Newsbroke’s Francesca Fiorentini shines a light on an issue that will have a tremendous impact on the future of political representation: the 2020 census. Is it purposefully being starved of funding? Will it really try to find and account for everyone? Who’s in charge? [Read more…]
By Karen Bahena / Alliance San Diego
Democratic leaders from the House and Senate welcomed the largest group of Dreamers to attend a State of the Union address. I stood in disbelief when I received an invitation and I want to thank my congressman, Scott Peters, (D-CA), for making the cordial invitation and standing with Dreamers like myself. It was a remarkable statement of resistance and it sent other members of Congress the message of urgency for a narrow, bipartisan bill that would protect Dreamers all across the country.
Moments before President Donald Trump took the stage, I was escorted by my congressman to my seat. I scanned the House of Chambers from the upper balcony and immediately attempted to make eye contact with attendees who wore “migrating butterfly stickers” in a show of support for immigrants, refugees, and Dreamers. We acknowledged each other’s presence and stood there in solidarity shaking our heads and raising our eyebrows through what turned out to be a distasteful, hate-filled speech. [Read more…]
By Caryn Blanton
Founded in October 2016, Pacific Beach Street Guardians (PBSG) is a non-profit (501c3) that functions as a social enterprise. Neighbors who are experiencing homelessness are hired to handle many different tasks, including:
- Care for the streets, sidewalks, alleys, parking lots and beaches of our community
- Perform janitorial/custodial work for local businesses, organizations, and residents
- Provide event services (set up/take down and trash/recycling)
As a social enterprise, PBSG offers much more than a job – Team Members are given the opportunity to gain pride, purpose, stability, dignity, a path to self-sufficiency and hope. [Read more…]
By Rob Bryson and Maryam Karimi / Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1967, provides the public, individuals, and corporations, the presumptive right to access and obtain records from any federal government body unless such records meet one of the nine exemptions or is protected under special law enforcement record exclusion.
On April 27, 2017, the House unanimously passed H.R. 1694, the Fannie and Freddie Open Records Act of 2017. H.R. 1694 would make the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) subject to FOIA. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are government-sponsored enterprises and are the two largest corporations that back home mortgages and student loans. Fannie Mae was established in 1938 by amendments to the National Housing Act. Freddie Mac was established in 1970 by the Emergency Homes Finance Act of 1970.
Currently, these two agencies are not classified as federal agencies and as such, they are not required to release records to the public although they are government sponsored and under the conservatorship or receivership of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). [Read more…]
Given the ongoing departures and dismissals from the current administration, I’m expecting an upcoming CARE2 campaign to support Sam Bee’s safe, welcoming and supportive Rescue Farm for Displaced Government Workers. Sam introduces us to a new arrival: Elizabeth Shackleford, a diplomat, who until last December, was serving as part of the U.S. Mission to Somalia. [Read more…]
Once again, I write to you because you are the bellwether election state. In that sense, you are a critical part of the vetting process for presidential candidates.
In my last letter, I confided how bewildered I was that you had chosen a president so unlike my friends, Don and Ilene, who both grew up in Canton, Ohio. Everyone who knew these folks looked up to them, and some of us even tried to be more like them. They were people who invested their whole lives in the premise that everyone deserves to be treated with compassion, fairness and respect.
The house my friend Ilene grew up in still stands on 24th Street in Canton. Her father built it pretty much with his own hands. She remembered it as a place of love and understanding where she felt cherished. She said he was the kind of man who made her want to be good in his eyes. She remembered how he explained to her that quite often, it wasn’t the fault of his clients that they couldn’t pay their bills. Times were tough back then, and even spare change was hard to come by in some households.
You know, dear Ohio, when you don’t live in a state and you just meet people who once lived there, you have a tendency to think that everyone in that state is like the people you know. So, for a long time now, I have thought most Ohioans were like Don and Ilene – examples of compassion, understanding, respect and decency. I still cling to that belief.
But I noticed in the paper the other day that the president has figured out a way to dump people off the rolls of Medicaid, the federally supported health insurance program for the poor. He will now allow states to impose work requirements as a condition of receiving Medicaid. And two of the states racing to get federal permission to implement such a plan are Ohio and its neighbor, Kentucky.
That brings to mind a little story about my friend Ilene. [Read more…]
The Mind Trust’s CEO Doug Harris and Vice President Ethan Gray were ready to take their Indianapolis school privatization methods on the road. In 2010, Harris and Gray founded CEE-Trust which became Education Cities in 2014. They were selling The Mind Trust’s secret sauce to DPE organizations nationwide.
Today the Education Cities website defines the organization:
“An Education City is an aspiration – a vision for the future where all children can access great public schools. The Education Cities network includes 33 city-based organizations in 25 cities across the country working to improve public education.”
The following graphic was snipped from the Education Cities Site. The blood red lettering was added. If your city is on this map, there is an active DPE effort using a form of The Mind Trust playbook and it is well financed. A hyper-text list of these cities and the organizations is provided at the end of this post. [Read more…]
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) agrees with Fox News commentator Shep Smith on the topic of the House Intelligence Committee secret memo. [Read more…]
By Murtaza Baxamusa / SanDiegoUrbDeZine
There isn’t enough affordable housing being built in the city of San Diego. Lenders and banks aren’t lending as much, apartment owners aren’t caring, and builders aren’t building as much since it’s not as remunerative to build for income-constrained households.
This worsens the disconnect between the economics of the housing stock and the demographics of the families it’s meant to serve, as shown by a recent Harvard University study on apartments. In San Diego, less than 10 percent of the rental housing stock is affordable*. With new federal tax policies, things could get worse.
A home isn’t just a luxury that anyone can live without. It’s a social necessity. Yet cities and states don’t build housing, they plan for it and permit it, and then are dependent on private developers to build it at the rents or prices that yield them the highest returns. This is where inclusionary housing comes into play: By allowing the private sector to competitively perform at its optimal level within a uniform regulatory framework that achieves societal goals. [Read more…]
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló recently announced that he is taking steps to privatize the island’s Power Authority (Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or PREPA). Anyone else thinking of Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine”? Petra Bartosiewicz has a piece in Harper’s Magazine detailing the situation leading up to the bankrupt condition of the agency and the current issues with which it must contend, and was recently interviewed on The Real News network. If Puerto Rico were a state rather a commonwealth, more opportunities would exist for dealing with the kinds of crises that the island is facing. But Vox’s Christina Thornell reminds us that the decision on statehood status for Puerto Rico is not up to the residents of Puerto Rico. [Read more…]
By Julia Conley / Common Dreams
Several attendees of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland are planning to walk out of President Donald Trump’s speech at the summit on Friday afternoon, in protest of his recent reported remarks about countries whose citizens he deems undesirable immigrants.
In an open letter, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale denounced Trump’s alleged statement, confirmed by Republican and Democratic lawmakers, that more immigrants from “countries like Norway” should come to the U.S. instead of people from “shithole countries” such as Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel who lost both of her legs in the Iraq War, addresses the Senate regarding a recent tweet by Trump (Cadet Bonespurs) impugning the Democrats’ concern for the Military. This, despite Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) having introduced a resolution that would have secured pay for service members during a shutdown, and having the resolution blocked by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). As Shareblue notes, this is in contrast to how in 2013, President Barack Obama signed legislation that ensured military pay would continue, uninterrupted by that year’s shutdown — which was also engineered by Republicans in Congress. [Read more…]