News and Noteworthy

From the week of October 16 to October 22

On Sunday, we will continue our discussion of the Movement for Black Lives Platform focusing this week on the Economic Justice plank. This  Rags to Riches podcast might help inspire discussion.

We plan to view the new documentary 13TH soon. Here is a good discussion of the film.

  1. Voices from the Gig Economy Silicon Valley is turning back the clock on worker gains and New Yorkers are feeling the pinch
  2. Gender and the psychopathy of “leadership” in business and politics
  3. One in five American children is poor Giving Every Child a Monthly Check for an Even Start is a good idea but would not really create an “even start”
  4. How to Turn Anti-Poverty Work Into an Anti-Poverty Movement.
  5. Donald Trump’s poll-watching “voter fraud” squad sounds like it could easily lead to voter intimidation
  6. How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics
  7. Voting for a Third Party is Not the Same as Voting For Trump, and It’s Not “White Privilege”
  8.   Black-white wage gaps expand with rising wage inequality
  9. Another Black platform National Black Political Agenda for Self-Determination Convention
  10. Free The Land: Shirley Sherrod and Black Land Struggles in the South

From the week of October 9 to October 15

  1. Clintonism in perspective and what a neoliberal presidency means. Also research on Trump supporters showing that they are not in financial distress — their complaint is not as innocent as the media would have you believe (here’s a Vox video report on the findings).
  2. Who Deserves To Be Poor?
  3. The Eurasian Century Is now unstoppable
  4. Berlin’s battle with gentrification:   podcast, article (may have paywall, sorry)
  5. The Wells Fargo Hustle What it was like to be a Wells Fargo employee
  6. Federal appeals court rules the structure of CFPB is unconstitutional
  7. Meanwhile, the U.S. expands war around the world and no one questions the constitutionality of that. Without Warning, US Bombs Yemen
  8. How to close the Trump loopholes

From the week of October 2 to October 8

We recommend that you read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ The Case for Reparations to prepare for the Oct. 9 discussion of the Movement for Black Lives platform plank on Reparations. In addition, note the U.N. call for reparations for slavery and more recent and ongoing “racial terrorism and racial inequality”.

  1. Excellent analysis of global anti-immigrant and anti-trade isolationist reaction to capitalism’s 2008 crisis (but leaves out the post-1982 de-unionization and debt creation that made the economic base less resistant to shock)
  2. Prime Minister Trudeau says Canada will implement a nationwide carbon tax by 2018
  3. Our latest Huff Po blog: Michelle Obama, We need your help to save your husband, us and the world
  4. What would you ask the candidates? You can help decide
  5. Liquid Assets: how the business of bottled water went mad
  6. Deutsche Bank as Next Lehman Brothers: Far-Fetched but Not Unthinkable
  7. Brazil Approves Handing Oil Reserves To Multinationals
  8. The Black History of the New Economy
  9. A Cleveland Success Story
  10. When Algorithms Decide What You Pay
  11. Google Said It Would Ban All Payday Loan Ads. It Didn’t.
  12. You Think Wells Fargo’s Bankers Are Bad? Take a Look at Its Brokers

From the week of September 25 to October 1

  1. As US politicians romanticize doomed manufacturing jobs, the new working class is suffering
  2. A Do-Over for Our Unequal Economy?
  3. What’s Missing From Black Counternarratives To Donald Trump
  4. I’m Black. Does America Have a Plan for My Life?
  5. Millions to the Polls: The Right to Vote for Formerly Incarcerated Persons
  6. Obama’s climate change legacy at stake as Clean Power Plan has its day in court
  7. How to hide it: inside the secret world of wealth managers
  8. Germany ‘prepares Deutsche Bank rescue’
  9. ‘The horrible night has ceased’: Colombia peace deal resounds in Farc’s heartland
  10. In ‘Hitler,’ an Ascent From ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue A ‘parable about how the confluence of circumstance, chance, a ruthless individual and the willful blindness of others can transform a country.’
  11. N.D. militarized police push back Water Protectors with armored vehicles, tear gas and rifles
  12. New Investigation Names Wall Street Banks Behind $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline Round up the usual suspects
  13. As Earth Reaches Frightening CO2 Milestone, Bill McKibben Calls for War on Climate Change

