In the last 2 weeks, there have been 2 fires, and 1 stabbing having to do with homeless individuals. My fear is these crimes will be used to paint all homeless as unable to care for themselves. There are already many preconceived notions and prejudices in place. Painting the homeless community with broad brush strokes is to blame.
Homeless people are no different than housed. Their being homeless is not because they are less capable, less intelligent, or addicted. It is because they are old, disabled, under paid, and always because they have been left behind economically.
The solution from the government is inadequate. But, that does not stop them from using law and threats of violence or arrest to compel you “into the system.”
FTCFTH has developed a model, and demonstrated that model. We have shown success in spite of the cities efforts to destroy us, through police action and a negative PR campaign. Our model has been structured, and tested by the homeless. It is designed to have what is most needed, while minimizing behaviors associated with crime.
Having a structured community while being homeless drops your odds of being a victim a lot.
In the wake of this latest mass murder, lawmakers have once again resorted to the now-cliché gesture of offering “thoughts and prayers” for the victims of the Parkland shooting, while stopping conspicuously short of actually acting on their laughably hollow sentiment. And once again, those lawmakers are the very same people who have gladly pocketed dollar after blood-soaked dollar from the National Rifle Association.
Here are all the lawmakers who have tweeted “thoughts and prayers” with one hand while eagerly cashing NRA checks with the other. Keep in mind that the totals below, provided by the campaign contribution tracking site OpenSecrets.org, represent just the money given directly to that legislator in their most recent campaign. Like most massive special interest groups, the NRA is able to influence politicians well beyond direct donations. For instance, beyond the amounts listed below, Open Secrets reported that the NRA flooded the 2016 election cycle with over $50 million dollars worth of spending in races around the country. Most of that money was spent on ads for or against various candidates.
Marco Rubio (R-FL) – $9,900
Mitch McConnell (R-KY) – $9,900
Rob Portman (R-OH) – $9,900
Joni Ernst (R-IA) – $9,900
Thom Tillis (R-NC) – $9,900
Dean Heller (R-NV) – $9,900
Jim Inhofe (R-OK) – $9,450
John Hoeven (R-ND) – $8,450
Steve Daines (R-MT) – $7,700
Ron Johnson (R-WI) – $7,450
John Boozman (R-AR) – $5,950
Todd Young (R-IN) – $5,950
Mike Rounds (R-SD) – $5,450
James Lankford (R-OK) – $5,000
Bill Cassidy (R-LA) – $4,950
Richard Shelby (R-AL) – $4,950
David Perdue (R-GA) – $4,950
Tim Scott (R-SC) – $4,500
Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) – $2,500
Ted Cruz (R-TX) – $350
John McCain (R-AZ) – $300
Barbara Comstock (R-VA) – $10,400
Mike Coffman (R-CO) – $9,900
Will Hurt (R-TX) – $9,900
John Katko (R-NY) – $9,900
Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) -$9,900
Lee Zeldin (R-NY) – $9,900
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) – $7,450
Martha McSally (R-AZ) – $6,500
Bill Schuster (R-PA) – $5,950
Richard Hudson (R-NC) – $4,950
Steve Scalise (R-LA) – $4,950
Lamar Smith (R-TX) – $4,950
Ken Calvert (R-CA) – $4,500
Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) – $4,000
Robert Aderholt (R-AL) – $3,500
Michael McCaul (R-TX) – $3,500
Darin LaHood (R-IL) – $3,000
Erik Paulson (R-MN) – $3,000
Tom Reed (R-NY) – $3,000
Diane Black (R-TN) – $2,500
Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) – $2,500
Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) – $2,500
Rodney Davis (R-IL) $2,500
John Ratcliff (R-TX) – $2,500
Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) – $2,500
Pete Sessions (R-TX) – $2,500
Roger Williams (R-TX) – $2,500
Mike Bishop (R-MI) – $2,000
Bradley Byrne (R-AL) – $2,000
Buddy Carter (R-GA) – $2,000
Chris Collins (R-NY) – $2,000
Mario Diaz Balart (R-FL) – $2,000
Sean Duffy (R-WI) – $2,000
Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) – $2,000
Tim Walz (D-MN) – $2,000
Bob Gibbs (R-OH) – $2,000
Paul Gossar (R-AZ) – $2,000
Sam Graves (R-MO) – $2,000
Glenn Grothman (R-WI) $2,000
Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) – $2,000
Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) – $2,000
French Hill (R-AR) – $2,000
Bill Huizenga (R-MI) – $2,000
Darrell Issa (R-CA) – $2,000
Bill Johnson (R-OH) – $2,000
Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) – $2,000
Doug Lamborn (R-CO) – $2,000
Luke Messer (R-IN) – $2,000
Kristi Noem (R-SD) – $2,000
Scott Perry (R-PA) – $2,000
Robert Pittenger (R-NC) – $2,000
Ted Poe (R-TX) – $2,000
Tom Rice (R-SC) – $2,000
Martha Roby (R-AL) – $2,000
