WEAP News and Notes feed http://weap.org/news-and-notes.htm RSS Feed for weap.org News and Notes page CGFeedMaker 1.0.17 on CMS Made Simple leslye@reflectiondigital.com (Admin User) <![CDATA[Community Sponsored Teach In]]> http://weap.org/news/555/17/Community-Sponsored-Teach-In.htm How can workers fight the powers that are crushing them into the ground? How can we win against the forces of Corporate Dictatorship, Austerity and the Criminalization of Poverty? That’s the subject of the next Women’s Economic Agenda Project Community... Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:24:31 -0600 http://weap.org/news/555/17/Community-Sponsored-Teach-In.htm <![CDATA[Michigan Tour ]]> http://weap.org/news/554/17/Michigan-Tour.htm Working families are in trouble everywhere - and especially in Michigan, where state law replaces democratically elected officials with appointed Emergency Managers who have the power to sell off public property, shut down schools and change or cancel union contracts. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:18:01 -0600 http://weap.org/news/554/17/Michigan-Tour.htm <![CDATA[California Drought]]> http://weap.org/news/553/17/California-Drought.htm This has been the driest year in recorded history. The Sierra snowpack is 12% of normal. Delta water may be unavailable for many Central Valley farmers. In some counties ground levels are sinking as groundwater is pumped out. With fields... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:20:49 -0600 http://weap.org/news/553/17/California-Drought.htm <![CDATA[Child Refugees: The Consequences of the 2009 Coup in Honduras]]> http://weap.org/news/552/17/Child-Refugees-The-Consequences-of-the-2009-Coup-in-Honduras.htm While I could point to several circumstances showing how what transpired that summer amounted to nothing less than a military coup, I merely need cite the report released by the Honduras Truth and Reconciliation Commission two years after the fact. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:49:32 -0600 http://weap.org/news/552/17/Child-Refugees-The-Consequences-of-the-2009-Coup-in-Honduras.htm <![CDATA[ Maureen Taylor on Emergency Managers at Netroots Nation in Detroit ]]> http://weap.org/news/551/17/Maureen-Taylor-on-Emergency-Managers-at-Netroots-Nation-in-Detroit.htm Maureen Taylor, State Chair of MWRO, speaks at Netroots Nation panel on 'Fighting for Democracy After Emergency Manager Takeovers in Michigan.' She discusses the national narrative going on to depict Detroit residents in a way that makes it easier to... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:20:10 -0600 http://weap.org/news/551/17/Maureen-Taylor-on-Emergency-Managers-at-Netroots-Nation-in-Detroit.htm <![CDATA[The Michigan Struggle: Rev. Pinkney, Detroit and the Fight Against Austerity ]]> http://weap.org/news/550/17/The-Michigan-Struggle-Rev-Pinkney-Detroit-and-the-Fight-Against-Austerity.htm Check out this page to learn about Rev. Pinkney and his struggle against fascism and privitaization in Benton Harbor, the Water Struggle, Emergency Financial Managers and the struggle for democracy and freedom of the People of Detroit as they stand... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:41:44 -0600 http://weap.org/news/550/17/The-Michigan-Struggle-Rev-Pinkney-Detroit-and-the-Fight-Against-Austerity.htm <![CDATA[Sleepless in Palo Alto — Challenging the Criminalization of Homelessness]]> http://weap.org/news/549/17/Sleepless-in-Palo-Alto-Challenging-the-Criminalization-of-Homelessness.htm On June 19, 2014, a federal court of appeals struck down a  Los Angeles city ordinance which criminalized vehicle dwelling .  The court held that the law, which banned the use of a vehicle as “living quarters”, was unconstitutionally vague... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:56:47 -0600 http://weap.org/news/549/17/Sleepless-in-Palo-Alto-Challenging-the-Criminalization-of-Homelessness.htm <![CDATA[A Battle for Profits ]]> http://weap.org/news/548/17/A-Battle-for-Profits.htm   In Oakland, a coalition of labor and community organizations calling itself Lift Up Oakland has eschewed City Hall (which has never chosen to take up the minimum wage on its own) and is bringing an ambitious proposal directly to... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:42:33 -0600 http://weap.org/news/548/17/A-Battle-for-Profits.htm <![CDATA[Women’s Economic Agenda Statement on Sinful Supreme Court Rulings Against Women,Families, & Workers]]> http://weap.org/news/547/17/Women-s-Economic-Agenda-Statement-on-Sinful-Supreme-Court-Rulings-Against-Women-Families-Workers.htm U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg cut to the  heart of it: "In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds  that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with  partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law ... Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:32:01 -0600 http://weap.org/news/547/17/Women-s-Economic-Agenda-Statement-on-Sinful-Supreme-Court-Rulings-Against-Women-Families-Workers.htm <![CDATA[U.S. Workers are in a War, Strategies to Win ]]> http://weap.org/news/546/17/U-S-Workers-are-in-a-War-Strategies-to-Win.htm   U.S. workers are in a war. They are being steadily pushed down the economic ladder by the relentless corporate drive for profits. The corporations use many different anti-democratic tactics that are supported by government policies and public elected officials... Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:26:03 -0600 http://weap.org/news/546/17/U-S-Workers-are-in-a-War-Strategies-to-Win.htm <![CDATA[WEAP Stands in Solidarity in with the LIft UP Oakland Campaign ]]> http://weap.org/news/545/17/WEAP-Stands-in-Solidarity-in-with-the-LIft-UP-Oakland-Campaign.htm   We don’t want a minimum wage. We NEED a LIVING WAGE.  Workers, community leaders, and folks from all over the East Bay are fighting for just that as we speak!  The Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) and the US... Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:17:53 -0600 http://weap.org/news/545/17/WEAP-Stands-in-Solidarity-in-with-the-LIft-UP-Oakland-Campaign.htm <![CDATA[Support the Struggle For Human Rights-Rev. Pinkney Struggles for Justice ]]> http://weap.org/news/544/17/Support-the-Struggle-For-Human-Rights-Rev-Pinkney-Struggles-for-Justice.htm   Learn about the struggle of Rev. Pinkney, one of many frontline fighters in the struggle for justice, human rights and no more corporations over people. Rev. Pinkney is currently facing trial for standing up for what is right, and... Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:41:22 -0600 http://weap.org/news/544/17/Support-the-Struggle-For-Human-Rights-Rev-Pinkney-Struggles-for-Justice.htm <![CDATA[Coming to a Town Near You-EFM's, Water and the Struggle for Human Rights ]]> http://weap.org/news/543/17/Coming-to-a-Town-Near-You-EFM-s-Water-and-the-Struggle-for-Human-Rights.htm   “Disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying. In other words, when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections,” said... Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:31:19 -0600 http://weap.org/news/543/17/Coming-to-a-Town-Near-You-EFM-s-Water-and-the-Struggle-for-Human-Rights.htm <![CDATA[The New Law of Religion ]]> http://weap.org/news/542/17/The-New-Law-of-Religion.htm   Monday’s  decision in Hobby Lobby  was unprecedented. Much of the commentary has focused on the Supreme Court’s decision to extend rights of religious free exercise to for-profit corporations. Hobby Lobby is for religion what Citizens United was for free... Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:21:11 -0600 http://weap.org/news/542/17/The-New-Law-of-Religion.htm <![CDATA[ Harris v. Quinn: The War on Workers-The New York Times ]]> http://weap.org/news/541/17/Harris-v-Quinn-The-War-on-Workers-The-New-York-Times.htm  Harris v. Quinn: UNIONS have never been uncontroversial in American society, but the  battles over labor have grown fiercer in recent years: Witness the fight over  public-employee unions in Wisconsin, or the 2012 decision by Michigan  lawmakers to join the ranks... Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:17:22 -0600 http://weap.org/news/541/17/Harris-v-Quinn-The-War-on-Workers-The-New-York-Times.htm <![CDATA[JOIN US: WEAP Community Roundtable on Housing and Displacement ]]> http://weap.org/news/540/17/JOIN-US-WEAP-Community-Roundtable-on-Housing-and-Displacement.htm   JOIN US!!!:  Women's Economic Agenda Project - Round Table on Displacement, Safety  Net Cuts, Austerity the battle for Minimum Wage to Living Wage!  Saturday, JUNE 21st, 2014 10am-1pm Laney College Bistro Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:11:36 -0600 http://weap.org/news/540/17/JOIN-US-WEAP-Community-Roundtable-on-Housing-and-Displacement.htm <![CDATA[Weap Stands with the workers of Our Walmart]]> http://weap.org/news/539/17/Weap-Stands-with-the-workers-of-Our-Walmart.htm   OUR Walmart is standing up to and protesting Walmart, one of the world’s most profitable companies who is relentlessly pushing it’s workers into slave labor. And WEAP is standing with them Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:05:55 -0600 http://weap.org/news/539/17/Weap-Stands-with-the-workers-of-Our-Walmart.htm <![CDATA[Lawsuit Challenges Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage]]> http://weap.org/news/538/17/Lawsuit-Challenges-Seattle-s-15-Minimum-Wage.htm   The Seattle City Council voted unanimously this month to gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The plan gives businesses with more than 500 employees nationally at least three years to phase in the increase — four... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:42:45 -0600 http://weap.org/news/538/17/Lawsuit-Challenges-Seattle-s-15-Minimum-Wage.htm <![CDATA[Please check out our June E-Newsletter]]> http://weap.org/news/537/17/Please-check-out-our-June-E-Newsletter.htm   WEAP's E-newsletter is in full effect!!! Check out all of the news, information and updates. Peep the updates, information movies links and key information our partners. WEAP is  Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:34:24 -0600 http://weap.org/news/537/17/Please-check-out-our-June-E-Newsletter.htm <![CDATA[WEAP June News Letter and Community Roundtable ]]> http://weap.org/news/536/17/WEAP-June-News-Letter-and-Community-Roundtable.htm Get involved Visit our page Donate to WEAP In the Mouth of the... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:55:03 -0600 http://weap.org/news/536/17/WEAP-June-News-Letter-and-Community-Roundtable.htm <![CDATA[Rev. Pinkey In the 'Mouth of the Beast' In Benton Harbor ]]> http://weap.org/news/535/17/Rev-Pinkey-In-the-Mouth-of-the-Beast-In-Benton-Harbor.htm   Rev. Pinkney is in the mouth of the beast,” Pinkney told VOD. “What they don’t understand is that I’m a beast killer. The exam today proved they have not a single drop of evidence to even take this... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:36:42 -0600 http://weap.org/news/535/17/Rev-Pinkey-In-the-Mouth-of-the-Beast-In-Benton-Harbor.htm <![CDATA[Gentrification and Displacement in the Bay Area ]]> http://weap.org/news/534/17/Gentrification-and-Displacement-in-the-Bay-Area.htm   OAKLAND-Communities are being ripped asunder. And while the American tendency to blame oneself continues to pervade unabated, the cold and unwavering reality is that there is a much more objective, all encompassing reality that is rapidly engulfing the... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:29:11 -0600 http://weap.org/news/534/17/Gentrification-and-Displacement-in-the-Bay-Area.htm <![CDATA[Fallen Warriors-Remembering General Baker, Dottie Stevens and Karega Hart ]]> http://weap.org/news/533/17/Fallen-Warriors-Remembering-General-Baker-Dottie-Stevens-and-Karega-Hart.htm Over the past few months workers in the United States lost three of the hardest fighting revolutionaries against poverty and for a cooperative society, three people who never tired of fighting oppression and who championed new visions for a cooperative... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:18:55 -0600 http://weap.org/news/533/17/Fallen-Warriors-Remembering-General-Baker-Dottie-Stevens-and-Karega-Hart.htm <![CDATA[The Economy Myth of Keystone XL; "Jobs To Destroy Your Health And Well Being"]]> http://weap.org/news/532/17/The-Economy-Myth-of-Keystone-XL-Jobs-To-Destroy-Your-Health-And-Well-Being.htm Mateo Nube, co-director of Movement Generation said "If President Obama's State Department is going to repeat the fictitious lies of the extreme energy industry, then we are going to use fictitious humor to tell the truth." In particular, the video... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:09:50 -0600 http://weap.org/news/532/17/The-Economy-Myth-of-Keystone-XL-Jobs-To-Destroy-Your-Health-And-Well-Being.htm <![CDATA[The Rise of the New Land Lords ]]> http://weap.org/news/531/17/The-Rise-of-the-New-Land-Lords.htm  "One year ago, Wells Fargo Bank foreclosed on King's house after she struggled to catch up on mortgage payments she had missed during the Great Recession. "Suddenly, people in Berkeley weren't taking tennis lessons," she explained. King scrambled to make... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:44:04 -0600 http://weap.org/news/531/17/The-Rise-of-the-New-Land-Lords.htm <![CDATA[Letter to Supporters of Tenant Justice]]> http://weap.org/news/530/17/Letter-to-Supporters-of-Tenant-Justice.htm   From our brothers and sisters at Just Cause/Causa Justa: Thanks to the thousands of you who signed the petition, all of you who made calls and emails to City Council in the last week; and those of you... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:38:10 -0600 http://weap.org/news/530/17/Letter-to-Supporters-of-Tenant-Justice.htm <![CDATA[Gold Out West-Rise of the Silicon Valley Bay ]]> http://weap.org/news/529/17/Gold-Out-West-Rise-of-the-Silicon-Valley-Bay.htm  OAKLAND — The orgy of monied interests (the class interests of the one percent) represented by the struggle and negotiation taking place between technology giants, real estate moguls, speculative banksters and state interests represents an attempted reorganization of what we... Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:26:49 -0600 http://weap.org/news/529/17/Gold-Out-West-Rise-of-the-Silicon-Valley-Bay.htm <![CDATA[Alphonso Mayfield-Visonary Labor and Culture Leader ]]> http://weap.org/news/528/17/Alphonso-Mayfield-Visonary-Labor-and-Culture-Leader.htm Shamako Noble of the Hip Hop Congress interviews Alphonso Mayfield, President of the Florida Public Services Union. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:46:49 -0600 http://weap.org/news/528/17/Alphonso-Mayfield-Visonary-Labor-and-Culture-Leader.htm <![CDATA[Letter to ICE New Orleans to Stop Deportation of Parents Detained During Raids]]> http://weap.org/news/527/17/Letter-to-ICE-New-Orleans-to-Stop-Deportation-of-Parents-Detained-During-Raids.htm We, the undersigned civil, labor, and human rights organizations, write to urge the New Orleans Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to exercise prosecutorial discretion and grant a one year stay of removal to parents and primary caregivers of minor children... Sun, 08 Dec 2013 20:45:55 -0700 http://weap.org/news/527/17/Letter-to-ICE-New-Orleans-to-Stop-Deportation-of-Parents-Detained-During-Raids.htm <![CDATA[Rejecting Austerity; The Future Looks Brighter With Economic Democracy ]]> http://weap.org/news/526/17/Rejecting-Austerity-The-Future-Looks-Brighter-With-Economic-Democracy.htm Now that workers are rapidly being replaced by computer-controlled machines, tilting the world economy irreparably in favor of the 1% and ending capitalism as we know it, the Women’s Economic Agenda Project hosted the third in its series of community... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:58:29 -0700 http://weap.org/news/526/17/Rejecting-Austerity-The-Future-Looks-Brighter-With-Economic-Democracy.htm <![CDATA[Rolling back the Civil Rights Movement, with BART workers as a major target]]> http://weap.org/news/525/17/Rolling-back-the-Civil-Rights-Movement-with-BART-workers-as-a-major-target.htm The Civil Rights Movement, which led to a massive expansion of educational, political and economic rights for African Americans and others who were traditionally marginalized, has been under attack since before it started. One of the gains of the Civil... Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:01:31 -0700 http://weap.org/news/525/17/Rolling-back-the-Civil-Rights-Movement-with-BART-workers-as-a-major-target.htm <![CDATA[Economic Democracy is Key to Real Freedom]]> http://weap.org/news/524/17/Economic-Democracy-is-Key-to-Real-Freedom.htm The American people have always held high the ideal of democracy, and fought and died for it. From the American Revolution and the abolition of slavery after the Civil War, to the Civil Rights struggles for voting and other rights,... Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:43:58 -0700 http://weap.org/news/524/17/Economic-Democracy-is-Key-to-Real-Freedom.htm <![CDATA[Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross-hairs]]> http://weap.org/news/523/17/Making-the-World-Safe-for-Banksters-Syria-in-the-Cross-hairs.htm In an August 2013 article titled Larry Summers and the Secret ‘End-game’ Memo,” Greg Palast posted evidence of a secret late-1990s plan devised by Wall Street and U.S. Treasury officials to open banking to the lucrative derivatives business. To pull... Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:51:30 -0700 http://weap.org/news/523/17/Making-the-World-Safe-for-Banksters-Syria-in-the-Cross-hairs.htm <![CDATA[Struggling, San Jose Tests a Way to Cut Benefits]]> http://weap.org/news/522/17/Struggling-San-Jose-Tests-a-Way-to-Cut-Benefits.htm San Jose now spends one-fifth of its $1.1 billion general fund on pensions and retiree health care, and the amount keeps rising. To free up the money,  services have been cut, libraries and community centers closed, the number of city... Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:41:08 -0700 http://weap.org/news/522/17/Struggling-San-Jose-Tests-a-Way-to-Cut-Benefits.htm <![CDATA[Millions of Poor Are Left Uncovered by Health Law]]> http://weap.org/news/521/17/Millions-of-Poor-Are-Left-Uncovered-by-Health-Law.htm A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of... Tue, 05 Nov 2013 19:25:35 -0700 http://weap.org/news/521/17/Millions-of-Poor-Are-Left-Uncovered-by-Health-Law.htm <![CDATA[Detroit, Racism and All American Insecurity ]]> http://weap.org/news/520/17/Detroit-Racism-and-All-American-Insecurity.htm Detroit was an industrial hub of America built from the innovations and subsidiary/ complimentary businesses formed from Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Co. This eventually created the Big 4. Chrysler, General Motors, Ford and American Motors from the 1930’s through the... Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:15:23 -0700 http://weap.org/news/520/17/Detroit-Racism-and-All-American-Insecurity.htm <![CDATA[Safety net could be snipped for 'unemployable']]> http://weap.org/news/519/17/Safety-net-could-be-snipped-for-unemployable.htm People between 18 and 64 years of age who cannot work for more than 90 days but less than one year because of a qualifying physical or mental disability. Physical ailments would include a broken arm, uncontrolled diabetes and arthritis.... Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:57:01 -0700 http://weap.org/news/519/17/Safety-net-could-be-snipped-for-unemployable.htm <![CDATA[End The Games! Stop Holding Us Hostage!]]> http://weap.org/news/518/17/End-The-Games-Stop-Holding-Us-Hostage.htm Poor and low-income and communities of color are already burdened by unjust tax laws and debt, flawed housing policies and general indifference from law-makers. And these are the folks being hardest hit as the government shutdown is heading into a... Sat, 02 Nov 2013 23:05:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/518/17/End-The-Games-Stop-Holding-Us-Hostage.htm <![CDATA[California Pension-Cutting Ballot Initiative Revealed]]> http://weap.org/news/517/17/California-Pension-Cutting-Ballot-Initiative-Revealed.htm The following story was reported by Frying Pan News as part of its California Exposé investigative series, and published in collaboration with The Huffington Post. In a move to slash the retirement benefits of public employees in California, a... Sat, 02 Nov 2013 22:54:32 -0600 http://weap.org/news/517/17/California-Pension-Cutting-Ballot-Initiative-Revealed.htm <![CDATA[WHY Is Ending Poverty Important?]]> http://weap.org/news/516/17/WHY-Is-Ending-Poverty-Important.htm Ending Poverty is important because, as Nelson Mandela said : "Poverty is not an accident...it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings." Ending Poverty is vital because the world economy is at a crossroads... Sun, 14 Jul 2013 22:46:20 -0600 http://weap.org/news/516/17/WHY-Is-Ending-Poverty-Important.htm <![CDATA[Your Genes Might Still Make Millions For Someone Other Than You]]> http://weap.org/news/515/17/Your-Genes-Might-Still-Make-Millions-For-Someone-Other-Than-You.htm Think your body belongs to you? Think again! The U.S. Supreme Court’s new ruling that naturally occurring human genes cannot be patented did not stop a $2.1 billion genetics company from claiming it can still control research on two key... Thu, 04 Jul 2013 05:20:24 -0600 http://weap.org/news/515/17/Your-Genes-Might-Still-Make-Millions-For-Someone-Other-Than-You.htm <![CDATA[We Salute the Walmart Workers Standing Up for Economic Justice]]> http://weap.org/news/513/17/We-Salute-the-Walmart-Workers-Standing-Up-for-Economic-Justice.htm The Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) and the US Court of Women on Poverty salute the Walmart Workers who are protesting to keep one of the world’s most profitable companies from pushing them toward slave labor. We invite our community... Thu, 04 Jul 2013 01:19:51 -0600 http://weap.org/news/513/17/We-Salute-the-Walmart-Workers-Standing-Up-for-Economic-Justice.htm <![CDATA[OUR Walmart Campaign - Standing Up For All Of Our Rights]]> http://weap.org/news/510/17/OUR-Walmart-Campaign-Standing-Up-For-All-Of-Our-Rights.htm The national campaign OUR Walmart, or Organization United for Respect at Walmart, is a powerful effort aiming to secure a better deal for workers and their families from one of the most infamous violators of United States labor laws. In... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 01:05:51 -0600 http://weap.org/news/510/17/OUR-Walmart-Campaign-Standing-Up-For-All-Of-Our-Rights.htm <![CDATA[Food Sovereignty: Think Globally, Eat Locally]]> http://weap.org/news/509/17/Food-Sovereignty-Think-Globally-Eat-Locally.htm The first group of protestors at Occupy Wall Street publically delivered 23 complaints, outlining the ways in which corporations control our daily lives. Number four asserted, "They have poisoned the food supply through negligence and undermined the farming system through... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:22:45 -0600 http://weap.org/news/509/17/Food-Sovereignty-Think-Globally-Eat-Locally.htm <![CDATA[Sequestration Cuts Fall Hard Upon Low Income Families]]> http://weap.org/news/508/17/Sequestration-Cuts-Fall-Hard-Upon-Low-Income-Families.htm All over the country, working people and their families are being badly hurt by the drying up of federal dollars caused by sequestration.  A late May ABC News/Washington Post poll found nearly 40 percent of Americans are feeling real pain... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:18:52 -0600 http://weap.org/news/508/17/Sequestration-Cuts-Fall-Hard-Upon-Low-Income-Families.htm <![CDATA[Strengthen Working Families, Support the Robin Hood Tax]]> http://weap.org/news/512/17/Strengthen-Working-Families-Support-the-Robin-Hood-Tax.htm The Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) and the US Courts of Women on Poverty honor the Nurses who are holding the state’s wealthy accountable for their plundering of public coffers. We proudly support the Robin Hood Tax as an important... Tue, 21 May 2013 00:52:56 -0600 http://weap.org/news/512/17/Strengthen-Working-Families-Support-the-Robin-Hood-Tax.htm <![CDATA[The Collapse of Detroit, A Glimpse of Our Future?]]> http://weap.org/news/514/17/The-Collapse-of-Detroit-A-Glimpse-of-Our-Future.htm Imagine for a moment that every single person living in the city of San Jose, plus another 150,000 or so, just up and left. Vanished. Poof. Gone. Leaving their homes, business buildings and factories behind. That is, in effect,... