Archive for June, 2012

The Carbon Pollution Rule and Global Warming

by , posted on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

from the Center for American Progress

Center for American Progress Senior Fellow and Director of Climate Strategy Daniel J. Weiss explains why the Carbon Pollution Rule is important for the environment.


Ralph Nader: 30 Million Workers Would Benefit From Raising Minimum Wage to 1968 Level

by , posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 6:50 pm

from Democracy Now!

In 2008, Barack Obama pledged to raise the minimum wage every year once elected, but the hourly rate of $7.25 hasn’t increased since 2007. Low-wage workers now make far less than they did four decades ago. Last week Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. introduced The Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2012. It draws its name from the idea that the federal minimum wage would be $10.55 an hour now if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years. While the bill has about 20 co-sponsors so far President Obama has yet to endorse it. We speak to longtime consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader.



Leah Fried on Chicago Windows Factory Co-op

by , posted on Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

from GRITtv with Laura Flanders

Leah Fried of the UE, talks with Laura Flanders about the decision by Chicago factory workers to purchase the factory they once famously occupied when it was Republic Windows and Doors. Fried and Flanders spoke at Labor Notes 2012 in Chicago.

Se also: “Chicago Workers’ Economic Plan: Go Co-Operative!” by Laura Flanders, posted June 15, 2012 at


Chris Hayes and Katrina vanden Heuvel: The Twilight of the Elites

by , posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

from The Nation

Have the elite leaders of our meritocratic society failed us? Nation Editor-at-Large Chris Hayes speaks with Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel about the ways intelligence is used to detrimental ends, and how we can ensure it is used for good.


The Real Victims of Voter ID Laws

by , posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

from the Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress visited Wisconsin, one of a handful of states that have recently passed strict voter identification laws, to see how such laws disenfranchise voters


Bering Sea – Defending our Oceans

by , posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 9:09 am

from Greenpeace USA

This video introduces the Bering Sea, and the animals who rely on it. Bad fishing practices have hurt this ecosystem, including the people who live near it.

To find out more about the issues facing the Bering Sea, take a look at:


LGBT Discrimination: Protecting Employee Rights

by , posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

from the Center for American Progress

Every day, far too many gay and transgender Americans are forced out of their jobs and into the ranks of the unemployed at a time when all families are struggling to stay afloat. Until Congress passes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) it will remain perfectly legal to fire someone based simply on their sexual orientation or gender identity in a majority of states in this country.

To learn more, go to


CTU: Explaining the strike authorization vote at Ray School

by , posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 at 7:00 am

from the Chicago Teachers Union

Visit for information on the strike authorization vote.


Joseph Stiglitz on Occupy and Why U.S.-Europe Austerity Will Only Weaken Economic Recovery

by , posted on Sunday, June 10th, 2012 at 10:36 pm

from Democracy Now!

As European leaders scramble to address the sovereign debt crisis, Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz argues the austerity measures pushed by Germany, the United States and international creditors are only “going to make the countries weaker and weaker.” If European economies contract, Stiglitz predicts that “our economy [will] go down further into the hole. … Those policies then increase the probability of our weak economy tipping over into recession.” Stiglitz’s new book is “The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers our Future.” Stigliz continues: “Occupy Wall Street was a reflection of a lot of American’s perspective that our economic system is unfair. … There was a hope after the crisis, that government would fix things, it didn’t. Or didn’t do enough, and that combination of economic unfairness and a political system that doesn’t seem capable of correcting these injustices, I think is what motivated a lot of the Occupy Wall Street.”


Robert Reich: Why Taxes Have to Be Raised on the Rich

by , posted on Sunday, June 10th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

from Political Action