Mike Rogers (R-AL) – $2,000
Todd Rokita (R-IN) – $2,000
Peter Roskam (R-IL) – $2,000
Dennis Ross (R-FL) – $2,000
Austin Scott (R-GA) – $2,000
Jason Smith (R-MO) – $2,000
Elise Stefanik (R-NY) – $2,000
Steve Stivers (R-OH) – $2,000
Mark Walker (R-NC) – $2,000
Jackie Walorski (R-IN) – $2,000
Mimi Walters (R-CA) – $2,000
Joe Wilson (R-SC) – $2,000
Rob Wittman (R-VA) – $2,000
Steven Palazzo (R-MS) – $1,750
Mike Kelly (R-PA) – $1,500
Steve Womack (R-AR) – $1,500
Ralph Abraham (R-LA) – $1,000
Lou Barlettea (R-PA) – $1,000
Susan Brooks (R-IN) – $1,000
Warren Davidson (R-OH) – $1,000
Ron DeSantis (R-FL) – $1,000
Louie Gohmert (R-TX) – $1,000
Kenny Marchant (R-TX) – $1,000
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) – $1,000
David McKinley (R-WV) – $1,000
Dave Reichert (R-WA) – $1,000
Tom Rooney (R-FL) – $1,000
Randy Weber (R-TX) – $1,000
Daniel Webster (R-FL) – $1,000
At Least 17 Dead, Dozens Injured In Florida High School Shooting
Marco Rubio Has Accepted Millions From the NRA But Refers to Florida School Shooting as ‘Inexplicable’
Published on Feb 17, 2018
Emma Gonzalez, a student at the Parkland, Florida high school where 17 people were left dead after a mass shooting, calls out President Trump and the NRA by name at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The retailer’s employee-owned partnership model operates differently from private-equity backed businesses and stock market-listed companies as instead of profits flowing to the shareholders, at John Lewis they flow to the staff, in the form of the annual bonus. It is not a one-off; according to the Employee Ownership Association there more than 100 UK companies with significant employee ownership, a section of the economy that is worth more than £25bn annually. Other examples include Blackwell bookshops, jam maker Wilkin & Sons and polymers manufacturer Scott Bader.
John Lewis’s ownership structure was established by pioneering businessman John Spedan Lewis whose father founded the business in 1864. He signed away his ownership rights in 1929 to allow future generations of employees to take forward his “experiment in industrial democracy”. His ideas are set out in the company’s constitution which at its heart has the idea of establishing a “better form of business”.
All 76,500 of John Lewis’s permanent staff are partners and they ultimately own the retailer’s 35 department stores and 272 Waitrose supermarkets, which generate annual sales of more than £8bn. As the company itself puts it: “Partners share in the benefits and profits of a business that puts them first.” John Lewis’s constitution also lists a formal mission to maximise the “happiness” of its staff. The power structure involves a staff council – for ideas and complaints to filter up to the board – and a weekly magazine where staff can air their views about policies and management, anonymously if they choose.
Tony Greenham, the head of finance and business at the New Economics Foundation says it is important that employees should “have a greater say in how their businesses are run, not just a bigger share of the profits”. He said: “The idea that workers have nothing useful to contribute to management belongs to the 19th century, not the 21st.”
Greenham says both privately held and employee owned businesses can contribute to an economy that does a better job of creating social and environmental value over the long run. “A successful economy is one where private interests ultimately serve the broader public interest,” he adds. “What companies like John Lewis demonstrate is that this does not have to come at the expense of commercial success.”
John Lewis staff earn the same as shopworkers at rival chains – but the year-end bonus is a significant top-up. Its directors, on the other hand, are paid substantially less than their boardroom counterparts at businesses such as Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s. Staff also receive employee perks – worth £70m this year – ranging from holiday homes to sailing clubs, theatre outings, theme park admissions, and even a choir, all subsidised. It also one of the dwindling number of companies to operate a final salary pension scheme which is funded entirely by the company.
The ownership model means it is in the interests of John Lewis and Waitrose staff to work hard as they are the direct beneficiaries.
Companies such as Next are far more profitable than John Lewis but a report by academics at the Cass business school found that employee-owned businesses had a higher rate of sales growth and job creation during the recession than companies in conventional ownership. Over the course of the boom-and-bust period between 2005 and 2009, they generally created new jobs more quickly and were at least as profitable as their counterparts.