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:13:36 -0600 http://weap.org/news/514/17/The-Collapse-of-Detroit-A-Glimpse-of-Our-Future.htm <![CDATA[A Program for Combating Poverty -- Stop the Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Expand Medicare to All]]> http://weap.org/news/511/17/A-Program-for-Combating-Poverty-Stop-the-Cuts-to-Social-Security-Medicare-Expand-Medicare-to-All.htm With poverty rates spinning perilously out of control in the U.S., it’s time to send an unmistakable message to Congress and the White House as they prepare to resume the ongoing obsession with the deficit: End the silence on poverty,... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:41:43 -0700 http://weap.org/news/511/17/A-Program-for-Combating-Poverty-Stop-the-Cuts-to-Social-Security-Medicare-Expand-Medicare-to-All.htm <![CDATA[What Was Actually in Bowles-Simpson — And How Can We Compare it With Other Plans?]]> http://weap.org/news/507/17/What-Was-Actually-in-Bowles-Simpson-And-How-Can-We-Compare-it-With-Other-Plans.htm Many policymakers have said that they “support,” “endorse,” or otherwise look favorably on “Bowles-Simpson” — the budget plan that Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson issued in December 2010 as co-chairs of President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:07:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/507/17/What-Was-Actually-in-Bowles-Simpson-And-How-Can-We-Compare-it-With-Other-Plans.htm <![CDATA[Walmart Warehouse Strikers Return to Work with Full Back Pay]]> http://weap.org/news/506/17/Walmart-Warehouse-Strikers-Return-to-Work-with-Full-Back-Pay.htm Strikers have returned to work with their heads held high and their wallets full at Walmart’s largest North American distribution center. Warehouse workers in Elwood, Illinois, announced Saturday that they had won their key demand, reinstatement of all who were... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:48:47 -0600 http://weap.org/news/506/17/Walmart-Warehouse-Strikers-Return-to-Work-with-Full-Back-Pay.htm <![CDATA[Sequestration FAQ]]> http://weap.org/news/505/17/Sequestration-FAQ.htm In 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act which established caps on defense and nondefense discretionary programs such as public health, environmental protection, law enforcement, transportation etc., that will reduce this funding by $1 trillion over 10 years. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:58:03 -0600 http://weap.org/news/505/17/Sequestration-FAQ.htm <![CDATA[Post election deficit deal threatens Medicare and Social Security]]> http://weap.org/news/503/17/Post-election-deficit-deal-threatens-Medicare-and-Social-Security.htm The solution is Improved Medicare for All After the November election, there will be a major effort in Congress to pass a budget deal that will make cuts in Social Security, raise the Medicare and Social Security eligibility age,... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 16:04:06 -0600 http://weap.org/news/503/17/Post-election-deficit-deal-threatens-Medicare-and-Social-Security.htm <![CDATA[Government-Run Healthcare is More Efficient Than Private Healthcare]]> http://weap.org/news/493/17/Government-Run-Healthcare-is-More-Efficient-Than-Private-Healthcare.htm Can the government provide healthcare more efficiently than the private market? There's no simple answer to that, but a couple of recent data points suggest the answer is yes. First there's Medicare. It's true that long-term Medicare costs remain our... Mon, 06 Aug 2012 21:13:32 -0600 http://weap.org/news/493/17/Government-Run-Healthcare-is-More-Efficient-Than-Private-Healthcare.htm <![CDATA[Health Care Workers, Patients Lead Fight for Divestment]]> http://weap.org/news/490/17/Health-Care-Workers-Patients-Lead-Fight-for-Divestment.htm In the midst of a fierce debate on the national level around the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, the Divestment Campaign for Health Care made its official debut. Its stated mission: “to expose how the health insurance industry... Sun, 05 Aug 2012 11:29:58 -0600 http://weap.org/news/490/17/Health-Care-Workers-Patients-Lead-Fight-for-Divestment.htm <![CDATA[Democrat's State Budget Deal Severely underfunds public needs in California]]> http://weap.org/news/487/17/Democrat-s-State-Budget-Deal-Severely-underfunds-public-needs-in-California.htm Oakland has been the long-time home of Jerry Brown, and during late June last month Governor Jerry Brown and the Democrats have once again sold out to corporate interests in the latest budget deal in California by grabbing another billion... Sat, 04 Aug 2012 20:14:42 -0600 http://weap.org/news/487/17/Democrat-s-State-Budget-Deal-Severely-underfunds-public-needs-in-California.htm <![CDATA[California Failing to Ensure the Health and Well Being of its Children, When Compared to Other States.]]> http://weap.org/news/491/17/California-Failing-to-Ensure-the-Health-and-Well-Being-of-its-Children-When-Compared-to-Other-States.htm California has the largest child population, but the state ranks near the bottom -- 41st in the nation -- when it comes to children's well-being, according to a report released Wednesday. In fact, California is failing in three out of... Fri, 03 Aug 2012 13:40:18 -0600 http://weap.org/news/491/17/California-Failing-to-Ensure-the-Health-and-Well-Being-of-its-Children-When-Compared-to-Other-States.htm <![CDATA[If Not Me, Then Who? If Not Now, Then When? ]]> http://weap.org/news/489/17/If-Not-Me-Then-Who-If-Not-Now-Then-When.htm US Courts of Women – New Film Shows a Community of Activism, Renewal, Healing and a New Vision for America The energy was undeniable.  You could see its cathartic healing on people’s faces and in their walk as we... Thu, 02 Aug 2012 17:04:47 -0600 http://weap.org/news/489/17/If-Not-Me-Then-Who-If-Not-Now-Then-When.htm <![CDATA[Hospitals Fear Cuts in Aid for Care to Illegal Immigrants]]> http://weap.org/news/492/17/Hospitals-Fear-Cuts-in-Aid-for-Care-to-Illegal-Immigrants.htm President Obama’s health care law is putting new strains on some of the nation’s most hard-pressed hospitals, by cutting aid they use to pay for emergency care for illegal immigrants, which they have long been required to provide. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:08:41 -0600 http://weap.org/news/492/17/Hospitals-Fear-Cuts-in-Aid-for-Care-to-Illegal-Immigrants.htm <![CDATA[Wasting Our Minds]]> http://weap.org/news/495/17/Wasting-Our-Minds.htm In Spain, the unemployment rate among workers under 25 is more than 50 percent. In Ireland almost a third of the young are unemployed. Here in America, youth unemployment is “only” 16.5 percent, which is still terrible — but things... Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:04:28 -0600 http://weap.org/news/495/17/Wasting-Our-Minds.htm <![CDATA[At Caterpillar, Pressing Labor While Business Booms]]> http://weap.org/news/494/17/At-Caterpillar-Pressing-Labor-While-Business-Booms.htm JOLIET, Ill. — When it comes to dealing with labor unions, Caterpillar has long taken a stance as tough as the bulldozers and backhoes that have burnished its global reputation. Be it two-tier wage scales or higher worker contributions for... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 21:54:50 -0600 http://weap.org/news/494/17/At-Caterpillar-Pressing-Labor-While-Business-Booms.htm <![CDATA[2012 Tax and Budget Session Roundup: Austerity Impedes Economic Recovery; Expanded State Spending Leads to Growth]]> http://weap.org/news/488/17/2012-Tax-and-Budget-Session-Roundup-Austerity-Impedes-Economic-Recovery-Expanded-State-Spending-Leads-to-Growth.htm With 2012 legislative sessions largely adjourned in statehouses across the nation, this is the first in a series of issue-specific session roundups from Progressive States Network highlighting trends in different policy areas across the fifty states. Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:09:57 -0600 http://weap.org/news/488/17/2012-Tax-and-Budget-Session-Roundup-Austerity-Impedes-Economic-Recovery-Expanded-State-Spending-Leads-to-Growth.htm <![CDATA[Worries Grow as Healthcare Firms Send Jobs Overseas]]> http://weap.org/news/486/17/Worries-Grow-as-Healthcare-Firms-Send-Jobs-Overseas.htm WASHINGTON — After years of shipping data-processing, accounting and other back-office work abroad, some healthcare companies are starting to shift clinical services and decision-making on medical care overseas, primarily to India and the Philippines. Some of the jobs being sent... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 20:06:57 -0600 http://weap.org/news/486/17/Worries-Grow-as-Healthcare-Firms-Send-Jobs-Overseas.htm <![CDATA[Re: Opposition to Governor’s CalWORKs and Child Care Budget Proposals]]> http://weap.org/news/485/17/Re-Opposition-to-Governor-s-CalWORKs-and-Child-Care-Budget-Proposals.htm The Brown Administration has proposed a major restructuring of CalWORKs and child care programs. Because CalWORKs is the state’s largest and most effective program for reducing poverty in households with children, we encourage the Legislature to vigilantly analyze the proposal... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:06:52 -0600 http://weap.org/news/485/17/Re-Opposition-to-Governor-s-CalWORKs-and-Child-Care-Budget-Proposals.htm <![CDATA[Affordable Care Act is Upheld; Declared Constitutional but More Work Still Needs to Be Done]]> http://weap.org/news/484/17/Affordable-Care-Act-is-Upheld-Declared-Constitutional-but-More-Work-Still-Needs-to-Be-Done.htm A call to action from Don Bechler, Chair - Single Payer Now The Supreme Court just released their decision on the constitutionality of Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA), and their decision is that all components of the law – including... Mon, 02 Jul 2012 17:22:58 -0600 http://weap.org/news/484/17/Affordable-Care-Act-is-Upheld-Declared-Constitutional-but-More-Work-Still-Needs-to-Be-Done.htm <![CDATA[ Steps Forward to Abolish Poverty in America]]> http://weap.org/news/483/17/Steps-Forward-to-Abolish-Poverty-in-America.htm “POVERTY IS AN ACT OF VIOLENCE!,” WEAP’s Executive Director Ethel Long-Scott shouted out in her opening comments at the very first US Courts of Women on Poverty. Over the next four days the outpouring of both stoic and emotional testimony... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 07:54:17 -0600 http://weap.org/news/483/17/Steps-Forward-to-Abolish-Poverty-in-America.htm <![CDATA[US Courts of Women on Poverty, Western Region – The Contours of a New Political Imaginary]]> http://weap.org/news/482/17/US-Courts-of-Women-on-Poverty-Western-Region-The-Contours-of-a-New-Political-Imaginary.htm For those who did not make it out to the US Courts of Women on Poverty, Western Region held in May, you missed a special gathering of minds and a discourse on viable grassroots solutions to alleviate the affects of... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:25:56 -0600 http://weap.org/news/482/17/US-Courts-of-Women-on-Poverty-Western-Region-The-Contours-of-a-New-Political-Imaginary.htm <![CDATA[ Time for a Main Street Contract - Heal America/Tax Wall Street ]]> http://weap.org/news/481/17/Time-for-a-Main-Street-Contract-Heal-America-Tax-Wall-Street.htm Listen as Bill Moyers talks to RoseAnn DeMoro, who heads the largest registered nurses union in the country. DeMoro is championing the"The Main Street Contract - Heal America/Tax Wall Street", initiative that would result in a small government levy that... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 18:30:30 -0600 http://weap.org/news/481/17/Time-for-a-Main-Street-Contract-Heal-America-Tax-Wall-Street.htm <![CDATA[National Nurses United Rally (Video)]]> http://weap.org/news/480/17/National-Nurses-United-Rally-Video.htm Nurses and Tom Morelo rallied in Chicago recently to fight for a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street to "heal America" and bring just health care for all.Thousands marched, green caps on heads and banners flying, to let Wall Street... Sun, 03 Jun 2012 13:37:07 -0600 http://weap.org/news/480/17/National-Nurses-United-Rally-Video.htm <![CDATA[Why This May Day Matters]]> http://weap.org/news/479/17/Why-This-May-Day-Matters.htm If the mainstream media was confused about Occupy Wall Street in its early days in Zuccotti Park, they’re bound to be completely befuddled this May Day. May Day already has a lot piled on it. In pre-Christian Europe, May Day... Wed, 02 May 2012 12:48:09 -0600 http://weap.org/news/479/17/Why-This-May-Day-Matters.htm <![CDATA[Why Low Minimum Wages Kill Jobs and Crush Living Standards for Everyone]]> http://weap.org/news/478/17/Why-Low-Minimum-Wages-Kill-Jobs-and-Crush-Living-Standards-for-Everyone.htm Contrary to right-wing propaganda, decent pay for workers helps the economy and boosts job creation. Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, has introduced a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $9.80 from its present level of $7.25. Polls are... Wed, 02 May 2012 12:38:57 -0600 http://weap.org/news/478/17/Why-Low-Minimum-Wages-Kill-Jobs-and-Crush-Living-Standards-for-Everyone.htm <![CDATA[The NSA Is Watching You]]> http://weap.org/news/477/17/The-NSA-Is-Watching-You.htm May 2, 2012 - Three targeted Americans: A career government intelligence official, a filmmaker and a hacker. None of these U.S. citizens was charged with a crime, but they have been tracked, surveilled, detained—sometimes at gunpoint—and interrogated, with no access... Wed, 02 May 2012 12:33:13 -0600 http://weap.org/news/477/17/The-NSA-Is-Watching-You.htm <![CDATA[May Public Hearings Aim at Ending Poverty]]> http://weap.org/news/476/17/May-Public-Hearings-Aim-at-Ending-Poverty.htm OAKLAND, CA – March 28 , 2012 – The Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP), supported by nearly 50 partners and endorsers, is hosting the very first World Courts of Women on Poverty in the U.S. at Laney College (900 Fallon... Tue, 03 Apr 2012 22:30:57 -0600 http://weap.org/news/476/17/May-Public-Hearings-Aim-at-Ending-Poverty.htm <![CDATA[Blowing the Lid on an Ugly U.S. Truth]]> http://weap.org/news/475/17/Blowing-the-Lid-on-an-Ugly-U-S-Truth.htm Because poverty is rapidly growing in the U.S., and how to end poverty gets hardly any serious public discussion, the Women’s Economic Agenda Project and its allies are mounting a series of public hearings to shed more light on this... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 15:56:47 -0700 http://weap.org/news/475/17/Blowing-the-Lid-on-an-Ugly-U-S-Truth.htm <![CDATA[Deb Richter: A Cure for Broken Health Care]]> http://weap.org/news/467/17/Deb-Richter-A-Cure-for-Broken-Health-Care.htm Deb Richter resolved to fix the health care system almost as soon as she began practicing medicine more than two decades ago in inner-city Buffalo. “I was very naive, I guess,” recalls Richter. “A lot of my patients didn’t have insurance. I would prescribe medicines... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:14:37 -0700 http://weap.org/news/467/17/Deb-Richter-A-Cure-for-Broken-Health-Care.htm <![CDATA[Occupy San Francisco Gets Down to Business]]> http://weap.org/news/466/17/Occupy-San-Francisco-Gets-Down-to-Business.htm Still, as long as the movement attracts followers as committed, intelligent and impressive as the people I talked to, it will remain a force to be reckoned with. It seems certain to play a role in the national discourse not... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:11:48 -0700 http://weap.org/news/466/17/Occupy-San-Francisco-Gets-Down-to-Business.htm <![CDATA[America's Decline Is Real -- and Increasingly Self-Inflicted]]> http://weap.org/news/469/17/America-s-Decline-Is-Real-and-Increasingly-Self-Inflicted.htm February 14, 2012 - Significant anniversaries are solemnly commemorated -- Japan’s attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, for example.  Others are ignored, and we can often learn valuable lessons from them about what is likely to lie... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:32:00 -0700 http://weap.org/news/469/17/America-s-Decline-Is-Real-and-Increasingly-Self-Inflicted.htm <![CDATA[Save the Date for an Expose on Women and Poverty]]> http://weap.org/news/465/17/Save-the-Date-for-an-Expose-on-Women-and-Poverty.htm In the Spring of 2012, from May 10 th - 13 th , Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) will host the first-ever World Courts of Women on Poverty in the U.S. (WCW) to highlight the grassroots reality of the housing,... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:53:51 -0700 http://weap.org/news/465/17/Save-the-Date-for-an-Expose-on-Women-and-Poverty.htm <![CDATA[America’s Dead Zones: From Detroit to Dyersburg, Why Does Prosperity Pass So Many Places By?]]> http://weap.org/news/464/17/America-s-Dead-Zones-From-Detroit-to-Dyersburg-Why-Does-Prosperity-Pass-So-Many-Places-By.htm Recent headlines of a brighter economic picture have given many people hope that the economy is not in another free fall. GDP growth did tick upward in the last quarter. But for many communities the picture is enduringly dark, because... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:44:56 -0700 http://weap.org/news/464/17/America-s-Dead-Zones-From-Detroit-to-Dyersburg-Why-Does-Prosperity-Pass-So-Many-Places-By.htm <![CDATA[Working People Speak Out on Attacks on Public Employees]]> http://weap.org/news/474/17/Working-People-Speak-Out-on-Attacks-on-Public-Employees.htm February 12, 2012 - Didn’t we learn our lesson? There’s this strange rationale swooping around that if funding were reallocated and controlled by local government that would solve the problem.  I’m no economist but a redistribution of a $26 billion... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:51:02 -0700 http://weap.org/news/474/17/Working-People-Speak-Out-on-Attacks-on-Public-Employees.htm <![CDATA[The Big Lie of Austerity--and How Transit Workers are Fighting Back]]> http://weap.org/news/472/17/The-Big-Lie-of-Austerity-and-How-Transit-Workers-are-Fighting-Back.htm February 12, 2012 - The state’s public employment relations board called the workforce that runs public transportation in New York City the most efficient and productive urban mass transit workforce in the U.S. Labor costs are low as a percentage of... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 00:39:51 -0700 http://weap.org/news/472/17/The-Big-Lie-of-Austerity-and-How-Transit-Workers-are-Fighting-Back.htm <![CDATA[California's New Triple Bottom Line]]> http://weap.org/news/470/17/California-s-New-Triple-Bottom-Line.htm February 9, 2012 - With the passage of AB 361 on October 9th, 2011, California became the sixth state to adopt legislation allowing the formation of “benefit corporations”—corporations whose purpose is not just to make money but to make the... Thu, 09 Feb 2012 00:35:54 -0700 http://weap.org/news/470/17/California-s-New-Triple-Bottom-Line.htm <![CDATA[How a Racist Criminal Justice System Rolled Back the Gains of the Civil Rights Era]]> http://weap.org/news/468/17/How-a-Racist-Criminal-Justice-System-Rolled-Back-the-Gains-of-the-Civil-Rights-Era.htm January 15, 2012 - Michelle Alexander, whose book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" is newly released in paperback, argues that "[n]othing less than a major social movement has any hope of ending mass incarceration... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 00:29:43 -0700 http://weap.org/news/468/17/How-a-Racist-Criminal-Justice-System-Rolled-Back-the-Gains-of-the-Civil-Rights-Era.htm <![CDATA[The 20 Biggest Donors of the 2012 Election (So Far)]]> http://weap.org/news/471/17/The-20-Biggest-Donors-of-the-2012-Election-So-Far.htm January 10, 2012 - The 2008 presidential election was the most expensive on record, with candidates, parties, and outside groups dropping $5.3 billion. This year's contest promises to break that record, due in part to the new rules of political fundraising:... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:37:24 -0700 http://weap.org/news/471/17/The-20-Biggest-Donors-of-the-2012-Election-So-Far.htm <![CDATA[WCW 2012 Call to Action (Video)]]> http://weap.org/news/473/17/WCW-2012-Call-to-Action-Video.htm January 4, 2012 - A compelling video representation of the WCW Call to Action. We encourage you to share widely, leave your comments, and stay connected. Wed, 04 Jan 2012 00:46:06 -0700 http://weap.org/news/473/17/WCW-2012-Call-to-Action-Video.htm <![CDATA[How the 99 Percent Won in the Fight for Workers Rights]]> http://weap.org/news/461/17/How-the-99-Percent-Won-in-the-Fight-for-Workers-Rights.htm No headlines announced it. No TV pundits called it. But on the evening of November 8th, Occupy Wall Street, the populist uprising built on economic justice and corruption-free politics that’s spread like a lit match hitting a trail of gasoline,... Mon, 21 Nov 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/461/17/How-the-99-Percent-Won-in-the-Fight-for-Workers-Rights.htm <![CDATA[OWS Fight is Far from Over]]> http://weap.org/news/462/17/OWS-Fight-is-Far-from-Over.htm November 18, 2011 - New York City showed its billionaire mayor and the rest of the 1 percent that the fight is far from over, just two days after the violent crackdown on Liberty Plaza in the middle of the... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/462/17/OWS-Fight-is-Far-from-Over.htm <![CDATA[States are pushing it on Medicaid cuts]]> http://weap.org/news/450/17/States-are-pushing-it-on-Medicaid-cuts.htm To get a sense for how desperate states are to cut Medicaid costs, think about this: Several of them are seeking federal permission to impose short, inflexible annual limits on hospital stays, no matter how sick or severely injured the... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/450/17/States-are-pushing-it-on-Medicaid-cuts.htm <![CDATA[Oakland Police Violence Raises the Stakes for the OWS Movement]]> http://weap.org/news/451/17/Oakland-Police-Violence-Raises-the-Stakes-for-the-OWS-Movement.htm Occupy Oakland has been the target of a notably vicious smear campaign mounted by the conservative media. They didn't just offer the usual pabulum about how the occupiers hated America or were closet socialists. They painted them as sub-human: mired... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/451/17/Oakland-Police-Violence-Raises-the-Stakes-for-the-OWS-Movement.htm <![CDATA[What Can Stop the One Percent?]]> http://weap.org/news/452/17/What-Can-Stop-the-One-Percent.htm I was honored to be invited to speak at Occupy Wall Street on Thursday night. Since amplification is (disgracefully) banned, and everything I say will have to be repeated by hundreds of people so others can hear (aka “the human... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/452/17/What-Can-Stop-the-One-Percent.htm <![CDATA[The War Against the Poor]]> http://weap.org/news/453/17/The-War-Against-the-Poor.htm We’ve been at war for decades now -- not just in Afghanistan or Iraq, but right here at home.  Domestically, it’s been a war against the poor, but if you hadn’t noticed, that’s not surprising. You wouldn’t often have found... Tue, 01 Nov 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/453/17/The-War-Against-the-Poor.htm <![CDATA[Critics See ‘Chilling Effect’ in Alabama Immigration Law]]> http://weap.org/news/459/17/Critics-See-Chilling-Effect-in-Alabama-Immigration-Law.htm October 27, 2011 - The champions of Alabama’s far-reaching immigration law have said that it is intended to drive illegal immigrants from the state by making every aspect of their life difficult. But they have taken a very different tone when... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/459/17/Critics-See-Chilling-Effect-in-Alabama-Immigration-Law.htm <![CDATA[Massive Police Attack on Occupy Oakland]]> http://weap.org/news/454/17/Massive-Police-Attack-on-Occupy-Oakland.htm October 26, 2011 - One debate is tied to the single-issue, single-tactic mode of politics that has defined politics in America for two generations. Are we going to liberate society, issue by issue, one at a time? First win the... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/454/17/Massive-Police-Attack-on-Occupy-Oakland.htm <![CDATA[Why Homelessness Is Becoming an Occupy Wall Street Issue]]> http://weap.org/news/455/17/Why-Homelessness-Is-Becoming-an-Occupy-Wall-Street-Issue.htm October 24, 2011 - In Portland, Austin, and Philadelphia, the Occupy Wall Street movement is taking up the cause of the homeless as its own, which of course it is. Homelessness is not a side issue unconnected to plutocracy and... Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/455/17/Why-Homelessness-Is-Becoming-an-Occupy-Wall-Street-Issue.htm <![CDATA[Nurses to Obama: Push for a Global Financial Transaction Tax, Now!]]> http://weap.org/news/458/17/Nurses-to-Obama-Push-for-a-Global-Financial-Transaction-Tax-Now.htm October 20, 2011 - Will President Obama be the main holdout when world leaders, under growing pressure from the occupy Wall Street protests across the world and demand building for a tax on international financial transactions, meet early next month... