‘The Sky Didn’t Fall’: Study on Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Proves Critics Wrong

Posted at https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/06/21/sky-didnt-fall-study-seattle-15-minimum-wage-proves-critics-wrong Published on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by Common Dreams “These findings are consistent with the lion’s share of rigorous academic minimum wage research studies” By Jake Johnson, staff writer “Seattle’s minimum wage hike up to $15 didn’t … Continued

The Gathering Offers Podcasts on Important Political/Theological Issues

From Repairers of the Breach (http://www.breachrepairers.org/): The Moral Movement is continuing to grow and build power through fusion politics in North Carolina and across the country. Now, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of … Continued

Besides Eviscerating the Safety Net, Trump Budget Would put States in a Fiscal Bind

Posted at https://itep.org/besides-eviscerating-the-safety-net-trump-budget-would-put-states-in-fiscal-bind/ There has been considerable discussion about the human impact of the Trump budget’s draconian cuts to what remains of the social safety net. A long-standing conservative talking point in response to such criticism is that states can … Continued

States Remove SNAP, TANF Penalties that Undermined the Formerly Incarcerated

Posted at http://www.clasp.org/issues/work-supports/in-focus/states-remove-snap-tanf-penalties-that-undermined-the-formerly-incarcerated JUN 12, 2017 By Victoria Palacio For people with felony convictions, even those who haven’t been to prison, it’s challenging to find employment to support themselves and their families. This problem is compounded by collateral consequences, such as losing … Continued

With Public Pensions Done, It’s Time Now for a Victory on Retirement Security…and a Great State Budget

Posted at http://www.thirdandstate.org/2017/june/public-pensions-done-it%E2%80%99s-time-now-victory-retirement-securityand-great-state-budget Jun 12, 2017 03:13 pm | Stephen Herzenberg Roughly five years after Gov. Corbett first began an effort to eliminate guaranteed pensions for future school and state employees, Gov. Wolf today signed a bill that reduces the … Continued

Responding to Grassroots Labor Movement, Lawmakers Unveil $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Posted at https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/05/25/laughable-inevitable-15-minimum-wage-hits-congress Thursday, May 25, 2017 by Common Dreams “We’ve gone from laughable to inevitable. With this bill introduced today, it’s clear that our Fight for $15 has set a new standard.” By Lauren McCauley, staff writer0 Comments A … Continued

Oxfam Brings #FamineFoodTruck to Washington

From Oxfam America (http://www.oxfamamerica.org): This week, Oxfam brought something exciting to the district: we’re calling it the Famine Food Truck. The Famine Food Truck (https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&q=%23faminefoodtruck&src=typd) is taking to the streets of Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of the urgent humanitarian … Continued

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