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James K. Galbraith on the Human Cost of Inequality in the Neoliberal Age 12.11.2015 Truthout.com
(Photo: US Currency via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) Why is inequality more acute  in the US than in Northern Europe? Is NAFTA to blame for the loss of jobs in the US? Will the Republicans succeed in dismantling Social Security? Economist James K. Galbraith weighs in on the shrinking of the middle class, plummeting standards of living and rising inequality in the US. (Photo: US Currency via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO) We live in an age of growing inequality: The policies of neoliberalism and the financialization of economic life have created a social order in which the rich are continually getting richer at the expense of everyone else. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that the middle class is shrinking in many Western societies, while there is a dramatic drop in the standard of living for the majority of the working population, the young and the retirees. It is also hardly surprising that the United States, with its free-market mentality and anti-social policy orientation, is leading the pack in ...
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New York City Credit Unions Give Mom-and-Pop Stores a Chance, Despite Gentrification 29.9.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Rossy Caba works in her restaurant. (Photo: Abigail Savitch-Lew) In the trendy Lower East Side of New York City, where high-end restaurants have replaced many of the old mom-and-pop businesses, a stream of customers flows through the door of Rossy's Bakery: construction workers and cab drivers, residents of the public housing complex across the street, and Spanish-speaking clientele who have lived in the neighborhood for decades. Inside, diners sit at wooden tables, chitchatting above steaming plates of rice, beans, and pork. Below a print of a succulent rose dripping with dew, a display case offers mouth-watering Dominican specialties, from Guava cake to corn pudding. While many of the Lower East Side's new businesses cater to wealthier residents who've moved here in recent years, this bakery, which opened in 2010, attracts the neighborhood's old timers and Caribbean immigrants. Cases like this are relatively rare in gentrifying neighborhoods, in part because banks can often earn higher returns on loans ...
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Reframing the Immigration Debate Amid Election Season Xenophobia 23.9.2015 Truthout.com
Candidates debating immigration policy rarely consider how domestic and foreign policies of the United States encourage migration and create the economic and political context for an "immigration crisis." They also don't consider the benefits of immigration. Progressive candidates should reframe the debate. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has gone so far as to say that "...the immigration system is being used to attack us." (Photo: a katz / Shutterstock.com ) Truthout can only survive through reader support. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! At the core of the immigration debate is an unanswered question: How does the United States define citizenship? Critical to this question is the development of laws, public policy and institutions that appropriately align the demand for labor, while recognizing unauthorized workers are granted individual rights and liberties associated with a pathway to full-fledged ...
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The fight to keep Korean businesses in L.A. 2.9.2015 LA Times: Commentary
When Daejae Kim arrived in Los Angeles three decades ago, he took his first step into the apparel business in downtown's fashion district, where a budding Korean entrepreneurial community was beginning to take hold.
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Korean American apparel makers mull fleeing L.A.'s business climate for El Paso 2.9.2015 LA Times: Business
When Daejae Kim arrived in Los Angeles three decades ago, he took his first step into the apparel business in downtown's fashion district, where a budding Korean entrepreneurial community was beginning to take hold.
Can California's economy keep its momentum? 29.8.2015 LA Times: Top News
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The Daily 202: What Joe Biden risks by running for president 25.8.2015 Washington Post: Politics
The Daily 202: What Joe Biden risks by running for president
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Editorial: Donald Trump’s immigration plan would wreak havoc on U.S. society 18.8.2015 Washington Post
REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Donald Trump, who unveiled his immigration platform over the weekend, says America’s illegal immigrants “have to go.” Although the large majority of Americans don’t agree, Mr. Trump is appealing to a more sympathetic audience: the most conservative slice of the Republican primary electorate.Read full article ...
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Limits on migrants will be one of this government's greatest mistakes 17.8.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Social responsibility in good businesses demands vision, compassion and a willingness to stand up to bad politics on migration Britain is a nation of immigrants, with a migrant-built economy. Many people now claimed as its own – from Huguenots and Jews to refugees of Amin’s Uganda - have faced inevitable short-term integration challenges and longer-term, low-level establishment xenophobia. Despite continued abuses in human rights and working conditions that shame the modern state, the economic contribution of migrants is remarkable, thrown into sharp relief by news of an impending strike by Polish workers in ...
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364 bills that have been introduced in Congress, ranked by acronym quality 3.8.2015 Washington Post: Politics
364 bills that have been introduced in Congress, ranked by acronym quality
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Earning low wages in Colorado’s high places 1.8.2015 Durango Herald
The anglers and bikers traveling to the mountains slowed their cars to a crawl as hundreds of sheep flocked the country road north of Meeker. Ahead, a sheepherder on horseback surveyed the animals, and behind them, the man’s small camper, or “campito,” was hidden by trees.From Moffat to Alamosa counties, Colorado is...
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Scenes From Domestic Worker Organizing 29.6.2015 Truthout.com
Collective Leadership & Movement Building  "I am a home care worker, and I save lives. So why am I paid poverty wages?" LaTanya Cline demanded of an ebullient crowd of domestic workers, unionists and their families at the Justice for Homecare Tribunal in Sacramento. In March 2015, more than 200 members of the California Domestic Workers Coalition traveled to the state capital to demand a living wage, overtime pay and dignity for homecare workers and workers who take care of seniors and people with disabilities. The coalition's contingent included several worker-organizers from  Mujeres Unidas y Activas  (MUA), a powerful grassroots organization of Latina immigrant women in the Bay Area. MUA members are raising their voices and asserting their leadership to demand dignity, safety and recognition of the vital services they provide as housekeepers, nannies and caregivers. Domestic Work is Invisible Work "There is an entrenched devaluation of immigrant women workers. Domestic workers are breadwinners of ...
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Why are migrants fleeing Moscow? 8.6.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Perhaps the real wonder – with low wages, strict new permits and openly racist apartment listings – is that any of the millions of Kyrgyz, Uzbeks and Tajiks who power Moscow’s huge economy are staying at all