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/458/17/Nurses-to-Obama-Push-for-a-Global-Financial-Transaction-Tax-Now.htm <![CDATA[Why the Elites Are in Trouble]]> http://weap.org/news/460/17/Why-the-Elites-Are-in-Trouble.htm October 20, 2011 - The goal to people like Ketchup is very, very clear. It can be articulated in one word—REBELLION. These protesters have not come to work within the system. They are not pleading with Congress for electoral reform.... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/460/17/Why-the-Elites-Are-in-Trouble.htm <![CDATA[Foodies, Get Thee to Occupy Wall Street]]> http://weap.org/news/456/17/Foodies-Get-Thee-to-Occupy-Wall-Street.htm October 14, 2011 - The Occupy Wall Street protests grew out of anger at the outsized power of banks. But as they've expanded nationwide, the uprisings have evolved into a kind of running challenge to the way power is concentrated... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/456/17/Foodies-Get-Thee-to-Occupy-Wall-Street.htm <![CDATA[Killing Medicaid the California Way]]> http://weap.org/news/457/17/Killing-Medicaid-the-California-Way.htm October 13, 2011 - Virtually all of the debate over the health care legislation enacted last year has focused on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the requirement that, by 2014, nearly all Americans either purchase health insurance or pay... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/457/17/Killing-Medicaid-the-California-Way.htm <![CDATA[Women: The Invisible Poor]]> http://weap.org/news/440/17/Women-The-Invisible-Poor.htm When the U.S. Census Bureau released  the latest poverty statistics this week, the news was predictably bleak—or at least the news that people were given. But there was a little something the major media omitted from their coverage. That minor... Sun, 02 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/440/17/Women-The-Invisible-Poor.htm <![CDATA['Occupy Wall Street' Fighting Bankster Greed and the Surveillance State]]> http://weap.org/news/441/17/Occupy-Wall-Street-Fighting-Bankster-Greed-and-the-Surveillance-State.htm The crackdown on the Wall Street protesters this weekend seems to have backfired. The campsite-cum-experiment in radical democracy is still there, holding general assemblies just shouting distance from Goldman Sachs and the Wall Street bull. It even appears to be... Sun, 02 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/441/17/Occupy-Wall-Street-Fighting-Bankster-Greed-and-the-Surveillance-State.htm <![CDATA[The No-Evictions Sheriff]]> http://weap.org/news/442/17/The-No-Evictions-Sheriff.htm There’s a new sheriff in town—or there could be soon. Cheri Honkala, a single mom, sometimes homeless, who launched one of the country’s biggest multi-racial movements led by the poor and homeless, is running for sheriff of Philadelphia. Her platform? No... Sun, 02 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/442/17/The-No-Evictions-Sheriff.htm <![CDATA[The Truth About "Class War" in America]]> http://weap.org/news/443/17/The-Truth-About-Class-War-in-America.htm Republicans and conservatives have done us a service by describing federal policies in terms of "class war." But by applying the term only to Obama's latest proposals to raise taxes on the rich, they have it all backward and upside... Sun, 02 Oct 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/443/17/The-Truth-About-Class-War-in-America.htm <![CDATA[Montana governor calls for universal health care]]> http://weap.org/news/444/17/Montana-governor-calls-for-universal-health-care.htm September 29, 2011 - Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Wednesday he will ask the U.S. government to let Montana set up its own universal health care program, taking his rhetorical fight over health care to another level. Like Republicans who object to... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/444/17/Montana-governor-calls-for-universal-health-care.htm <![CDATA[Occupy Wall Street rediscovers the radical imagination]]> http://weap.org/news/445/17/Occupy-Wall-Street-rediscovers-the-radical-imagination.htm September 25, 2011 - Why are people occupying Wall Street? Why has the occupation – despite the latest police crackdown – sent out sparks across America, within days, inspiring hundreds of people to send pizzas, money, equipment and, now, to... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/445/17/Occupy-Wall-Street-rediscovers-the-radical-imagination.htm <![CDATA[Troy Davis execution: Did the death penalty deliver justice?]]> http://weap.org/news/447/17/Troy-Davis-execution-Did-the-death-penalty-deliver-justice.htm September 22, 2011 - For thousands around the world, Mr. Davis's death marked a grave injustice, given vexing questions and new doubts about his guilt. But while many saw the execution as symbolic of a fallible justice system, and an immoral... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/447/17/Troy-Davis-execution-Did-the-death-penalty-deliver-justice.htm <![CDATA[In Cuts to Health Programs, Experts See Difficult Task in Protecting Patients]]> http://weap.org/news/446/17/In-Cuts-to-Health-Programs-Experts-See-Difficult-Task-in-Protecting-Patients.htm September 20, 2011 - President Obama and some members of Congress assert that, in cutting Medicareand Medicaid, they can whack health care providers while protecting beneficiaries. But experts say it is not so simple. Experience, they say, shows that some cuts in... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/446/17/In-Cuts-to-Health-Programs-Experts-See-Difficult-Task-in-Protecting-Patients.htm <![CDATA[Middle Class Death Watch -- 33 Frightening Economic Developments]]> http://weap.org/news/448/17/Middle-Class-Death-Watch-33-Frightening-Economic-Developments.htm September 18, 2011 - Downward mobility, homelessness spreading to the middle class, 200,000 public employees laid off? Here are some frightening trends to keep an eye on. The promise of the American dream has given many hope that they themselves... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/448/17/Middle-Class-Death-Watch-33-Frightening-Economic-Developments.htm <![CDATA[Number of Americans in poverty hits record high]]> http://weap.org/news/439/17/Number-of-Americans-in-poverty-hits-record-high.htm September 13, 2011 - The number of Americans living in poverty rose to 46.2 million last year, nearly one in six people, according to the US Census Bureau's annual report. The 2010 data shows the poverty rate at 15.1%, from... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/439/17/Number-of-Americans-in-poverty-hits-record-high.htm <![CDATA[The Unemployed "Army" is Now Bigger Than the Actual Army]]> http://weap.org/news/449/17/The-Unemployed-Army-is-Now-Bigger-Than-the-Actual-Army.htm September 12, 2011 - Not long ago, the city council of Ventura, California, passed an ordinance making it legal for the unemployed and homeless to sleep in their cars. At the height of the Great Recession of 2008, one third... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/449/17/The-Unemployed-Army-is-Now-Bigger-Than-the-Actual-Army.htm <![CDATA[California on the Brink]]> http://weap.org/news/428/17/California-on-the-Brink.htm Toni Sevchuck knows that budgeting is about making tough choices: taxes vs. cuts, parks vs. prisons, health care vs. schools. But as California’s austere new state budget goes into effect, the 47-year-old mostly deaf single mother is finding that her... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/428/17/California-on-the-Brink.htm <![CDATA[How To Build a People's Movement]]> http://weap.org/news/429/17/How-To-Build-a-People-s-Movement.htm If ever there was a time to challenge economic orthodoxy , this would be it. Yet there has been no effective movement in the United States to ease the suffering of millions, shift patterns of growth and investment, and make... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/429/17/How-To-Build-a-People-s-Movement.htm <![CDATA[The Failure of Welfare Reform Is 'Exhibit A' That the Right's Punish-the-Poor Philosophy Doesn't Work]]> http://weap.org/news/430/17/The-Failure-of-Welfare-Reform-Is-Exhibit-A-That-the-Right-s-Punish-the-Poor-Philosophy-Doesn-t-Work.htm Fifteen years ago, on August 22, 1996, President Bill Clinton perched at a podium in the White House Rose Garden and signed the bill that would become known as welfare reform. Flanked by three former welfare recipients and looking glazed... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/430/17/The-Failure-of-Welfare-Reform-Is-Exhibit-A-That-the-Right-s-Punish-the-Poor-Philosophy-Doesn-t-Work.htm <![CDATA[The Great Health Care Takeaway]]> http://weap.org/news/431/17/The-Great-Health-Care-Takeaway.htm The health care crisis in the United States is getting worse with no visible end. The popular anger over unattainable or unaffordable health care has been diverted away from corporations by crafty politicians, always seeking to exploit a social disaster... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/431/17/The-Great-Health-Care-Takeaway.htm <![CDATA[Judge Sets Troy Davis Execution for Sep. 21]]> http://weap.org/news/432/17/Judge-Sets-Troy-Davis-Execution-for-Sep-21.htm September 7, 2011 - We’ve just received terrible news: the State of Georgia has set Troy Davis’s execution date for midnight on September 21, just two weeks from today. This is our justice system at its very worst, and we... Wed, 07 Sep 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/432/17/Judge-Sets-Troy-Davis-Execution-for-Sep-21.htm <![CDATA[Longer Weekends and Higher Wages? 5 Surprising Ways That Would Help Improve the Economy]]> http://weap.org/news/433/17/Longer-Weekends-and-Higher-Wages-5-Surprising-Ways-That-Would-Help-Improve-the-Economy.htm August 22, 2011 - Americans have been sold a big lie on the economy. We've been told, over and over, by politicians in both parties, that in order to have an economic recovery, we're all going to have to sacrifice.... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/433/17/Longer-Weekends-and-Higher-Wages-5-Surprising-Ways-That-Would-Help-Improve-the-Economy.htm <![CDATA[Austerity Policies Descend on US States]]> http://weap.org/news/434/17/Austerity-Policies-Descend-on-US-States.htm August 22, 2011 - Last week, Democratic Governors in New York and Connecticut repeated the austerity politics of Greece’s Prime Minister Pappandreou and Portugal’s Socrates. In doing so, they likewise imitated the austerity politics of their Republican and Democratic counterparts... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/434/17/Austerity-Policies-Descend-on-US-States.htm <![CDATA[When Will the Bubble Burst? Student Loan Debt Swells 511 Percent]]> http://weap.org/news/436/17/When-Will-the-Bubble-Burst-Student-Loan-Debt-Swells-511-Percent.htm August 21, 2011 - It's no secret that American students are being crushed by student loans. We're on track to cross the $1 trillion mark in total student debt, exceeding household credit card debt, sometime later this year. That sounds... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/436/17/When-Will-the-Bubble-Burst-Student-Loan-Debt-Swells-511-Percent.htm <![CDATA[Jailing Undocumented Immigrants Is Big Business (VIDEO)]]> http://weap.org/news/438/17/Jailing-Undocumented-Immigrants-Is-Big-Business-VIDEO.htm August 15, 2011 - At dawn on July 19, nearly 40 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents burst into the home home of Carmen Bonilla, 44. The agents were searching for "Robert" an alleged drug... Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/438/17/Jailing-Undocumented-Immigrants-Is-Big-Business-VIDEO.htm <![CDATA[Stop Coddling the Super-Rich]]> http://weap.org/news/435/17/Stop-Coddling-the-Super-Rich.htm August 14, 2011 - Our leaders have asked for “shared sacrifice.” But when they did the asking, they spared me. I checked with my mega-rich friends to learn what pain they were expecting. They, too, were left untouched. While the... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/435/17/Stop-Coddling-the-Super-Rich.htm <![CDATA[Americans Don't Realize Just How Badly We're Getting Screwed by the Top 0.1 Percent Hoarding the Country's Wealth]]> http://weap.org/news/437/17/Americans-Don-t-Realize-Just-How-Badly-We-re-Getting-Screwed-by-the-Top-0-1-Percent-Hoarding-the-Country-s-Wealth.htm August 14, 2011 - With an unprecedented sum of wealth, tens of trillions of dollars, held within the top one-tenth of one percent of the US population, we now have the most severe inequality of wealth in US history. Not... Sun, 14 Aug 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/437/17/Americans-Don-t-Realize-Just-How-Badly-We-re-Getting-Screwed-by-the-Top-0-1-Percent-Hoarding-the-Country-s-Wealth.htm <![CDATA[Book Review: The Big Short, by Michael Lewis]]> http://weap.org/news/418/17/Book-Review-The-Big-Short-by-Michael-Lewis.htm “These guys lied to infinity. I now realized that there was an entire industry, called consumer finance, that basically existed to rip people off. That’s when I decided the system was really, “Fuck the poor,” said Steve Eisman, mortgage bond... Fri, 05 Aug 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/418/17/Book-Review-The-Big-Short-by-Michael-Lewis.htm <![CDATA[Is Cutting Benefits For Public Workers Actually Wage Theft? Reframing the Right's Attacks On Unions]]> http://weap.org/news/420/17/Is-Cutting-Benefits-For-Public-Workers-Actually-Wage-Theft-Reframing-the-Right-s-Attacks-On-Unions.htm Compensation for work performed is not guaranteed in the United States, even with significant worker protections in place, thanks to the actions of unscrupulous employers. Employers may withhold overtime pay owed, pay less than minimum wage, renege on benefits contracts,... Fri, 05 Aug 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/420/17/Is-Cutting-Benefits-For-Public-Workers-Actually-Wage-Theft-Reframing-the-Right-s-Attacks-On-Unions.htm <![CDATA[Detroit: A New American Frontier]]> http://weap.org/news/421/17/Detroit-A-New-American-Frontier.htm Detroit has become a byword for extreme urban contraction. Yet as the population, industry, and built environment of the city of Detroit have collapsed, Detroit’s urban footprint has continued to expand. In Detroit, even the dead are sprawling, as families... Fri, 05 Aug 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/421/17/Detroit-A-New-American-Frontier.htm <![CDATA[National Day of Action for Medicare's 46th Anniversary]]> http://weap.org/news/419/17/National-Day-of-Action-for-Medicare-s-46th-Anniversary.htm As Washington stalls over reaching a deal on the debt ceiling, residents across the country point to a solution to our health and fiscal crisis: “Improved Medicare-for-all.” The Medicare program will celebrate its 46th anniversary this Saturday, July 30, and... Fri, 05 Aug 2011 23:59:56 -0600 http://weap.org/news/419/17/National-Day-of-Action-for-Medicare-s-46th-Anniversary.htm <![CDATA[US of Austerity: What $570 Billion Cuts Will Do to Our Water, Air, the Jobless, Children, the Elderly, and the Poor]]> http://weap.org/news/422/17/US-of-Austerity-What-570-Billion-Cuts-Will-Do-to-Our-Water-Air-the-Jobless-Children-the-Elderly-and-the-Poor.htm August 2, 2011 - The debt ceiling deal hammered out by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders and passed in the House on Monday afternoon makes deep, painful, and lasting cuts throughout the federal government's budget. What's on the chopping... Tue, 02 Aug 2011 22:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/422/17/US-of-Austerity-What-570-Billion-Cuts-Will-Do-to-Our-Water-Air-the-Jobless-Children-the-Elderly-and-the-Poor.htm <![CDATA[Super Wealthy CEOs Help Crush the American Worker, Then Cry About Class Warfare]]> http://weap.org/news/424/17/Super-Wealthy-CEOs-Help-Crush-the-American-Worker-Then-Cry-About-Class-Warfare.htm July 31, 2011 - Last year, BMW posted profits of $4.7 billion and bumped up shareholder dividends by $950 million. This year, they're predicting a ten percent increase in revenues. Will they be sharing with their American workers? Don't bet... Sun, 31 Jul 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/424/17/Super-Wealthy-CEOs-Help-Crush-the-American-Worker-Then-Cry-About-Class-Warfare.htm <![CDATA[Wealth gap widens: Whites' net worth is 20 times that of blacks]]> http://weap.org/news/425/17/Wealth-gap-widens-Whites-net-worth-is-20-times-that-of-blacks.htm July 26, 2011 - The wealth gap between whites on one hand and blacks and Hispanics on the other stretched during the Great Recession to its widest level in a quarter-century, according to a new analysis of Census data. All... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 22:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/425/17/Wealth-gap-widens-Whites-net-worth-is-20-times-that-of-blacks.htm <![CDATA[Messing With Medicare]]> http://weap.org/news/423/17/Messing-With-Medicare.htm July 24, 2011 - The crucial thing to remember, when we talk about Medicare, is that our goal isn’t, or at least shouldn’t be, defined in terms of some arbitrary number. Our goal should be, instead, to give Americans the... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 22:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/423/17/Messing-With-Medicare.htm <![CDATA[Debt Political Theater Diverts Attention While Americans' Wealth Is Stolen]]> http://weap.org/news/427/17/Debt-Political-Theater-Diverts-Attention-While-Americans-Wealth-Is-Stolen.htm July 15, 2011 - The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many, that our entire government has been turned into a... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 22:50:12 -0600 http://weap.org/news/427/17/Debt-Political-Theater-Diverts-Attention-While-Americans-Wealth-Is-Stolen.htm <![CDATA[A Quieter Life Now]]> http://weap.org/news/413/17/A-Quieter-Life-Now.htm YES! contributing editor Madhu Suri Prakash is a longtime friend of poet, essayist, novelist, activist, and farmer Wendell Berry. Inspired by changing attitudes among her college students, who were reading Berry, Madhu declared the Wendell Berry Era, and wrote to... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/413/17/A-Quieter-Life-Now.htm <![CDATA[One Small Town in America Quietly Enjoys the Health Care Most Americans Only Dream of]]> http://weap.org/news/414/17/One-Small-Town-in-America-Quietly-Enjoys-the-Health-Care-Most-Americans-Only-Dream-of.htm Back when he presided over the Senate's health care reform debate, Max Baucus, chairman of the all-powerful Senate Finance Committee, had said everything was on the table — except for single-payer universal health care. When doctors, nurses, and others rose... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/414/17/One-Small-Town-in-America-Quietly-Enjoys-the-Health-Care-Most-Americans-Only-Dream-of.htm <![CDATA[How Racism, Global Economics, and the New Jim Crow Fuel Black America's Crippling Jobs Crisis]]> http://weap.org/news/415/17/How-Racism-Global-Economics-and-the-New-Jim-Crow-Fuel-Black-America-s-Crippling-Jobs-Crisis.htm Like the country it governs, Washington is a city of extremes. In a car, you can zip in bare moments from northwest District of Columbia, its streets lined with million-dollar homes and palatial embassies, its inhabitants sporting one of the... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/415/17/How-Racism-Global-Economics-and-the-New-Jim-Crow-Fuel-Black-America-s-Crippling-Jobs-Crisis.htm <![CDATA[Half of US social program recipients believe they “have not used a government social program”]]> http://weap.org/news/426/17/Half-of-US-social-program-recipients-believe-they-have-not-used-a-government-social-program.htm July 8th, 2011 - It's the "Keep your government hands off my Medicare" phenomena writ large: a society of people who subsist on mutual aid and redistributive policies who've been conned (and conned themselves) into thinking that they are rugged... Fri, 08 Jul 2011 22:45:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/426/17/Half-of-US-social-program-recipients-believe-they-have-not-used-a-government-social-program.htm <![CDATA[All Work and No Pay: The Great Speedup]]> http://weap.org/news/412/17/All-Work-and-No-Pay-The-Great-Speedup.htm July 7, 2011 - Webster's defines speedup as "an employer's demand for accelerated output without increased pay," and it used to be a household word. Bosses would speed up the line to fill a big order, to goose profits, or... Thu, 07 Jul 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/412/17/All-Work-and-No-Pay-The-Great-Speedup.htm <![CDATA[What does it mean to be illegal, a 4th of July message]]> http://weap.org/news/410/17/What-does-it-mean-to-be-illegal-a-4th-of-July-message.htm In 1852, Frederick Douglass spoke at a 4th of July celebration in Rochester, New York.  In a speech that captured the storm of his era, Douglass asked the crowd: “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?”  He... Mon, 04 Jul 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/410/17/What-does-it-mean-to-be-illegal-a-4th-of-July-message.htm <![CDATA[15 Year Old Girl Faces Life in Prison for a Miscarriage? Why Conservatives Are Criminalizing Pregnant Women]]> http://weap.org/news/411/17/15-Year-Old-Girl-Faces-Life-in-Prison-for-a-Miscarriage-Why-Conservatives-Are-Criminalizing-Pregnant-Women.htm July 4, 2011 - Rennie Gibbs is accused of murder, but the crime she is alleged to have committed does not sound like an ordinary killing. Yet she faces life in prison in  Mississippi over the death of her unborn... Mon, 04 Jul 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/411/17/15-Year-Old-Girl-Faces-Life-in-Prison-for-a-Miscarriage-Why-Conservatives-Are-Criminalizing-Pregnant-Women.htm <![CDATA[In 'socialized medicine,' a man wouldn't rob a bank to get health care]]> http://weap.org/news/416/17/In-socialized-medicine-a-man-wouldn-t-rob-a-bank-to-get-health-care.htm June 26, 2011 - I pay my taxes.I will not offend your intelligence by pretending to enjoy it. Writing that check is about as enjoyable as a chain-saw root canal. But I don't resent it, either. I pay my taxes... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/416/17/In-socialized-medicine-a-man-wouldn-t-rob-a-bank-to-get-health-care.htm <![CDATA[Michigan Residents File Lawsuit Challenging Emergency Law Installing Unelected City Managers]]> http://weap.org/news/409/17/Michigan-Residents-File-Lawsuit-Challenging-Emergency-Law-Installing-Unelected-City-Managers.htm A group of Michigan residents have filed a suit challenging a controversial new state law that allows the governor to appoint an un-elected emergency manager or corporation to take over financially distressed towns and cities and effectively fire elected officials.... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:06:18 -0600 http://weap.org/news/409/17/Michigan-Residents-File-Lawsuit-Challenging-Emergency-Law-Installing-Unelected-City-Managers.htm <![CDATA[5 WikiLeaks Revelations Exposing the Rapidly Growing Corporatism Dominating American Diplomacy Abroad]]> http://weap.org/news/417/17/5-WikiLeaks-Revelations-Exposing-the-Rapidly-Growing-Corporatism-Dominating-American-Diplomacy-Abroad.htm June 21, 2011 - One of the most significant scourges paralyzing our democracy is the merger of corporate power with elected and appointed government officials at the highest levels of office.  Influence has a steep price-tag in American politics where politicians... