• FAA – The First Jobs & Innovation Bill of the New Congress
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    FAA – The First Jobs & Innovation Bill of the New Congress

    As anyone who’s recently flown on an airplane knows our airport transport system is strained, and it is subject to increased congestion, and an increase delay. We have to upgrade our system now or we’re going to face absolutely enormous consequences. The FAA bill is exactly the type of investment in our future that will propel our country forwards spur growth, create jobs. According to an industry estimates the bill will result in 280,000 good-paying jobs in communities across the country. Another major factor will be the improved flow of commerce. 40% of the value of commerce and trade travels by air. A lot of what travels by air is…

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    Richard Wolff and Bob Hennelly talk about the Green New Deal

    We have been hearing stories about a proposal coming from the most progressive parts of the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others, about a Green New Deal. I’m struck by that. I’m struck by putting these terms together: the New Deal, which really was a massive program to help working people, and green, a recognition of the ecological disaster we are living through. Tell us a little bit about why that’s in the news and what you as a labor reporter picked up on as this is being debated. Well unfortunately I think in our Twitter-verse that were in it kind of to a bad start because the right-wing reactionary…

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    Richard Wolff and Rob Robinson on Homelessness

    And what is this in an economic system that simply can’t solve a fairly obvious problem? So is it that we don’t have enough, Rick? Or is it that there isn’t the will to do it to fit the needs of the people, right? I would argue that will never build our way out of this problem. What we need to do is think a little differently and use vacant spaces, right? And I always use the foreclosure crisis during that time period because it’s a key indicator on how we operate as a society, right? During the financial crisis there were (in 2010) 14.4 million vacant homes, 2 million…

  • What are the universal human rights? – Benedetta Berti
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    What are the universal human rights? – Benedetta Berti

    The idea of human rights is that each one of us, no matter who we are or where we are born, is entitled to the same basic rights and freedoms. Human rights are not privileges, and they cannot be granted or revoked. They are inalienable and universal. That may sound straighforward enough, but it gets incredibly complicated as soon as anyone tries to put the idea into practice. What exactly are the basic human rights? Who gets to pick them? Who enforces them, and how? The history behind the concept of human rights is a long one. Throughout the centuries and across societies, religions, and cultures we have struggled with…

  • How ‘Roma’ Is Inspiring Domestic Workers to Stand Up for Their Rights | NYT Opinion
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    How ‘Roma’ Is Inspiring Domestic Workers to Stand Up for Their Rights | NYT Opinion

    “When I saw the movie ‘Roma,’ I saw myself. And I said, this is what I do. This is my life. Even though the movie was set in the 1970s in Mexico, I am one of over two million domestic workers who face similar struggles in the United States today. ‘Roma’ is sparking a much-needed conversation about the value of domestic work. The reality is, one in four domestic workers live in poverty because we’re excluded from minimum wage and overtime protections. We suffer abuse from employers behind closed doors because we have been excluded from the basic workplace protection against discrimination and sexual harassment. This is 2019, America. It’s…