a so-called "public charge." The US-Mexico border fence just south of San Diego, California. (Photo: Tony Webster ; Edited: LW / Truthout) Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! This article was originally published on TalkPoverty.org. In February,  leaked documents  revealed that the Trump administration is preparing new rules that would effectively end the United States' family-based immigration system. If implemented, the regulation would prevent low-income and working-class immigrants from entering the country by denying legal status to ...
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The Lessons of Mass Incarceration for Child Welfare 5.3.2018 Truthout.com
Ready to challenge injustice and spark real change? So are we. Support Truthout's mission today by making a tax-deductible donation. The platinum anniversary of the most important shift in American child welfare policy in a generation just passed without notice or public discussion. But almost 20 years to the day after President Clinton signed the Adoption and Safe Families Act into law, those in the waiting area of the Bronx Family courthouse heard a 12-year-old sobbing inconsolably outside the courtroom, where he had just told the judge he did not want to be adopted. The judge had gone ahead anyway to terminate his mother's parental rights -- as judges around the country do tens of thousands of times a year to comply with ASFA. Touted at the time as a victory for children, ASFA has instead put America first in the world in the legal destruction of families. We are now the only country in the world that routinely pays people to adopt children whose birth parents want desperately to raise them. And we ...
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Killing Children in the Age of Disposability: The Parkland Shooting Was About More Than Gun Violence 4.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
People embrace as students return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday February 28, 2018, in Parkland, Florida. A mass shooting on February 14 at the school left 17 people dead. (Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images) The current debate about school shootings reveals a neoliberal order that has tipped over into authoritarianism where the highest measure of how a society judges itself ethically and politically is no longer about how it treats and invests in its children. How else to explain the fact that mass shootings of children are now discussed in terms of containing their effects rather than eliminating their causes. People embrace as students return to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday February 28, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. A mass shooting on February 14 at the school left 17 people dead. (Photo: Matt McClain / The Washington Post via Getty Images) Exposing the wrongdoing of those in power has never been more important. Support Truthout's ...
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We Can Be Heroes: Fighting to Win on Gun Reform 3.3.2018 Truthout - All Articles
And the guns shot above our heads And we kissed as though nothing could fall And the shame was on the other side Oh we can beat them, forever and ever Then we could be heroes, just for one day ... —David Bowie Sit by the river long enough and sooner or later you'll see everything. Now see this : Hundreds of faithful at a Pennsylvania church on Wednesday carried AR-15-style rifles, in adherence to their belief that a "rod of iron" mentioned in the Bible refers to the type of weapon that was used in last month's mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. The armed ceremony at World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland, about 20 miles southeast of Scranton, featured gun-toting worshippers, some wearing crowns of bullets as they participated in communion and wedding ceremonies. Attendants carefully placed a zip tie into the receiver magazine well of each weapon to assure that a clip could not be loaded. Well, thank packin' Jesus for the zip ties. Safety first, folks. Rev. Hyung Jin "Sean" Moon, youngest son ...
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International Women's Day celebrates the achievements of women 2.3.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Doreen Nicoll March is such a wonderful month! The days are longer, March 20 is the official start of spring, and there's the promise of renewed life as snowdrops push through the last of the snow and pussy willows offer nectar to emerging pollinators. March is also the time to celebrate women's accomplishments. International Women's Day (IWD) launched Sunday, March 8, 1914. Historically, IWD celebrations have been used to advance women's rights and gender equity. However, while women around the world have made great strides, we know that even Canada has a long way to go before it can call itself truly gender equitable. In 1995, Canada was number 1 on the United Nations Gender Equality Index. Today Canada ranks 25th. In November 2016, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) issued comprehensive recommendations regarding Canada's compliance with the UN treaty on women's rights. All recommendations are to be implemented by 2020, including a ...
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"Giving Up Food So Our Children Can Eat": The Workers Using Hunger Strikes to Protest for a Living Wage 27.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
You can fuel thoughtful, authority-challenging journalism: Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout. This article was published by TalkPoverty.org. As spring came to Rhode Island in 2014, Dominican hotel housekeeper Santa Brito and fellow hotel workers Ylleny Ferraris, Mirjaam Parada, and Mariano Cruz were gathering signatures for a Providence $15 wage initiative. "We had to divide up," says state representative Shelby Maldonado. "We asked: Who speaks the best Spanish? The best Creole?" Maldonado, a child of Guatemalan immigrants and a former UNITE HERE organizer, says that Rhode Island's immigrant workforce viscerally understood the issues at stake. They delivered their petitions. The city council put their living-wage initiative on the November ballot. When they convened a public hearing, a hundred hotel workers came to watch. Twenty-two registered to testify. They took time off, found babysitters, and wrote their testimonies. Then, at the last minute, the hearing was canceled. Brito ...
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The Struggle for Black Lives Is an Integral Part of the Struggle Against Gun Violence 27.2.2018 Truthout - All Articles
The emerging student mobilizations against gun violence suggest that we may be on the cusp of a social awakening that could change the culture of gun violence and militarism that pervades our society. However, to do so, we will also need to have an honest discussion about race and the tremendous and disproportionate impact of gun violence on African Americans. Students participate in a protest against gun violence February 21, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Hundreds of students from a number of Maryland and DC schools walked out of their classrooms and made a trip to the US Capitol and the White House to call for gun legislation, one week after 17 were killed in the latest mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images) This Truthout original was only possible because of our readers' ongoing support. Can you make a monthly donation to ensure we can publish more like it? Click here to give. The emergent student mobilizations ...
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Ontario government addressing computer security for children's aid societies 25.2.2018 Science / Technology News

Ransomware attacks at two children's aid societies have spurred the Ontario government to tighten cybersecurity around a new, $123-million provincial database for children in care. One of the agencies - the Children's Aid Society of Oxford County - paid a $5,000 ransom to regain access to their sensitive data after the malware attack on their local servers on Jan. 18, according to sources with knowledge of the incident.

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Gatherings across the country call for Justice for Tina Fontaine 24.2.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Brent Patterson #JusticeForTinaFontaine gatherings are taking place today in Ottawa , Toronto and Halifax , on February 24 in Victoria , Vancouver , Montreal , Oriliia and Regina , and on February 25 in Guelph , Calgary and London . There is also an ongoing presence of people camped outside the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg. Late yesterday, a jury in Winnipeg found 56-year-old Raymond Cormier not guilty of the murder of the 15-year-old girl. The Globe and Mail reports: "The Winnipeg court heard from Thelma Favel that Tina left Sagkeeng, 115 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, on June 30, 2014, to spend a week with her mother. It was her reward for an exceptional report card from École Powerview, her new, off-reserve school, where she had just finished Grade 9. Ms. Favel had been caring for Tina and her sister Sarah, one year her junior, since they were 3 and 4 in her home in Powerview-Pine Falls, just beyond Sagkeeng's northeast border." APTN adds: "The court heard Tina had a happy childhood raised by a ...
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Fear, anxiety, apprehension: undocumented immigrants fear doctor visits could leave them vulnerable to deportation 22.2.2018 Chicago Tribune: Business
The man’s toe had turned from deep purple to black by the time his family went to the emergency room. Soon they would discover it was gangrene, a complication of undiagnosed diabetes, and a portion of the toe would be amputated. But before that, as the days passed and the toe blackened, the ...
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