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/417/17/5-WikiLeaks-Revelations-Exposing-the-Rapidly-Growing-Corporatism-Dominating-American-Diplomacy-Abroad.htm <![CDATA[Chairman Ryan Gets Nearly Two-Thirds of His Huge Budget Cuts From Programs for Lower-Income Americans ]]> http://weap.org/news/399/17/Chairman-Ryan-Gets-Nearly-Two-Thirds-of-His-Huge-Budget-Cuts-From-Programs-for-Lower-Income-Americans.htm House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan would get nearly two-thirds of its $4.5 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years from programs that serve people of limited means, which violates basic principles of fairness and stands a core... Mon, 06 Jun 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/399/17/Chairman-Ryan-Gets-Nearly-Two-Thirds-of-His-Huge-Budget-Cuts-From-Programs-for-Lower-Income-Americans.htm <![CDATA[Give Us Our Law Back]]> http://weap.org/news/400/17/Give-Us-Our-Law-Back.htm In Montana, corporations claim that the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission overturned a century-old anti-corruption law. Now state residents are fighting, all over again, to take their democracy back from corporations. A century ago,... Mon, 06 Jun 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/400/17/Give-Us-Our-Law-Back.htm <![CDATA[Back On Message]]> http://weap.org/news/401/17/Back-On-Message.htm It's Chrismast eve, almost 40 long years after he wrote these immortal lyrics, and it's a workday for Gil Scott-Heron. On this bright, bone-chilling afternoon, the pioneering urban poet and musician is holed up in his humble East Harlem office,... Mon, 06 Jun 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/401/17/Back-On-Message.htm <![CDATA[Vermont Poised to Become First State to Enact Single-Payer Healthcare]]> http://weap.org/news/402/17/Vermont-Poised-to-Become-First-State-to-Enact-Single-Payer-Healthcare.htm Vermont made history last week by becoming the first state in the nation to offer universal, single-payer healthcare when Gov. Peter Shumlin signed its healthcare reform bill into law. The Vermont plan, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,... Mon, 06 Jun 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/402/17/Vermont-Poised-to-Become-First-State-to-Enact-Single-Payer-Healthcare.htm <![CDATA[Quiet Fighters for Healthcare Justice]]> http://weap.org/news/408/17/Quiet-Fighters-for-Healthcare-Justice.htm June 3, 2011 - As we continue to advocate for healthcare as a human right, at times I think it valuable to acknowledge those who aren’t in the spotlight or expecting to achieve immortality and personal accolades for their effort.... Fri, 03 Jun 2011 19:10:15 -0600 http://weap.org/news/408/17/Quiet-Fighters-for-Healthcare-Justice.htm <![CDATA[Benton Harbor: The Stolen Town]]> http://weap.org/news/407/17/Benton-Harbor-The-Stolen-Town.htm May 28, 2011 - As consumers of main stream media “news” and accounts on events in our world and communities, we often see and read reassuring reports about the apprehension of dangerous criminals who commit bank robberies and convenience store heists with... Sat, 28 May 2011 10:39:00 -0600 http://weap.org/news/407/17/Benton-Harbor-The-Stolen-Town.htm <![CDATA[How Our Government Has Merged With Corporations]]> http://weap.org/news/405/17/How-Our-Government-Has-Merged-With-Corporations.htm May 26, 2011 - The 20th century was the bloodiest and most violent in human history. This led some countries to fascism - a system characterized by the state and large business becoming almost indistinguishable. The first decade of the... Thu, 26 May 2011 10:31:19 -0600 http://weap.org/news/405/17/How-Our-Government-Has-Merged-With-Corporations.htm <![CDATA[Hedge Fund Gamblers Earn the Same In One Hour As a Middle-Class Household Makes In Over 47 Years]]> http://weap.org/news/392/17/Hedge-Fund-Gamblers-Earn-the-Same-In-One-Hour-As-a-Middle-Class-Household-Makes-In-Over-47-Years.htm We live in a very, very rich country. Yet we seem to be utterly consumed by a collective hysteria that we’re about to go broke. Historians are certain to look back at this period and wonder why the richest country... Tue, 17 May 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/392/17/Hedge-Fund-Gamblers-Earn-the-Same-In-One-Hour-As-a-Middle-Class-Household-Makes-In-Over-47-Years.htm <![CDATA[Medicaid Cuts Would Hurt 4.5 Million California Kids]]> http://weap.org/news/398/17/Medicaid-Cuts-Would-Hurt-4-5-Million-California-Kids.htm May 16, 2011 - Two bills introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) recently would repeal a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the federal health reform law passed in 2010, that requires states to... Mon, 16 May 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/398/17/Medicaid-Cuts-Would-Hurt-4-5-Million-California-Kids.htm <![CDATA[Nursing Homes Seeking Reprieve from Health Law]]> http://weap.org/news/403/17/Nursing-Homes-Seeking-Reprieve-from-Health-Law.htm May 15, 2011 - It is an oddity of American health care: Many nursing homes and home care agencies do not provide health insurance to their workers, or they pay wages so low that employees cannot afford the coverage that... Sun, 15 May 2011 10:18:10 -0600 http://weap.org/news/403/17/Nursing-Homes-Seeking-Reprieve-from-Health-Law.htm <![CDATA[Just the Facts: It's a Locking-People-Up Problem ]]> http://weap.org/news/404/17/Just-the-Facts-It-s-a-Locking-People-Up-Problem.htm May 12, 2011 - The American problem with mass incarceration is less about crime than it is about how—and who—we lock up. In this article, Robert Mellinger and Doug Pibel illustrate the severely broken prison system visually with handy graphs... Thu, 12 May 2011 10:23:57 -0600 http://weap.org/news/404/17/Just-the-Facts-It-s-a-Locking-People-Up-Problem.htm <![CDATA[Budget Cuts, Pathway to Homelessness]]> http://weap.org/news/406/17/Budget-Cuts-Pathway-to-Homelessness.htm May 4, 2011 - On April 14, the draconian budget slashing proposal known as HR 1473, which was promoted by Tea Party radicals and right-wing Republican extremists, was passed in the House and the Senate and was signed into law... Wed, 04 May 2011 10:35:33 -0600 http://weap.org/news/406/17/Budget-Cuts-Pathway-to-Homelessness.htm <![CDATA[The Ability to Kill Osama Bin Laden Does Not Make America Great]]> http://weap.org/news/395/17/The-Ability-to-Kill-Osama-Bin-Laden-Does-Not-Make-America-Great.htm May 2, 2011 - Osama Bin Laden, evil incarnate, has justified so, so much American violence in the 21st century. We have launched two wars and executed God knows how many covert military operations in the ethereal, never-ending fight he... Mon, 02 May 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/395/17/The-Ability-to-Kill-Osama-Bin-Laden-Does-Not-Make-America-Great.htm <![CDATA[Double Jeopardy: Seniors Facing Hardships Hit by Budget Cuts]]> http://weap.org/news/393/17/Double-Jeopardy-Seniors-Facing-Hardships-Hit-by-Budget-Cuts.htm April 25, 2011 - While advocates for elders are decrying political proposals that would cut budgets “on the backs of seniors and the poor,” Howard Bedlin of the National Council on Aging (NCOA)  says that’s already happening. Bedlin, NCOA’s policy... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/393/17/Double-Jeopardy-Seniors-Facing-Hardships-Hit-by-Budget-Cuts.htm <![CDATA[The Public Overwhelmingly Wants It: Why Is Taxing the Rich So Hard?]]> http://weap.org/news/394/17/The-Public-Overwhelmingly-Wants-It-Why-Is-Taxing-the-Rich-So-Hard.htm April 23, 2011 - When even the New York Times, the supposed bleeding heart of the liberal media, is asking whether it’s more “ perilous politically ” to accept tax increases for 3 percent of households or benefit cuts for... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/394/17/The-Public-Overwhelmingly-Wants-It-Why-Is-Taxing-the-Rich-So-Hard.htm <![CDATA[Solution to a Busted VEBA: Single Payer Health Care, HR 676]]> http://weap.org/news/384/17/Solution-to-a-Busted-VEBA-Single-Payer-Health-Care-HR-676.htm Detroit Diesel has been around since April 1937, a few months after the Flint sit down strike that won union recognition. This year, 1,100 retired auto workers at Detroit Diesel suffered a giant cut in company provision of health benefits... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/384/17/Solution-to-a-Busted-VEBA-Single-Payer-Health-Care-HR-676.htm <![CDATA[The Collapse of Detroit]]> http://weap.org/news/385/17/The-Collapse-of-Detroit.htm Imagine for a moment that every single person living in the city of San Jose, plus another 150,000 or so, just up and left. Vanished. Poof. Gone. Leaving their homes, business buildings and factories behind. That is, in effect, what... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/385/17/The-Collapse-of-Detroit.htm <![CDATA[The Courts of Women]]> http://weap.org/news/386/17/The-Courts-of-Women.htm "We need new stories," writes Corinne Kumar, whose transnational project, the Courts of Women, has evolved over the past seventeen years as a comprehensive form of protest against forms of violence against women for which there is no legal remedies... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/386/17/The-Courts-of-Women.htm <![CDATA[Hedge Fund Gamblers Earn the Same In One Hour As a Middle-Class Household Makes In Over 47 Years]]> http://weap.org/news/388/17/Hedge-Fund-Gamblers-Earn-the-Same-In-One-Hour-As-a-Middle-Class-Household-Makes-In-Over-47-Years.htm We live in a very, very rich country. Yet we seem to be utterly consumed by a collective hysteria that we’re about to go broke. Historians are certain to look back at this period and wonder why the richest country... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 23:59:56 -0600 http://weap.org/news/388/17/Hedge-Fund-Gamblers-Earn-the-Same-In-One-Hour-As-a-Middle-Class-Household-Makes-In-Over-47-Years.htm <![CDATA[Ryan Turns Knife on Medicare, Medicaid]]> http://weap.org/news/389/17/Ryan-Turns-Knife-on-Medicare-Medicaid.htm April 7, 2011 - Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, unveiled two proposals this week which if enacted would constitute a mortal threat to our nation’s health – particularly to the health... Thu, 07 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/389/17/Ryan-Turns-Knife-on-Medicare-Medicaid.htm <![CDATA[April 1968: Dr. King is killed defending labor’s rights]]> http://weap.org/news/390/17/April-1968-Dr-King-is-killed-defending-labor-s-rights.htm April 4, 2011 - April 4 is one of the saddest days of the year. On that day in 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. While many events are held each year to... Mon, 04 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/390/17/April-1968-Dr-King-is-killed-defending-labor-s-rights.htm <![CDATA[The Cost of Overpaying: How High CEO Salaries and Income Disparity Affect Our Wealth, Health and Happiness]]> http://weap.org/news/374/17/The-Cost-of-Overpaying-How-High-CEO-Salaries-and-Income-Disparity-Affect-Our-Wealth-Health-and-Happiness.htm Hidden beneath the visible price tag of the many accepted ways of life are hidden costs that most do not consider. Sometimes they are societal costs that are harder to calculate. But without accounting for these hidden costs, policymakers and... Fri, 01 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/374/17/The-Cost-of-Overpaying-How-High-CEO-Salaries-and-Income-Disparity-Affect-Our-Wealth-Health-and-Happiness.htm <![CDATA[Why Every American Should Care About Wisconsin]]> http://weap.org/news/375/17/Why-Every-American-Should-Care-About-Wisconsin.htm After two weeks of protests in Wisconsin , we are now watching demonstrations spread across the country. Over the weekend, the online advocacy group MoveOn.org helped mobilize tens of thousands of people, who marched in all 50 state capitals in... Fri, 01 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/375/17/Why-Every-American-Should-Care-About-Wisconsin.htm <![CDATA[New Civil War Erupts, Led by Super Rich, GOP]]> http://weap.org/news/376/17/New-Civil-War-Erupts-Led-by-Super-Rich-GOP.htm Yes, “there’s class warfare, all right,” warns Warren Buffett. “But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” Yes, the rich are making war against us. And yes, they are winning. Why? Because so many are... Fri, 01 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/376/17/New-Civil-War-Erupts-Led-by-Super-Rich-GOP.htm <![CDATA[Vermont Leads The Way]]> http://weap.org/news/377/17/Vermont-Leads-The-Way.htm March 22, 2011 - Writing about the Massachusetts health care reform program in a 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal, Governor Deval Patrick stated, "Because of our reform, families are less likely to be forced into bankruptcy by medical... Fri, 01 Apr 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/377/17/Vermont-Leads-The-Way.htm <![CDATA[Ohio’s Anti-Union Law Is Tougher Than Wisconsin’s]]> http://weap.org/news/391/17/Ohio-s-Anti-Union-Law-Is-Tougher-Than-Wisconsin-s.htm March 31, 2011 - After Wisconsin’s labor battle seized the nation’s attention, after nearly 100,000 people rallied in Madison to protest a bill to curb public-sector collective bargaining, the Ohio legislature has, with far less fanfare, enacted a bill perhaps... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/391/17/Ohio-s-Anti-Union-Law-Is-Tougher-Than-Wisconsin-s.htm <![CDATA[Who Screwed the Middle Class?]]> http://weap.org/news/382/17/Who-Screwed-the-Middle-Class.htm March 25, 2011 - I've written several times before about Winner-Take-All Politics , in which Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson argue that middle-class wage stagnation and growing income inequality are due as much to political decisions over the past 30... Fri, 25 Mar 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/382/17/Who-Screwed-the-Middle-Class.htm <![CDATA[The US Social Forum: Detroit is a mirror for Everywhere, USA]]> http://weap.org/news/387/17/The-US-Social-Forum-Detroit-is-a-mirror-for-Everywhere-USA.htm Thu, 17 Mar 2011 23:23:10 -0600 http://weap.org/news/387/17/The-US-Social-Forum-Detroit-is-a-mirror-for-Everywhere-USA.htm <![CDATA[Bill Would Ensure Very Wealthy Pay Fair Share of Taxes]]> http://weap.org/news/379/17/Bill-Would-Ensure-Very-Wealthy-Pay-Fair-Share-of-Taxes.htm March 16, 2011 - Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced legislation today that would add fairness to the nation’s tax system by ensuring that millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. Schakowsky says the Fairness in Taxation Act, with more than... Wed, 16 Mar 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/379/17/Bill-Would-Ensure-Very-Wealthy-Pay-Fair-Share-of-Taxes.htm <![CDATA[Power Concedes Nothing Without A Demand]]> http://weap.org/news/383/17/Power-Concedes-Nothing-Without-A-Demand.htm March 14, 2011 - The liberal class is discovering what happens when you tolerate the intolerant. Let hate speech pollute the airways. Let corporations buy up your courts and state and federal legislative bodies. Let the Christian religion be manipulated... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/383/17/Power-Concedes-Nothing-Without-A-Demand.htm <![CDATA[In Defense of NPR]]> http://weap.org/news/380/17/In-Defense-of-NPR.htm March 11, 2011 - Come on now: let's take a breath and put this National Public Radio (NPR) fracas into perspective. Just as public radio struggles against yet another assault from its longtime nemesis - the right-wing machine that would... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/380/17/In-Defense-of-NPR.htm <![CDATA[Outrage: People in the US Still Lack Access to Clean Water ]]> http://weap.org/news/378/17/Outrage-People-in-the-US-Still-Lack-Access-to-Clean-Water.htm March 9, 2011 - Last Sunday’s 60 Minutes shed a light on an under-reported fact: roughly one in four children in the U.S. will soon live below the poverty level. The piece, reported by Scott Pelley, highlighted one family living... Wed, 09 Mar 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/378/17/Outrage-People-in-the-US-Still-Lack-Access-to-Clean-Water.htm <![CDATA[Wisconsin: The First Step in An American Uprising?]]> http://weap.org/news/381/17/Wisconsin-The-First-Step-in-An-American-Uprising.htm February 18, 2011 - The uprising that swept Tunisia, Egypt, and parts of Europe is showing signs of blossoming across the United States. In Wisconsin, public employees and their supporters are drawing the line at Governor Scott Walker’s plan to... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/381/17/Wisconsin-The-First-Step-in-An-American-Uprising.htm <![CDATA[Holiday Greetings]]> http://weap.org/news/463/17/Holiday-Greetings.htm Mon, 31 Jan 2011 12:56:07 -0700 http://weap.org/news/463/17/Holiday-Greetings.htm <![CDATA[10 Signs That Our Nation Is Becoming Poorer]]> http://weap.org/news/370/17/10-Signs-That-Our-Nation-Is-Becoming-Poorer.htm January 19, 2010 - As the middle class in America continues to be slowly wiped out, the number of working poor continues to increase. Today, nearly one out of every three families in the United States is considered to be... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/370/17/10-Signs-That-Our-Nation-Is-Becoming-Poorer.htm <![CDATA[What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?]]> http://weap.org/news/373/17/What-Killed-Aiyana-Stanley-Jones.htm December, 2010 - It was just after midnight on the morning of May 16 and the neighbors say the streetlights were out on Lillibridge Street. It is like that all over Detroit, where whole blocks regularly go dark with no... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 13:27:48 -0700 http://weap.org/news/373/17/What-Killed-Aiyana-Stanley-Jones.htm <![CDATA[Historic Georgia Inmate Strike]]> http://weap.org/news/368/17/Historic-Georgia-Inmate-Strike.htm January 19, 2011 - It's simple. With one in twelve Georgia adults in jail or prison, parole or probation or other court and correctional supervision, prisoners are us. They are our families. They are our fathers and our mothers, our... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 12:26:20 -0700 http://weap.org/news/368/17/Historic-Georgia-Inmate-Strike.htm <![CDATA[An Assassination's Long Shadow]]> http://weap.org/news/372/17/An-Assassination-s-Long-Shadow.htm January 16, 2010 - Today, millions of people on another continent are observing the 50th anniversary of an event few Americans remember, the assassination of Patrice Lumumba. A slight, goateed man with black, half-framed glasses, the 35-year-old Lumumba was the... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/372/17/An-Assassination-s-Long-Shadow.htm <![CDATA[A Predictable Tragedy in Arizona]]> http://weap.org/news/371/17/A-Predictable-Tragedy-in-Arizona.htm January 12, 2011 - The killing of six people in Tucson is one more sad episode in an ongoing series of tragedies that should not be happening. The alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, is reported to have had symptoms associated... Wed, 12 Jan 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/371/17/A-Predictable-Tragedy-in-Arizona.htm <![CDATA[In the Ruination of America Possible?]]> http://weap.org/news/369/17/In-the-Ruination-of-America-Possible.htm January 5, 2011 - While the United States has suffered the worst recession in living memory, I find that I have very few financial concerns. Many of my friends are in the same position: Most of us attended private schools... Wed, 05 Jan 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/369/17/In-the-Ruination-of-America-Possible.htm <![CDATA[HUD Approves Berkeley's Public Housing Disposition Scheme]]> http://weap.org/news/363/17/HUD-Approves-Berkeley-s-Public-Housing-Disposition-Scheme.htm Berkeley's poor are about to lose their public housing units to privatization and to one or more greedy non profit developers, as public housing tenants across the nation are fighting back against the latest schemes to privatize our nations 1.2... Sat, 01 Jan 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/363/17/HUD-Approves-Berkeley-s-Public-Housing-Disposition-Scheme.htm <![CDATA[Could single-payer be the future of healthcare in California?]]> http://weap.org/news/364/17/Could-single-payer-be-the-future-of-healthcare-in-California.htm Governor Jerry Brown presented his proposed budget for 2011-2012, today. It includes $12.5 billion in cuts. If Brown’s proposal is accepted, Medi-Cal and Cal-Works would take the biggest hits, each losing $1.5 billion. Higher education would lose a billion dollars,... Sat, 01 Jan 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/364/17/Could-single-payer-be-the-future-of-healthcare-in-California.htm <![CDATA[Mobilizing the Jobless]]> http://weap.org/news/366/17/Mobilizing-the-Jobless.htm As 2011 begins, nearly 15 million people are officially unemployed in the United States and another 11.5 million have either settled for part-time work or simply given up the search for a job. To regain the 5 percent unemployment level... Sat, 01 Jan 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/366/17/Mobilizing-the-Jobless.htm <![CDATA[All That We Share]]> http://weap.org/news/365/17/All-That-We-Share.htm Welcome to the commons. The term may be unfamiliar, but the idea has been around for centuries. The commons is a new use of an old word, meaning “what we share”—and it offers fresh hope for a saner, safer, more... Sat, 01 Jan 2011 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/365/17/All-That-We-Share.htm <![CDATA[A Call to Continue the Dream]]> http://weap.org/news/367/17/A-Call-to-Continue-the-Dream.htm December 21, 2010 - There are those whom give so much of themselves to overcome adversity and improve the lives of the friends, families, and communities. The DREAM Act represents the efforts of millions to honor the American Dream and... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/367/17/A-Call-to-Continue-the-Dream.htm <![CDATA[Tax System Favors Wealth Over Work]]> http://weap.org/news/360/17/Tax-System-Favors-Wealth-Over-Work.htm November 7, 2010 - Tea Partiers rage against taxes and say they’re too high. Wrong, says billionaire Warren Buffett: on the rich, they’re too low. The tax code holds the answer to this standoff, and the code backs Buffett. Taxes... Sun, 07 Nov 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/360/17/Tax-System-Favors-Wealth-Over-Work.htm <![CDATA[How Obama Lost His Voice, and How He Can Get It Back]]> http://weap.org/news/359/17/How-Obama-Lost-His-Voice-and-How-He-Can-Get-It-Back.htm November 3, 2010 - President Obama entered office wrapped in a mantle of moral leadership. His call for change was rooted in values that had long been eclipsed in our public life: a sense of mutual responsibility, commitment to equality... Wed, 03 Nov 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/359/17/How-Obama-Lost-His-Voice-and-How-He-Can-Get-It-Back.htm <![CDATA[New Figures Detail Depth Of Unemployment Misery]]> http://weap.org/news/351/17/New-Figures-Detail-Depth-Of-Unemployment-Misery.htm One out of every 34 Americans who earned wages in 2008 earned absolutely nothing -- not one cent -- in 2009. The stunning figure was released earlier this month by the Social Security Administration, but apparently went unreported until it... Mon, 01 Nov 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/351/17/New-Figures-Detail-Depth-Of-Unemployment-Misery.htm <![CDATA[Building The Youth Vote Is About Building Infrastructure]]> http://weap.org/news/353/17/Building-The-Youth-Vote-Is-About-Building-Infrastructure.htm The commentary on the youth voter turnout in 2010 is not particularly surprising. Even though initial youth turnout estimates of 20.9 percent put this year on par with, if not ever-so-slightly below, other recent midterms, there’s still the usual back-and-forth... Mon, 01 Nov 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/353/17/Building-The-Youth-Vote-Is-About-Building-Infrastructure.htm <![CDATA[Slavery Goes Public]]> http://weap.org/news/352/17/Slavery-Goes-Public.htm Chances are, they're in your pockets, your closet, and even your body. From cotton to coltan, materials tainted by slavery and child labor flow through opaque, fragmented supply chains to end up, often without our knowledge, in the products we... Mon, 01 Nov 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/352/17/Slavery-Goes-Public.htm <![CDATA[This Is a Huge Moment of Opportunity We Need a Vision of Economic Possibility]]> http://weap.org/news/354/17/This-Is-a-Huge-Moment-of-Opportunity-We-Need-a-Vision-of-Economic-Possibility.htm The election is over. Republicans, as expected, are celebrating a sweeping victory. Democrats are licking their wounds. Meanwhile, record numbers of people are still contending with the hardships of unemployment and foreclosure with no relief in sight. And the nation... Mon, 01 Nov 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/354/17/This-Is-a-Huge-Moment-of-Opportunity-We-Need-a-Vision-of-Economic-Possibility.htm <![CDATA[Campaign Cash: Biggest Loser Corporate Edition - Spending $2 Million on a Losing Race in Iowa]]> http://weap.org/news/356/17/Campaign-Cash-Biggest-Loser-Corporate-Edition-Spending-2-Million-on-a-Losing-Race-in-Iowa.htm November 1, 2010 - Corporate America is on the attack in every state. As Joshua Holland explains for AlterNet , outside groups have spent somewhere between $750,000 and more than $2 million in an attempt to unseat Rep. Bruce Braley... Mon, 01 Nov 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/356/17/Campaign-Cash-Biggest-Loser-Corporate-Edition-Spending-2-Million-on-a-Losing-Race-in-Iowa.htm <![CDATA[Sick Californians may be foregoing care because health deductable is too high]]> http://weap.org/news/355/17/Sick-Californians-may-be-foregoing-care-because-health-deductable-is-too-high.htm October 28, 2010 - Three million Californians are enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans because they can't afford to pay high premiums. But the often excessive out-of-pocket costs could be causing some to delay seeking care, while jeopardizing the financial... