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  • Disability awareness and responsiveness is important to any organization, from large multi-national corporations to small local companies. 
  • GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled
  • Open Letter to the City of Bloomington, Minnesota: White People can time travel, Black People cannot – A short Memoir

Bonnie St. John, Huffington Post

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Bonnie%20St.%20John%20%7C%20Live%20Your%20Joy.jpg03/10/2015 | Bonnie: Nowadays, most major corporations have internal "Business Resource Groups" or BRGs to represent diverse communities of employees such as women, veterans, or Hispanic employees. What is special about a BRG for people with disabilities?

Deb Dagit: Disability is represented in all other dimensions of human difference including race, faith, and sexual orientation. Almost everyone will experience a temporary disability at some point in their lives and likely end up with one or more life-long disabilities as they grow older. Also, given that 20% of the U.S. population has a disability, virtually everyone has a friend or family member who qualifies, even if they don't have a disability themselves.

Bonnie St. John: Olympic Ski Medalist, Amputee, Rhodes Scholar, former White House Official, Corporate Leadership Expert, and Best-Selling Author

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GOP Assault on Social Security Could be 'Death Sentence' for Nation's Disabled, Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

  • The claim that either the old-age or disability trust funds has run dry is 'one of the hoariest lies in the conservatives' playbook.'
  • New Budget Chair to cut Social Security! 

 

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Open Letter to the City of Bloomington, Minnesota: White People can time travel, Black People cannot – A short Memoir, Don Allen, The Independent Business News Network

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  • City of Bloomington and Mall of America officials must re-think their racist positions to get the black person(s) that organized the #blacklivesmatter rally and show them who is the boss. This racist legacy has traveled over space and time from slavery. Just put a sign on all the doors that says, “People a shade darker than khaki not welcomed.” Hey, we can always shop online…the Internet is truly colorblind.
  • Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Why Public Banks Outperform Private Banks

German public banks (Sparkassen) are triply profitable: as revenue-generating assets for their government owners, as lucrative sources of taxes, and as a stable funding mechanism for small and medium-sized businesses (a funding mechanism sorely lacking in the US today). 

Ellen Brown, Web of Debt <http://WebofDebt.com> / Truthdig <http://www.truthdig.com>

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Feb 12, 2015 | In November 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bank of North Dakota (BND), the nation’s only state-owned bank, “is more profitable than Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has a better credit rating than J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and hasn’t seen profit growth drop since 2003.” The article credited the shale oil boom; but as discussed earlier here, North Dakota was already reporting record profits in the spring of 2009, when every other state was in the red and the oil boom had not yet hit. The later increase in state deposits cannot explain the bank’s stellar record either.

Then what does explain it? The BND turns a tidy profit year after year because it has substantially lower costs and risks then private commercial banks. It has no exorbitantly-paid executives; pays no bonuses, fees, or commissions; has no private shareholders; and has low borrowing costs. It does not need to advertise for depositors (it has a captive deposit base in the state itself) or for borrowers (it is a wholesome wholesale bank that partners with local banks that have located borrowers). The BND also has no losses from derivative trades gone wrong. It engages in old-fashioned conservative banking and does not speculate in derivatives.

Ellen Brown is an attorney, president of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including the best-selling Web of Debt. In The Public Bank Solution, her latest book, she explores successful public banking models historically and globally. Her websites are http://WebofDebt.com, http://PublicBankSolution.com, and http://PublicBankingInstitute.org

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Aerial Photos Show Just How Devastating An Oil Train Derailment Can Be

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These stunning aerial photos were taken by West Virginian Paul Corbit Brown, who lives just down the road from the site of the accident. He hired a plane to fly over the crash in an effort to document the devastation such derailments can cause. “It’s a mess,” Brown told Pixable.

Nick Visser, Huffington Post

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slide_404122_5025606_free.jpg02/18/2015 | When an oil train carrying more than 3 million gallons of crude derailed in West Virginia earlier this week, it left behind a stretch of blackened riverfront, the ruins of a smoldering house and a lingering question: Why does this keep happening?

The accident is yet another in a series of high-profile derailments that have hit communities around the country as oil-by-rail shipments have skyrocketed. Spurred by the boom in the Bakken oil patch, rail shipments have jumped from 9,500 carloads in 2008 to more than 435,000 in 2013, according to the AP. Most of those carloads don't jump the tracks and explode, but a small percentage does.

Head on over to Pixable to see the rest of the pictures taken by Brown.

Nick Visser is the associate green editor at the Huffington Post. His work has appeared in The Seattle Times, The Advocate magazine and on KUOW, Seattle's NPR affiliate.

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Series | Black History Month: Part 4, Ta-Nehisi Coates on How We Created the Ghetto

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In the end, as Coates puts it: “Contract sellers became rich. North Lawndale became a ghetto.” And it still is today.

