People vs. Money: Socialist beats Wall Street Dem in New York

by Michael Arney

People’s World | June 29, 2018

People vs. Money: Socialist beats Wall Street Dem in New York

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a socialist candidate, defeated ten-term New York Congressman Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary Tuesday. | Corey Torpie / Ocasio-Cortez Campaign

NEW YORK—On Tuesday’s Democratic primary election for New York’s 14th Congressional District, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accomplished a nearly impossible task: She defeated her heavily overfunded incumbent opponent. With practically all votes counted, the bartender-turned-socialist-candidate trounced high ranking, ten-term incumbent and Queens Democratic Party Chair Rep. Joseph Crowley 58 percent to 42 percent, even though he outspent her more than 10 to 1.Read More »

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“Stop the War! Feed the Poor!”: March by Poor People’s Campaign Ends With Arrests in DC

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Common Dreams | June 21, 2018

Members of the Poor People's Campaign marched to the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday. (Photo: @liztheo/Twitter)Members of the Poor People’s Campaign marched to the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday. (Photo: @liztheo/Twitter)

As part of the final week of Poor People’s Campaign demonstrations leading up to the movement’s Mass Rally and Moral Revival in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, hundredsof protesters joined together in chants and songs as they marched to and then were arrested outside of the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday.

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(U.S) Angela Davis: “Education must not be sacrificed at the altar of profit”

by Chauncey K. Robinson

People’s World | June 19, 2018

Angela Davis: “Education must not be sacrificed at the altar of profit”

Dr. Angela Davis / AP

CHICAGO—“If we want to break the school-to-prison pipeline, if we want to abolish the prison-industrial complex, if we want to create schools that nourish the intellectual imagination of younger generations, then we have to dismantle the structures and ideologies of racism, and we need to start right now.” That was the message radical activist, philosopher, and professor Dr. Angela Davis brought to a meeting of educators and activists at a “consciousness-raising” event sponsored by the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation on June 16.Read More »

U.S: Millions Lack Food, Housing, and Healthcare, But 38 Democrats Just Joined GOP to Spend $716 Billion on Endless War and Empire

Common Dreams | June 19, 2018

Democrats and Republicans decided to join hands once more late Monday—in an overwhelming 85-10 vote—to affirm that militarism and massive handouts to defense contractors top education, healthcare, and anti-hunger programs on the list of congressional priorities. (Image: ACLU)

 

In a vote that further “entrenches endless war and bloated Pentagon spending” and places greater nuclear capacity in the hands of President Donald Trump, 38 Democrats and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) joined nearly every Senate Republican on Monday to pass a $716 billion defense bill that boosts military spending by over $80 billion and authorizes another $21.6 billion for nuclear weapons programs.

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U.S: The Koch Brothers Are Bankrolling Local Efforts to Kill American Public Transit

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Common Dreams | June 19, 2018

light rail
The development of public transit, particularly when it is sustainably powered, is often seen as positive for both impoverished communities and the environment—especially considering that transportation is the largest contributor to the nation’s total greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: Oran Viriyincy/cc/flickr)

The oil baron billionaires Charles and David Koch are bankrolling astroturf campaigns across the United States to kill investment in public transit, according to a “must-read” investigation published Tuesday by the New York Times.

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U.S: 2.5 Million Homes, Businesses Totaling $1 Trillion Threatened by High Tide Flooding

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) | June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON – Accelerating sea level rise in the lower 48 states, primarily driven by climate change, is projected to worsen tidal flooding, putting as many as 311,000 coastal homes with a collective market value of about $117.5 billion today at risk of chronic flooding within the next 30 years—the lifespan of a typical mortgage—according to a new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released today. Roughly 14,000 coastal commercial properties assessed at a value of roughly $18.5 billion also are at risk during that time frame. By the end of the century, homes and businesses currently worth more than $1 trillion could be at risk: as many as 2.4 million homes—roughly the equivalent of all the homes in Los Angeles and Houston combined—valued at approximately $912 billion and 107,000 commercial properties assessed at $152 billion.  Read More »