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/355/17/Sick-Californians-may-be-foregoing-care-because-health-deductable-is-too-high.htm <![CDATA[Uganda: Women's land rights - the gap between policy and practice]]> http://weap.org/news/362/17/Uganda-Women-s-land-rights-the-gap-between-policy-and-practice.htm October 28, 2010 - The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), a Geneva-based international housing rights watchdog, today released a “report card” examining Uganda’s national land policy and land reform processes and their impact on women. The report, The... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/362/17/Uganda-Women-s-land-rights-the-gap-between-policy-and-practice.htm <![CDATA[Fox News Tries to Foreclose on Sesame Street]]> http://weap.org/news/357/17/Fox-News-Tries-to-Foreclose-on-Sesame-Street.htm October 26, 2010 - The high-pitched pundits of Fox News Channel have had their sites aimed at NPR nonstop since the radio network sacked analyst Juan Williams last week for likening all Muslims to terrorists. They've not only tried to... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/357/17/Fox-News-Tries-to-Foreclose-on-Sesame-Street.htm <![CDATA[Poverty In Suburbs Increasing Rapidly During Economic Downturn]]> http://weap.org/news/358/17/Poverty-In-Suburbs-Increasing-Rapidly-During-Economic-Downturn.htm October 7, 2010 - The American suburb is no longer a refuge from poverty in cities. A pair of analyses by the nonprofit Brookings Institution paints a bleak economic picture for the 100 largest metropolitan areas over the past decade... Thu, 07 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/358/17/Poverty-In-Suburbs-Increasing-Rapidly-During-Economic-Downturn.htm <![CDATA[Senate TANF Vote Means Pink-Slips for Thousands]]> http://weap.org/news/345/17/Senate-TANF-Vote-Means-Pink-Slips-for-Thousands.htm October 4, 2010 - On Oct. 1 Congress let federal funding for temporary jobs expire, impacting the jobs of over 200,000 parents and young people. Some state governments may rescue these jobs, but most workers will be let go and... Mon, 04 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/345/17/Senate-TANF-Vote-Means-Pink-Slips-for-Thousands.htm <![CDATA['Are You America?' Progressives Unites at One Nation March]]> http://weap.org/news/346/17/Are-You-America-Progressives-Unites-at-One-Nation-March.htm October 3, 2010 - Exactly one month before voters head to the polls for the midterm elections, tens of thousands of progressive activists from across the country converged at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday to take part in the One Nation... Sun, 03 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/346/17/Are-You-America-Progressives-Unites-at-One-Nation-March.htm <![CDATA[That Official Poverty Rate? It's Much Worse than You Think]]> http://weap.org/news/340/17/That-Official-Poverty-Rate-It-s-Much-Worse-than-You-Think.htm While the shocking new poverty statistics from the Census Bureau indicating that a record 43.6 million Americans lived in poverty in 2009 emphatically demonstrates the severity of the economic crisis, the Census is drastically undercounting this demographic. Apparently the government's poverty... Fri, 01 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/340/17/That-Official-Poverty-Rate-It-s-Much-Worse-than-You-Think.htm <![CDATA[For Jobs, Justice and Education]]> http://weap.org/news/342/17/For-Jobs-Justice-and-Education.htm That is going to change. No longer will we allow a noisy and vocal fringe hijack the definition of “patriot.” No longer will we sit idly while right-wing extremists seek to turn back America’s clock to a past of fear... Fri, 01 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/342/17/For-Jobs-Justice-and-Education.htm <![CDATA[PETRA, Promotes Doom For Public Housing]]> http://weap.org/news/341/17/PETRA-Promotes-Doom-For-Public-Housing.htm In Berkeley, the scheme to privatize and sell Berkeley's 75 public housing units has stalled, and currently the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has not completed it's review of the disposition plan filed with HUD to dispose of... Fri, 01 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/341/17/PETRA-Promotes-Doom-For-Public-Housing.htm <![CDATA[A Powerful Tool to Get Low-Income Voters to the Ballot Box]]> http://weap.org/news/343/17/A-Powerful-Tool-to-Get-Low-Income-Voters-to-the-Ballot-Box.htm The democratic ideal is based on a vision of citizens from across the social and economic spectrum making their voices heard through political participation. True democracy breaks down when large groups of people are excluded from the process. Indeed, the... Fri, 01 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/343/17/A-Powerful-Tool-to-Get-Low-Income-Voters-to-the-Ballot-Box.htm <![CDATA[Students and Teachers Rally Around Ethnic Studies]]> http://weap.org/news/350/17/Students-and-Teachers-Rally-Around-Ethnic-Studies.htm October 1, 2010 - Last May, Arizona passed HB 2881, a bill that implicitly bans ethnic studies classes in publicly funded schools—courses in African American history, for instance, or Chicano literature. The justification? That these classes promote racial divides, “ethnic... Fri, 01 Oct 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/350/17/Students-and-Teachers-Rally-Around-Ethnic-Studies.htm <![CDATA[Film Champions Charter Schools, But Hides That 80% of Them Are No Better Than Public Education]]> http://weap.org/news/347/17/Film-Champions-Charter-Schools-But-Hides-That-80-of-Them-Are-No-Better-Than-Public-Education.htm September 30, 2010 - Here's what you see in Waiting for Superman , the new documentary that celebrates the charter school movement while blaming teachers unions for much of what ails American education: working- and middle-class parents desperate to get... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/347/17/Film-Champions-Charter-Schools-But-Hides-That-80-of-Them-Are-No-Better-Than-Public-Education.htm <![CDATA[Health Care's Link to Poverty]]> http://weap.org/news/348/17/Health-Care-s-Link-to-Poverty.htm September 27, 2010 - The U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report on poverty in the United States provides clear evidence that more Americans are falling upon hard times. In what is still seen by many abroad as the land of plenty,... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/348/17/Health-Care-s-Link-to-Poverty.htm <![CDATA[Higher Health Care Bills Ahead]]> http://weap.org/news/349/17/Higher-Health-Care-Bills-Ahead.htm September 26, 2010 - In 2011, the combined average of premium and out-of-pocket costs for health care coverage for an employee is projected to climb to $4,386, according to an annual study by Hewitt Associates to be released this week.... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/349/17/Higher-Health-Care-Bills-Ahead.htm <![CDATA[Poverty is Through the Roof, and Billionaires Are Getting Pissy About Not Enough Profits]]> http://weap.org/news/344/17/Poverty-is-Through-the-Roof-and-Billionaires-Are-Getting-Pissy-About-Not-Enough-Profits.htm September 17, 2010 - The ranks of the working-age poor in the United States climbed to the highest level since the 1960s as the recession threw millions of people out of work last year, leaving one in seven Americans in... Fri, 17 Sep 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/344/17/Poverty-is-Through-the-Roof-and-Billionaires-Are-Getting-Pissy-About-Not-Enough-Profits.htm <![CDATA[The Crisis of Middle-Class America]]> http://weap.org/news/330/17/The-Crisis-of-Middle-Class-America.htm Technically speaking, Mark Freeman should count himself among the ­luckiest ­people on the planet. The 52-year-old lives with his family on a tree-lined street in his own home in the heart of the wealthiest country in the world. When he... Wed, 01 Sep 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/330/17/The-Crisis-of-Middle-Class-America.htm <![CDATA[How Wisconsin made big Medicaid cuts with little controversy]]> http://weap.org/news/331/17/How-Wisconsin-made-big-Medicaid-cuts-with-little-controversy.htm As Wisconsin lawmakers looked ahead to their two-year state budget early last year, the outlook was grim. As the economy continued its freefall, a projected $5.7 billion deficit ballooned to $6.6 billion, the largest in state history. Every state program... Wed, 01 Sep 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/331/17/How-Wisconsin-made-big-Medicaid-cuts-with-little-controversy.htm <![CDATA[In Violent Oakland, a Rap Producer Is Changing His Tune]]> http://weap.org/news/332/17/In-Violent-Oakland-a-Rap-Producer-Is-Changing-His-Tune.htm John Davis is one of the most popular rap producers in Oakland, even though he is no longer allowed to live there under the conditions of his parole. Kevin Grant discussed “Gunz Down,” a project to create an EP of... Wed, 01 Sep 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/332/17/In-Violent-Oakland-a-Rap-Producer-Is-Changing-His-Tune.htm <![CDATA[Dr. Hsiao Lays the Groundwork for his Designs]]> http://weap.org/news/333/17/Dr-Hsiao-Lays-the-Groundwork-for-his-Designs.htm It was an impressive performance on August 5th by Professor William Hsiao, the Harvard health policy economist who has been hired to design three universal health care systems for Vermont. Dr. Hsiao was in Montpelier to give a progress report... Wed, 01 Sep 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/333/17/Dr-Hsiao-Lays-the-Groundwork-for-his-Designs.htm <![CDATA[Two-faced Corporate Personhood]]> http://weap.org/news/337/17/Two-faced-Corporate-Personhood.htm August 27, 2010 - Forgive me for being a tad confused. I am finding it difficult to understand why one person goes to jail for privately selling an appointment for elected office while others have a legal right to buy... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/337/17/Two-faced-Corporate-Personhood.htm <![CDATA[Is A Double-Drop Recession - Or Worse - Finally Here?]]> http://weap.org/news/339/17/Is-A-Double-Drop-Recession-Or-Worse-Finally-Here.htm August 25, 2010 - For the US economy, the bad news keeps piling up, like that 60-mile, 11-day-long Chinese mega-traffic jam. Sales of existing homes sank to a 15-year-low in July, the National Association of Realtors announced on Tuesday. The... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/339/17/Is-A-Double-Drop-Recession-Or-Worse-Finally-Here.htm <![CDATA[The Geography of Recession]]> http://weap.org/news/336/17/The-Geography-of-Recession.htm August 15, 2010 - According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 31 million people currently unemployed -- that's including those involuntarily working parttime and those who want a job, but have given up... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/336/17/The-Geography-of-Recession.htm <![CDATA[Thousands Crowd Atlanta Housing ]]> http://weap.org/news/334/17/Thousands-Crowd-Atlanta-Housing.htm August 12, 2010 - More than a thousand people gathered Wednesday outside a metro-Atlanta shopping mall in hopes of being placed on a waiting list for federal housing assistance. Fights broke out, children were reportedly trampled, and police had to... Thu, 12 Aug 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/334/17/Thousands-Crowd-Atlanta-Housing.htm <![CDATA[$830 Billion in Student Loans: The New Mortgage Bubble]]> http://weap.org/news/335/17/830-Billion-in-Student-Loans-The-New-Mortgage-Bubble.htm August 11, 2010 - A strange milestone was marked this week in the history of student loans. The total balance of all outstanding US student loans (given as $730 billion in DIY U , based on OMB estimates) is now... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/335/17/830-Billion-in-Student-Loans-The-New-Mortgage-Bubble.htm <![CDATA[Decline of the Middle Class as Metaphor for the Decline of America]]> http://weap.org/news/338/17/Decline-of-the-Middle-Class-as-Metaphor-for-the-Decline-of-America.htm August 8, 2010 - Over the last decade this nation has experienced a massive loss of productive and high value jobs in manufacturing, trade, and the professions sending many overseas and having many destroyed through the egregious misdirection of the... Sun, 08 Aug 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/338/17/Decline-of-the-Middle-Class-as-Metaphor-for-the-Decline-of-America.htm <![CDATA[We're in a Recession Because the Rich Are Raking in an Absurd Portion of the Wealth]]> http://weap.org/news/320/17/We-re-in-a-Recession-Because-the-Rich-Are-Raking-in-an-Absurd-Portion-of-the-Wealth.htm Wall Street's banditry was the proximate cause of the Great Recession, not its underlying cause. Even if the Street is better controlled in the future (and I have my doubts), the structural reason for the Great Recession still haunts America.... Sun, 01 Aug 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/320/17/We-re-in-a-Recession-Because-the-Rich-Are-Raking-in-an-Absurd-Portion-of-the-Wealth.htm <![CDATA[US Social Forum and Poverty Assembly Report]]> http://weap.org/news/321/17/US-Social-Forum-and-Poverty-Assembly-Report.htm I work with Survivors Inc, an antipoverty organization in Massachusetts; I am a volunteer coordinator and Editor of our newspaper Survival News. I work with Mass Welfare Rights Union and the National Welfare Rights Union. We advocate for low income... Sun, 01 Aug 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/321/17/US-Social-Forum-and-Poverty-Assembly-Report.htm <![CDATA[Testifying and Witnessing Poverty as a Human Rights Violation]]> http://weap.org/news/322/17/Testifying-and-Witnessing-Poverty-as-a-Human-Rights-Violation.htm At the 2010 U.S. Social Forum, the World Court of Women on Poverty in the United States was introduced and widely discussed. As one of the anchor groups processing such a bold event, the Women’s Economic Agenda Project envisions a... Sun, 01 Aug 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/322/17/Testifying-and-Witnessing-Poverty-as-a-Human-Rights-Violation.htm <![CDATA[Who Tells the Dead Patient Stories Now?]]> http://weap.org/news/328/17/Who-Tells-the-Dead-Patient-Stories-Now.htm July 27, 2010 - Since the health insurance reform bill passed this past spring, you’d think we suddenly stopped having American patients die and suffer unimaginable horror at the hands of the corporate owned and operated healthcare business system in... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/328/17/Who-Tells-the-Dead-Patient-Stories-Now.htm <![CDATA[BP's Tree Fell On my Lawn]]> http://weap.org/news/327/17/BP-s-Tree-Fell-On-my-Lawn.htm July 25, 2010 - Help me out here. There's something I've been spending a couple of months trying to get my head around. Why does BP enjoy such a peculiar immunity after having apparently been culpable in the Gulf oil... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/327/17/BP-s-Tree-Fell-On-my-Lawn.htm <![CDATA[Thoughts on the Current Homeless Situation in St. Petersburg, Florida]]> http://weap.org/news/326/17/Thoughts-on-the-Current-Homeless-Situation-in-St-Petersburg-Florida.htm July 20, 2010 - I have been thinking a lot in the last few days about what is happening here in this city with the homeless. The problems we will face are growing steadily with the new moves to drive... Tue, 20 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/326/17/Thoughts-on-the-Current-Homeless-Situation-in-St-Petersburg-Florida.htm <![CDATA[Cuts in Home Care Put Elderly and Disabled at Risk]]> http://weap.org/news/323/17/Cuts-in-Home-Care-Put-Elderly-and-Disabled-at-Risk.htm July 16, 2010 - Since the start of the recession, at least 25 states and the District of Columbia have curtailed programs that include meal deliveries, housekeeping aid and assistance for family caregivers, according to the Center on Budget and... Fri, 16 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/323/17/Cuts-in-Home-Care-Put-Elderly-and-Disabled-at-Risk.htm <![CDATA[The Economic Cruch We're In: Corporations Want Fewer Workers, But They Still Need Everyone to Be Consumers]]> http://weap.org/news/325/17/The-Economic-Cruch-We-re-In-Corporations-Want-Fewer-Workers-But-They-Still-Need-Everyone-to-Be-Consumers.htm July 15, 2010 - A hard truth about the U.S. economy is that corporations don’t need as many of us as workers but still need us as consumers. That dilemma helps explain why unemployment is stuck near 10 percent and... Thu, 15 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/325/17/The-Economic-Cruch-We-re-In-Corporations-Want-Fewer-Workers-But-They-Still-Need-Everyone-to-Be-Consumers.htm <![CDATA[Can't Call It Progress: African-Americans Are Earning Less Than Their Parents Did]]> http://weap.org/news/324/17/Can-t-Call-It-Progress-African-Americans-Are-Earning-Less-Than-Their-Parents-Did.htm July 8, 2010 - The twentieth-century economic adage that when America sneezes the rest of the world catches pneumonia has a tragic domestic counterpart in the relative economic condition of African-Americans. What for white Americans is a Great Recession amounts... Thu, 08 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/324/17/Can-t-Call-It-Progress-African-Americans-Are-Earning-Less-Than-Their-Parents-Did.htm <![CDATA[To Fix America's Fiscal Crisis Go to those Who Profited from Deficit Spending and Look at It's Real Causes]]> http://weap.org/news/308/17/To-Fix-America-s-Fiscal-Crisis-Go-to-those-Who-Profited-from-Deficit-Spending-and-Look-at-It-s-Real-Causes.htm The United States can be fiscally responsible and meet the urgent necessities of the American people by stopping corporate welfare to concentrated industries, taxing the wealthiest that profited from three decades of tax breaks and reigning in weapons and war... Thu, 01 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/308/17/To-Fix-America-s-Fiscal-Crisis-Go-to-those-Who-Profited-from-Deficit-Spending-and-Look-at-It-s-Real-Causes.htm <![CDATA[Over 10,000 March in Detroit to Open US Social Forum]]> http://weap.org/news/309/17/Over-10-000-March-in-Detroit-to-Open-US-Social-Forum.htm Thousands of people from across the country marched through Detroit Tuesday afternoon to kick off the opening ceremony of the US Social Forum. The colorful, joyous, and sometimes raucous procession down Detroit’s Woodward Avenue included social movements and community organizations... Thu, 01 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/309/17/Over-10-000-March-in-Detroit-to-Open-US-Social-Forum.htm <![CDATA[How do they get to be that way?]]> http://weap.org/news/310/17/How-do-they-get-to-be-that-way.htm How would I feel if I were a brown student at Miller Valley Elementary School in Prescott, Arizona? A mural was created to depict some of the actual students in the school. Let's say I was one of the lucky... Thu, 01 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/310/17/How-do-they-get-to-be-that-way.htm <![CDATA[Declare Your Independence!]]> http://weap.org/news/311/17/Declare-Your-Independence.htm If I had to pick one word for Americans who want real change, it would be independence. Not only because the United States was founded on the idea of independence but because those of us who work to try and... Thu, 01 Jul 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/311/17/Declare-Your-Independence.htm <![CDATA[Sticking the Public With the Bill for the Bankers' Crisis]]> http://weap.org/news/314/17/Sticking-the-Public-With-the-Bill-for-the-Bankers-Crisis.htm June 28, 2010 - My city feels like a crime scene, and the criminals are all melting into the night, fleeing the scene. No, I'm not talking about the kids in black who smashed windows and burned cop cars on... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/314/17/Sticking-the-Public-With-the-Bill-for-the-Bankers-Crisis.htm <![CDATA[Competing Ideologies: G20 v. US Social Forum]]> http://weap.org/news/317/17/Competing-Ideologies-G20-v-US-Social-Forum.htm June 28, 2010 - Established in 1999, G20 finance ministers, central bank governors, and, at times, heads of state meet semi-annually to "discuss key issues in the global economy," the initial 1999 meeting in Berlin, hosted by German and Canadian... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/317/17/Competing-Ideologies-G20-v-US-Social-Forum.htm <![CDATA[I Can See Healthcare From Here]]> http://weap.org/news/312/17/I-Can-See-Healthcare-From-Here.htm June 25, 2010 - As I wake each morning here in Detroit at the US Social Forum, I glance just a few hundred yards across the way, and I know people have healthcare without regard to financial or other barriers. ... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/312/17/I-Can-See-Healthcare-From-Here.htm <![CDATA[How BP, Big Oil and the Feds Screw Louisiana to Bring You Cheap Gas]]> http://weap.org/news/316/17/How-BP-Big-Oil-and-the-Feds-Screw-Louisiana-to-Bring-You-Cheap-Gas.htm June 24, 2010 - The first time I saw New Orleans, it was an empty city, save for the National Guard troops and Blackwater mercenaries patrolling the storm-ravaged streets. It was September 16, 2005, a little more than two weeks... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/316/17/How-BP-Big-Oil-and-the-Feds-Screw-Louisiana-to-Bring-You-Cheap-Gas.htm <![CDATA[Whacking the Old Folks]]> http://weap.org/news/315/17/Whacking-the-Old-Folks.htm May 20, 2010 - In setting up his National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, Barack Obama is again playing coy in public, but his intentions are widely understood among Washington insiders. The president intends to offer Social Security as... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:51:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/315/17/Whacking-the-Old-Folks.htm <![CDATA[The Other Foreclosure Menace]]> http://weap.org/news/296/17/The-Other-Foreclosure-Menace.htm One raw day in early February, Vicki Valentine stood by helplessly as real estate investors snatched her West Baltimore home over what began with an unpaid city water bill of $362. As snow threatened to fall, she watched a work... Tue, 01 Jun 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/296/17/The-Other-Foreclosure-Menace.htm <![CDATA[Arizona Superintendent Uses 'I Have a Dream' Speech To Justify Ethnic Studies Ban; Students Fight Back]]> http://weap.org/news/297/17/Arizona-Superintendent-Uses-I-Have-a-Dream-Speech-To-Justify-Ethnic-Studies-Ban-Students-Fight-Back.htm Less than a month after Arizona's so-called "Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act" made racial profiling the law of the land, Governor Jan Brewer signed a new law this week that targets Latinos and other minorities, not on the streets... Tue, 01 Jun 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/297/17/Arizona-Superintendent-Uses-I-Have-a-Dream-Speech-To-Justify-Ethnic-Studies-Ban-Students-Fight-Back.htm <![CDATA[Music Revelation]]> http://weap.org/news/298/17/Music-Revelation.htm Suffice it to say that the Mic has a way of brightening days to enlighten the way of a better tomorrow, despite what they say, this life is a play that we write from the stage. If I could I... Tue, 01 Jun 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/298/17/Music-Revelation.htm <![CDATA[After The Reform: Aiming High For Health Justice]]> http://weap.org/news/299/17/After-The-Reform-Aiming-High-For-Health-Justice.htm As we sit here on the other side of the recent health reform process, we have an opportunity for reflection. There were many times during the past year and a half when passage of a health bill seemed unlikely. However,... Tue, 01 Jun 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/299/17/After-The-Reform-Aiming-High-For-Health-Justice.htm <![CDATA[Coal's Dirty Secret]]> http://weap.org/news/305/17/Coal-s-Dirty-Secret.htm May 24, 2010 - When a billion gallons of coal ash broke loose from a holding pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant near Harriman, Tenn. in December 2008, registered nurse Penny Dodson was living nearby with her... Mon, 24 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/305/17/Coal-s-Dirty-Secret.htm <![CDATA[Hotel Workers and Guests only a "Pawn in their Game"]]> http://weap.org/news/306/17/Hotel-Workers-and-Guests-only-a-Pawn-in-their-Game.htm May 24, 2010 - The war between the giant hotel corporations and hotel workers is heating up again. The recent three-day strike at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square by UNITE HERE Local 2 workers was just one battle in this... Mon, 24 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/306/17/Hotel-Workers-and-Guests-only-a-Pawn-in-their-Game.htm <![CDATA[Who's Packing ERs? Not the Uninsured]]> http://weap.org/news/304/17/Who-s-Packing-ERs-Not-the-Uninsured.htm May 19, 2010 - One in five people in the United States visit an emergency room every year, and most of them have health insurance of some kind, according to a U.S. government survey released on Wednesday. The survey contradicts... Wed, 19 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/304/17/Who-s-Packing-ERs-Not-the-Uninsured.htm <![CDATA[Shadow Elite: Think BP's The Bad Guy? Think Bigger, Way Bigger]]> http://weap.org/news/301/17/Shadow-Elite-Think-BP-s-The-Bad-Guy-Think-Bigger-Way-Bigger.htm May 13, 2010 - It is tempting to hope that Big Oil's days in the driver's seat are over, now that the Obama administration has ordered that the Minerals Management Service, which oversees offshore drilling, be split up, after critics... Thu, 13 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/301/17/Shadow-Elite-Think-BP-s-The-Bad-Guy-Think-Bigger-Way-Bigger.htm <![CDATA[BP: From Oil Spilling to Financial Reform Killing]]> http://weap.org/news/300/17/BP-From-Oil-Spilling-to-Financial-Reform-Killing.htm May 10, 2010 - Oil giant BP may be overwhelmed with the clean-up from the collapse of its Deepwater oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. But the corporation has still found time to fight tougher financial reforms on Capitol... Mon, 10 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/300/17/BP-From-Oil-Spilling-to-Financial-Reform-Killing.htm <![CDATA[Why Are So Many Americans Scared of Undocumented Immigrants?]]