Joe Macaré, Truthout: The “butterfly upon a wheel” endures as a metaphor for individuals punished by the criminal justice system for political reasons. Cecily McMillan is the most recent in a long list of examples, from Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond to the NATO3 and Monica Jones.
Staff, American Family Voices: American Family Voices (AFV) compiled a video to celebrate the publication of Elizabeth Warren’s new book, A Fighting Chance. AFV provides highlights of Warren’s advocacy for the working people of the United States.
Sam Knight, Truthout: Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus see activism and organization as key to Democratic turnout in the midterms, but activists are looking for a politics that puts people and principles first.
Ann Jones, TomDispatch: Given what the State Department’s Fulbright Program achieves and what it contributes to American prestige abroad, the budget cut is a terrible idea, but the scheme behind it is worse.
Mark Weisbrot, Al Jazeera America: If they are fortunate enough to avoid war, Ukrainians may be in for an unpleasant economic surprise at the hands of European authorities and the IMF in the form of an austerity prescription.
Saru Jayaraman, Truthout: The powerful National Restaurant Association does all it can to assure that industry wages are kept so low that many workers rely on public assistance and that paid sick leaves – along with taxes – are avoided, making employees go hungry and customers sick.
Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: Censorship can be accomplished in so many ways. There’s the iron-fisted, potboiler/spy-thriller Putin way. Or there’s the smarmy, ice-cold fingers-clenching, wads-of-cash-American way.
Bob Lord, OtherWords: We may very well see the day when Uncle Sam spends more money pandering to big companies than it receives from taxing them.
David Krause, Truthout: San Francisco upgraded its power washing of Market Street sidewalks from twice a month to 20 times per month, a rate increasingly hard on the street’s homeless population.
The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If we could spend several trillion dollars on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, why not use that kind of money to pay off all the student loan debt altogether with a debt Jubilee?
Adam Federman, Earth Island Journal: Oil trains are crisscrossing the US and Canada with volatile cargo, yet many communities are not prepared in case of an accident.
Richard D. Wolff, Economic Update / Truthout: Updates on no growth in the US; China overtakes the US; the costs of the GM bailout; and the defeat of the bill to raise minimum wage while Hawaii raises its minimum wage. Major discussions of Pfizer’s decision to relocate to the UK; how the European Court supports Tobin (financial transactions) tax; and the stunning economics of prisons and jails in the US.