The findings — based on a survey of more than 60 senior executives of both types of company, and financial data from more than 250 firms — back up other studies that show that employee owned businesses typically outperform those companies in which employees do not have an ownership stake or the right to participate in decision-making. “The advantage comes from taking a stakeholder rather than a shareholder view of management,” said the study. “Employees who have a stake in the company they work for are more committed to delivering quality and more flexible in the face of the needs of business.”
Elizabeth Warren stands up to Donald Trump and his fellow internet trolls in defense of her Native American ancestry in an inspiring speech at the National Congress of American Indians’ Executive Council.
Children play inside the remains of an old Soviet hotel where they have been living for the past two years, on July 15, 2017 in Rodat District, Afghanistan. (Photo: Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
Two and half weeks after President Donald Trump rejected the idea of peace talks with Taliban, the militant group published an open letter to the American people urging them to pressure their government to end the occupation of Afghanistan, now in its 17th year, and engage in peace talks.
The letter, published on the group’s website, denounces the Bush administration’s justification for launching the invasion, as well as the Trump administration, which “again ordered the perpetuation of the same illegitimate occupation and war against the Afghan people.”
“No matter what title or justification is presented by your undiscerning authorities for the war in Afghanistan, the reality is that tens of thousands of helpless Afghans including women and children were martyred by your forces, hundreds of thousands were injured and thousands more were incarcerated in Guantanamo, Bagram, and various other secret jails and treated in such a humiliating way that has not only brought shame upon humanity but is also a violation of all claims of American culture and civilization,” the letter states.
It goes on to illustrate in numerous ways how the occupation has failed. For example, “3546 American and foreign soldiers have been killed,” it states, and “this war has cost you trillions of dollars thus making it one of the bloodiest, longest and costliest war in the contemporary history of your country.”
“If you want peaceful dialogue with the Afghans specifically, and with the world generally, then make your president and the war-mongering congressmen and Pentagon officials understand this reality and compel them to adopt a rational policy towards Afghanistan.”It also references United Nations statistics finding that there was an 87 percent increase in drug production in Afghanistan in 2017 and, despite the uptick in airstrikes, the U.S. watchdog the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) acknowledged that the Taliban is gaining, not losing territory.
Further, “tens of billions of dollars” in taxpayer money have been spent on various reconstruction projects, but the money “has been distributed among thieves and murderers,” the letter states. Through the occupation, “the Americans have merely paved the way for anarchy in the country,” referring to the rise in other militant groups.
“If you want peaceful dialogue with the Afghans specifically, and with the world generally, then make your president and the war-mongering congressmen and Pentagon officials understand this reality and compel them to adopt a rational policy towards Afghanistan,” the letter states.
Ongoing failure for U.S. troops is ensured, the group argues. “If the policy of using force is exercised for a hundred more years and a hundred new strategies are adopted, the outcome of all of these will be the same as you have observed over the last six months following the initiation of Trump’s new strategy.”
“Our preference is to solve the Afghan issue through peaceful dialogues. America must end her occupation and must accept all our legitimate rights including the right to form a government consistent with the beliefs of our people,” the group says.
The thrust of the message echoes what many peace groups have said—Trump is continuing the failed strategies of his predecessors, and there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan.
The letter comes a day after U.S. intelligence agencies predicted (pdf) that the “overall situation in Afghanistan probably will deteriorate modestly this year in the face of persistent political instability, sustained attacks by the Taliban-led insurgency, unsteady Afghan Nationa l Security Forces (ANSF) performance, and chronic financial shortfalls.”
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Cenk Uygur interviews Phoenix Goodman and Trinity Tran, from DivestLA and co-founders of Public Bank LA, to discuss public banking.
About Divest LA:
Divest LA is a coalition of over 30 progressive, indigenous, and environmental organizations. The movement seeks to end the City of Los Angeles’ financial ties with Wells Fargo for their complicit involvement in fraudulent conduct and predatory practices. Divest LA advocates for greater financial accountability, ethical business practices and for public funds to be placed in socially and environmentally conscious institutions that will protect, strengthen, and enrich our communities.
About Phoenix Goodman – Public Bank LA, Co-Founder: Tweets by phoenix_goodman
Phoenix is a Los Angeles-based advocate for a socially responsible public banking system and Co-Founder of Public Bank LA, a grassroots movement aimed at developing one of the nation’s first municipal public bank in the City of Los Angeles. He co-organized the Divest LA movement which successfully lobbied LA City Hall to withdraw its contracts from Wells Fargo as a result of their unethical business practices. He is a founding member of Revolution LA.
