Activists Call for Mass Rallies on Sunday to Protest Abortion Bans

Abortion rights activists are holding mass rallies across the country on Sunday to mark what would be the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Courtruling that enshrined the constitutional right to abortion until right-wing justices struck it down last year. In Louisiana, one of at least 13 states that banned most abortions since the ruling, Nancy Davis will be a leader at the march in the… Source Source / Read More: Activists Call for Mass Rallies on Sunday to Protest Abortion Bans

For Every $1 Gained by a Bottom 90 Percenter Since 2020, a Billionaire Got $1.7M

While the vast majority of people were struggling to stay alive and weather economic instability during the first two years of the pandemic, the world’s richest 1 percent were thriving as the proportion of new global wealth they were capturing soared to new heights, a report reveals. Over the past decade, the global top 1 percent has taken about half of all new wealth — an already extremely high… Source Source / Read More: For Every $1 Gained by a Bottom 90 Percenter Since 2020, a Billionaire Got $1.7M

States Take Tax Revenue Vital for Funding Tribal Services

This article was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C. This story is published in partnership between the Center for Public Integrity and ICT (formerly Indian Country Today). Osage Nation — On a crisp November morning, Teresa Bates Rutherford gazed at the construction site of her future home — her mind on her… Source Source / Read More: States Take Tax Revenue Vital for Funding Tribal Services

The Fed’s Response to Rising Inflation Protects the Wealthy at Workers’ Expense

The specter of inflation is haunting the world’s economies. Surging prices since 2020, especially in food and energy, have eroded global living standards, though inflation varies considerably across countries. However, inflation is hitting the working class and lower-income people harder than wealthier households, triggering protests around the world, especially in countries with strong trade… Source Source / Read More: The Fed’s Response to Rising Inflation Protects the Wealthy at Workers’ Expense

Educator Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade: Teachers Must Fight Inequality, Not Create It

Like most public school teachers, Jeffrey M.R. Duncan-Andrade knows that educators are first responders: They are often the first non-family members to see children when they are unwell, angry, depressed or agitated. But unlike many of his peers, he sees his role, first and foremost, as promoting “wellness” of body, emotions, mind and spirit. His latest book, Equality or Equity: Toward a Model of Community-Responsive Education, offers a prescriptive message for local schools and school districts and shifts the focus from rote learning and standardized testing to instead promote relationships that lead to flourishing communities and engaged individuals. It’s an…

Capitalism Has Ended the Issue of Scarcity But Worsened the Crisis of Inequality

Capitalism has been around for such a long time that it is hard for people even to imagine a world without it. Yet, it is far from an immutable physical law. In fact, capitalism is now “materially outmoded and ideologically defunct,” argues British author Steve Paxton in his forthcoming book, How Capitalism Ends (Zero Books, 2022). “The capitalist era has provided the material abundance required for a free human society, but capitalism cannot deliver the freedom its productive capacity makes possible.” In the interview that follows, Paxton shares his thoughts on the contours, contradictions and twilight of capitalism with Truthout.…

US Is Overcome With Debt and Death. Let’s Fight Inequality to Stop This Crisis.

When the Biden administration announced its debt relief plan in late August, the timing was fitting. According to the Hebrew calendar, this last year, which ended on September 25, was the Shemitah year, a year where debts are forgiven. In the Bible, canceling debt is just one among a set of jubilee laws, which includes freeing the enslaved, feeding the poor, paying fair wages, and conserving and protecting overworked land. As a biblical scholar and pastor, I am often struck by the moral logic that undergirds these laws. Indeed, many ancient societies understood jubilee to be not only a compassionate…

Sanders Calls on UK and US Workers to Stand Together Against Oligarchs

Sen. Bernie Sanders recently delivered an impassioned speech at the Trade Union Congress headquarters in London against rampant inequality, expressing his support for striking railway, maritime and transport workers throughout the U.K. The rally was part of the “Enough is Enough” campaign, which was launched by Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union leader Mick Lynch and other union heads in the U.K., to highlight the crisis of inequality that has caught the U.S., the U.K., and many other countries in a destructive vise. Lynch has become something of a labor celebrity in the U.K. this summer, as a wave of…

Our Labor Is Used to Create Wealth for Others. Let’s Reclaim It to Make Life.

In the last years of his life, my father spent many days in intensive care. He had emphysema, the product of too many cigarettes and exposure to asbestos and silica dust at the glass factory where he labored for 44 years. Once during a visit, he said from his oxygen tent that a man was following the nurses around, marking down whatever they did. The nurses were trying to form a labor union, and the observer was noting their times and motions, no doubt in an effort to spot wasted efforts that had to be corrected and to intimidate them.…

Amazon’s CEO Pay Is More Than 6,000 Times That of the Company’s Typical Worker

A tight labor market created a rare moment of leverage for low-wage workers last year. But Corporate America took no great leap forward on pay equity. A new Institute for Policy Studies report, Executive Excess 2022, reveals how low-wage corporations have continued to pump up CEO pay during the pandemic while workers are struggling with rising costs. The report zeroes in on compensation trends at the 300 publicly held U.S. corporations that reported the lowest median worker wages in 2020. At over a third of these firms — 106 in all — median worker pay either fell or failed to…

Raising the Standard of Living for Everyone Could Offset the Pains of Inflation

Many Americans are noticing the rising price of goods from sour cream to carburetors as politicians sound the alarm on an inflation crisis. You may be wondering what single force would cause the cost of a dairy product to go up at the same time as the cost of a car part. The truth is that not all inflation is the same. Each sector has its own issues. And none of it is solved by less government funding for our safety net, as some politicians have proposed. Some of it is what we can call pandemic inflation. Because our economy…