> http://weap.org/news/302/17/Why-Are-So-Many-Americans-Scared-of-Undocumented-Immigrants.htm May 10, 2010 - “The overwhelming majority of Americans think the country’s immigration policies need to be seriously overhauled.” And most Americans support Arizona’s stringent new immigration enforcement law, “even though they say it may lead to racial profiling.” That’s... Mon, 10 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/302/17/Why-Are-So-Many-Americans-Scared-of-Undocumented-Immigrants.htm <![CDATA[The Far-Right Movement Behind Arizona Copycat Bills]]> http://weap.org/news/303/17/The-Far-Right-Movement-Behind-Arizona-Copycat-Bills.htm May 4, 2010 - The growing number of immigration-enforcement bills in state legislatures around the country are not merely following Arizona's lead. Rather, the bills—which legislators have discussed or introduced in at least 11 states—are the fruits of a concerted... Tue, 04 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/303/17/The-Far-Right-Movement-Behind-Arizona-Copycat-Bills.htm <![CDATA[Huge Protests Planned for Showdown on Wall St. and at Banks Across the U.S. to Demand Financial Reform]]> http://weap.org/news/287/17/Huge-Protests-Planned-for-Showdown-on-Wall-St-and-at-Banks-Across-the-U-S-to-Demand-Financial-Reform.htm Good thing Goldman Sachs reported its first-quarter profits on the popular pot holiday April 20. Because you had to be totally stoned to appreciate the sheer, corrupt elegance of its nearly $3.5 billion earnings. It's hopefully Goldman's last outrageous ripoff.... Sat, 01 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/287/17/Huge-Protests-Planned-for-Showdown-on-Wall-St-and-at-Banks-Across-the-U-S-to-Demand-Financial-Reform.htm <![CDATA[Montgomery, AL - Courage to Change]]> http://weap.org/news/288/17/Montgomery-AL-Courage-to-Change.htm Montgomery was short and sweet. We stayed at Immanuel Presbytarian, the only church with a social justice mission in an ocean of churches. Our host, Pastor Elizabeth O’Neill, has spent years studying liberation theology and standing up for human rights.... Sat, 01 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/288/17/Montgomery-AL-Courage-to-Change.htm <![CDATA[An Injury to One Is an Injury to All]]> http://weap.org/news/289/17/An-Injury-to-One-Is-an-Injury-to-All.htm April 30, 2010 - On March 21, 2010 over 200,000 people protested in Washington D.C. to push the Obama adminstration to start working on immigration reform.  Although many were illegal citizens and feared being deported, they still marched to show... Sat, 01 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/289/17/An-Injury-to-One-Is-an-Injury-to-All.htm <![CDATA[Truth Commissions]]> http://weap.org/news/318/17/Truth-Commissions.htm Truth Commissions are designed to expose the truth when powerful forces would rather keep it hidden.  They allow masses of poor people who are normally ignored, silenced, and made invisible to speak out and be seen and heard.  There are... Sat, 01 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/318/17/Truth-Commissions.htm <![CDATA[WEAP at the U.S. Social Forum]]> http://weap.org/news/319/17/WEAP-at-the-U-S-Social-Forum.htm Thispast June, The Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) joined more than 20,000 organizers, educators, visionaries, working and poor people from across the nation and world at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit. Modeled after the World Social Forum, this was... Sat, 01 May 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/319/17/WEAP-at-the-U-S-Social-Forum.htm <![CDATA[What in the Sam Hill is Wrong with Arizona]]> http://weap.org/news/286/17/What-in-the-Sam-Hill-is-Wrong-with-Arizona.htm Let’s start out by saying that Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law is unconstitutional and cannot stand in any reasonable society. The worst in the nation, the law allows police to stop anyone suspected of being undocumented, and demand proof of citizenship.... Sat, 01 May 2010 20:50:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/286/17/What-in-the-Sam-Hill-is-Wrong-with-Arizona.htm <![CDATA[The Time is Now: A Declaration for a Free Arizona]]> http://weap.org/news/292/17/The-Time-is-Now-A-Declaration-for-a-Free-Arizona.htm April 29, 2010 - On Behalf of the day laborers, domestic workers, home care workers, laundry, and debris cleaners, who are the diaspora of the world economy, On Behalf of the young people, who feel the difference between right and... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/292/17/The-Time-is-Now-A-Declaration-for-a-Free-Arizona.htm <![CDATA[Health Care Reform will cause headaches, and much more]]> http://weap.org/news/293/17/Health-Care-Reform-will-cause-headaches-and-much-more.htm April 25, 2010 - Right after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Sentinel reporter Kurtis Alexander listed among its benefits that close to two-thirds of Santa Cruz's County 45,000 uninsured residents would become insured, and that... Sun, 25 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/293/17/Health-Care-Reform-will-cause-headaches-and-much-more.htm <![CDATA[Health Care Cost Increase Is Projected for New Law]]> http://weap.org/news/291/17/Health-Care-Cost-Increase-Is-Projected-for-New-Law.htm April 23, 2010 Washington - A government analysis of the new health care law says it will not slow the overall growth of health spending because the expansion of insurance and services to 34 million people will offset cost reductions... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/291/17/Health-Care-Cost-Increase-Is-Projected-for-New-Law.htm <![CDATA[Sisters Whose Shoulders We Stand On]]> http://weap.org/news/295/17/Sisters-Whose-Shoulders-We-Stand-On.htm April 21, 2010 - SisterSong joins the nation in mourning the passage of Dr. Dorothy Height, one of our iconic feminist leaders. She was one of a legion of women who did not get the fame and recognition of their... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/295/17/Sisters-Whose-Shoulders-We-Stand-On.htm <![CDATA[ICF International's Carole Norris moves to terminate Berkeley's public housing program]]> http://weap.org/news/290/17/ICF-International-s-Carole-Norris-moves-to-terminate-Berkeley-s-public-housing-program.htm April 20, 2010 Berkeley - ICF International's vice president Carole Norris plans to lead an April 23, 2010, Special Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA) "Workshop Meeting" to pound the final death blows into Berkeley's public housing program with a Disposition Plan,... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/290/17/ICF-International-s-Carole-Norris-moves-to-terminate-Berkeley-s-public-housing-program.htm <![CDATA[Budget Genocide Sweeps Across the Nation]]> http://weap.org/news/294/17/Budget-Genocide-Sweeps-Across-the-Nation.htm April 15, 2010 - Thousands of poor people of color face hunger, illness, death and homelessness due to welfare, housing and health care budget cuts across the nation. How long does it take to kill the spirit of 7,000 people?... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/294/17/Budget-Genocide-Sweeps-Across-the-Nation.htm <![CDATA[Nonprofit Developers are Interested in Berkeley's Public Housing, Minus the Poor]]> http://weap.org/news/278/17/Nonprofit-Developers-are-Interested-in-Berkeley-s-Public-Housing-Minus-the-Poor.htm Berkeley's mostly African-American public housing residents are not wanted by local nonprofit housing developers that are interested in the Berkeley Housing Authority's (BHA) proposal to sell Berkeley's 75 public housing units! Out of the options being offered by the consultants... Thu, 01 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/278/17/Nonprofit-Developers-are-Interested-in-Berkeley-s-Public-Housing-Minus-the-Poor.htm <![CDATA[200,000 March For Immigration Reform in Massive D.C. Rally]]> http://weap.org/news/279/17/200-000-March-For-Immigration-Reform-in-Massive-D-C-Rally.htm With many eyes focused on the health care debate seven blocks away at the U.S. Capitol, an estimated 200,000 people rallied for immigration reform on the National Mall. They came from California and Florida and the neighborhoods around Florida Avenue... Thu, 01 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/279/17/200-000-March-For-Immigration-Reform-in-Massive-D-C-Rally.htm <![CDATA[March to Fight for the California Dream]]> http://weap.org/news/280/17/March-to-Fight-for-the-California-Dream.htm California is at a crossroads, and the choices our elected leaders make will determine whether we restore California’s promise or watch the American Dream slip away. Instead of making tough choices, our governor and a minority of legislators think the... Thu, 01 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/280/17/March-to-Fight-for-the-California-Dream.htm <![CDATA[Health Care: What Did We Get? Where Are We? And, Where Do We Go From Here?]]> http://weap.org/news/281/17/Health-Care-What-Did-We-Get-Where-Are-We-And-Where-Do-We-Go-From-Here.htm A year ago health care was in crisis. Its cost burdened individuals, businesses, and all levels of government. Americans were dying at a rate of 45,000 per year due to lack of access to health care, health care bankruptcies were... Thu, 01 Apr 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/281/17/Health-Care-What-Did-We-Get-Where-Are-We-And-Where-Do-We-Go-From-Here.htm <![CDATA[George Lakoff's 14 Words That Could Fix California]]> http://weap.org/news/285/17/George-Lakoff-s-14-Words-That-Could-Fix-California.htm March 25, 2010 - Here's the little-known truth about California: Since 1978, the state has been subject to what is essentially minority rule. Proposition 13 -- mostly packaged as a property tax law change -- was passed that year, altering... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/285/17/George-Lakoff-s-14-Words-That-Could-Fix-California.htm <![CDATA[Diary of a Wimpy Health Care Bill]]> http://weap.org/news/276/17/Diary-of-a-Wimpy-Health-Care-Bill.htm March 23, 2010 - Passage of President Obama's healthcare bill proves that Congress can enact comprehensive social legislation in the face of virulent rightwing opposition. Now that we have an insurance bill, can we move on to healthcare reform? As... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/276/17/Diary-of-a-Wimpy-Health-Care-Bill.htm <![CDATA[A False Promise of Reform]]> http://weap.org/news/282/17/A-False-Promise-of-Reform.htm March 22, 2010 - As much as we would like to join the celebration of the House's passage of the health bill last night, in good conscience we cannot. We take no comfort in seeing aspirin dispensed for the treatment... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/282/17/A-False-Promise-of-Reform.htm <![CDATA[Fact Sheet: The Truth About the Health Care Bill]]> http://weap.org/news/283/17/Fact-Sheet-The-Truth-About-the-Health-Care-Bill.htm March 19, 2010 - The Firedoglake health care team has been covering the debate in congress since it began last year. The health care bill will come up for a vote in the House on Sunday, and as Nancy Pelosi... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/283/17/Fact-Sheet-The-Truth-About-the-Health-Care-Bill.htm <![CDATA[The New Jim Crow]]> http://weap.org/news/284/17/The-New-Jim-Crow.htm March 8, 2010 - Obama's mere presence in the Oval Office is offered as proof that "the land of the free" has finally made good on its promise of equality. There's an implicit yet undeniable message embedded in his appearance... Mon, 08 Mar 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/284/17/The-New-Jim-Crow.htm <![CDATA[March to Fulfill The Dream]]> http://weap.org/news/263/17/March-to-Fulfill-The-Dream.htm Join the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign on this historic march and caravan from New Orleans to the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit to demand guaranteed healthcare and housing for everyone in the United States. Rising from the ruins... Sun, 07 Mar 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/263/17/March-to-Fulfill-The-Dream.htm <![CDATA[Put Single Payer Back on the Table]]> http://weap.org/news/270/17/Put-Single-Payer-Back-on-the-Table.htm The president's health care summit on Feb. 25 is being portrayed as a last ditch bid to find some common ground with his "just say no" Republican opposition. He also faces an increasingly wary group of disgruntled Democrats, whose memory... Tue, 02 Mar 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/270/17/Put-Single-Payer-Back-on-the-Table.htm <![CDATA[The Legacy of Billy Tauzin: The White House-PhRMA Deal]]> http://weap.org/news/269/17/The-Legacy-of-Billy-Tauzin-The-White-House-PhRMA-Deal.htm More than a million spectators gathered before the Capitol on a frosty January afternoon to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama, who promised in his campaign to change Washington’s mercenary culture of lobbyists, special interest influence and backroom deals. But... Mon, 01 Mar 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/269/17/The-Legacy-of-Billy-Tauzin-The-White-House-PhRMA-Deal.htm <![CDATA[The Cure That Dares Not Speak Its Name]]> http://weap.org/news/275/17/The-Cure-That-Dares-Not-Speak-Its-Name.htm February 28, 2010 - In all of the debates about health care reform, one of the stubborn realities is that neither the Obama plan, nor any of the Republican alternatives, will seriously alter the trajectory of relentless cost-escalation in health... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/275/17/The-Cure-That-Dares-Not-Speak-Its-Name.htm <![CDATA[The Missing Voices at the Healthcare Summit]]> http://weap.org/news/272/17/The-Missing-Voices-at-the-Healthcare-Summit.htm February 25, 2010 - President Obama and congressional Republicans arrived at the White House health care summit with talking points -- not just for the summit itself but for the after-summit jockeying to claim the upper hand coming out of... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/272/17/The-Missing-Voices-at-the-Healthcare-Summit.htm <![CDATA[Corporate Fearmongering About the Deficit Undermines Efforts for Desperately Needed Jobs]]> http://weap.org/news/274/17/Corporate-Fearmongering-About-the-Deficit-Undermines-Efforts-for-Desperately-Needed-Jobs.htm February 21, 2010 - Deficit propaganda is a deliberate effort to defeat the will of an electorate that wants economic recovery and financial reform. "Now that the immediate crisis has passed," Policy Network asks for "long-term strategies to shape our post-recession... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/274/17/Corporate-Fearmongering-About-the-Deficit-Undermines-Efforts-for-Desperately-Needed-Jobs.htm <![CDATA[For Ethnic Communities, a Year of Stimulus Not Enough]]> http://weap.org/news/271/17/For-Ethnic-Communities-a-Year-of-Stimulus-Not-Enough.htm February 20, 2010 - It’s been a year since President Barack Obama signed the $787 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the stimulus package. The largest public investment in America’s infrastructure since the Great Depression, Obama called it... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/271/17/For-Ethnic-Communities-a-Year-of-Stimulus-Not-Enough.htm <![CDATA[The Richest 1% Have Captured America's Wealth -- What's It Going to Take to Get It Back?]]> http://weap.org/news/273/17/The-Richest-1-Have-Captured-America-s-Wealth-What-s-It-Going-to-Take-to-Get-It-Back.htm February 17, 2010 - The U.S. already had the highest inequality of wealth in the industrialized world prior to the financial crisis -- and it's gotten even worse. As a record amount of U.S. citizens are struggling to get by,... Wed, 17 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/273/17/The-Richest-1-Have-Captured-America-s-Wealth-What-s-It-Going-to-Take-to-Get-It-Back.htm <![CDATA[Blame the Pharmaceutical Industry]]> http://weap.org/news/262/17/Blame-the-Pharmaceutical-Industry.htm I have read many articles about the failure of President Obama and Congress to enact either Single Payer, or at least a public option, in the health insurance legislation currently struggling its way through Congress.  One thing that bothers me... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/262/17/Blame-the-Pharmaceutical-Industry.htm <![CDATA[Capital City]]> http://weap.org/news/266/17/Capital-City.htm February 15, 2010 - This story is not about the origins of 2008's financial meltdown. You've probably read more than enough of those already. To make a long story short, it was a perfect storm. Reckless lending enabled a historic... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/266/17/Capital-City.htm <![CDATA[Freedom's Martyr]]> http://weap.org/news/267/17/Freedom-s-Martyr.htm February 15, 2010 - [December 1st marked] the 150th anniversary of Brown’s hanging — the grim punishment for his raid weeks earlier on Harpers Ferry, Va. With a small band of abolitionists, Brown had seized the federal arsenal there and... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/267/17/Freedom-s-Martyr.htm <![CDATA[Medicaid is Failing, and Nothing Short of Health-Care Reform Can Fix It]]> http://weap.org/news/264/17/Medicaid-is-Failing-and-Nothing-Short-of-Health-Care-Reform-Can-Fix-It.htm February 5, 2010 - Health-care reform may be stalled in Congress, but you need only look to the overburdened Medicaid program to find evidence of the continued toll the current economic crisis is taking on Americans' ability to afford and... Fri, 05 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/264/17/Medicaid-is-Failing-and-Nothing-Short-of-Health-Care-Reform-Can-Fix-It.htm <![CDATA[Fury at Wall St. Banks Fuels Public Action for Move Your Money Campaign]]> http://weap.org/news/265/17/Fury-at-Wall-St-Banks-Fuels-Public-Action-for-Move-Your-Money-Campaign.htm February 5, 2010 - Since the burst of the financial bubble in 2008, and surely before, millions of Americans have watched as their life savings dwindled to fumes. Unemployment has held steady at 10 percent or above (among minority groups,... Fri, 05 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/265/17/Fury-at-Wall-St-Banks-Fuels-Public-Action-for-Move-Your-Money-Campaign.htm <![CDATA[The New Racial Segregation at Public Schools]]> http://weap.org/news/268/17/The-New-Racial-Segregation-at-Public-Schools.htm February 4, 2010 - So much depends on a yellow bus, winding its way across the North Carolina landscape. For decades, this was how Wake County integrated its schools. Buses would pick up public school students in largely minority communities... Thu, 04 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/268/17/The-New-Racial-Segregation-at-Public-Schools.htm <![CDATA[A Young Person's Letter to Congress]]> http://weap.org/news/237/17/A-Young-Person-s-Letter-to-Congress.htm Dear President Obama, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives, My question to you is about the current health care legislation: how is it going to benefit me and those in similar situations to mine? I am 28... Mon, 01 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/237/17/A-Young-Person-s-Letter-to-Congress.htm <![CDATA[What happens when an undocumented teen needs a new heart - and a lot of money?]]> http://weap.org/news/261/17/What-happens-when-an-undocumented-teen-needs-a-new-heart-and-a-lot-of-money.htm Eduardo Loredo leans against the wall of the cardiology clinic at Children's Mercy Hospital . Slouched like a kid at his locker, with a blue backpack slung over his left shoulder, the 14-year-old wears the look of casual indifference that... Mon, 01 Feb 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/261/17/What-happens-when-an-undocumented-teen-needs-a-new-heart-and-a-lot-of-money.htm <![CDATA[Globalization is Expanding Poverty and Wrecking Workers' Lives]]> http://weap.org/news/254/17/Globalization-is-Expanding-Poverty-and-Wrecking-Workers-Lives.htm WEAP Executive Director Ethel Long-Scott flew to Cairo, Egypt, in December, accepting an invitation to bring WEAP’s perspective to her second international conference of 2009.  The first, held near Paris in March, gathered organizers of the world’s dispossessed and downtrodden... Mon, 01 Feb 2010 12:05:27 -0700 http://weap.org/news/254/17/Globalization-is-Expanding-Poverty-and-Wrecking-Workers-Lives.htm <![CDATA[We Tried To Warn Obama, But He Wouldn't Listen]]> http://weap.org/news/252/17/We-Tried-To-Warn-Obama-But-He-Wouldn-t-Listen.htm The defeat of the Democrats' choice to succeed Ted Kennedy in the U.S. Senate is being treated as though there is a decided shift of mass opinion to the right in the U.S. But it is the Obama Administration, not... Mon, 01 Feb 2010 11:28:29 -0700 http://weap.org/news/252/17/We-Tried-To-Warn-Obama-But-He-Wouldn-t-Listen.htm <![CDATA[The Siege of Haiti]]> http://weap.org/news/256/17/The-Siege-of-Haiti.htm January 22, 2010 - The ring of mighty warships off the coast of Port-au-Prince is a stark symbol of the true intentions of the U.S. government in its "humanitarian" mission following Haiti's devastating earthquake. The Navy and Coast Guard vessels... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/256/17/The-Siege-of-Haiti.htm <![CDATA[The Bush-Packed Supreme Court Thinks Corporations Are People Too]]> http://weap.org/news/259/17/The-Bush-Packed-Supreme-Court-Thinks-Corporations-Are-People-Too.htm January 22, 2010 - This week's Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case removes all limits on large corporations to finance and influence federal elections. In its ruling the court reverses a decades-old ruling barring companies from using their... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/259/17/The-Bush-Packed-Supreme-Court-Thinks-Corporations-Are-People-Too.htm <![CDATA[Dear President Obama: Time to Stop Letting Corporations Write the Health Care Bill]]> http://weap.org/news/258/17/Dear-President-Obama-Time-to-Stop-Letting-Corporations-Write-the-Health-Care-Bill.htm January 20, 2010 - When Max Baucus unveiled an early version of the Senate bill in September, an ex-WellPoint VP named Liz Fowler was listed as the author. Only a few weeks earlier, the Huffington Post exposed the sweetheart deal... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/258/17/Dear-President-Obama-Time-to-Stop-Letting-Corporations-Write-the-Health-Care-Bill.htm <![CDATA[If MLK Were Around, He Wouldn't Care About Racial Brushfires in the Media -- He'd Be Talking About Poverty]]> http://weap.org/news/257/17/If-MLK-Were-Around-He-Wouldn-t-Care-About-Racial-Brushfires-in-the-Media-He-d-Be-Talking-About-Poverty.htm January 15, 2010 - What a tangle of racial controversies to embroil politicians, the media, and the public in recent days: Glenn Beck insisted that African-American is a "bogus, PC-term," the Census bureau insisted on keeping "Negro" among its list... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/257/17/If-MLK-Were-Around-He-Wouldn-t-Care-About-Racial-Brushfires-in-the-Media-He-d-Be-Talking-About-Poverty.htm <![CDATA[Soaring Health Care Costs Hit Basic Services]]> http://weap.org/news/255/17/Soaring-Health-Care-Costs-Hit-Basic-Services.htm December 13, 2009 - As the raucous health care debate plays out in Washington, I have become increasingly aware of how skyrocketing health care costs touch us all, and in ways you might not expect. In February, I was appointed... Fri, 15 Jan 2010 00:01:00 -0700 http://weap.org/news/255/17/Soaring-Health-Care-Costs-Hit-Basic-Services.htm <![CDATA[Commentary: Where there is no vision, people perish]]> http://weap.org/news/260/17/Commentary-Where-there-is-no-vision-people-perish.htm July, 2008 - The America the world admired, studied and strove to emulate was an America of vision and visionaries. Few remember the real-life Jefferson who amassed a fortune purchasing kidnapped Africans, enslaving them and cruelly working them to death.... