Canterbury Residents Push For Medicaid Expansion In Town Meeting (InZane Times)

Rep. Lorrie Carey (image by Arnie Alpert)

Twenty Canterbury residents exchanged perspectives with their three State Representatives at the town’s Meeting House Saturday morning.  Long-time Representative Priscilla Lockwood, and first-termers Howard Moffett and Lorrie Carey fielded questions on topics including unsatisfactory road conditions, tar sands, burdens on municipal government, building codes, GMOs, and the influence of corporations on elections and policy-making. Responding to a question for Doris Hampton, who organized the session, Rep. Moffett gave a passionate call for the state to expand Medicaid.  “The House is going to support Medicaid expansion as often as it’s given the opportunity to do so,” he said, but explained that … Continue reading

MLK A Devoted Labor Leader And Leader Against The Death Penalty

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MLK’s First Campaign was against the Death Penalty Bus segregation was not the first issue that grabbed the attention of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. when the young pastor moved to Montgomery, Alabama in 1954. His first campaign in his new home focused on a sentence of death for Jeremiah Reeves, a 16-year-old black boy convicted of raping a white woman, which became his first civil rights campaign in his new home. Reeves had confessed under duress, but later recanted, a claim widely believed in the black community. King joined the NAACP’s efforts to save Reeves’ life. So did Claudette … Continue reading

NAFTA Failed to Live Up to Promises

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By Arnie Alpert and Gabriel Camacho In the twenty years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) went into effect, millions of Mexicans have been pushed by NAFTA to make the dangerous journey across the border into the United States, many without legal authorization.  The U.S. government has responded by turning the border into a militarized zone, jailing hundreds of thousands of people, and deporting record numbers back across the border. Militarization of the border began in 1994 with Operation Gatekeeper, which erected fencing, walls, and other barriers between San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico, forcing migrants into dangerous … Continue reading

NH Program Seeks Intern for Presidential Primary Project

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The AFSC NH Primary Project will promote civic engagement during the period leading up to the 2016 NH Presidential Primary on corporate domination of US political life and its impact on shared security and economic health.  The project will also support similar activity in Iowa during the same period and create resources which can be used by AFSC programs in other states.  Responsibilities will include research on corporate influence, with a focus on corporations that profit from weapons and prisons.  It will also involve networking with other groups, tracking the visits and views of likely Presidential candidates, and developing resources for … Continue reading

Deck The Halls With Higher Wages

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By Arnie Alpert, You’ve probably seen some stories about protests for higher wages and better working conditions at giant retail chains like Walmart and fast food restaurants like McDonald’s.   Perhaps you’ve even participated.  With another “day of action” for fast food workers coming soon, New Hampshire Slim showed up with a new song. To be honest, it would be more accurate to say Slim brought “new lyrics to an old song,” since he really has little musical talent.  But he’s inspired by Joe Hill, the legendary Wobbly, who figured that if he put new words to familiar tunes they’d be … Continue reading

Concord Activists Join “Black Friday” Walmart Protests (InZane Times)

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Six hardy activists held signs outside the Concord NH Walmart store this morning in solidarity with workers calling for higher pay and more respectful working conditions.  The “Black Friday” protest was one of many across the country intended to put pressure on the nation’s largest employer and the world’s largest retailer, which has built a business model on the lousy labor standards faced by its workers and those who produce the products it sells. According to Making Change at Walmart, most of the company’s workers earn less than $25,000 a year.  Wages are so low that 42% of the company’s Massachusetts … Continue reading

Simple Math – US Wealth is Being Redistributed Upward (InZane Times)

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Chuck Collins, whose latest book is 99 to 1: How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About it, spoke to the Henniker Peace Community yesterday.    Chuck Collins didn’t come to Henniker to “foment antagonism or class warfare,” he said, but instead to encourage people to do some “simple math.”  It’s pretty much the same thing. The richest 44 households in the USA hold more wealth than the poorest 95%, for example.  The wealthiest 1 percent controls 36 percent of US wealth and more than 42 percent of all financial assets.  It hasn’t always been that bad.  … Continue reading

Who’s Behind The Collapse Of The American Middle Class? (InZane Times)

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Author Hedrick Smith Tours New Hampshire with Answers and Proposals That wages for typical U.S. workers have been stagnant since the mid-1970s is not breaking news to anyone who has paid attention, nor is the rise of wealth and income inequality that makes us the most unequal country in the so-called “developed world.”  Forbes reported last month, “Five years after the financial crisis sent the fortunes of many in the U.S. and around the world tumbling, the wealthiest as a group have finally gained back all that they lost. The 400 wealthiest Americans are worth just over $2 trillion, roughly equivalent to … Continue reading

Rising Inequality is Theme of New Documentary (By Arnie Alpert)

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“Inequality for All,” the new documentary that centers on Robert Reich’s exploration of the deepening chasm between the ultra-rich and everyone else, opened this weekend.  It took in $140,000 at the 28 theaters where it’s playing now.  Please try to resist comparing these box office figures to the $35 million weekend gross for “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2,” which played in 4001 theaters.  Try instead to find out whether “Inequality for All” is playing near you. Reich, best known perhaps as Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor and since then as a prolific pundit/writer, these days teaches at Berkeley, … Continue reading

Old McDonald’s, Pay Fair Wages, EIEIO — Community Show Support For Striking Workers

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COMMUNITY RALLY FOR FAIR PAY ELLSWORTH, MAINE — On the outskirts of Ellsworth, Maine, just after we turned off Route 1 in pursuit of a more scenic route home, we heard a notice on WERU, an Orland-based community radio station, announcing that a rally in support of fast food workers had just begun.  Having been on vacation, we had been unaware that August 29 had been designated a day for fast food workers and their allies to strike and rally for a hike in wages to $15 an hour until Jan mentioned it to us the previous day. Assuming we … Continue reading