From the week of September 18 to September 24

  1. Why Bayer’s massive deal to buy Monsanto is so worrisome
  2. China’s debt load is flashing ‘a reliable early warning indicator’ of a banking crisis
  3. Employees, customers blew whistle over Wells Fargo fraudulent bank accounts years ago
  4. Wells Fargo CEO faces bipartisan wrath during fiery Senate panel hearing But, will anything actually be done?
  5. SEC Probe Called Possible ‘Moment Of Reckoning’ For Exxon’s Climate Crimes But, will anything actually be done?
  6. Charlotte NAACP & Protesters Demand Police Release Video of Keith Scott Shooting
  7. The Largest Prison Strike in U.S. History Enters Its Second Week
  8. Blazes in Southeast Asia May Have Led to Deaths of Over 100,000, Study Says
  9. Donald Trump took a longtime psychosis of the GOP base and amplified it.
  10. The Economic Impacts of Removing Unauthorized Immigrant Workers
  11. A civil rights perspective on money in politics
  12.  Massive Yahoo data breach
  13. Gaming the Mayo markets
  14. Big data meets insurance, there’s an explosion
  15. Wells Fargo employees were fired for whistleblowing
  16. Low-value customers are NOT always right
  17. Amazon does not give customers the best deal
  18. Why the mainstream media is ignoring the nationwide prison strike
  19. Gun rights are for white people
  20. Drowning in systemic injustice

Special Events This Weekend

Saturday, September 17 is the 5th anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. There will be events in Zuccotti/Liberty Park all day starting at 10 am.  There is a press conference at 11 am. Copies of our book Occupy Finance will be handed out at noon and we will have a special Alternative Bank meeting

More information here.

This Sunday, Sept. 18th, Jarrettia Adams will be discussing the impact of U.S./Cuba relations on the people of Cuba based on her recent research trip.

Upcoming Series on Movement for Black Lives platform

Sunday, Sept. 25, we will kick off a series of discussions of the Movement for Black Lives platform. Jarrettia Adams will lead a discussion of the first plank: End the War on Black People. She encourages everyone to read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me to prepare.

We will discuss the other planks of the platform in subsequent weeks. Schedule TBA.

More information on our Speakers Page

From the week of September 11 to September 17

  1. President Trump Won’t Have To Tell CEO Trump ‘You’re Fired’  By law, he could keep running his businesses out of the oval office
  2. How the Trump Organization’s Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security
  3. Warren asks FBI why there were no criminal prosecutions from crisis probe referrals
  4. In Wells Fargo Scandal, the Buck Stopped Well Short
  5. Deutsche Bank to fight Department of Justice’s $14bn fine
  6. Why So Many Poor Americans Don’t Get Help Paying For Housing
  7. Leaked documents reveal secretive influence of corporate cash on politics
  8. What the Bayer-Monsanto merger means for food, farmers and the environment
  9. U.S. Census Report: Household Incomes Rise In 2015
  10. Standing Rock Sioux tribe claims small victory in pipeline battle

From the week of September 4 to September 10

To prepare for Cathy’s Weapons of Math Destruction talk, please read this excerpt from the Guardian.

  1. Enslave the robots and free the poor
  2. Move the federal government out of Washington
  3. “Predictive policing” is happening now — and police could learn a lesson from Minority Report.
  4. Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million for Opening Phony Customer Accounts, Charging Fees Without Consent; Executives Go Scot Free
  5. The underlying racism of America’s food system
  6. How Tech Giants Are (Secretly) Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence
  7. Airbnb tries to fight racism with rule changes
  8. Over a Million People on The Street Demanding New Elections in Brazil
  9. Leading Economists Oppose TPP Provision Giving Corporations Upper Hand in Investor-State Disputes
  10. Making Case for Clean Air, World Bank Says Pollution Cost Global Economy $5 Trillion
  11. An F-Minus for America’s Schools From a Fed-Up Judge
  12. Seventy years ago the thinkers and writers of the Frankfurt School warned of capitalism’s drift towards a cultural apocalypse. Has it already happened, but we’ve been too uncritical to notice? Why a forgotten 1930s critique of capitalism is back in fashion.

