“Proletarian billionaire” act wears thin: Trump’s war on workers

by Joe Sims

People’s World | August 16, 2019

“Proletarian billionaire” act wears thin: Trump’s war on workers
When campaigning, President Donald Trump disguises himself as a champion of the American worker, but his administration has pursued an anti-worker agenda since its first day. | Evan Vucci / AP

The U.S. working class has received special attention from the Trump campaign’s first days; since his election, it has been singled out for special assault.

“America First” was portrayed as making working-class America first; “Make America Great Again” meant reawakening the greatness of the American working class.

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Farmworkers rise up against Trump and labor exploitation

by David Bacon

People’s World | August 12, 2019

Farmworkers rise up against Trump and labor exploitation
Marchers take part in the Farmworker March for Dignity 2019, on August 4, 2019, in Whatcom County, Washington. | David Bacon

The article that follows was previously published in Truthout.

Washington State today is ground zero in the effort to hold back the massive use of agricultural guest workers by U.S. growers, and to ensure that farmworkers, both those living here and those coming under the H-2A visa program, have their rights respected. For a second year, on August 4 workers and their supporters marched 14 miles in 90-degree heat through berry fields just below the Canadian border, protesting what they charge is widespread abuse of agricultural labor.

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My revolution was born in a Mississippi courtroom

by C.D. Carlson

Peoples’ World | July 29, 2019

My revolution was born in a Mississippi courtroom
A statue honoring the Confederate soldiers who fell at the battle of Corinth in 1862 stands outside a courthouse in Corinth, Miss. | Rogelio V. Solis / AP

A poetry submission for the CP100 Series.

 

I became a Communist in the summer of 2019,

not through my reading of Marx, Engels, Connolly, or Lenin,

but by sitting in the humid air of a Mississippi Justice Court,

keeping tally as tenants, one-by-one, lost their home

to their landlord’s uncontested petition for

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Slavery in U.S.: Price tag $17 trillion

A Journal of People report

Slavery is an issue in politics in the United States. A new bill on the issue is in the U.S. Congress. Activists have been calling for reparations for years. In 2016, a UN panel declared that the U.S. owed black Americans reparations because of slavery and its link to injustices today in America.

In late-June, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held the first hearing in a decade on H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. Read More »

Migrant detention centers in U.S.: A few accounts – Chilling, horrific

A Journal of People report

Migrant detention centers in the U.S. are turning out to be an issue of debate. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence toured two detention facilities on the Texas border Friday, July 12, including a Border Patrol station where hundreds of men were crowded in sweltering cages without cots.

“Look, this is tough stuff,” Pence acknowledged at a later news conference.Read More »

Deadly heat wave grips tens of millions in U.S., 6 deaths as temperature reaches record high

  | July 21, 2019

The deadly heat wave gripping much of the U.S. has resulted at least 6 deaths, hit tens of millions of people, left tens of thousands of people in New York and Michigan without power, and caused the cancellation of many public events.

As more than two-thirds of the U.S. feeling temperatures push into the triple digits the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned the heat can be a silent killer.Read More »

FACE OF AN ECONOMY: U.S. government could run out of money in early-September

A Journal of People report

The U.S. Treasury issued a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to raise the debt limit. Otherwise, the government would run out of money by early-September.

The letter comes after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell highlighted the importance to lawmakers.

A report – “New Projection: Debt Limit “X Date” Could Arrive in September” (July 8, 2019) – by the Bipartisan Policy Center said the U.S. government may need to raise the debt ceiling by early September, a month earlier than previously forecast. Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, said the U.S. government was running out of cash but added that the Treasury Deposit Account still had $250 billion at the end of last week.Read More »