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- The impacts of floods can exacerbate existing racial and social inequality When Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas in 2017, the neighborhood that suffered the worst flood damage was a section of southwest Houston where 49% of the residents are nonwhite. When Hurricane Katrina hit southeast Louisiana in 2005, the damage was the most extensive in the region’s African American neighborhoods. Of the seven ZIP codes that suffered the costliest flood damage from Katrina, four of them had populations that were at least 75% black, government records show. Flooding in the U.S. disproportionately ...


- Henry Wallace, FDR’s vice president, argued 75 years ago that Democrats had to go big on economic and social and racial justice. That’s still true. The simple farmhouse where Henry Wallace was born and came of age can be found in Orient Township, on the southern side of Iowa’s Adair County, just off what is referred to as a minimum maintenance road. Drivers are advised to travel it “at your own risk.” That pretty well sums up the approach that has been taken with Wallace, Franklin Roosevelt’s second vice president, over the 75 years since he battled for the soul of the Democratic ...


- In a showdown that pitted decades of political experience against a call for new leadership, Rep. Joe Kennedy III went on the attack last night against Sen. Ed Markey. Kennedy is challenging Markey in the Massachusetts Democratic primary in September. Markey and Kennedy met in Springfield for a debate co-sponsored by WBUR, the night after the protests in Boston  sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Kennedy said he's "heartbroken, angry and grieving for the country," and that for communities of color, "there'll be no peace without justice." He suggested that there ...

Source: wbur.org

- , the former national co-chair of Sen. Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders ’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, discussed her new weekly series regarding military spending in a recent interview with The Hill.TV’s “Rising."    Turner is hosting a 16-week series called “Drop THE MIC Live” that will track how the military is spending its money. She is working on the project along with Ben and Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen.  “It's not whether or not we have the money it's about whether or not we have the will to do what is right for that domestic spending,” Turner said in an ...

Source: thehill.com

- The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound impacts on the US economy, and it’s likely to have similarly far-reaching effects on our politics. Over 40 million Americans are currently unemployed. Recent polls have found economists believe it will be years before the economy recovers fully. Obviously, this is all terribly painful, but it’s also an opportunity to finally fix an economy that has bred vast inequalities in income and has prioritized profits over people and our environment. This may be a unique situation where we can actually transform the economy to not only make it better for ...

Source: alternet.org

- African Americans and Hispanics have been looted of trillions in reduced pay by racist employers and giant corporations, while their safety, lives and peace of mind have been looted by racist police. In 1981, when Ronald Reagan ended the New Deal era, crushed labor unions, and massively cut the top personal and corporate tax rates, he kicked off the most massive and widespread looting of America since the 1920s. (Photo: Bob Daugherty/AP) Looting is the word of the day, on the lips of every newscaster, the president, and elected officials across the country.  And, indeed, looting is a major ...


- Police arrested more than 4,000 people over the weekend, as protests swept cities across the country. For many, the moment calls to mind history: the civil unrest of the 1960s and the protests after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968. “We live in such a polarized country, in such a polarized time. The message is loud and clear. It's a message of social justice. It's a message of racial justice. But depending on your perspective, if you're a law and order advocate — and law and order here being just a code word for the criminalization and incarceration of African Americans ...

Source: wbur.org

- These are the moments that define presidencies. Overlapping crises in which the foundation of the country seems to quiver. Americans in fear. Americans enraged. It's in these moments that we've so often seen elected leaders speak to the public, assuring them specifically that tensions would fade and offering a path to do so. Presidents, speaking in front of the familiar Oval Office windows, assuring the country that the turbulence would smooth and the country would endure. President Trump has not done so. The Washington Post reported late Sunday that this was in part because he wasn’t ready ...


- Republicans in a crucial New Jersey swing district have a choice in the July primary: pick a millennial woman with organized labor ties or a middle-aged man with connections to President Donald Trump’s campaign. In choosing a candidate they hope will unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Andy Kim in the 3rd District, Republicans are either going to go with Kate Gibbs, a 34-year-old former elected official who as a suburban millennial woman comes from a crucial demographic that in 2018 abandoned the GOP, or David Richter, a wealthy 53-year-old former construction executive who spent decades living ...

Source: politico.com

- Is This the Worst Year in Modern American History? Comparing 2020 to 1968 offers some disquieting lessons for the present. The most traumatic year in modern American history was 1968. But what is now the second-most traumatic year, 2020, still has seven months to run. The comparison provides little comfort, and several reasons for concern. How could any year be worse than the current one, in which more Americans are out of work than in the Great Depression, and more people are needlessly dying than in several of America’s wars combined? How could the domestic order seem more frayed and ...