For 12 years, Akbar has worked 12-hour shifts stocking shelves in a basement supermarket in central Moscow. Originally a chef from a small city in Uzbekistan, he would work most of the year in Moscow, then go home to visit his wife and five kids over New Year’s. But this year, the money’s got so bad that he plans to head back to Uzbekistan for good when his work permit runs out in August.

“I’ll work until it expires, then go home. What is there to do here?” Akbar said as he stocked cartons of juice from a stepladder. “I’ll find work there. What else can I do?”

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Financial Exploitation of Women in the Workplace Is the Canary in the Coal Mine 13.5.2015 Truthout.com
Caroline Fredrickson, author of Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over, recently shared her findings with Truthout on how female workers - particularly in labor-intensive jobs - continue to be economically shortchanged in the United States. Caroline Fredrickson. (Photo: Richard A. Bloom) The gender gap has not closed for most women at work, and "leaning in" won't fix this. In Under the Bus, Caroline Fredrickson details the inequities faced by temporary and part-time workers, immigrant women, farm workers, small business employees and domestic workers - in other words, the majority of working women. Click here to order the book now with a contribution to Truthout! Caroline Fredrickson, author of Under the Bus: How Working Women Are Being Run Over, recently shared her findings with Truthout on how female workers - particularly in labor-intensive jobs - continue to be economically shortchanged in the United States. Mark Karlin: You make the alarming and ominous prediction that the exploitation ...
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What would happen if Britain left the EU? 19.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

David Cameron has promised a referendum on EU membership should he be re-elected, and our own survey came out clearly in favour of the idea. Many experts, though, are horrified at the idea of quitting the EU. Alex Preston looks at the consequences of saying goodbye

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Fight for $15: Tens of Thousands Rally as Labor and Civil Rights Movements Join Forces 17.4.2015 Truthout.com
Low-wage workers in the United States have staged their largest action to date to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage, with some 60,000 workers walking off the job in more than 200 cities. The "Fight for $15" campaign brought together fast-food workers, home-care aides, child-care providers, Wal-Mart clerks, adjunct professors, airport workers and other low-wage workers. Organizers say the action was held on Tax Day to highlight the taxpayer funds needed to support underpaid workers. A new study says low wages are forcing working families to rely on more than $150 billion in public assistance. We speak with Steven Greenhouse, former labor and workplace reporter for The New York Times, who has been covering the "Fight for $15" movement. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. NERMEEN SHAIKH: Low-wage workers in the United States have staged their largest action to date to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage, with some 60,000 workers walking off the job in over 200 cities. ...
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Mayor Ed Lee faces fire over who benefits as S.F. booms 26.3.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The 656-condo Lumina complex promises a "transcendent living experience," with a club lounge, climbing wall and pet grooming station. The smallest units start at about $1 million. The penthouse is priced at $49 million, a city record.
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FactChecking Ted Cruz 24.3.2015 FactCheck
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major Republican candidate to declare himself officially in the 2016 presidential race. In announcing his presidential ambition, Cruz repeated a number of dubious claims we have heard before, and a few we haven't.
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Do Your Veggies Depend On Workers Who Lack Legal Rights? 26.2.2015 NPR News
Produce growers often rely on workers who are in the U.S. illegally. Some farmers believe that when immigrant workers gain legal status, they tend to leave agriculture. Yet the evidence is disputed.
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New rally cry over police use of deadly force: 'It was just a rock!!!' 21.2.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
The rallying cry in Ferguson was "Hands up, don't shoot!" In New York, it was "I can't breathe!" In Pasco these days, the protest signs say things like "It was just a rock!!!"
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