DALEY’S VIEW: A Health Care Lesson Courtesy of a Clinic in Morocco

Use of emergency rooms is a much-debated part of the U. S. health care system. I recently had the chance to experience what it is like going to one of these places with a medical emergency – and in a place where they did not speak my language.Daley Morocco photo 110

I went with friends on a trip to Portugal and Morocco to take a winter vacation and sample the local cuisine. We spent 10 days in and around Lisbon and then flew to Morocco, destination Marrakesh.

We flew there via an eight-hour layover in Casablanca and found the chance to visit the city irresistible.

We ventured into the produce market where I purchased saffron and fennel seed for a fish soup. There are lots of poor folk in Casablanca and their market is pretty basic. When I was accosted by a man who was coughing, spewing germs, and grabbing the hand of the “generous American” I politely fled in terror to wash up.
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State of the Union Has the Right Themes, Action Must Follow

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President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 28. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night: low-key compared to other addresses, determined and occasionally defiant.

He touched on many of the priorities being worked on by the Alliance for a Just Society this year, including mentioning that nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage. He didn’t mention that 23 states have not accepted Medicaid expansion for their most vulnerable residents.

The President called for immigration reform to be passed, a solution for college graduates trapped by student loan debt, he pushed for a federal minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour.

“Americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty,” he said.
Private businesses shouldn’t wait for a government mandate, but instead follow the lead of giant Costco and much smaller Punch Pizza and give employees a raise. Read more

Families and Our Future Sinking in a Sea of Student Debt

This is the first in a three-part series by the Alliance for a Just Society, looking at the high cost of student debt for our country and for our future.students campus photo

Young college graduates are putting their futures on hold as they struggle under the burden of high student debt – and a weak economic recovery that has failed to provide good jobs for them. Young adults in their 20s and 30s are delaying buying houses, cars, furniture or starting families. The implications for every family, and our nation, are huge.

Student loan debt has passed $1.2 trillion, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Such widespread indebtedness has many causes and the ramifications are pervasive – including a decline in purchasing power.
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Butte Jury Holds Bankers Accountable With $52 Million Verdict

By Sheena Rice
Montana Organizing Project

It’s no longer shocking to read news articles about the scandalous behavior of big banks. Readers roll their eyes when they see JPMorgan’s CEO being awarded a total pay of $20 million the same year the bank made repeated headlines for being fined millions of dollars and incurring losses of billions of dollars. Stories like these are so common it’s almost boring.MOP Logo JPEG

But a jury in Butte, Mont. – population 34,000 – recently decided they weren’t going to tolerate a second set of rules just for banks. They delivered a $52 million verdict against Comerica, another national bank that was also bailed out by the government, and then refused to help a borrower.

The borrower, an office supply company, was essentially destroyed when Comerica reneged on a written forbearance agreement. The company decided to fight, and filed the lawsuit.
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Alliance On Stage With Pelosi and Raise the Wage

Alliance for a Just Society Lobbyist Bill Daley (far right) attended a Washington D.C. press conference in support of raising the minimum wage. Pictured in the front row are Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, Congressman George Miller, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

Alliance for a Just Society Lobbyist Bill Daley (far right) attended a Washington D.C. press conference in support of raising the minimum wage. Pictured in the front row are Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, Congressman George Miller, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.

The work of Alliance for a Just Society was very much in evidence earlier this month when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Labor Secretary Tom Perez held a press conference calling for passage of legislation to raise the federal minimum wage.

The legislation, endorsed by the Alliance, would bring the hourly minimum wage up to $10.10 per hour over three years, then index future wage increases to inflation.  Federal minimum wage is now $7.25 per house.

Bill Daley, the Washington D.C. lobbyist for Alliance for a Just Society and Main Street Alliance, advocated for the increase, sharing the Alliances latest job and wage gap study: America’s Changing Economy which notes that minimum wage is a “barely surviving” wage and an actual living wage in many parts of country is closer to $16 an hour.


Economic Equality for All, the Unfinished Dream

image001The young minister paused and looked out at the crowd of thousands, then looked back at his notes stacked neatly before him on the podium. He was searching for just the right words – words that would speak to the indignity of poverty and racial inequality; words that would inspire hope in an hour of despair.

He raised his head, focusing his gaze forward. After a long moment of silence, out from the side of the stage rises the bolstering voice of Mahalia Jackson: “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” she urges. Read more

Living Wage: A New Battle in the War on Poverty

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson announced a War on Poverty in America, more than 46.5 million people in our country, national-report-cover-artabout one out of every seven, still struggle to get enough to eat or have a place to live. The U.S. Census Bureau shows that for people of color, the poverty rate is even higher, with one out of every four people who are black or Latino living in poverty.

Programs like Medicare and Medicaid that were created to fight the War on Poverty have helped millions of people. Strengthening both of those programs continues to be a critical part of protecting families. But the battle plan for keeping families safe and secure also has to include another key element: a significantly higher minimum wage – an actual living wage. Read more

2013 Reports

2013 Reports

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Reports by state: Connecticut, Florida,  Idaho,  Maine, MontanaNevadaNew York City, Oregon, Virginia, Washington



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Screen shot 2014-05-19 at 5.30.46 PMWasted Wealth – Racial Inequity in the Foreclosure Crisis






Bad Medicine Report.imageBad Medicine: Pharmaceutical’s Prescription for Profits Over People






The Maine Partnership Bank


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Hooked on Pharma – Get Pharma’s Hooks Out of Congress





Broken Bootstraps: Falling Behind on Full-Time Work


2012 Wage and Job Gap Report


Past Due: Predatory Lending in Idaho



DALEY’S VIEW: Why Aren’t the JP Morgan Executives in Jail?

Have you heard the latest? Apparently JP Morgan will pay a $2 billion fine because it aided Bernie Madoff by laundering $150 billion for his Ponzi scheme – $1.7 billion will go to the victims and $461 million in fines. But here’s the fun part – criminal prosecution will be deferred and no individuals will be charged.

Well la-de-dah. What a nice deal for these guys.

It is not the first nice deal for them. Read more