My Fellow Resisters,
Here are new updates and recommended actions from PAGE (Progressive Action Global Exchange) followed by inspiring reading/watching/listening suggestions from our own Kathy Sherretts (STOP, LOOK, LISTEN).
Read on and leave comments!
We hope you are ready to kick off October with fighting spirit because we have much work to do. This past week, Trump’s administration released a tax plan, which provides massive tax cuts for the wealthiest. This money will be diverted from the United States’ already lackluster safety net with hardly any benefits for the working class. Some low income brackets will actually see their taxes go up. This week, we also saw Trump come out with yet another version of the Muslim Ban, and cap refugee admissions at the lowest number in decades.
This week we will also be taking tax action, and continue to support Puerto Rico. And remember, resisting can be fun too! Here’s a Beyonce remix of J Balvin’s “Mi Gente” song. All proceeds from the album go to Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Caribbean to help them recover from these heartbreaking disasters.
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
In general, since I think it is really important to communicate with our lawmakers about specific issues rather than political personalities, I tried to stay away from Trump himself as a topic. But especially lately, everything comes back to this one guy. Why is that? I think Seth Abramson articulates itvery well.
Seth Abramson on Twitter, Sept. 25, 1-50: This is a thread about Donald Trump.
"Have you noticed a change in your mood since January? I mean a change you can't seem to escape? Anxiety, anger, fear, confusion, doubt?... Every institution we like or trust, he's undermined. The media. Government. Unions. Hell—even the NFL...We don't have hope future elections will be fair. We don't have hope our government is working in our interests. We don't have hope we can trust and love our neighbors and they'll trust and love us back. And we don't have hope things will start to make sense again."
You can read it as a single document in Seth Abramson's Facebook
Or view the original Twitter thread
Scotus Blog: Murphy Oil’s law: Solicitor General’s office reverses course in arbitration cases, supports employers by Amy Howe
US vs. US: The Solicitor General´s office urges the Supreme Court to affirm a decision that, on behalf of the National Labor Relations Board, it had previously asked them to review and overturn.
Slate Magazine: The Supreme Court is poised to deal a devastating blow to minimum wage workers by Daniel Hemel
To pre-empt the possibility of collective action, more firms are inserting individual arbitration clauses into employee contracts. These clauses require employees to pursue claims before private arbitrators rather than in federal or state court, individually rather than through collective actions. Employers have pushed back against the NLRB’s 2012 ruling against the practice.
Politico Magazine: Dan Rather´s Second Coming by Michael KruseThey’ve known each other for decades, and have been publicly at odds before, dating back to 2000… The squabble was one-sided. Trump didn’t like Rather, and Rather didn’t care, because Trump didn’t matter. Now he matters.
And a bonus link: This Modern World by Tom Tomorrow
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