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/260/17/Commentary-Where-there-is-no-vision-people-perish.htm <![CDATA[Why Obama Must Take On Wall Street]]> http://weap.org/news/246/17/Why-Obama-Must-Take-On-Wall-Street.htm January 13, 2010 - It has been more than a year since all hell broke loose on Wall Street and, remarkably, almost nothing has been done to prevent all hell from breaking loose again. In fact, close your eyes and... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/246/17/Why-Obama-Must-Take-On-Wall-Street.htm <![CDATA[Immigration Reform Will Ease Economic Decline]]> http://weap.org/news/249/17/Immigration-Reform-Will-Ease-Economic-Decline.htm January 13, 2010 - A new study by a leading academic researcher contends that legalizing undocumented workers through comprehensive immigration reform would yield $1.5 trillion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) over a 10-year period, generate billions of dollars... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/249/17/Immigration-Reform-Will-Ease-Economic-Decline.htm <![CDATA[A Fight for the Homeless and Against Authority]]> http://weap.org/news/250/17/A-Fight-for-the-Homeless-and-Against-Authority.htm January 11, 2010 - Burly, bearded and gleefully obscene, Dan de Vaul does not look the part of the bleeding-heart homeless advocate, sporting as he does a feather-topped cowboy hat, a large collection of guns and a bushel of hoary... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/250/17/A-Fight-for-the-Homeless-and-Against-Authority.htm <![CDATA[Thank You, Wall Street. May We Have Another?]]> http://weap.org/news/248/17/Thank-You-Wall-Street-May-We-Have-Another.htm January 7, 2010 - Last January, shortly before President Obama took office, veteran Democratic pollster John Marttila conducted a series of focus groups on a range of issues in the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. When the conversations turned to the... Thu, 07 Jan 2010 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/248/17/Thank-You-Wall-Street-May-We-Have-Another.htm <![CDATA[Portia Anderson: An Activist's Perspective]]> http://weap.org/news/235/17/Portia-Anderson-An-Activist-s-Perspective.htm When thinking about poverty, the average American may think of the rampant poverty of many third world countries. Meanwhile, the hidden poverty within our own borders is ignored. Poverty in America is very real, and the current economic recession is... Fri, 01 Jan 2010 08:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/235/17/Portia-Anderson-An-Activist-s-Perspective.htm <![CDATA[Going Forward to Secure the Health Care We Need! Fight for Medicare for All So That We Might Live!]]> http://weap.org/news/277/17/Going-Forward-to-Secure-the-Health-Care-We-Need-Fight-for-Medicare-for-All-So-That-We-Might-Live.htm Thu, 31 Dec 2009 13:17:24 -0700 http://weap.org/news/277/17/Going-Forward-to-Secure-the-Health-Care-We-Need-Fight-for-Medicare-for-All-So-That-We-Might-Live.htm <![CDATA[Wall Street's 10 Greatest Lies of 2009]]> http://weap.org/news/241/17/Wall-Street-s-10-Greatest-Lies-of-2009.htm December 28, 2009 - On December 13, President Obama declared that he was not elected to help the “fat cats." But the cats got another version of that memo. A day later, 10 of them were supposed to partake in... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/241/17/Wall-Street-s-10-Greatest-Lies-of-2009.htm <![CDATA[2009: The Year Wall Street Bounced Back and Main Street Got Shafted]]> http://weap.org/news/242/17/2009-The-Year-Wall-Street-Bounced-Back-and-Main-Street-Got-Shafted.htm December 27, 2009 - In September 2008, as the worst of the financial crisis engulfed Wall Street, George W. Bush issued a warning: “This sucker could go down.” Around the same time, as Congress hashed out a bailout bill, New... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/242/17/2009-The-Year-Wall-Street-Bounced-Back-and-Main-Street-Got-Shafted.htm <![CDATA[Underemployed: For some US workers, now any job will do]]> http://weap.org/news/243/17/Underemployed-For-some-US-workers-now-any-job-will-do.htm December 23, 2009 - Coleen Klinger has experience working overseas and a degree in international studies. She is watering plants at a local Lowe’s to make a living. Steve Masten, single father of three, owned a magazine consulting firm for... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/243/17/Underemployed-For-some-US-workers-now-any-job-will-do.htm <![CDATA[Seizing the Moment on Health Care Reform]]> http://weap.org/news/239/17/Seizing-the-Moment-on-Health-Care-Reform.htm December 22, 2009 - When all is said and done -- and, yes, there is a bit more saying and doing to endure, which means that anything can happen -- the health-care reform legislation that President Obama now seems likely... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/239/17/Seizing-the-Moment-on-Health-Care-Reform.htm <![CDATA[Wall Street's Fingerprints Evident on Financial Reform Bill]]> http://weap.org/news/247/17/Wall-Street-s-Fingerprints-Evident-on-Financial-Reform-Bill.htm December 22, 2009 - Congress pledged to tighten regulations on Wall Street after its role in the recession. The industry is reaching into its deep pockets to shape the financial reform legislation to its liking. With the Senate poised to... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 23:43:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/247/17/Wall-Street-s-Fingerprints-Evident-on-Financial-Reform-Bill.htm <![CDATA[Memorials Honor Homeless Deaths in Oakland and Across the Nation]]> http://weap.org/news/234/17/Memorials-Honor-Homeless-Deaths-in-Oakland-and-Across-the-Nation.htm On December 10, 2009, St. Marys Center in Oakland held a somber memorial in recognition of homeless deaths occurring in Oakland. St. Marys Center provides housing for the elderly homeless population, and provides additional services for low-income seniors, families and... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/234/17/Memorials-Honor-Homeless-Deaths-in-Oakland-and-Across-the-Nation.htm <![CDATA[Senate Speech Heralds New Social Movement]]> http://weap.org/news/236/17/Senate-Speech-Heralds-New-Social-Movement.htm This week the sincere effort of millions of people across the nation once again proved effective in the face of determined opposition from the White House and Congress, as single payer health reform reached another milestone in its historic journey.... Sun, 20 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/236/17/Senate-Speech-Heralds-New-Social-Movement.htm <![CDATA[Bill Moyers Interview on Health Care]]> http://weap.org/news/238/17/Bill-Moyers-Interview-on-Health-Care.htm December 18, 2009 - Something's not right here. One year after the great collapse of our financial system, Wall Street is back on top while our politicians dither. As for health care reform, you're about to be forced to buy... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/238/17/Bill-Moyers-Interview-on-Health-Care.htm <![CDATA[Graph: The Cost of Care]]> http://weap.org/news/251/17/Graph-The-Cost-of-Care.htm December 18, 2009 - The United States spends more on medical care per person than any country, yet life expectancy is shorter than in most other developed nations and many developing ones. Lack of health insurance is a factor in... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:58:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/251/17/Graph-The-Cost-of-Care.htm <![CDATA[How a Few Private Health Insurers Are on the Way to Controlling Health Care]]> http://weap.org/news/233/17/How-a-Few-Private-Health-Insurers-Are-on-the-Way-to-Controlling-Health-Care.htm December 11, 2009 - The public option is dead, killed by a handful of senators from small states who are mostly bought off by Big Insurance and Big Pharma or intimidated by these industries' deep pockets and power to run... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/233/17/How-a-Few-Private-Health-Insurers-Are-on-the-Way-to-Controlling-Health-Care.htm <![CDATA[Senate Tweaks Away Your Healthcare]]> http://weap.org/news/240/17/Senate-Tweaks-Away-Your-Healthcare.htm December 11, 2009 - As my grandmother used to say, "I was born on a weekend but not last weekend." The latest insult to Americans hungry for a bit of healthcare justice for all comes from the news that the... Fri, 11 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/240/17/Senate-Tweaks-Away-Your-Healthcare.htm <![CDATA[Health Care Reform: Sifting Through the Suboptimal Solutions]]> http://weap.org/news/231/17/Health-Care-Reform-Sifting-Through-the-Suboptimal-Solutions.htm December 10, 2009 - If the fight over health care reform has proven anything, it's just how broken our system has become -- from the crippling influence of money on our politics to the way the modern misuse of the... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/231/17/Health-Care-Reform-Sifting-Through-the-Suboptimal-Solutions.htm <![CDATA[America Needs a Jobs Bill, and the Federal Deficit Shouldn't Stand in the Way]]> http://weap.org/news/228/17/America-Needs-a-Jobs-Bill-and-the-Federal-Deficit-Shouldn-t-Stand-in-the-Way.htm December 8, 2009 - Last month's drop in the unemployment rate and continued reduction of job losses is certainly good news. It indicates that the U.S. economy may have finally stopped shedding jobs. But without additional government action there is... Tue, 08 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/228/17/America-Needs-a-Jobs-Bill-and-the-Federal-Deficit-Shouldn-t-Stand-in-the-Way.htm <![CDATA[America Without a Middle Class -- It's Not Far Away As You Might Think]]> http://weap.org/news/229/17/America-Without-a-Middle-Class-It-s-Not-Far-Away-As-You-Might-Think.htm December 5, 2009 - Can you imagine an America without a strong middle class? If you can, would it still be America as we know it? Today, one in five Americans is unemployed, underemployed or just plain out of work.... Sat, 05 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/229/17/America-Without-a-Middle-Class-It-s-Not-Far-Away-As-You-Might-Think.htm <![CDATA[Bailed-Out AIG Forcing Poor to Choose Between Running Water and Food]]> http://weap.org/news/230/17/Bailed-Out-AIG-Forcing-Poor-to-Choose-Between-Running-Water-and-Food.htm November 26, 2009 - What are we getting in return for the bailout? So far, predatory credit card rates, exorbitant bank fees and obscene Wall Street bonuses. But we're being robbed in other, sneakier ways, too. It seems that taxpayers... Sat, 05 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/230/17/Bailed-Out-AIG-Forcing-Poor-to-Choose-Between-Running-Water-and-Food.htm <![CDATA[An Act of Compassion]]> http://weap.org/news/223/17/An-Act-of-Compassion.htm St. Mary’s center provides services for low-income seniors, families, and preschoolers in downtown and West Oakland. Established in 1973, St Mary’s Center has responded to the dire needs of the community members who have lost their homes and suffer the... Tue, 01 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/223/17/An-Act-of-Compassion.htm <![CDATA[Homelessness Ends with A Home: House Keys Not Handcuffs]]> http://weap.org/news/224/17/Homelessness-Ends-with-A-Home-House-Keys-Not-Handcuffs.htm Where’s our change? January 20, 2010 marks the one-year anniversary of the Obama Administration. He came to power through a powerful grassroots campaign movement. That movement – driven by hope and change – has foundered on business as usual in... Tue, 01 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/224/17/Homelessness-Ends-with-A-Home-House-Keys-Not-Handcuffs.htm <![CDATA[An American Catastrophe]]> http://weap.org/news/226/17/An-American-Catastrophe.htm Detroit. In many ways, it’s like a ghost town. It’s eerily quiet. Driving around in the middle of the afternoon, in a city that once was among the most productive on the planet, you see very little traffic, minimal commercial... Tue, 01 Dec 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/226/17/An-American-Catastrophe.htm <![CDATA[Threat to End Affordable Housing Production in San Jose]]> http://weap.org/news/225/17/Threat-to-End-Affordable-Housing-Production-in-San-Jose.htm The State's recent decision to balance its budget by taking funds from local redevelopment agencies has created a life and death situation for San Jose's affordable housing program. California has mandated San Jose's Redevelopment Agency (RDA) to transfer $75 million... Tue, 01 Dec 2009 23:55:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/225/17/Threat-to-End-Affordable-Housing-Production-in-San-Jose.htm <![CDATA[Health Care is an Economic Human Right]]> http://weap.org/news/244/17/Health-Care-is-an-Economic-Human-Right.htm Tue, 01 Dec 2009 13:27:05 -0700 http://weap.org/news/244/17/Health-Care-is-an-Economic-Human-Right.htm <![CDATA[Housing Meltdown, Ground Zero]]> http://weap.org/news/232/17/Housing-Meltdown-Ground-Zero.htm November 30, 2009 - At the end of a week in mid-October when the Dow Jones soared past 10,000, Goldman Sachs recorded "just another fantastic quarter" with a $3.2 billion quarterly profit, JPMorgan Chase raked in a cool $3.6 billion,... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/232/17/Housing-Meltdown-Ground-Zero.htm <![CDATA[Senate health care bill: the five paragraphs you must read]]> http://weap.org/news/222/17/Senate-health-care-bill-the-five-paragraphs-you-must-read.htm November 23, 2009 - Buried in the Senate's 2,074-page health reform bill are provisions that undermine your health freedom and privacy. "There is no such thing as a little freedom," said Walter Cronkite. "Either you are all free, or you... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/222/17/Senate-health-care-bill-the-five-paragraphs-you-must-read.htm <![CDATA[Women Demand Our Rights, Beyond Stupak-Pitts ]]> http://weap.org/news/217/17/Women-Demand-Our-Rights-Beyond-Stupak-Pitts.htm November 20, 2009 - For years women have endured political oppression around the right to determine their own reproductive path. The most recent affront to women happened in the hollow and shame filled halls of Congress on November 7, 2009... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/217/17/Women-Demand-Our-Rights-Beyond-Stupak-Pitts.htm <![CDATA[The Public Option Ain't What It Used To Be ]]> http://weap.org/news/221/17/The-Public-Option-Ain-t-What-It-Used-To-Be.htm November 19, 2009 - First there was Medicare for all 300 million of us. But that was a nonstarter because private insurers and Big Pharma wouldn't hear of it, and Republicans and "centrists" thought it was too much like what... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/221/17/The-Public-Option-Ain-t-What-It-Used-To-Be.htm <![CDATA[Why Can't Prosecutors Even Come Close to Taking Down Wall Street Thugs?]]> http://weap.org/news/218/17/Why-Can-t-Prosecutors-Even-Come-Close-to-Taking-Down-Wall-Street-Thugs.htm November 17, 2009 - The bankers at Goldman Sachs, Goldman's CEO pronounced last week, are doing "God’s work." God, these days, must truly be working in strange ways. Take what happened a few short years ago, right before the bubble... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/218/17/Why-Can-t-Prosecutors-Even-Come-Close-to-Taking-Down-Wall-Street-Thugs.htm <![CDATA[U.S. Needs Health Care, Not Insurance]]> http://weap.org/news/220/17/U-S-Needs-Health-Care-Not-Insurance.htm November 16, 2009 - A very complex, mandatory private insurance scheme recently passed the U.S. House. The public is being overwhelmed by sound bites on one hand about how great it is, on the other, how terrible. We are hearing... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/220/17/U-S-Needs-Health-Care-Not-Insurance.htm <![CDATA[Who's Paying for the Recession Most of All? Young Workers]]> http://weap.org/news/219/17/Who-s-Paying-for-the-Recession-Most-of-All-Young-Workers.htm November 10, 2009 - When David Thyme was an even younger man than he is today, his fantasies of early adulthood did not include a 9:30 pm curfew and a bed in Covenant House, a shelter for homeless youth. Then... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/219/17/Who-s-Paying-for-the-Recession-Most-of-All-Young-Workers.htm <![CDATA[Statement by CNA/NNOC Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro on the House bill on healthcare]]> http://weap.org/news/211/17/Statement-by-CNA-NNOC-Executive-Director-Rose-Ann-DeMoro-on-the-House-bill-on-healthcare.htm November 10, 2009 - Of all the torrent of words that followed House passage of its version of healthcare reform legislation in early November, perhaps the most misleading were those comparing it to enactment of Social Security and Medicare. While... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 06:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/211/17/Statement-by-CNA-NNOC-Executive-Director-Rose-Ann-DeMoro-on-the-House-bill-on-healthcare.htm <![CDATA[Six Smart Progressive Complaints About House Health Bill]]> http://weap.org/news/215/17/Six-Smart-Progressive-Complaints-About-House-Health-Bill.htm November 9, 2009 - The Affordable Health Care for America Act was approved by the U.S. House Saturday night with overwhelming support from progressive Democrats who serve in the chamber and from a president who was nominated and elected with... Mon, 09 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/215/17/Six-Smart-Progressive-Complaints-About-House-Health-Bill.htm <![CDATA[Want to Save Our Economy from Almighty Greed? Here Are 10 Crucial Fights and Key Fighters to Watch]]> http://weap.org/news/212/17/Want-to-Save-Our-Economy-from-Almighty-Greed-Here-Are-10-Crucial-Fights-and-Key-Fighters-to-Watch.htm November 5, 2009 - If the economic crisis taught us anything, it's that bringing to heel the whiz kids of finance is a top priority. Let's face it, financial regulation is boring and complicated. But if the economic crisis taught... Thu, 05 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/212/17/Want-to-Save-Our-Economy-from-Almighty-Greed-Here-Are-10-Crucial-Fights-and-Key-Fighters-to-Watch.htm <![CDATA[Have the Very Wealthy Achieved Victory in Their Class-War?]]> http://weap.org/news/214/17/Have-the-Very-Wealthy-Achieved-Victory-in-Their-Class-War.htm November 3, 2009 - Back in 1974, the inaugural year for Dollars & Sense, young economic justice activists -- like me -- felt we had our hands full. I had one friend active on a campaign to win bargaining rights... Tue, 03 Nov 2009 23:59:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/214/17/Have-the-Very-Wealthy-Achieved-Victory-in-Their-Class-War.htm <![CDATA[Tales of a Family Doc.....a year later ]]> http://weap.org/news/204/17/Tales-of-a-Family-Doc-a-year-later.htm My professional life is full of stories. There are some of remarkable bravery and happiness: Just last Friday I had the opportunity to trade emails with a patient who, finally, in his 60s, has managed to overcome drug abuse, alcoholism,... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 13:05:13 -0600 http://weap.org/news/204/17/Tales-of-a-Family-Doc-a-year-later.htm <![CDATA[Holy Cow, Is Congress Getting Serious About Real Health Care Reform?]]> http://weap.org/news/203/17/Holy-Cow-Is-Congress-Getting-Serious-About-Real-Health-Care-Reform.htm There is still no guarantee that a progressive bill will end up on Obama's desk. But the chorus in favor of the public option is getting louder . Social movements are messy, so it is often difficult to know, in... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:44:40 -0600 http://weap.org/news/203/17/Holy-Cow-Is-Congress-Getting-Serious-About-Real-Health-Care-Reform.htm <![CDATA[Labor Pains: How Our Broken Immigration System Hurts All Workers]]> http://weap.org/news/213/17/Labor-Pains-How-Our-Broken-Immigration-System-Hurts-All-Workers.htm October 29, 2009 - While most employers are law-abiding, some unscrupulous employers have a secret weapon for keeping down wages and working conditions—our broken immigration system. Bad apple employers hire undocumented immigrants, subject them to unsafe working conditions, pay them... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 23:54:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/213/17/Labor-Pains-How-Our-Broken-Immigration-System-Hurts-All-Workers.htm <![CDATA[Dozens Blockade Blue Shield of California for Single Payer Health Care]]> http://weap.org/news/207/17/Dozens-Blockade-Blue-Shield-of-California-for-Single-Payer-Health-Care.htm October 28th, 2009 - More than two dozen protesters blocked the entrances to the San Francisco office of Blue Shield of California early this morning, marking the building with crime tape and charging the health insurance industry with crimes including... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 14:26:01 -0600 http://weap.org/news/207/17/Dozens-Blockade-Blue-Shield-of-California-for-Single-Payer-Health-Care.htm <![CDATA[Recession Drives Surge in Youth Runaways ]]> http://weap.org/news/209/17/Recession-Drives-Surge-in-Youth-Runaways.htm October 25, 2009 - Dressed in soaked green pajamas, Betty Snyder, 14, huddled under a cold drizzle at the city park as several older boys decided what to do with her. Betty said she had run away from home a... Sun, 25 Oct 2009 23:59:49 -0600 http://weap.org/news/209/17/Recession-Drives-Surge-in-Youth-Runaways.htm <![CDATA[How About Some of that Painful Welfare Reform for Wall Street?]]> http://weap.org/news/208/17/How-About-Some-of-that-Painful-Welfare-Reform-for-Wall-Street.htm October 22, 2009 - Are we becoming a nation of hypocrites? We force very low income single moms to jump through hoops to get their welfare checks. We resent them living off our tax payer dollars. We want them out... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 23:58:48 -0600 http://weap.org/news/208/17/How-About-Some-of-that-Painful-Welfare-Reform-for-Wall-Street.htm <![CDATA[Clear Majority Now Backs the Public Option, and the Numbers Are Growing]]> http://weap.org/news/205/17/Clear-Majority-Now-Backs-the-Public-Option-and-the-Numbers-Are-Growing.htm October 21, 2009 - A "clear majority" of Americans now support a government-run public insurance plan as a competitor to private insurance companies, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll published Tuesday. The findings show that public support for a... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/205/17/Clear-Majority-Now-Backs-the-Public-Option-and-the-Numbers-Are-Growing.htm <![CDATA[Why the Health Insurance Excise Tax Is a Bad Idea ]]> http://weap.org/news/210/17/Why-the-Health-Insurance-Excise-Tax-Is-a-Bad-Idea.htm October 21, 2009 - Twenty years ago, 60,000 workers from New York City to Maine rallied against healthcare cost-shifting at the telecom giant then known as NYNEX (since "rebranded" as Verizon). NYNEX was a very profitable, multinational company seeking to... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 23:55:51 -0600 http://weap.org/news/210/17/Why-the-Health-Insurance-Excise-Tax-Is-a-Bad-Idea.htm <![CDATA[Foreclosures Force Ex-Homeowners to Turn to Shelters]]> http://weap.org/news/206/17/Foreclosures-Force-Ex-Homeowners-to-Turn-to-Shelters.htm October 18, 2009 - The first night after she surrendered her house to foreclosure, Sheri West endured the darkness in her Hyundai sedan. She parked in her old driveway, with her flower-print dresses and hats piled in boxes on the... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 23:59:38 -0600 http://weap.org/news/206/17/Foreclosures-Force-Ex-Homeowners-to-Turn-to-Shelters.htm <![CDATA[Nurses Blast Latest Price Gouging Threat by Insurance Giants, 'Massive Public Bailout Apparently Not Enough']]> http://weap.org/news/201/17/Nurses-Blast-Latest-Price-Gouging-Threat-by-Insurance-Giants-Massive-Public-Bailout-Apparently-Not-Enough.htm October 12, 2009 - For Immediate Release - The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses today condemned the latest campaign by the insurance industry, threatening massive increases in premium rates if it does not get its way on the healthcare... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:31:34 -0600 http://weap.org/news/201/17/Nurses-Blast-Latest-Price-Gouging-Threat-by-Insurance-Giants-Massive-Public-Bailout-Apparently-Not-Enough.htm <![CDATA[Health 'Opt-Out': Brilliant Maneuver or Crippling Compromise?]]