"A Moral Crisis": Reverend William Barber on Why Congress Must Pass $3.5 Trillion Bill

Activists continue to call on Democratic leaders to pass the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act, which expands the social safety net and includes measures to address the climate crisis. Progressives remain resolute in their opposition to passing a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill unless it is paired with the larger package. The Build Back Better Act represents “economic investment in the lives of poor and low-wealth people in this country,” says Reverend William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign. “The question here is not 'What will it cost if we do this?' What will it cost if we don’t do this?” Source link

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Kill the Bill: protests happening again across the country

People will be back protesting to ‘Kill the Bill’ this weekend. It’s over Priti Patel’s authoritarian and regressive Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (the Police Bill). The demos come against a backdrop of imprisonments and growing anger. So, boots on the ground over this noxious legislation are needed more than ever. “Unprecedented” The Police Bill has caused uproar. Many see it as racist against Black people and the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community. It will also clamp down on our rights to protest, to roam, and to take strike action. Amnesty said of the bill: In its current form, the bill represents an enormous and unprecedented extension of policing powers…

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The UK could be breaking international law if Priti Patel’s anti-refugee bill passes

Support us and go ad-freeAccording to Press Association, at least 592 people were rescued or intercepted attempting to cross to Britain on 12 August – a record for a single day. Tragically, a 27 year old Eritrean man died after he and four others jumped overboard as their boat started to sink. Altogether, more than 11,000 people have succeeded in crossing the Dover Strait aboard small boats in 2021. Meanwhile, home secretary Priti Patel’s response is to criminalise refugees. Her Nationality and Borders Bill has passed its second reading in parliament. Should it be enacted in its present form, the UK could be in contravention of several international…

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Should Progressives in Congress Oppose Biden’s Infrastructure Deal If Reconciliation Bill Is Blocked?

The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is making its way through the Senate this week. The outcome of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which calls for $550 billion in new spending and reuses some unused COVID-19 relief aid, will set the stage for debate on Biden’s much larger $3.5 trillion package, which Democrats hope to pass with a simple majority using the reconciliation process in the Senate. Jacobin staff writer Branko Marcetic says progressives must fight for the larger package and be willing to block the bipartisan bill, if needed. “If that reconciliation bill looks like it’s actually going to get blocked, then progressives need to use…

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Five Kill The Bill protesters were just sentenced to over 14 years in jail. They need our support.

Support us and go ad-freeOn Friday 30 July, five Kill the Bill protesters were collectively sentenced to over 14 years in jail. Four people pleaded guilty to riot in relation to protests in Bristol on 21 March. They received sentences ranging from 3 years and 3 months to 3 years and 11 months. One person pleaded guilty to public indecency and was sentenced to five months. In response, Bristol Anarchist Black Cross (ABC) and Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS) have issued a joint statement. It sets out exactly why we all need to act in solidarity with those imprisoned and those still facing charges. Entitled We are proud of…

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“This Is Not a Climate Bill”: Leah Stokes on Why Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Doesn’t Go Far Enough

Senate Democrats have announced that they have joined with 17 Republicans to vote in favor of taking up a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal. The plan includes new spending on climate and environment measures, but critics say it falls far short of what is needed. Democrats say they hope to include additional climate measures in a $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that could advance without being blocked by a Republican filibuster if it is backed by all 50 Democrats. Climate and energy policy researcher Leah Stokes says the bipartisan bill does include positive measures but nowhere near enough. “There are some good investments and important things, but they are in…

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“Heartbreaking”: Judge’s Suspension of DACA Renews Push for Comprehensive Immigration Bill

After a federal judge struck down DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, we look at what may come next with Cesar Espinosa, a DACA recipient and executive director of the Houston, Texas-based, immigrant-led civil rights organization FIEL. He says the latest ruling is “heartbreaking,” and urges lawmakers to create a legislative solution for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. “We want to see Congress and the president take action.” Source link

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It’s not ‘freedom day’ for refugees as Priti Patel’s immigration bill returns to parliament

Support us and go ad-freePriti Patel’s new immigration bill, which has been accused of ‘criminalising refugees’, will return to parliament for its second reading on 19 July. Refugee campaigners are urging MPs to take action against the Nationality and Borders Bill before it is read in the House of Commons again. The Home Office says the bill will make it more difficult for gangs to facilitate illegal journeys to the UK. But activists say it could prevent thousands of refugees from finding asylum here. The bill’s second reading coincides with the UK’s July 19 ‘freedom day’:   It’s Orwellian that on so-called #FreedomDay, the Conservative government are introducing the…

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We need real opposition to stop Sajid Javid’s Health and Care Bill wrecking the NHS

Support us and go ad-freeIn October 2020 and March 2021, The Canary reported on an attempted right-wing takeover of the Socialist Health Association (SHA) which would silence Labour opposition to NHS privatisation. The SHA was instrumental in establishing the NHS in 1948. This week, the Tory-sponsored Health and Care Bill passed its second reading in parliament. A bill that, if enacted, could downgrade the NHS to more closely reflect the profit-driven US healthcare system. Meanwhile, as the threat of NHS privatisation has become imminent, Labour seems to be dragging its heels. If people care about the NHS, now is the time to get active. Because if not, this latest…

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Health and Care Bill seeks to add more political interference into the NHS

Support us and go ad-freeThe Health and Care Bill from the Department for Health and Social Care is coming in for criticism from campaigners. The bill has hit headlines recently with worries about privatisation and contracts available without tender. However, there’s a lot more to worry about here. As part of The Canary’s #followthemoney series, our investigative unit has been monitoring how NHS services are already partly run by private companies. These companies are one of the many examples that show parts of the NHS are already up for profit. The Health and Care Bill is under criticism from campaigners who worry about what looks like a major upheaval…

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