From the week of August 28 to September 3

Answer to Cathy’s question: What can we do to stop the TPP? Flush the TPP#NoLameDuck

  1. The Big Problem With The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Super Court That We’re Not Talking About More depth on problems with corporate tribunals in Trans-Pacific Partnership
  2. Democracy And Capitalism May Be Headed For Divorce
  3. Apple ordered to pay €13bn after EU rules Ireland broke state aid laws
  4. Massive Insurance Giants Call For End To Fossil Fuel Subsidies
  5. Union Decline Lowers Wages Of Nonunion Workers
  6. President Dilma Rousseff Impeached, New Government to Pursue Right-Wing Agenda
  7. Top Fed Officials Field Questions From Activists Unhappy Over Monetary Policy They met with them but will they really listen? Will this become a regular thing?
  8. African American Cooperatives & Civil Rights  Apparently, Blacks have been leading the way on this (in part for lack of alternatives).
  9. Racism and the Price of a College Education

From the week of August 21 to August 27

  1. Rent-to-Own Homes: A Win-Win for Landlords, a Risk for Struggling Tenants
  2. Whose Lives Should Be Saved? Researchers Ask the Public
  3. Is Clinton a secret Occupier?
  4. U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors Russian Threat Is Great for Business
  5. FEC Commissioner Wants Help Getting Foreign Money Out of U.S. Elections
  6. What Detroit Needs Now: More Squatters
  7. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on why we need to stop the TPP. 5 minute video. Posted before but too important to miss. Fight on TPP is coming up. We need to be ready.
  8. Native American Pipeline Protest Halts Construction in N. Dakota
  9. In Landmark Decision, NLRB Allows Grad Students at Private Universities to Unionize
  10. Justice Department Says Poor Can’t Be Held When They Can’t Afford Bail
  11. 140,000 people petitioned President Obama to declare Black Lives Matter a terrorist organization. His response was pathetic “The U.S. government does not generate a list of domestic terror organizations, and therefore we are not able to address the formal request of your petition.” Read it in full. Why can’t Obama state the obvious that Black Lives Matter is NOT a terrorist org.? Is that asking too much?
  12. Activists ask Facebook to alter dealings with police after video stream of Korryn Gaines’ confrontation with police was cut off
  13. Washington threatens Brussels over plan to demand billions in unpaid taxes from Apple
  14. Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop
  15. Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State

From the week of August 14 to August 20

  1. Obama puts Congress on notice: TPP is coming
  2. Ecuador’s Correa: ‘Neoliberalism Has Failed, Not Socialism’
  3. Stark New Evidence On How Money Shapes America’s Elections
  4. Reforms must address “the destabilization caused by concentrated wealth and power,” says new report
  5. Snapchat Finds Itself on the Wrong Side of a Racial Lens. Again.
  6. Why the NAACP is Calling for a Moratorium on Private Charter Schools
  7. How To Ensure Inclusive Four-Person Debates In Presidential Race
  8. I’m Sick of The So-Called “News”
  9. Corporations moving to partially privatize national parks
  10. Justice Department says it will end use of private prisons. The Justice Department plans to end its use of private prisons after officials concluded the facilities are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.
  11. Does Blockchain Tech Solve Security Problems or Cause New Ones?
  12. Independent drivers no more…Uber buys self-driving truck startup Otto
  13. Nightmare on Main Street: America’s housing system was at the center of the last crisis. It has still not been properly reformed
  14. Comradely capitalism: How America accidentally nationalised its mortgage market
  15. Iran Payment Used As ‘Leverage’ In Prisoner Swap, State Department Says
  16. Here’s why a Deutsche Bank whistleblower turned down a $8.25 million reward

From the week of August 7 to August 13

  1. At last week’s meeting, we agreed that we should have substantive discussions on each of the planks of the Movement for Black Lives platform. Please review it especially the first two planks as they will be discussion topics soon.
  2. Think Tank Scholar or Corporate Consultant? It Depends on the Day
  3. A shamed AARP withdraws from right-wing lobbying organization ALEC
  4. Money, corporations and politics
  5. The Millions of Americans Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Barely Mention: The Poor
  6. Next System Project: Volume 3
  7. Justice Department report: Baltimore police routinely violated civil rights
  8. End Prisons-for-Profit – the Marshall Project

