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- Marquise Francis · National Reporter & Producer · 4 min read In this article: Hip-hop, the dominant music genre on the Billboard charts during the last four years, is now increasingly entering the political fray. Through the self-proclaimed “political arm” of the category, the Hip Hop Caucus , artists and activists alike are coming together over their shared love of culture to engage young people in key states ahead of the midterm elections. “You shape policy or policy shapes you,” ...


- When I recently closed my account at Bank of America, the employee at my local bank branch kindly informed me that “political reasons” were unavailable on the drop-down list of options for explaining a customer account closure. Instead, the best chance I got to share my motivations was a blank box on the feedback survey automatically e-mailed to me after I left the bank, a now-former customer, offering space for any additional comments on my decision. This story was produced for Student ...


- The donors said they will support a primary challenge, and demanded that the senator refund their contributions if she doesn’t change her position. A group of big-dollar donors who have spent millions electing Kyrsten Sinema and other Democratic senators is threatening to sever all funding to her if she doesn’t drop her opposition to changing Senate rules in order to pass voting rights legislation. In a letter to the Arizona lawmaker, which was first obtained by POLITICO, 70 Democratic ...

Source: politico.com

- Is Missing What We Really Need From Climate Change Movies It’s time to stop getting metaphorical and start getting real. In the key scene in Don’t Look Up , which Netflix says is now the second-most-viewed movie in its history , Jennifer Lawrence’s astronomer and her fellow scientist Leonardo DiCaprio make an appearance on a morning news show to warn the people of Earth that they have six months before their entire planet is obliterated. During a routine scan of deep space, Lawrence has ...

Source: slate.com

- "We need to keep our eye on the ball," one researcher told ABC News. Exxon Mobil Corp. announced on Tuesday an "ambition" to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations in the next three decades, but fell short of making any commitments to offset or reduce the massive amounts of Earth-warming emissions from the fossil fuels that account for the company's profits. The net-zero aspirations were outlined in the company's Advancing Climate Solutions 2022 Progress Report, and builds ...


- This article was originally published by World Resource Institute . For those following Congressional climate policy in the United States, 2021 is ending with disappointment following setbacks to the Build Back Better Act in its current form, as Senate Democrats have (at time of writing) been unable to secure sufficient votes for passage. The Build Back Better Act contains the heart of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda, including over $500 billion in climate and clean energy provisions ...

Source: greenbiz.com

- "It's far past time we take our foreign policy into the 21st century," said Rep. Barbara Lee. "We should be leading with diplomacy and human needs as the path to global security." Peace campaigners on Wednesday cheered a resolution introduced by progressive U.S. congresswomen Pramila Jayapal and Barbara Lee calling for a new American foreign policy that centers nonviolent solutions and eschews militarism and bloated Pentagon spending. "It's time to put diplomacy and peace over militarism and ...


- on Wednesday conceded he will have to break up his signature social spending proposal in order to get as much of it passed as possible after the roughly $2 trillion proposal stalled in the face of opposition from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) "It’s clear to me that we’re going to have to probably break it up," Biden said at a press conference from the White House. "I’m not going to negotiate against myself as to what should and shouldn’t be in it, but I think we can break the package up, ...

Source: thehill.com

- Congress Texas Primary Will Be Progressives’ 2022 ‘Testing Ground’ TEA LEAVES A high-profile rematch and newly drawn districts in the Austin area are giving progressives hope their message will win come March 1. As Democrats nationally gird themselves for a tough year, progressives are looking to Texas’ first-in-the-nation primaries on March 1, and two Texas candidates in particular, to test their midterm muscle. Both Jessica Cisneros and Greg Casar are supported by Justice ...


- The EcoAction Committee of the Green Party of the United States (Green Party US) condemns President Biden’s year of climate negligence and renews the call to pressure the president to declare a climate emergency and issue a comprehensive series of related Executive Orders, as described on ClimatePresident.org . Biden and Congressional Democrats must also replace the ever-shrinking "Build Back Better" (BBB) social and climate spending bill with a public vote on robust Green New Deal ...


- Democrats failed to embrace his Freedom Budget for All Americans in the 1960s. That failure needs to be addressed today with a bold program to abolish poverty and injustice. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. warned in an essay written shortly before his assassination on April 4, 1968, that turbulence and mounting anxiety in a profoundly unequal and deeply divided country could lead to a circumstance where “we’ll end up with a kind of rightwing take-over in the cities and a Fascist ...


- Manchin and Sinema finally feel the heat as Democrats battle over Biden's agenda Elie Mystal, a justice correspondent for The Nation , asserted over the weekend that Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) "are the white people that Martin Luther King Jr. warned us about." During a Sunday interview on MSNBC, Mystal reflected on Democrats' failure to pass voting rights legislation. "People like Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, these are the white people that Martin Luther King Jr. ...

Source: rawstory.com

- Kyrsten Sinema receives millions from business and opposes progressive priorities. Republicans who voted to overturn an election still bag big bucks. Whose side are CEOs on? Capitalism and democracy are compatible only if democracy is in the driver’s seat. That’s why I took some comfort just after the attack on the Capitol when many big corporations solemnly pledged they’d no longer finance the campaigns of the 147 lawmakers who voted to overturn election results. Well, those days are ...


- "It looks like Starbucks workers are ready for an economic, political, and social revolution," said a top advisor for Sen. Bernie Sanders. With direct ties to Sen. Bernie Sanders' people-powered presidential campaigns, the push for workers' rights at Starbucks stores is "spreading like wildfire," said one observer as the National Labor Relations Board on Friday ordered union elections at three more locations of the coffee chain in Western New York, weeks after workers at two stores in the area ...


- Rhode Island has long been one of the most corrupt and machine-driven states in America. A new left movement is trying to change that — but they can’t agree on how. On a cold evening last November, a handful of activists along with a state senator and gubernatorial candidate pitched tents in front of the Rhode Island state capitol in Providence. “I shouldn’t have to do this at all,” Senator Cynthia Mendes told a local news site that night. “But when we’re sure that the ...


- "The only real way to bring permanent relief to those impacted is to #CancelStudentDebt." Progressives in both chambers of Congress responded to U.S. President Joe Biden's Wednesday decision to extend a freeze on student loan repayments with calls for him to go further by forgiving the entire debt burden of federal borrowers.. "We cannot afford more delays—now is the time for the president to act." "I applaud President Biden for once again pausing federal student loan payments for 45 million ...


- Jamaal Bowman’s victory over Eliot Engel, former chair of the House Foreign Relations committee, was celebrated by the left. Now, some in the socialist organization are calling for the New York Democrat’s ouster. What gives? The rise of the Squad in Congress has mirrored the explosive growth of Democratic Socialists of America. The leftist lawmakers, all of them national celebrities, have promoted DSA and partnered with the organization on crucial legislation. In turn, young socialists have ...


- As President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure framework into law Monday, progressives both inside and out of Congress called for the swift passage of his social investment and climate policy agenda, demanding that right-wing Democrats “keep their word” and approve the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act to invest in the wellbeing of working-class Americans and the planet. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was passed earlier this month, with six progressive ...

Source: truthout.org

- "It is not some radical idea to suggest that Americans should not have to die because we are the only major country that allows drug companies to raise prices to whatever they want, whenever they want," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. The pharmaceutical industry and its allies in the Republican Party are reportedly teaming up to craft challenges to congressional Democrats' drug price reform plan in the hopes of convincing the Senate parliamentarian—an unelected functionary—to help tank the ...