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Building a Rapid-Response Network to Defend Immigrant Workers

Magazine Stories - Thu, 2018-08-16 11:39
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As the Trump administration cracks down on undocumented immigrants, it’s urgent for worker centers and unions to organize to defend immigrant members.

In Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center has created a rapid-response network it calls “Sanctuary in the Streets” (SiS). The worker center, founded in 2014, organizes restaurant workers and farmworkers in the area. Worker committees set the network's priorities.

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NOAA Lowers Warnings For Atlantic Hurricane Season

The Onion - Thu, 2018-08-16 11:22

Due to the burgeoning El Niño, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecasted a quieter-than-usual Atlantic hurricane season. What do you think?

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NASA Scientists Make Life-Changing Discovery But You Kind Of Had To Be There

The Onion - Thu, 2018-08-16 11:17

WASHINGTON—Admitting that a second-hand retelling would not do their findings justice, NASA scientists confirmed Thursday that they had made a life-changing discovery, but you kind of had to be there. “These results revolutionize our very understanding of subatomic particles—man, I wish I could even explain, however,…

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5 Favorite Skinny TV Lady Who Love To EAT

The Onion - Thu, 2018-08-16 10:20

They do pizza, they do french fries, they do movies! Here are five favorite skinny TV lady who love to EAT!

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Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andy Levin

AFL-CIO Weblog - Thu, 2018-08-16 09:15
Best Candidates for Working People, 2018: Andy Levin Andy Levin for Congress

This November's elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in recent U.S. history. Throughout the summer and fall, we are going to take a look at the best candidates for working people. Today, we feature Michigan congressional candidate Andy Levin.

Here are some of the key reasons why Levin is one of the best candidates for working people in 2018:

  • Levin wants to make increasing living standards a part of all trade deals.
  • He favors raising the minimum wage.
  • Levin said he wants to focus on restoring the freedom of working people to organize and bargain collectively.
  • He wants to expand paid family leave. 
  • Levin will fight for equal pay and benefits for all women, particularly women of color.
  • In Michigan, he became the state's first chief workforce officer and created a program, "No Worker Left Behind," which helped more than 162,000 Michiganders get workforce training and another 120,000 get new jobs.
  • He will fight Republican attempts to undermine and privatize Social Security. 
  • Levin advocates for universal public education under local control with well-compensated teachers.
  • He wants to create a comprehensive, long-term program to invest in roads, bridges, sewers, mass transit and other infrastructure.
  • In Congress, he will stand up for trade policies that protect the rights of working people and raise the standard of living for workers in all countries that are involved.
  • He said he wants to change tax policies to stop incentivizing outsourcing.
  • Levin will vote to increase investment in job training and apprenticeships.
  • He wants Congress to pass legislation barring discrimination against LGBTQ-plus people in employment, housing and other aspects of American life.
  • Levin said he wants the United States to move away from the prison industrial complex and favors other criminal justice reforms that diminish the oppression of people of color.
  • He wants comprehensive immigration reform with a clear pathway to citizenship and wants to end family separations at the border.
  • Levin will work to protect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau so it can continue to protect families that are treated poorly by banks, payday lenders, check cashing stores and others.
  • He wants to ensure access to affordable health care for all Americans by passing Medicare for All and taking on the high cost of prescription drugs.
  • Levin wants to embrace postal banking as a way to give Americans easy access to banking services from a trustworthy source.​
  • He supports a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United in order to bring full disclosure of all money donated to influence elections.

Learn more about Levin at his website.

Kenneth Quinnell Thu, 08/16/2018 - 09:15

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Romania: Journalists beaten by riot police during Bucharest protest

LabourStart - Wed, 2018-08-15 20:00
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North, South Korea Agree To Summit In Pyongyang

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 15:54

The leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to a summit in Pyongyang this September, the third such meeting this year. What do you think?

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Chris Columbus Admits There Are Hours Of ‘Home Alone 2’ Outtakes Featuring Trump Saying Racial Slurs

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 14:28

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Recounting the unexpected difficulties the future president’s brief cameo brought to his film shoot, Home Alone 2: Lost In New York director Chris Columbus admitted Wednesday that he has hours of outtakes featuring Donald Trump uttering racial slurs. “We thought it would be a fun little 30-second…

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Report: Statistically Speaking There’s Decent Chance Pope Francis Molested Someone

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 13:48

VATICAN CITY—An internal Catholic church report on the frequency of institutionalized sexual abuse of minors by authority figures revealed Wednesday that there is a high probability that Pope Francis has, in fact, molested at least one child. “Given what we are learning about the proportion of priests who have engaged…

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Senate Republicans Promise There Will Be Plenty Of Time To Review Kavanaugh Writings When They Become Law Of Land

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 13:33

WASHINGTON—Denying that any attempt had been made to withhold information relevant to the Supreme Court confirmation process, Senate Republicans promised Wednesday there would be plenty of time to review Brett Kavanaugh’s writings once they had become the law of the land. “We’ll have an opportunity to thoroughly vet…

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Biblical Scholars Find Evidence Church Covered Up For 3 Wise Men Who Molested Baby Jesus

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 12:33

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Shedding further light on a long history of attempts to protect itself from accusations of criminal activity, biblical scholars at Harvard Divinity School reported Wednesday they have found evidence that the early Catholic church covered up for three wise men who molested baby Jesus. “After deciphering…

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Man Guessing He’s Stared At Giant Sequoia Long Enough To Appreciate It

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 12:22

RED FIR, CA—Spending what seemed like the correct amount of time soaking in the beauty of the massive tree, local man Matt Tedesco assumed Wednesday that he probably stared at a giant sequoia long enough to appreciate it. “I mean, it’s definitely really big, and I went and stood under it, so I think I get how majestic…

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Study Finds That All The Worst People Will Outlive You

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 12:19

ATLANTA—Confirming your long-held suspicions with a 15-year observational study on the effects of behavior on human aging, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Wednesday that all of the world’s absolute worst people would almost certainly outlive you. “We can now conclusively say…

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The Onion’s Guide To ‘The Great British Baking Show’

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 11:28

The Great British Baking Show, a British television competition that airs on Netflix and PBS, has become a cult phenomenon in the U.S. The Onion presents a guide to everything you need to know about The Great British Baking Show.

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Arby’s Releases Barbara Bush Tribute Edition Curly Fries

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 11:15

SANDY SPRINGS, GA—In an effort to honor the widely admired first lady, fast-casual chain Arby’s announced Wednesday that they’re releasing special edition curly fries packaged in a carton with the late Barbara Bush’s face alongside the words “In Remembrance” written tastefully in cursive. “We’re excited today to pay…

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More Than 100 U.S. Newspapers Plan Editorials Decrying Trump’s Attacks On Media

The Onion - Wed, 2018-08-15 10:41

More than 100 newspapers have signed onto a Boston Globe-led campaign to publish editorials inveighing against Trump’s designation of the media as an “enemy of the people.” What do you think?

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