> http://weap.org/news/199/17/Health-Opt-Out-Brilliant-Maneuver-or-Crippling-Compromise.htm October 8, 2009 - Democrats on the left and right are expressing interest in a new compromise that would provide a public option in the health bill but allow individual states to opt out of it. People may well be... Thu, 08 Oct 2009 12:57:51 -0600 http://weap.org/news/199/17/Health-Opt-Out-Brilliant-Maneuver-or-Crippling-Compromise.htm <![CDATA[The Economic Revolution Is Already Happening -- It's Just Not on Wall St.]]> http://weap.org/news/202/17/The-Economic-Revolution-Is-Already-Happening-It-s-Just-Not-on-Wall-St.htm October 7, 2009 - Thousands of alternatives to the punishing corporate model have sprouted up across the US, building up an alternative economy as Wall St. crumbles. America is in the midst of a new revolution. But this revolution is... Wed, 07 Oct 2009 13:37:35 -0600 http://weap.org/news/202/17/The-Economic-Revolution-Is-Already-Happening-It-s-Just-Not-on-Wall-St.htm <![CDATA[Monique Perkins, WEAP Board Member & Community Leader]]> http://weap.org/news/192/17/Monique-Perkins-WEAP-Board-Member-Community-Leader.htm Over the last few decades, income inequality has steadily grown throughout California, including the prosperous bay area. As the income gap continues to widen, pockets of great wealth obscure the parts of San Francisco, Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, Los Angeles,... Thu, 01 Oct 2009 12:22:48 -0600 http://weap.org/news/192/17/Monique-Perkins-WEAP-Board-Member-Community-Leader.htm <![CDATA[Testimony of Carolyn Milligan]]> http://weap.org/news/191/17/Testimony-of-Carolyn-Milligan.htm My name is Carolyn Milligan.  I’ve been a hard working woman all my life.  I’m only 58 years old.  I should be looking forward to 30 more years of enjoying life.  But I’m organizing for Single-Payer Universal Health Care because... Thu, 01 Oct 2009 12:10:37 -0600 http://weap.org/news/191/17/Testimony-of-Carolyn-Milligan.htm <![CDATA[Stealing Public Housing from Oakland's Poor]]> http://weap.org/news/190/17/Stealing-Public-Housing-from-Oakland-s-Poor.htm On Monday September 28, at 6:00 p.m., there will be a hearing at the Oakland Housing Authority in the commissioners meeting room that is designed to assist in the further taking of Oakland's public housing units from the poor, through... Thu, 01 Oct 2009 11:52:32 -0600 http://weap.org/news/190/17/Stealing-Public-Housing-from-Oakland-s-Poor.htm <![CDATA[No Country for Sick Men]]> http://weap.org/news/189/17/No-Country-for-Sick-Men.htm "Us Canadians, we're kind of understated by nature," Marcus Davies told me in his soft-spoken way. "We don't go around chanting 'We're No. 1!' But you know, there are two areas where we feel superior to the U.S.: hockey and... Thu, 01 Oct 2009 05:37:53 -0600 http://weap.org/news/189/17/No-Country-for-Sick-Men.htm <![CDATA[Health Care Overhaul and Mandatory Coverage Stir States’ Rights Claims]]> http://weap.org/news/200/17/Health-Care-Overhaul-and-Mandatory-Coverage-Stir-States-Rights-Claims.htm September 28, 2009 - In more than a dozen statehouses across the country, a small but growing group of lawmakers is pressing for state constitutional amendments that would outlaw a crucial element of the health care plans under discussion in... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 13:15:09 -0600 http://weap.org/news/200/17/Health-Care-Overhaul-and-Mandatory-Coverage-Stir-States-Rights-Claims.htm <![CDATA[Abahlali baseMjondolo Attacked in Kennedy Road]]> http://weap.org/news/194/17/Abahlali-baseMjondolo-Attacked-in-Kennedy-Road.htm September 27, 2009 , Emergency Press Release - Last night at about 11:30 a group of about 40 heavily armed men attacked the Abahlali baseMjondolo office in the Kennedy Road settlement where the movement was holding an all night camp... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 13:36:53 -0600 http://weap.org/news/194/17/Abahlali-baseMjondolo-Attacked-in-Kennedy-Road.htm <![CDATA[Naomi Klein Interviews Michael Moore on the Perils of Capitalism]]> http://weap.org/news/197/17/Naomi-Klein-Interviews-Michael-Moore-on-the-Perils-of-Capitalism.htm September 25, 2009 - Naomi Klein: So, the film is wonderful. Congratulations. It is, as many people have already heard, an unapologetic call for a revolt against capitalist madness. But the week it premiered, a very different kind of revolt... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 14:01:17 -0600 http://weap.org/news/197/17/Naomi-Klein-Interviews-Michael-Moore-on-the-Perils-of-Capitalism.htm <![CDATA[5 Reasons the Baucus Health Bill Fails the Basics]]> http://weap.org/news/193/17/5-Reasons-the-Baucus-Health-Bill-Fails-the-Basics.htm September 18, 2009 - On a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-W.V., laid out the reasons why he will vote against the health care reform proposal released by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus,... Fri, 18 Sep 2009 13:12:42 -0600 http://weap.org/news/193/17/5-Reasons-the-Baucus-Health-Bill-Fails-the-Basics.htm <![CDATA[Health Reform at the Expense of Immigrants]]> http://weap.org/news/196/17/Health-Reform-at-the-Expense-of-Immigrants.htm September 17, 2009 - OK, so apparently after Joe Wilson was publicly rebuked for calling the President a liar, the administration decided rather than ignore the outburst, they’d throw him—and his fellow xenophobes, a bone. Obama has made it clear... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:54:05 -0600 http://weap.org/news/196/17/Health-Reform-at-the-Expense-of-Immigrants.htm <![CDATA[Harvard Medical Study Links Lack of Insurance to 45,000 U.S. Deaths a Year]]> http://weap.org/news/195/17/Harvard-Medical-Study-Links-Lack-of-Insurance-to-45-000-U-S-Deaths-a-Year.htm September 17, 2009 - As the White House and Congress continue debating how best to provide coverage to tens of millions of Americans currently without health insurance, a new study (PDF) is meant to offer a stark reminder of why... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:48:23 -0600 http://weap.org/news/195/17/Harvard-Medical-Study-Links-Lack-of-Insurance-to-45-000-U-S-Deaths-a-Year.htm <![CDATA[Sick and Wrong]]> http://weap.org/news/183/17/Sick-and-Wrong.htm Let's start with the obvious: America has not only the worst but the dumbest health care system in the developed world. It's become a black leprosy eating away at the American experiment — a bureaucracy so insipid and mean and... Tue, 15 Sep 2009 12:58:43 -0600 http://weap.org/news/183/17/Sick-and-Wrong.htm <![CDATA[One Injury, 10 Countries: A Journey in Health Care]]> http://weap.org/news/198/17/One-Injury-10-Countries-A-Journey-in-Health-Care.htm September 14, 2009 - With all due respect to the seminar room, the boardroom, the hearing room and the Oval Office, a better vantage point than any of them for evaluating and redesigning our health care system is the hospital... Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:13:26 -0600 http://weap.org/news/198/17/One-Injury-10-Countries-A-Journey-in-Health-Care.htm <![CDATA[It's Simple: Medicare for All]]> http://weap.org/news/186/17/It-s-Simple-Medicare-for-All.htm September 13, 2009 - For many years, a handful of American political leaders — including the late senator Ted Kennedy and now President Obama — have been trying to gain passage of comprehensive health care for all Americans. As far... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 14:26:25 -0600 http://weap.org/news/186/17/It-s-Simple-Medicare-for-All.htm <![CDATA[Uninsured Figures Show Mandate-based Health Reforms Don't Work]]> http://weap.org/news/188/17/Uninsured-Figures-Show-Mandate-based-Health-Reforms-Don-t-Work.htm September 10, 2009 - Official estimates released this morning by the Census Bureau showing a marginal increase in the number of Americans without health insurance in 2008 - now estimated at 46.3 million, up from 45.7 million in 2007 -... Thu, 10 Sep 2009 15:08:53 -0600 http://weap.org/news/188/17/Uninsured-Figures-Show-Mandate-based-Health-Reforms-Don-t-Work.htm <![CDATA[Talking Points in Response to Obama's Speech]]> http://weap.org/news/187/17/Talking-Points-in-Response-to-Obama-s-Speech.htm September 9, 2009 - The health care crisis in the U.S. is getting worse. Even middle-class families with supposedly good coverage are just one serious illness away from financial ruin. Millions of people have lost their jobs and with them... Wed, 09 Sep 2009 14:58:49 -0600 http://weap.org/news/187/17/Talking-Points-in-Response-to-Obama-s-Speech.htm <![CDATA[Health Care That Works]]> http://weap.org/news/185/17/Health-Care-That-Works.htm September 2, 2009 - Health care reform may be defeated this year in part because so many Americans believe the government can’t do anything right and fear that a doctor will come to resemble an I.R.S. agent with a scalpel.... Wed, 02 Sep 2009 14:17:11 -0600 http://weap.org/news/185/17/Health-Care-That-Works.htm <![CDATA[A Community Health Care Symposium]]> http://weap.org/news/174/17/A-Community-Health-Care-Symposium.htm O akland, California - On August 5th 2009, WEAP continued its “Health Care is an Economic Human Right” Teach-In & Dialogue series by hosting several members of the community at the WEAP office to discuss and educate around current national... Tue, 01 Sep 2009 16:52:43 -0600 http://weap.org/news/174/17/A-Community-Health-Care-Symposium.htm <![CDATA[The Language of the Unheard]]> http://weap.org/news/175/17/The-Language-of-the-Unheard.htm Nineteen Sixty Seven was a year of widespread urban violence.  It appeared to some that the movement to end racial inequality and injustice, characterized by nonviolent demonstrations and led by Dr. King, was coming to an end. Many civil rights... Tue, 01 Sep 2009 14:55:37 -0600 http://weap.org/news/175/17/The-Language-of-the-Unheard.htm <![CDATA[NA Public Option: Health Care in the American Grain]]> http://weap.org/news/184/17/NA-Public-Option-Health-Care-in-the-American-Grain.htm August 31, 2009 - Many countries have devised solutions to the most pressing problems we face in health care today -- overwhelming costs and large numbers of uninsured and underinsured people. President Barack Obama has made it clear that the... Mon, 31 Aug 2009 13:56:30 -0600 http://weap.org/news/184/17/NA-Public-Option-Health-Care-in-the-American-Grain.htm <![CDATA[It's Robbery: Health Care Proposals in Congress Look More Like a Rip-Off Than Reform]]> http://weap.org/news/181/17/It-s-Robbery-Health-Care-Proposals-in-Congress-Look-More-Like-a-Rip-Off-Than-Reform.htm August 24, 2009- Capitalists, as my friend Father Michael Doyle says, should never be allowed near a health care system. They hold sick children hostage as they force parents to bankrupt themselves in the desperate scramble to pay for medical... Mon, 24 Aug 2009 16:37:05 -0600 http://weap.org/news/181/17/It-s-Robbery-Health-Care-Proposals-in-Congress-Look-More-Like-a-Rip-Off-Than-Reform.htm <![CDATA[Joe Scarborough Is Shocked, Yet Awed by Single-Payer Logic]]> http://weap.org/news/182/17/Joe-Scarborough-Is-Shocked-Yet-Awed-by-Single-Payer-Logic.htm August 20, 2009- Something rather remarkable happened on Tuesday's Morning Joe. Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York pointed out that the health insurance industry has no clothes, and Joe Scarborough, after first trying to spin it some gossamer threads, broke... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:47:50 -0600 http://weap.org/news/182/17/Joe-Scarborough-Is-Shocked-Yet-Awed-by-Single-Payer-Logic.htm <![CDATA[Is It Now a Crime to Be Poor?]]> http://weap.org/news/150/17/Is-It-Now-a-Crime-to-Be-Poor.htm August 19, 2009- It's too bad so many people are falling into poverty at a time when it’s almost illegal to be poor. You won’t be arrested for shopping in a Dollar Store, but if you are truly, deeply, in-the-streets... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 12:36:50 -0600 http://weap.org/news/150/17/Is-It-Now-a-Crime-to-Be-Poor.htm <![CDATA[When it Comes to Water, Can Corporations and Community Really Coexist?]]> http://weap.org/news/180/17/When-it-Comes-to-Water-Can-Corporations-and-Community-Really-Coexist.htm August 19, 2009- When drought brought a critical shortage of water to Kerala, India, anti-globalization activists placed part of the blame on Coca-Cola, which operated a plant there. Critics contended that Coca-Cola failed to involve the local community in its... Wed, 19 Aug 2009 04:29:50 -0600 http://weap.org/news/180/17/When-it-Comes-to-Water-Can-Corporations-and-Community-Really-Coexist.htm <![CDATA[New Study Exposes 2007 as the Year of the Super-Rich]]> http://weap.org/news/176/17/New-Study-Exposes-2007-as-the-Year-of-the-Super-Rich.htm August 18, 2009 - Emmanuel Saez, the Berkeley economist who many now consider the world’s top authority on the incomes of the super rich, has never been one for sweeping statements. He tends to let his data do the talking.... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 15:05:18 -0600 http://weap.org/news/176/17/New-Study-Exposes-2007-as-the-Year-of-the-Super-Rich.htm <![CDATA[Whistle-blower: Health Care Industry Engaging in PR Tactics]]> http://weap.org/news/172/17/Whistle-blower-Health-Care-Industry-Engaging-in-PR-Tactics.htm August 18, 2009- Wendell Potter knows a little something about the health care industry's practices and is not afraid of to speak out as the health care reform debate heats up around the country. Wendell Potter once was a vice... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 10:35:53 -0600 http://weap.org/news/172/17/Whistle-blower-Health-Care-Industry-Engaging-in-PR-Tactics.htm <![CDATA[Karen Mims' Will Stay, Call Aurora Bank Today!]]> http://weap.org/news/173/17/Karen-Mims-Will-Stay-Call-Aurora-Bank-Today.htm August 17, 2009- JCO member Karen Mims bought her East Oakland home in 1997 and because of foreclosure, was scheduled to be evicted by the Sheriff on August 4th. That same day, nearly 100 people came out to defend Karen... Mon, 17 Aug 2009 13:36:31 -0600 http://weap.org/news/173/17/Karen-Mims-Will-Stay-Call-Aurora-Bank-Today.htm <![CDATA[Canadian Health System Works]]> http://weap.org/news/178/17/Canadian-Health-System-Works.htm August 16, 2009- CANADIANS have voted Tommy Douglas, known as the father of the Canadian Medicare system, the greatest Canadian of all time. Canadians may complain, but they love their system, which provides lifelong medical care for everyone. There are... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 16:23:27 -0600 http://weap.org/news/178/17/Canadian-Health-System-Works.htm <![CDATA[In Illinois, Another Workers' Rebellion Flares Up Against 'Banksters' Greed]]> http://weap.org/news/179/17/In-Illinois-Another-Workers-Rebellion-Flares-Up-Against-Banksters-Greed.htm August 13, 2009- Nine months have passed since workers at Republic Windows and Doors occupied their Chicago factory, demanded the severance and vacation pay owed them and ultimately pursuaded Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase to put up the funds.... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 16:28:12 -0600 http://weap.org/news/179/17/In-Illinois-Another-Workers-Rebellion-Flares-Up-Against-Banksters-Greed.htm <![CDATA[Thousands Line Up for Promise of Free Health Care]]> http://weap.org/news/171/17/Thousands-Line-Up-for-Promise-of-Free-Health-Care.htm August 13, 2009- They came for new teeth mostly, but also for blood pressure checks, mammograms, immunizations and acupuncture for pain. Neighboring South Los Angeles is a place where health care is scarce, and so when it was offered nearby,... Thu, 13 Aug 2009 10:33:08 -0600 http://weap.org/news/171/17/Thousands-Line-Up-for-Promise-of-Free-Health-Care.htm <![CDATA[Survey Finds High Fees Common in Medical Care]]> http://weap.org/news/170/17/Survey-Finds-High-Fees-Common-in-Medical-Care.htm August 12, 2009- A patient in Illinois was charged $12,712 for cataract surgery. Medicare pays $675 for the same procedure. In California, a patient was charged $20,120 for a knee operation that Medicare pays $584 for. And a New Jersey... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 10:30:58 -0600 http://weap.org/news/170/17/Survey-Finds-High-Fees-Common-in-Medical-Care.htm <![CDATA[The State’s Fraying Health Safety Net]]> http://weap.org/news/168/17/The-State-s-Fraying-Health-Safety-Net.htm August 10, 2009- As National policy makers fashion a healthcare bill modeled in no small part on Massachusetts’ landmark health reform law, they need to address a major flaw that has emerged here. Three years into our healthcare experiment, health... Mon, 10 Aug 2009 10:24:54 -0600 http://weap.org/news/168/17/The-State-s-Fraying-Health-Safety-Net.htm <![CDATA[Building the Unsettling Force]]> http://weap.org/news/166/17/Building-the-Unsettling-Force.htm We came to teach, to plan, to march, to rally, and to campaign for an end to poverty.  Even in these hard times, in a land of such abundance as ours, there is no reason why anyone's basic human needs... Mon, 03 Aug 2009 15:27:20 -0600 http://weap.org/news/166/17/Building-the-Unsettling-Force.htm <![CDATA[A Canadian Doctor Diagnoses U.S. Healthcare]]> http://weap.org/news/167/17/A-Canadian-Doctor-Diagnoses-U-S-Healthcare.htm August 3, 2009- Universal health insurance is on the American policy agenda for the fifth time since World War II. In the 1960s, the U.S. chose public coverage for only the elderly and the very poor, while Canada opted for... Mon, 03 Aug 2009 10:20:55 -0600 http://weap.org/news/167/17/A-Canadian-Doctor-Diagnoses-U-S-Healthcare.htm <![CDATA[Bait and Switch: How the “Public Option” Was Sold]]> http://weap.org/news/161/17/Bait-and-Switch-How-the-Public-Option-Was-Sold.htm July 20, 2009- The people who brought us the “public option” began their campaign promising one thing but now promote something entirely different. To make matters worse, they have not told the public they have backpedalled. The campaign for the... Mon, 20 Jul 2009 17:31:15 -0600 http://weap.org/news/161/17/Bait-and-Switch-How-the-Public-Option-Was-Sold.htm <![CDATA[Architects of Healthcare Reform Face Critical Shortage of Primary Care Docs]]> http://weap.org/news/160/17/Architects-of-Healthcare-Reform-Face-Critical-Shortage-of-Primary-Care-Docs.htm July 14, 2009- We all know the routine. You call your doctor for appointment, and -- unless you have an acute illness -- you might get one in two weeks, ten days if you're lucky.  On the day of your... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 17:26:38 -0600 http://weap.org/news/160/17/Architects-of-Healthcare-Reform-Face-Critical-Shortage-of-Primary-Care-Docs.htm <![CDATA[The Fateful Moment]]> http://weap.org/news/165/17/The-Fateful-Moment.htm July 13, 2009- Barack Obama has long emphasized the importance of reforming American medical care, both as a candidate in the 2008 election and as president. During the month of June, however, he dramatically increased his efforts to secure major... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 10:01:25 -0600 http://weap.org/news/165/17/The-Fateful-Moment.htm <![CDATA[Taking Shorter Showers Doesn't Cut It: Why Personal Change Does Not Equal Political Change]]> http://weap.org/news/164/17/Taking-Shorter-Showers-Doesn-t-Cut-It-Why-Personal-Change-Does-Not-Equal-Political-Change.htm July 13, 2009- Would any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:55:23 -0600 http://weap.org/news/164/17/Taking-Shorter-Showers-Doesn-t-Cut-It-Why-Personal-Change-Does-Not-Equal-Political-Change.htm <![CDATA[Nestle Eyes Spring Water for Bottling, But Small Towns Are Fighing Back]]> http://weap.org/news/162/17/Nestle-Eyes-Spring-Water-for-Bottling-But-Small-Towns-Are-Fighing-Back.htm July 13, 2009- When Nestlé Waters North America, the world's largest bottler of water, comes a-courting, promising jobs and increased tax revenues in exchange for local water rights, many small, rural towns get nervous.  Deborah Lapidus, an organizer with the... Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:42:07 -0600 http://weap.org/news/162/17/Nestle-Eyes-Spring-Water-for-Bottling-But-Small-Towns-Are-Fighing-Back.htm <![CDATA[An Insider’s Perspective on America’s Public Health Care]]> http://weap.org/news/153/17/An-Insider-s-Perspective-on-America-s-Public-Health-Care.htm As a student at Saint Mary's College of California, I had the opportunity to work with the Women's Economic Agenda Project (WEAP), an education and advocacy organization devoted to the elimination of poverty in the United States.  Soon after... Thu, 02 Jul 2009 09:56:28 -0600 http://weap.org/news/153/17/An-Insider-s-Perspective-on-America-s-Public-Health-Care.htm <![CDATA[Voices from the Conference to End Poverty]]> http://weap.org/news/152/17/Voices-from-the-Conference-to-End-Poverty.htm “Building the Unsettling Force: A National Conference to End Poverty” was held in Louisville, Kentucky from July 17-19. Organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) and the Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA), it drew over 400... Wed, 01 Jul 2009 13:17:15 -0600 http://weap.org/news/152/17/Voices-from-the-Conference-to-End-Poverty.htm <![CDATA[In Poll, Wide Support for Government-Run Health]]> http://weap.org/news/154/17/In-Poll-Wide-Support-for-Government-Run-Health.htm June 21, 2009- Americans overwhelmingly support substantial changes to the health care system and are strongly behind one of the most contentious proposals Congress is considering, a government-run insurance plan to compete with private insurers, according to the latest New... Sun, 21 Jun 2009 13:44:29 -0600 http://weap.org/news/154/17/In-Poll-Wide-Support-for-Government-Run-Health.htm <![CDATA[Private Insurance Companies Push for 'Individual Mandate']]> http://weap.org/news/163/17/Private-Insurance-Companies-Push-for-Individual-Mandate.htm June 7, 2009- One in an occasional series on healthcare reform. Some may find it hard to believe that the U.S. health insurance industry supports making major changes to the nation’s healthcare system. The industry, after all, scuttled President Clinton’s... Sun, 07 Jun 2009 09:50:06 -0600 http://weap.org/news/163/17/Private-Insurance-Companies-Push-for-Individual-Mandate.htm <![CDATA[The Mirage of a Mother’s Neglect]]> http://weap.org/news/177/17/The-Mirage-of-a-Mother-s-Neglect.htm The people of America, the ones who are under-educated or uninformed as to the realities of the working poor in this country, do not realize that the blame should not fall on those who are poor.  I know many readers... Mon, 01 Jun 2009 15:53:11 -0600 http://weap.org/news/177/17/The-Mirage-of-a-Mother-s-Neglect.htm <![CDATA[Health Insurance Restructuring: Women's Status Declines, The Battle Continues]]> http://weap.org/news/307/17/Health-Insurance-Restructuring-Women-s-Status-Declines-The-Battle-Continues.htm From Oakland, CA to the slums of Cairo, Egypt, to the earthquake torn shores of Haiti, Women are not just more likely to be poor than men, they also tend to need more health care than men.  A recent New... Tue, 19 May 2009 23:59:59 -0600 http://weap.org/news/307/17/Health-Insurance-Restructuring-Women-s-Status-Declines-The-Battle-Continues.htm <![CDATA[Homelessness Is at Record Highs: Let's Show Some Real Compassion]]> http://weap.org/news/114/17/Homelessness-Is-at-Record-Highs-Let-s-Show-Some-Real-Compassion.htm February 3, 2009- On January 14, as the combined forces of recession and foreclosure continued their long, cruel assault on the Rust Belt, Cleveland's public school system marked the new semester with a troubling piece of data: the number of... Tue, 03 Feb 2009 23:43:47 -0700 http://weap.org/news/114/17/Homelessness-Is-at-Record-Highs-Let-s-Show-Some-Real-Compassion.htm <![CDATA[Health Care as a Human Right Defined]]> http://weap.org/news/245/17/Health-Care-as-a-Human-Right-Defined.htm Many people and organizations in the USA are starting to talk about the right to health care. Usually they use it as a slogan in support of universal health care proposals. But the right to health care is more than... Thu, 01 Jan 2009 12:52:15 -0700 http://weap.org/news/245/17/Health-Care-as-a-Human-Right-Defined.htm <![CDATA[SHOC: Organizing for Affordable Housing and Human Dignity]]> http://weap.org/news/91/17/SHOC-Organizing-for-Affordable-Housing-and-Human-Dignity.htm Sacramento Homeless Organizing Committee (SHOC) was formed in 1987 in response to City Hall passing an anti-camping ordinance.  SHOC has been fighting ever since for the civil rights of homeless people in Sacramento. Homeless populations have been steadily rising since... Mon, 15 Dec 2008 20:14:01 -0700 http://weap.org/news/91/17/SHOC-Organizing-for-Affordable-Housing-and-Human-Dignity.htm <![CDATA[Welcome]]> http://weap.org/news/2/17/Welcome.htm The Women's Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) is committed to attaining economic human rights for all people. In a land of abundance, there is no reason anyone's basic human needs should not be met. WEAP is diligently working to organize the... Fri, 28 Dec 2007 09:44:59 -0700 http://weap.org/news/2/17/Welcome.htm