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BlackHistoryMonth.jpgMay 28, 2014 | A central tenet of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ much-talked about new article in the Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations,” is the widespread practice of mortgage discrimination from the 1930s to the 1960s. At the time, black people were largely cut off from legitimate home mortgages due to the government’s practice of redlining. The Federal Housing Administration, which provided insurance on private mortgages at the time, used red ink to mark neighborhoods where black people lived, meaning they were usually considered ineligible for FHA backing, regardless of their earnings or standing in the community.

“In Chicago and across the country, whites looking to achieve the American dream could rely on a legitimate credit system backed by the government. Blacks were herded into the sights of unscrupulous lenders who took them for money and for sport,” Coates writes.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at the Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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Right-to-work laws are union-hating Republican’s weapon of choice.

  • Anti-union laws don’t help the economy, don’t create jobs and don’t end ‘compulsory union membership’. They can only kill off unions - and the Middle Class.
  • Why The Middle Class Needs Unions
  • To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways

Michael Paarlberg, the Guardian

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10 Feb 2015 | There are few crusades in American politics more quixotic than bashing unions. They are a threat that exists mostly in the imaginations of their opponents: an all-powerful, resurgent labor movement that scares investors and imperils the economy, despite representing just 11% of the US workforce. Right-to-work laws are their weapon of choice.

Last week, the Supreme Court announced it would hear a case that could very well finish off American unions in the last bastion where they have any significant presence at all, the public sector. The case, Friedrichs v California Teachers Association, will decide if right-to-work laws (designed to bankrupt unions by encouraging employees who benefit from collective bargaining agreements to not pay for them) will extend to all public employees nationwide – an outcome Justice Samuel Alito has all but promised to deliver .

Michael Paarlberg is a PhD candidate in government at Georgetown University. He has also written for the New Republic, Slate, Huffington Post, Jacobin, and Washington City Paper. 

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Why The Middle Class Needs Unions, Center for American Progress (CAP)

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  • New Data Shows That Union Membership Continues To Decline
  • "Why The Middle Class Needs Unions"

 

  • To Check Power of Greedy Bosses, Workers Need to Bargain in New Ways, Sarita Gupta, The American Prospect
  • When workers' power is diminished and people’s voices are shut out of the workplace, job quality and job standards suffer.
  • Across the board, most bosses are looking out for their own bottom line, not ours.
  • Right-to-work laws are union-hating Republican,s weapon of choice

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Stepping Up Efforts to Block Obama’s Trade Agenda

  • images_1295572236_picture16.jpg_640x454_310x220As Obama’s team works privately to line up support for so-called trade promotion authority, coalition of Democratic lawmakers & activists from organized labor, environmental, religious & civil rights groups stepping up efforts to stop him.  Fast track another insult to workers. 
  • Part 1: Fast Track Is Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It
  • Part 2: The Trans-Pacific Partnership won't deliver jobs or curb China's power

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Fast Track Is Not A Done Deal, The People Will Stop It

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

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January 18th, 2015 | The corporate media is reporting that since the Republican leadership and President Obama support Fast Track trade authority, it is a done deal. And that message, also heard by countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is driving the race to finalize that agreement.

The truth is: Fast Track is not a done deal. There is bi-partisan opposition in Congress and a large movement of movements organized to stop it.

Across the political spectrum there is mass opposition to fast tracking the secretly negotiated TPP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, aka TAFTA) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). People remember the impact of NAFTA on job loss, destruction of Mexican agriculture, expansion of inequality, environmental degradation and increased immigration. The most recent South Korean trade pact, which Obama touts as a success, is leading to similar results of lost jobs and an expanding US trade deficits.

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers are participants in Popular Resistance, an online daily news and information service for people who want to play a role in improving the country, creating economic and social justice as well as to protect the environment. They also co-direct It’s Our Economy and are co-hosts of Clearing the FOG, shown on UStream TV and heard on radio.

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Part 2: The Trans-Pacific Partnership won't deliver jobs or curb China's power

Former Reagan admin official Clyde Prestowitz slams TPP in Los Angeles Times OpEd.

Clyde Prestowitz, Los Angeles (CA) Times 

stopp-tppa.jpgJanuary 22, 2015 | As counselor to the secretary of Commerce in the Reagan administration, I was involved in a number of trade negotiations, including the so-called MOSS (market-oriented sector-selective) talks. Some veteran negotiators waggishly renamed those negotiations — to paraphrase in family friendly terms — “more of the same old stuff.” And that's what President Obama called for in his State of the Union proposal for completion and adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade agreement, or TPP, for the Asia-Pacific region.

The president, unfortunately, doesn't know much about the history of U.S. trade deals, but his proposals are being touted by many who do and who should know better about this one.

Clyde Prestowitz is president of the Economic Strategy Institute and the author most recently of "The Betrayal of American Prosperity." He served in the Reagan administration and was vice chairman of President Clinton's Commission on Trade and Investment in the Asia-Pacific Region.

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