Let’s Truly Celebrate Workers’ Contributions – With a Living Wage

Screen shot 2014-08-29 at 3.24.55 PMIs Labor Day just a day to celebrate workers’ labor in name, without ensuring that those workers actually benefit?

“The basic bargain of America is that no matter who you are, where you come from or what you look like, if you work hard & play by the rules, you can make it, ” says U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez  on the agency’s 2014 Labor Day website.

But for working families earning minimum wage, that’s just not true.

As the Alliance for a Just Society reported this week in Families Out of Balance, low-income workers are saddled with debt, and are earning wages well below a living wage. A living wage allows workers to provide for their family’s basic needs, as well as have some money for savings and miscellaneous expenses like clothing.

In seven out of the 10 states studied, the state minimum wage provides less than half of the living wage for a single adult. In all 10 states, the minimum wage provides less than one-third of a living wage for a single adult with two children. Read more

Daley Weekly: Earthquake, Economics and the Pompously Pietistic

The Weakness of the Weekly

So we spent a whole lot of time on the West Coast. Who could blame us? But the hiatus exposes a weakness – bad sense of rhythm. The Weekly might sometimes become the “Occasional.”

Ferguson

Is it good or bad that the streets of Ferguson, MO have calmed down?

The tear gas and rubber bullets in Ferguson looked strikingly like water hoses and attack dogs in Selma in the ‘60s. Trayvon Martin, bad schools, militarized policing, choke hold on Staten Island, profiling, jails full of black men, immigration racism, poverty, unemployment – maybe Ferguson was a Rosa Parks moment in America? At some point you just have to say “we are not going to take this crap anymore.”

Some good may come as things quiet down, we do not need any more shootings. But what happens to the underlying problems as calm returns and memories fade?

Foreign Policy

The Weekly tries to stick to domestic stuff, but sometimes the foreign issues become so compelling that they capture the whole political momentum in D.C. Here we go again.

Lots of folks in our networks work hard to avoid war. Is it about to come again?

It’s difficult to watch the news and conclude that diplomacy will provide an appropriate response to those who behead journalists on video and assassinate groups because of their religious beliefs.

Is this any of our business?

Apparently it soon will be. President Obama’s reaction to the murder of James Foley, and a statement from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, suggest that a fairly widespread bombing campaign has only begun and may spread into Syria.

And, just in time for Labor Day, Putin has begun shelling parts of the Ukraine and has opened a southern front there. Crimean food is just not enough when you have a craving for Chicken Kiev.

Earthquake

”I wonder often what the Vintners buy
One half so precious as the stuff they sell.”

The Rubiat

Preliminary reports on the losses from the 6.0 earthquake in California’s Napa Valley have been hopeful. Hundreds of injuries, six are critical, including an unfortunate girl caught under a toppling chimney. Some buildings damaged/burnt and lots of water/gas pipes broken.

But what happened to the wine?

I didn’t personally feel the effects of this quake until I discovered that some barrels of Sangiovese had been upended at the Robert Biale Vineyard south of Yountville.

One must worry that wine in bottles and barrels might be particularly vulnerable to a destructive earthquake.  Reports are spotty but look promising. Instead of massive losses there appear to have been specific but not widespread spillage. Some news stories suggest that wines held in reserve for blending may have suffered the most, so your favorite Cab-Merlot may be in short supply next year and prices might rise.  Oh well, we will pay whatever they want for the precious stuff anyway.

Economics

Because the U.S. House has prevented the U.S. from developing any semblance of a coherent economic program, the Federal Reserve has been systematically stimulating the economy. They bought billions in bonds and deliberately kept interest rates low. Bloggers now report a debate within the Federal Reserve about the future direction of monetary policy. Some are worrying over inflation. Apparently the pro-stimulus position of Fed Chair Janet Yellen has prevailed – she has worried in public over lagging employment in the U.S.

Perhaps Yellen’s position will be bolstered by the news that the European Central Bank is trying to produce inflation to counteract the dire effects that austerity has had on employment there. Unemployment in the Eurozone is around 12 percent – even worse in Spain, Greece, and Portugal.

It also cannot hurt that consumer confidence in the economy has risen to pre-recession levels in the U.S. and the demand for consumer goods is increasing, particularly in manufacturing.

Meandering through all of this, the French Government just resigned to protest the austerity policies of President Hollande. Unemployment in France is around 10 percent, a figure only marginally exceeded by Hollande’s approval rating in the polls.

Affordable Care Act

A study released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on the Consumer Price Index reveals slow growth in the cost of health care. This follows a June report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis showing that total health care spending declined in the first quarter of 2014 – the largest decline in thirty years.

Meanwhile, recent polls are showing support for the ACA, inching up to 53 percent in California. D.C. bloggers report that the Republicans are shifting away from frontal attacks on health care reform in competitive senatorial campaigns where the attacks are not having the desired effect.

Too Big to Jail

It is looking as though we may have to make “Too Big to Jail” a permanent feature of the Weekly.

In this issue we bring you the news that Price Waterhouse Coopers, a big international consulting firm that sometimes helps bank clients avoid regulatory violations, actually bowed to pressure from the Tokyo-Mitsubishi Bank and deleted from its analyses detailed criticisms of the bank’s accounts from Iran that were proscribed under sanctions. PwC has agreed to a $25 million fine and a two year ban from this business.

Amerisave Mortgage Corporation and its affiliated Novo Appraisal Management are accused by the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau of running a “bait-and-switch” operation that fleeced consumers via false advertising, expensive hidden fees, and overcharges for services. The combined companies have agreed to reimburse $14.8 million to consumers and pay some $6 million in fines.

The big one is a $16.65 billion settlement negotiated with the Bank of America. This is mostly about mortgages that BoA subsidiaries Countrywide and Merrill Lynch sold to investors without disclosing that the mortgages were risky.

