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Economic Justice Links

Americans for a Fair Estate Tax - a broad-based non-partisan coalition that advocates reform instead of repeal of the estate tax.

Center for Economic and Policy Research - CEPR was established to promote democratic debate on the most important economic and social issues that affect people?s lives. We work to ensure that the citizenry has the information and analysis that allows it to act effectively in the public interest.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities - CBPP is a nonpartisan research organization and policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.

The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation (CHPP) - CHPP’s goal is to ensure that heirs' receive and exercise the full rights associated with property ownership.

Children's Defense Fund - The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind® and to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Citizens for Tax Justice - A nonpartisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization dedicated to fair taxation at the federal, state, and local levels.

Economic Policy Institute - The Economic Policy Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.

Global Exchange

Industrial Workers of the World - A union for all people.

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy - The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) is a non-profit, non-partisan research and education organization that works on government taxation and spending policy issues.

Left Business Observer - Left Business Observer is an 8-page more-or-less monthly newsletter on economics and politics in the U.S. and the world at large.

National Bureau Of Economic Research
- a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works.

National Center on Poverty Law - A legal and policy research, communications, and advocacy organization that provides national leadership in identifying, developing, and supporting creative and collaborative approaches to achieve social and economic justice for low-income people.

National Coalition for the Homeless - Our mission is to end homelessness. We focus our work in the following 4 areas: housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.

National Committee on Pay Equity - A national membership coalition of over 80 organizations working to eliminate sex- and race-based wage discrimination and to achieve pay equity.

National Economic Development and Law Center - A multi-disciplinary legal and planning resource center whose mission is to contribute to the abilities of low-income persons and communities to realize their full potential.

National Low Income Housing Coalition LIHIS - NLIHC provides up-to-date information, formulates policy, and educates the public on housing needs and the strategies for solutions.

National People's Action - NPA is the tool for neighborhood people to take on corporate America and fat cat Washington Politicians.

National Urban League - The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity and power and civil rights.

OMB Watch - OMB Watch was formed in 1983 to lift the veil of secrecy shrouding the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Palmetto Legal Services - Providing free legal services in civil matters to qualified low income residents of South Carolina Midlands.

Responsible Wealth - Responsible Wealth is a national network of businesspeople, investors and affluent Americans who are concerned about deepening economic inequality and are working for widespread prosperity.

United for a Fair Economy - United for a Fair Economy was founded as a "movement support" organization to provide media capacity, face-to-face economic literacy education, and training resources to organizations and individuals who work to address the widening income and asset gap in our country.


Economic Justice
News And Commentary

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

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The Commons
Drug War Costs

Drug War on vinyl by BlowBack

Looting Social Security

William Greider:  Looting Social Security
"Governing elites in Washington and Wall Street have devised a fiendishly clever "grand bargain" they want President Obama to embrace in the name of "fiscal responsibility." The government, they argue, having spent billions on bailing out the banks, can recover its costs by looting the Social Security syste"
"Follow the bouncing ball: Washington first cuts taxes on the well-to-do, then offsets the revenue loss by raising taxes on the working class and tells folks it is saving their money for future retirement. But Washington spends the money on other stuff, so when workers need it for their retirement, they are told, Sorry, we can't afford it."

Sara Robinson:  Firing Back on the “Fiscal Responsibility" Lobby
"5. But Social Security is headed for disaster. It's out of control!
It's a testament to the short attention spans of the media that the cons try to launch this talking point every six months or so—and every damned time, the punditocracy goes running flat-out after the bait, fur flying, like an eager but not particularly bright Irish Setter. And then people like us need to collar them, make them sit, scratch their ears, and calmly explain all over again (as if it were brand-new information) that Social Security is in perfectly fine shape, and the conservatives are making much ado about nothing—again."
Who's Keeping Burger King Workers Below the Poverty Line?

"Wall Street's Disaster Has Spawned Our Greatest Terrorist Threat "

Chris Hedges:  U.S. Intel Chief's Shocking Warning: Wall Street's Disaster Has Spawned Our Greatest Terrorist Threat
"The primary near-term security concern of the United States is the global economic crisis and its geopolitical implications," Blair told the Senate. "...Of course, all of us recall the dramatic political consequences wrought by the economic turmoil of the 1920s and 1930s in Europe, the instability, and high levels of violent extremism."

David Korten:  No More Band-Aid Solutions to the Financial Crisis: We Need to Build an Economy that Works
"The unconscionable and growing worldwide gap between rich and poor, with its related alienation, is eroding the social fabric to the point of fueling terrorism, genocide, and other violent criminal activity."
Sen. Lindsey Graham: Nationalizing Banks Should Be On the Table

 "This idea of nationalizing banks is not comfortable," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC). "But I think we've got so many toxic assets spread throughout the banking and financial community, throughout the world, that we're going to have to do something that no one ever envisioned a year ago, no one likes. To me, banking and housing are the root cause of this problem. I'm very much afraid any program to salvage the banks is going to require the government... I would not take off the idea of nationalizing the banks."

