This is not one of our normal daily calls-to-action…
This is both a history lesson and a connection that we have to a campaign that started 50 years ago. Every time we call our legislators or go to a City Council meeting to fight some form of injustice, every action we’ve participated in for the Trump Resistance, such as the Women’s March, the March for Our Lives, Citizenship Fairs, political postcard parties, environmental rallies and DACA clinics, we have been connecting with the values of the Poor People’s Campaign. We are standing together to challenge Trumpism and the power of the 1% – and indeed “transform the political, economic and moral structures of our society.”
Continue reading “The Poor People’s Campaign has started again, 50 years later. We’re in.”
It is also a crime. Routine separation of asylum-seeking families violates international law. From slavery to Manzanar, we already know that America is capable of grave moral lapses. In the future, school children will wonder how we, literally a nation of immigrants, stood by and let this happen to children like them.
Part #1 – First we rip kids away from their parents…
At a law enforcement conference in Arizona, AG Jeff Sessions declared that the Department of Justice will try to deter those seeking asylum with a policy of “100% prosecution” of all who enter the U.S. illegally and separating parents from children instead of keeping them in a detention center together. “If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”
Homeland Security is cruelly separating families at the border for no legitimate reason. Immigration authorities have separated at least 700 children from their families, and about a hundred of them are under the age of four. Continue reading “Thurs 5/10: “Child-abuse-by-government” is now official policy. We cannot be silent.”
Quote by Warrent Buffett, Sunday New York Times Op-ed.
Today, The Hill reported that the GOP is making a push to cut taxes on capital gains, as the richest amongst us apparently feel they left some money on the table after the tax-cut measure President Trump signed into law last year.
In the meantime, in one of the richest countries in the world, our legislators continue their war on our poorest citizens.
Cutting their Lifeline…
Ajit Pai’s FCC is poised to severely limit its Lifeline program, which provides a modest $9.25 monthly subsidy to lower-income people. The proposed rollback would rob hundreds of thousands of poor people of affordable phone and internet access and disproportionately impact people of color, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities, as well as many in Puerto Rico and other disaster-stricken parts of America.
The FCC has ignored bipartisan objections from Senate and House leaders who have heard from concerned constituents that this plan would make it difficult for them to search for jobs, advance their education, meet their basic needs and stay informed.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan would also implement a budget cap on Lifeline — which would limit program participation or slash funding to fully eligible recipients and he’s hoping to impose a lifetime benefits cap that would cut off funding for the most vulnerable users, like elderly people and people with disabilities, by limiting the amount of time an individual can use the program. Continue reading “4/25 – War on the poor – Part 1 – Cutting their Lifeline…”
How cruel are we?
The Agriculture Department is considering a policy change in the SNAP (Supplimental Nutrition Assistance Program) that would expose single adults to a harsh three-month time limit on food stamp benefits if they aren’t employed at least half-time or in a qualifying work or training program.
SNAP recipients in states that have few or no employment programs and fails to offer them a spot in a work or training program — which is the case in most states — or those who live in high-unemployment areas, will have their benefits cut off after three months, even if they are searching diligently for a job or working less than 20 hours a week.
Because this provision denies basic food assistance even to people who want to work and will accept any job or work program slot offered, it is effectively a severe time limit rather than a work requirement, as such requirements are commonly understood. This will help no one get out of poverty and will take food away from people who need assistance.
Action: Let’s stand indivisible with the most vulnerable members of our society and write a comment to protest this new policy.
Today is the FINAL DAY we can submit public comments objecting to this change here. Continue reading “SNAP, SNAP, SNAP – The swamp monsters come after the poorest among us. COMMENT TODAY!”