About Trinity Tran – Founder Revolution LA & Divest LA, Co-Founder Public Bank LA:
Trinity is the Founder of Revolution LA, the grassroots progressive organization that became the catalyst for Divest LA and Public Bank LA. In March 2017, she created the Divest LA organization to mobilize activists behind the campaign to move the City of Los Angeles’ public funds from Wells Fargo Bank into ethical financial institutions. In just 9 months, the coalition took on Wells Fargo and won, disqualifying the bank from the City’s commercial banking services. In June 2017, she co-founded the Public Bank LA campaign to create a socially and environmentally chartered city-owned public bank.
This homeless led movement was started and grown by people being fed up with how the cops attacked them, and how city’s persecuted them. The response to us by the city is to use the tactics against us that started the movement. Press based on city lies, police, stolen gear, continued harassment of the vulnerable, and no solution coming. Games and delay, as always.
Get a clue, city governments. Change your course, and start representing those who need it, instead of those who don’t. To do otherwise is very short sighted.
Doing all for the profit of those without need while millions suffer is a recipe for civil uprising.
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Civic Center Farmers’ Market Outreach Sunday February 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Meet at Market St & 7th St, SF 94102 We’ll continue to raise awareness about SB 562 and collect signatures! Main contact: Laksh at (626) 200-9836.
Post Salon Community Assembly to Discuss Equity Jobs Policy Posted by LaborSolidarityCommittee WHEN: February 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm WHERE: Geoffrey’s Inner Circle 410 14th St Oakland, CA 94612 USA EVENT In the past two years only nine percent of work hours on City of Oakland-funded construction projects went to African-Americans At the same time, some elected officials are moving ahead on a Project Labor Agreement with Buildings Trades unions that would ensure that almost no Black workers or contractors are hired on future city-funded projects. Plans for the agreement are being discussed without considering the impact on… Continue reading →
Grassroots Advocacy “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” –President Barack Obama Our next meeting is at 1:30pm on Sunday, 6/11/17, at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist, 1661 15th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. This event is for *both* First Timers and Previous Attendees. Please join us! Note: please read the Indivisible Guide before attending. https://www.indivisibleguide.com/ Goal: working time to plan weekly actions and calls. Agenda: 1) Large group meets to touch base 2)… Continue reading →
Occupy Oakland General Assembly Posted by GNUWorldOrder WHEN: November 20, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Repeats WHERE: Oscar Grant Plaza Oakland City Hall 1 Frank H Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612 USA COST: Free CONTACT: Occupy Oakland List Email MEETING The Occupy Oakland General Assembly meets every Sunday at 3 PM at Oscar Grant Plazaamphitheater at 14th Street & Broadway near the steps of City Hall. If for some reason the amphitheater is being used otherwise and/or OGP itself is inaccessible, we will meet at Kaiser Park, right next to the statues, on 19th St. between San Pablo and Telegraph. If… Continue reading →
The Crisis At KPFA & The Pacifica Network “Making Sausage” Democracy Date Sunday February 18 Time 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Import this event into your personal calendar. Location Details Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St./Bonita Berkley Event Type Class/Workshop Organizer/Author KPFA WorkWeek Radio The Crisis At KPFA & The Pacifica Network, “Making Sausage” Democracy And A National Alternative Multi-Media Network Sunday, February 18 at 6:30 PM in Fellowship Hall – 1924 Cedar St. Public Forum Opens at 6:30 PM Event Starts at 7:00 PM KPFA and Pacifica have recently been threatened with bankruptcy and the possible closure of the stations and network. The financial crisis at… Continue reading →
STOP DEPORTATION DEMONSTRATIONS at ICE immigration holding center (deportations) Mondays and Wednesdays 4 – 6 pm at 630 Sansome Street San Francisco, California Let’s build a permanent presence at I.C.E. to stop the deportations. Bring signs, Spread widely. Stop Deportations Block I.C.E. Melt I.C.E. with LOVE LOVE not HATE JOIN US NO BAN, NO WALL INSIST ON LOVE We are all immigrants Say it loud, say it clear, // immigrants are welcome here (two sides of a sign) Never Again *non-violence* Chants: No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here refugees are welcome here, No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all… Continue reading →
Stop the Eviction: Court Support for Anti Frances Posted by LaborSolidarityCommittee WHEN: February 21, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am WHERE: Hayward Hall of Justice 24405 Amador St Hayward, CA 94544 USA CONTACT: Event website EVENT THE TIME TO SHOW UP FOR AUNTI FRANCES IS NOW! We will be gathering next Wednesday 2/21 at 8am in Hayward to support Aunti Frances at her settlement date with a huge breakfast rally. Please share widely! RSVP & coordinate rides: bit.ly/breakfastrally #DefendAuntiFrances View image on Twitter Defend Aunti Frances@defendauntif THE TIME TO SHOW UP FOR AUNTI FRANCES IS NOW! We will be gathering next… Continue reading →