Watch the video at Alternet.
Unions push for organizing act

Unite Here rep explains why the union is campaigning for the Employee Free Choice Act
Confirm Hilda Solis NOW!

PDA Action:  Confirm Hilda Solis NOW!

David Bacon:  Radical Vision for Today's Labor Movement

Dean Baker:  Time for Jobs: How Shorter Work Weeks / Work Years Can Be Stimulus

Dick Meister:  News Flash: Americans Still Like Unions!
Taking on the military - industrial complex

Paul Jay speaks to Lawrence Korb, former Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan, about the Military – Industrial Complex.

Chalmers Johnson:  America Is Completely Broke, And Here We Are Funding Fantasy Wars at the Pentagon
"Americans don't usually think of the Pentagon as a scam operation -- but it's never to late to wake up and smell the rip-off."
Health Care Now

PAUL KRUGMAN:  Health Care Now
"The whole world is in recession. But the United States is the only wealthy country in which the economic catastrophe will also be a health care catastrophe — in which millions of people will lose their health insurance along with their jobs, and therefore lose access to essential care."

James Floyd, M.D.:  From the Front Lines: Single-Payer System Is the Sole Solution
"Although private insurers provide coverage for less than two-thirds of Americans, they drive up administrative costs for everyone so that, on average, 30 cents of every health care dollar is spent on administration, much of this wasted."

David Swanson:  Three Reasons Why Single-Payer Health Care Has Become Possible
"For starters, Democratic leadership could persuade enough Democrats to vote to pass it without a single Republican, if they chose to."

Sam Stein:  Health Care Group Confronts Clyburn Over Comments
""We hope that Congressman Clyburn will join with President Obama and the 178 Members of the 111th Congress, including a great majority of the House Leadership, who have all stated that they want to see comprehensive health care reform passed in 2009."

Contact Congressman Clyburn's office and tell him that we need universal health care more than ever now:
"Sixth Congressional District residents can reach my district office toll free by calling 1-888-JIM-0006 (1-888-546-0006)."
Click here for more contact information.
Keys To Care

 REP. JIM CLYBURN and SEN. BERNIE SANDERS:  Local Health Centers Key to Care

"Community health centers provide quality primary care at a significant savings for millions of Americans, but 60 million Americans still lack meaningful access to primary health care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs."

Capital Times Editorial:  Urge Congress to Enact Single-Payer Health Care

Ezra Klein:  Which Way to Universal Healthcare?

Mischa Gaus:  Momentum Gathers for Truly Universal Health Care

Can Obamanomics solve the crisis?

From the Real News Network:  Economist James K. Galbraith responds to Obama's economic message

"I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, other centered men can build up." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Let Justice Roll:  National Faith Leaders Call for Lifting Economy by Raising Minimum Wage

Rev. William G. Sinkford:  Hope and Change for Low-Wage Workers

Barbara Ehrenreich:  The Growing Clout of the Nouveau Poor
What Is Single-Payer

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Ethel Long-Scott:  Universal Single-Payer Not-For-Profit Health Care For All - A Step Toward Eliminating Poverty

John Nichols:  Single-Payer Health Care Would Stimulate Economy

USA Today:  Give consumers alternative to private medical insurance

Amanda Marcotte:  Health Care Reform: Good for Patients, Good for Workers

Mike Ferner:  Why Single-Payer Health Care Can't Wait


Stuff by David Stoddard

David's YouTube videos.

Anneli Rufus:  Shopaholics, Big Spenders and People in Debt, Getting Smacked by Economic Reality

The Military-Industrial Scam

Frida Berrigan:  We Arm the World
The United States once again leads the world in exporting weapons.

Ann Jones:  The Afghan Scam
"...the Bush administration perpetrated a scam. It used the system it set up to dispense reconstruction aid to both the countries it "liberated," Afghanistan and Iraq, to transfer American taxpayer dollars from the national treasury directly into the pockets of private war profiteers."

Director Eugene Jarecki:  Why We Fight

Click here to watch the full movie
COBRA Premiums for Family Health Coverage Consume 84 Percent of Unemployment Benefits

In South Carolina, the average COBRA payment for family health insurance is 100% of the average UI benefit.  Health insurance for an individual is, on average, 36% of the UI benefit.

Read the Families USA study.

From Portside:  Labor Campaign for Single-payer Healthcare - Hundreds Gather in St. Louis


Tax Havens: Hidden hand in the financial crisis

ANP: A look at how offshore financing helped to enable the economic meltdown

Tell Congress: Support equal pay for women.

The Supreme Court's decision in the Ledbetter case blocks almost all legal avenues to remedy gender-based pay discrimination in the workplace. Women across America are counting on Congress to provide those avenues - you can help right a monumental injustice by voting in favor of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. As your constituent, I strongly urge you to stand up for the women of our district; please end pay discrimination based on gender.

Sign the petition

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