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Rebuild Collective Power of Working People Around the Globe

Richard L. Trumka
AFL-CIO
The OECD should be in the business of helping people build democratic institutions that give them economic and political voice—guardians of equality and democracy. The alternative to addressing wage stagnation and the status of working people in the global economy is not more of the same elite dominated globalization. The alternative is an escalating crisis where the false promises of authoritarianism and racism threaten to overwhelm the democratic ideal.

Time to Ban the Bomb

Alice Slater
World Beyond War
Recently the Chair of an exciting UN initiative formally named the “United Nations Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination” released a draft treaty to ban and prohibit nuclear weapons just as the world has done for biological and chemical weapons. The Ban Treaty is to be negotiated at the UN from June 15 to July 7.

Trump Budget Would Devastate Vulnerable Southern Communities

Olivia Paschal
Facing South
The Trump administration recently released its comprehensive budget proposal, optimistically titled "A New Foundation for American Greatness." The budget was immediately condemned by Southern politicians in both parties, as well as advocates for the poor, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations in the South.

Cuban Expert Talks About US Relations and Challenges Ahead

Iroel Sánchez Espinosa
teleSUR
Arnold August urges all to make public the views of those Cuban revolutionary writers and intellectuals who are leading the resistance to the U.S.-led cultural war. First published in Al Mayadeen, May 29, 2017, and translated from the original Spanish.

America's Toxic Prisons: The Environmental Injustices of Mass Incarceration

Candice Bernd, Zoe Loftus-Farren and Maureen Nandini Mitra
Truthout and Earth Island Journal
This collaborative feature by Truthout and Earth Island Journal is supported by a grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism. It will be followed by a series of online investigative reports on the environment and mass incarceration.

Trump’s California Henchmen: Stanford and Big Oil Cast Long Shadows

Maria Bustillos
Capital and Main
Aside from California’s obedient Republican congressional delegation, Stanford is perhaps the most powerful locus of Trump’s support in the state with close ties to the energy industry and its lobbyists, the center of an even more powerful web of connections to Donald Trump, whose administration has moved to help industry in general, and Big Oil in particular—doing away with climate and environmental protections, opening public lands up to mining and drilling, and so on.

The Hidden Radicalism of Southern Food

John T. Edge
New York Times
In the South, America has identified food-system problems and developed solutions. Today, as Americans agitate for food sovereignty, the bold agricultural ideas conceived in the late 1960s by Fannie Lou Hamer and other radical Southerners suggest paths for us to follow out of our food deserts.

Ebony Pushes Black journalists' Patience to the Limit

Adeshina Emmanuel
Columbia Journalism Review
A lot of Black people love Ebony. But love only goes so far for the journalists who make it happen, especially when the object of your affection is slow to cut you a check. Start by paying your damn journalists.

Capital, Crisis, and Corbyn

Michael Roberts
Jacobin
The results of the UK election are a disaster for the British ruling class. The UK economy is set to enter a period of stagnation at best. The OECD’s economists are already forecasting that the UK economy will slow down to just 1% next year as Brexit bites.

Illinois Governor's Race On Pace To Be Most Expensive in U.S. History

Tim Jones
Better Government Association
In what may seem a paradox, the worse off Illinois government gets the more the wealthy are willing to spend to gain control. It is part of a national trend that has seen ever escalating spending battles for even down the ballot offices. Down the ballot, a $1 million legislative race in Illinois used to be an oddity. Last year 23 topped $1 million, with five between $5 million and $6 million, according to Redfield’s analysis of state campaign finance records.

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