- Howard Dean has finally come up with a rejoinder to the old Will Rogers line about the Democratic Party and its inability to organize itself properly. “The answer is not to organize ourselves better. The answer is to cooperate better, because we’re never going to have a top-down model. So I finally, after all these years, accepted the idea that we need to work with who we are,” the former Vermont governor and ex-chairman of the Democratic National Committee said. Dean is testing that cooperate-better adage as the chairman of a private company that is serving as a data exchange for ...


- — Karl Bode We've long noted that roughly twenty states have passed laws either outright banning community broadband, or tightly restricting such efforts. The vast majority of the time these bills are literally written by telecom lobbyists and lawyers In some states, community broadband is being offered via the local power utility. That's the case in Tennessee, where Chattanooga-based EPB has been prohibited from expanding despite the overall lack of competitive options in the state -- and despite EPB having been rated one of the best ISPs in America . When ISPs can't get straight out bans ...

Source: techdirt.com

- Instead of calls for things to simply calm down and "go back to normal," said New York Congresswoman, "let's create a new world—one where all people are held to the same standard of the rule of law." In a video message posted to Instagram on Saturday amidst days of nationwide protest in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a plea to anyone calling for the end of the "unrest" stirred by brutality and oppression to focus on the root causes of poverty, distrust, and violence in American society. "So if ...


- There are two things that are obviously and demonstrably true and have been for some time. The first is that there are very few documented examples of voter fraud and no examples of widespread, systematic fraud in recent American elections. The second is that President Trump’s frequent insistence that such fraud exists is false, a snowflake in the avalanche of falsehoods that Trump has offered during his presidency. Yet, on Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany insisted that neither of the preceding assertions was true, relying on cherry-picked counterexamples ...


- “You must yell, you must accuse, and you must threaten.” — Larry Kramer Dear Larry, The gift of a role model is having someone to see yourself in and through. It allows us to ground our emotional experiences in a communal destiny rather than a personal fate. Every injustice I have encountered, every coward I had to deal with, every time my own circles rejected me, every time my family was the enemy, every time I needed to say what could not and “should” not be said — I was connected to you. And my outrage? my anger? You showed me how valuable it can be. For what else is the ...

Source: forward.com

- In the aftermath of the 2016 election, major media outlets provided us with a constant stream of stories about the people who voted for Donald Trump. I suspect that the obsession with that storyline came from the shock all of us felt about the outcome of that election. But hearing from the racist  nostalgia voters  got old after awhile. We now have a counterbalance. A new website just popped up titled “Republican Voters Against Trump.” Springing from the same people who founded  The Bulwark  as a home for Never Trumpers, its purpose is to publish videos of Republicans who are vowing ...

Source: alternet.org

- During a rally protesting Kentucky's statewide economic restrictions on Sunday, anti-government protesters, working to the tune of Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA," strung up a stuffed dummy bearing a picture of the face of Democratic Governor Andy Beshear from a tree outside the governor's mansion. The effigy was also fixed with a sign reading "Sic Semper Tyrannis" — Latin for "thus always to tyrants" — the phrase John Wilkes Booth allegedly yelled upon assassinating President Abraham Lincoln days after the South lost the Civil War. "Come out, Andy," the protesters chanted outside ...

Source: salon.com

- In the mid-1990s, Drew Dixon came across an intriguing track from Method Man. “Shorty, I’m there for you anytime you need me,” the rapper said in his gruff baritone. “For real, girl, it’s me in your world, believe me.” But what Dixon, then an artists and repertoire executive for Def Jam Recordings, really heard was potential. Dixon pitched a reworked version of the track to Def Jam’s co-founder Russell Simmons and worked with producers including Sean Combs, then known as Puff Daddy, to shape the resulting duet. “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By,” which ...


- Abrams is a compelling figure who ran a strong race in Georgia. But she's clearly allied to the Democratic center Stacey Abrams is being widely touted as Joe Biden's best pick for the vice-presidential nomination. She has been a rising star in the Democratic Party ever since her historic and groundbreaking run in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race. But while having a black woman on the ticket would be welcome, progressives need to understand that Abrams is firmly entrenched in the centrist establishment wing of the party. Because Abrams ran an excellent race for governor in the Georgia ...

Source: salon.com

- Symone Sanders will lead League 46, the campaign’s new project to win millennials and Gen-Z. Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is organizing a new effort around young voters — a sign Biden will more aggressively target a group that could be vital in the general election and that resisted him for much of the Democratic primaries. League 46 will be “the coalition of young people that will make Joe Biden the 46th president,” says the narrator of an introductory video shared first with BuzzFeed News. Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Biden and one of his most visible spokespeople, ...