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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The struggle for democracy continues: German and American perspectives

by Eric A. Gordon

People’s World | June 22, 2018

The struggle for democracy continues: German and American perspectives

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier / Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House

LOS ANGELES—Some fresh insight into the mind of the 16th president of the United States came to this city from the current president of the German Federal Republic. In a speech delivered here on Tuesday, June 19, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier recalled what may be Abraham Lincoln’s most famous words: “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”Read More »

“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: 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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What Does Poverty Feel Like?

The poor in America.

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TomDispatch | June 17, 2018

"Dreams were seen as a waste of the mental energy needed to seek out and acquire the basics: food, rent, clothing, whatever was essential to get through a day, a week, or at most a month." (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
“Dreams were seen as a waste of the mental energy needed to seek out and acquire the basics: food, rent, clothing, whatever was essential to get through a day, a week, or at most a month.” (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Imagine this: every year during the Great Recession of 2007-2009 there were nearly four million home foreclosures. In that period, with job losses mounting, nearly 15% of American households were categorized as “food insecure.” To many of those who weren’t foreclosed upon, who didn’t lose their jobs, who weren’t “food insecure,” to the pundits writing about that disaster and the politicians dealing with it, these were undoubtedly distant events. But not to me. For me, it was all up close and personal.

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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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Guantánamo: Resisting an illegal occupation for 120 years

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Granma | June 14, 2018

GUANTÁNAMO.– The Guantánamo Naval Base is evidence of U.S. geopolitical and economic interests, riding roughshod over Cuba’s sovereignty and harming the Cuban people.

This was noted by historian José Sánchez Guerra, during the “Theoretical Encounter: 120 Years of the Yankee Military Presence in Guantánamo,” held at the University of Medical Sciences of this territory; as part of which professors, social science researchers and university students discussed the damages caused as a result of the United States’ oldest overseas military base.Read More »