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Warren Unveils Plan to Give Workers More Control Over Corporate Decisions 16.8.2018
Warren's legislation quickly won the support from a wide array of groups.

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What Was the Life of This Guest Worker Worth? 15.8.2018 American Prospect
On Sunday, August 5, a group of 200 farmworkers and supporters began walking at sunrise along the shoulder of Benson Road, heading north from Lynden, Washington, toward Canada. When they reached O Road, the marchers turned right to walk along the border. Unlike the frontier with Mexico, with its walls, floodlights, and patrols, the border line here is no line at all—simply a road on each side of a weed-choked median. The procession, chanting and holding banners, passed a succession of blueberry fields for the next 14 miles, finally reaching the official border crossing at Sumas. Pausing for a protest in front of the local immigrant detention center, it then continued on until it reached its objective one mile further on—the 1,500-acre spread of Sarbanand Farms. There, in front of the ranch’s packing and warehouse facilities, participants staged a tribunal. “We are here to assign responsibility for the death of Honesto Silva,” announced Rosalinda Guillen, director of Community2Community, one of the ...
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Pesticide Ruling Is Latest Embarrassing Setback for Trump 11.8.2018
Trump's refusal to ban pesticide linked to brain damage in children and fetuses violates federal law, says court.

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ICE officials inspecting Minnesota pork producer 9.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
More than a dozen federal agents are reviewing employee records at Christensen Farms in Sleepy Eye, Minn.
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Battle for Water Rights Heats Up in El Salvador 5.8.2018
Social movements fear politicians backed by big business are about to privatize El Salvador's already scarce water.

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Trump Urges Lawmakers to Push One Million Americans Off Food Stamp Program 3.8.2018
Trump is pushing Congress to pass the measure seven months after passing the GOP tax law.

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How SNAP and Medicaid Work Requirements Will Hurt Workers 2.8.2018 American Prospect
trickle-downers.jpg On any given day, you’re likely to interact with a lot of people who work in the low-wage labor market. They’re the laborers you pass on the street, the retail clerks in a shop you frequent, the cooks or wait staff at a restaurant you like. They might be your family, friends, and coworkers. Maybe you yourself work in one of these occupations—after all, many millions of Americans do. While conservatives might paint adults who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly called food stamps) benefits and Medicaid as idle people who don’t want to work, the data don’t validate that assumption. Adults who rely on SNAP and Medicaid for help paying for their groceries and health care are often those same low-wage workers. But their work is largely volatile and unstable, and it comes without such key work supports as paid sick and family leave and affordable child care. That’s why the recent policy push to institute harsh work requirements in both SNAP and Medicaid is ...
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Promoting voter ID, Trump wrongly claims ID needed to buy groceries 1.8.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions about when the billionaire president last bought groceries or anything else himself. Photo IDs are required for certain purchases, such as alcohol, cigarettes or cold medicine.
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Trump Welcomes Immigrants, but Only if They Can Be Exploited 31.7.2018
Trump and the GOP's idea of putting "American jobs first," is to add a million guest workers to the labor market.

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Trump’s Tariffs Set to Destroy More Jobs and The Tax Cut Will Create. 28.7.2018 Outside the Beltway
President Trump’s tax cuts will provide the following benefits according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation. According to the Tax Foundation’s Taxes and Growth Model, the plan would significantly lower marginal tax rates and the cost of capital, which would lead to a 1.7 percent increase in GDP over the long term, 1.5 percent […]
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The SNAP Crisis at Farmers Markets Across the Country 19.7.2018 American Prospect
Edwin Remsberg / VWPics via AP Images Crates of green peppers, cucumbers, peaches and tomatoes for sale at a farmer's market in Westminster, Maryland  It’s a sunny Friday afternoon in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where the North Side farmers market sets up each week. As shoppers mill about to music that’s wafting over from a nearby festival, a long line has formed at the tent operated by Just Harvest, a local anti-hunger nonprofit. Surrounded by a couple dozen vendors selling fresh produce, baked goods, cheeses, jams, and jellies, Just Harvest staff assist recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, previously called food stamps) so that they’ll be able to use their SNAP benefits to buy any fresh food item at the market. But farmers’ business at the North Side market and other such markets across Pittsburgh—and the thousands of SNAP participants that buy from them—are currently threatened by an Agriculture Department contracting decision. Because of a change in ...
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Can Minnesota have clean water without regulating fertilizer? 17.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
Minnesota farmers rely heavily on nitrogen fertilizer to grow the crops that help make agriculture a $75 billion industry. But the state has struggled to find the right balance between food and fuel production and clean water. The state held the first in a series of hearings about new regulations on fertilizer use Monday.
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Amendment in Farm Bill Bans People With Drug Convictions From Hemp Industry 15.7.2018
No other crop grown in the US faces these kinds of restrictions.

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Farm Work Can Be a Skilled and Permanent Job 11.7.2018 American Prospect
(David Bacon) Up and down the Pacific coast, many of the largest growers are rapidly increasing their use of guest workers recruited in Mexico as temporary harvest labor. Farm labor, in their view, is unskilled. The workers who perform it should show up at harvest time, work as hard as possible, and then effectively disappear until the next season.  This has been the common view for over a century. It is the justification for a renewed Republican push to establish a vastly expanded guest worker program. But is the road to improving the lives of farmworkers to legislate even more massive contract-labor programs? Or is it to treat farm labor as skilled and permanent work, and provide security and decent wages to those who do it? One Salinas grower, D'Arrigo Brothers Company, is choosing the second alternative, a choice its workers feel reflects the value of their labor. “I started working at D’Arrigo in 1979,” says Efrain Fraide, who works in a company broccoli crew. “I’ve cut and packed every crop they ...
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North Dakota sues Dakota Access over farmland ownership 11.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
North Dakota's attorney general is suing the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline over agricultural land the company owns in violation of a state law banning large corporations from owning farmland.
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As soybean tariffs go into effect, Minn. farmers fear the worst 6.7.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
Soybean prices have been dropping for several weeks in anticipation of the move -- and some Minnesota farmers say the trade issues threaten their ability to stay in business.
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The CDC Just Retracted Its Farmer Suicide Data. That Could Be Terrible News for Farmers. 4.7.2018 Mother Jones
A widely cited study on high suicide rates among agricultural workers may be inaccurate, according to a retraction issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week. The report had been the subject of news articles across national media, including at least two in Mother Jones. The study, from 2012, was a survey of 17 states […]
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Lawsuit: Meatpackers conspired to raise pork prices 29.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota, charges that Hormel, Tyson and the other meat packers jointly limited production to boost prices.
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Tropical forests suffered second-worst loss of trees on record last year 28.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Politics
In 2017, 39 million acres of tree cover disappeared, an area as big as Bangladesh. "The report is telling a bleak picture," researcher Mikaela Weisse said. "What we are doing right now isn't enough."
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How to Restore Taxes on Inheritances 28.6.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File Since 2000, a growing number of wealthy U.S. nationals have deployed the offshore system and complex trusts to dodge estate levies and other taxes, including by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, fashion designer Ralph Lauren, DISH Network Chairman Charles Ergen, and 84 current and former partners from Goldman Sachs, including CEO Lloyd Blankfein (pictured, above).   This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  As part of the 2017 tax bill, Congress came within a whisker of abolishing the estate tax. In the end, Congress weakened the century-old levy on inherited wealth paid exclusively by multi-millionaires and billionaires. The estate tax was one of the substantive negotiating points of the joint tax conference committee that reconciled the differences between House and Senate versions in December 2017. House Republicans, fulfilling a decades-old aspiration, voted along party lines to abolish the tax. Senate Republicans ...
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