From the week of July 31 to August 6

  1. Black Lives Matter and other groups publish a broad policy platform also in Spanish: Una Vison para las Vidas Negras
  2. Blaming the victim: NYPD Cracks Down on Cyclists After Driver Deliberately Kills Cyclist
  3. Environmental records shattered as climate change ‘plays out before us’
  4. Dear Canada: it’s time to pay for your part in climate change
  5. Republicans just escalated the war over ExxonMobil and climate change
  6. Who should Bernie supporters vote for? Debate between Robert Reich and Chris Hedges on Democracy Now!
  7. We can’t fix policing without talking about race. Explained in simple charts
  8. Rethinking the Role of Government in Society
  9. Has Wall Street Been Tamed?
  10. Homeownership is at a 50-year low. So What?
  11. Trans-Pacific Partnership Updates:
  12. Hacking new money, and old:
  13. Missouri’s head public defender assigns case to Gov., cites overburdened staff
  14. Abolish Civil Asset Forfeiture

From the week of July 24 to July 30

  1. Occupy Hillary? NY Times thinks Clinton may be a secret occupier. If only…
  2. Democratic Convention and related items
  3. Pharma’s Orders Connection between Congressional votes and contributions (this story you can believe).
  4. ‘Reverse Robin Hood’ school vouchers divide Nevada ahead of court ruling
  5. Donald Trump, Peter Thiel and the death of democracy They think capitalism and democracy are incompatible. So, democracy has got to go.
  6. Overcharged: The High Cost of High Finance Finance is costing the U.S. about $1 Trillion per year, on average.
  7. Why JPMorgan’s wage hike is not worth celebrating
  8. Nina Turner speaks at the People’s Convention
  9. Just in case anyone is not yet convinced or wants to show it to friends, here is a new Sierra Club video on how the TPP will undermine environmental efforts. 91 seconds long.
  10. Prosecutors Say Baltimore Police Mishandled Freddie Gray Case
  11. Facebook may owe $5 billion in taxes

From the week of July 17 to July 23

Upcoming events:

People’s Convention on July 23
March for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 24

  1. The global economic benefits of immigration and free borders (pdf)
  2. The Times reports a study claiming that police violence is not biased

    Brian D’Alessandro responds at MathBabe
    We can end police violence in America
    End Broken Windows Policing

  3. A dilemma for the blockchain and cryptocurrency
  4. Michigan’s Governor Snyder (of recent Flint memory) appoints oil lobbyist to run the Dept. of Environmental Quality
  5. #WallOffTrump demonstration at the RNC
  6. Fences: A Brexit Diary
  7. Crispr: Chinese scientists to pioneer gene-editing trial on humans
  8. Kaine Pick Won’t Help Clinton Win Over Anti-Wall Street Critics

From the week of July 10 to July 16, 2016

  1. Higher minimum wage, increased earned income tax credit or a basic income guarantee — what are the pros and cons?
  2. How to build a movement?
  3. We can end police violence in America
  4. Reposting: Elizabeth Warren on why we must stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  5. Philly airport workers vote to strike during the DNC
  6. The South China Sea: Explaining the Dispute
  7. How technology disrupted the truth
  8. Citibank and Venezuela – Perils of Centralized Monetary Systems
  9. This Man Traveled The World For 18 Months Spending Only Bitcoin

From the week of July 3 to July 9, 2016

  1. Neoliberal globalization and its discontents in one graph
  2. Banks and developers collude to eliminate affordable housing, throw out existing tenants
  3. States, like NY, without payday loans are doing just fine without them
  4. How Do We Build a Mass Movement to End Runaway Inequality You may want to skip the 10:00 minute introduction
  5. Michael Sandel: “The energy of the Brexiteers and Trump is born of the failure of elites”
  6. Is it Time for a New Deal Federal Jobs Program?
  7. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Hit With RICO Lawsuit For Flint Water Disaster
  8. Jim Hightower: Banks Don’t Commit Crimes, Bankers Do
  9. Mexican Teachers Fight on Despite Repression
  10. Economic Democracy: An Ethically Desirable Socialism That Is Economically Viable
  11. 505, 509, 514, 518 people have been shot and killed by police in 2016 so far
  12. Elizabeth Warren on why we must stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  13. Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought
  14. The Iraq war, Tony Blair and the Chilcot report
  15. Get in the Streets Right Away: Justice for Alton Sterling & Philando Castile
  16. Within a Decade, Retail Banks will be Dead
  17. Sen. Warren on America’s Monopoly Problem — and how wonderful competitive markets are.

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