A short reminder about how it worked: A poor family, desperate for a home, was enticed into a loan it could not afford. Once the company secured that mortgage they had to ask themselves: “What do we do with this puppy?” Rather than keep it, they packaged it up and sold it to investors. What the bankers are getting nailed with in the settlement is that they did not let the investors know how problematic the mortgages were.

Remember how this stuff set off the Great Recession?

Six years after BoA borrowers began to lose their homes to foreclosure, some relief may be on the way, if it means anything for them. The settlement leaves open the possibility of further civil suits.

No one is doing jail time in any of these cases.

Constitutional Convention

You may not think that this is a genuine issue, but the T Party is really serious about it. They are pushing this in state legislatures.

Here is how to amend the U.S. Constitution:

Article V

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress;.….and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

Got it?

I am not sure I do. But the point of quoting is to show the ambiguity of this process.

What does “on the Application” mean? This is a central question because 34 states have, at some time, passed resolutions calling for a Convention. (The required two-thirds.) Several states have rescinded the call, but it looks like the decision on this threshold is in the hands of the Congress. Could a House and Senate controlled by the whackdoodles force a Constitutional Convention into existence?

What might such a Convention discuss? Some legislatures have passed resolutions suggesting that a Convention be permitted to discuss only a Balanced Budget Amendment. This is pure “cover your backside” puff. Article V clearly says “for proposing Amendments.” This is plural. The conventioneers can propose anything they want except the abolition of a state’s power in the Senate.

So what will the corporations and the T Baggers bring onto a Convention agenda? How about: Let’s outlaw women’s reproductive choice. Let’s give corporations the run of the place by limiting the government’s regulatory power.  Let’s limit due process or “clarify” search and seizure. Let’s abolish the income tax and restrict corporate taxation. And how about that pesky “necessary and proper” clause?

That’s just getting out the short list. This is a dangerous process. If we elect a Republican Senate and House, We the People could be in a heap of trouble.

The tired and the complacent will argue that a bunch of state legislatures will have to ratify any amendments. Hmm. Lots of money running around unaccounted for these days.

Impeachment

The T Party gang-bangers are quintessentially pompous. They presume, being ordained to rule by the fiat of God, that any Democrat with the audacity to be elected President automatically is guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and subject to impeachment.

These pompously pietistic protectors of retrenchment are on the march. The “game changer” planned for last week was National Impeach Obama Week. In case you might be unaware of this effort, it began August 23 and lasted for a full nine days. Most of the rallies were associated with “Amnesty,” which one presumes has to do with immigration reform and features the normal racist undertones. Events were held throughout the country. Judging from the posted photos, none of the rallies drew more than a dozen people. You can check it all out at:http://impeachobamaweek.net/results/.

Their next events are planned for October.

A suggestion for this movement from the Weekly:  In order to keep your momentum going, your rallying cry needs to be: “We can’t impeach ‘em unless we elect ‘em – vote Democrat in 2016.”

Musical Chairs

I am not sure how musical this chair is, but Texas Governor Rick Perry announced: “I’m going to enter this courthouse with my head held high” as he went in to be booked and fingerprinted following his indictment by a grand jury on two felony counts associated with his effort to force an elected official to resign. Perry was in New Hampshire the day of his arraignment.  Apparently he was not seeking asylum, but was he actually running for President?

Schedule

While it might look like a lot is going on anyway, things really get exciting on September 8 when the Congress returns to D.C.

Families Out of Balance: Living Wages Move Families from Survive to Thrive

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Read the Families Out of Balance report here.

Low-income families are already struggling to meet basic needs. Factor in suffocating household debt, and it is clear that families not making a living wage have little chance of building for the future.

As the gap between minimum wages and living wages continues to grow, we find that low-income households face a disproportionate debt burden — to an alarming degree. Families are forced to navigate a system that sets them up to fail, resulting in painful kitchen table conversations as households confront impossible balance sheets.

Job Gap: Families Out of Balance, produced by the Alliance for a Just Society, is the first report in the Alliance’s 2014 Job Gap Economic Prosperity Series. This study examines just what it takes to move beyond living paycheck-to-paycheck and the challenges that low-income families burdened with debt face.

The report also includes living wage findings for five household types in 10 states and in New York City. The Alliance has produced a Job Gap Study on jobs and wages since 1999. Read more

Job Gap: Working Families Struggling, Sliding Deeper into Debt

JobGapNYSMeme2Debt – it’s become so entrenched in our daily lives that it’s almost a given. Debt is often a choice for higher income families, as an investment in the form of a mortgage or as a means to help pay for college.

However, lower-income households often end up in debt because their incomes leave them living paycheck-to-paycheck without a cushion for even minor incidentals. When an someone gets sick, the doctor bills pile up. If they attend college to improve their job opportunities, the student loan debt piles up.

It is an impossible balance sheet, resulting in families cutting back on necessities like health care, meals, or heat in the winter as they try to scrape by.

Today, Alliance for a Just Society released Families Out of Balance, the first report in the 2014 Job Gap Economic Prosperity Series. The report shows exactly how dramatically lower-income workers are disproportionately burdened by debt.

In addition, the reports shows that minimum wages in 10 states studied across the country fall far short of a living wage – even without adding debt to the equation. Read more

In the New York Times, Make the Road N.Y. Members Tell Obama “Stop the Deportations”

Juan Carlos Valdez, a member of Alliance For a Just Society affiliate Make The Road New York, is featured along with his family in a new video on the New York Times site. From MRNY:

While Juan Carlos’ sons are protected by the President’s temporary Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), unless the President takes meaningful executive action, Juan Carlos and his wife Nancy could one day face deportation and have their family — and the life they’ve worked hard to build for their kids in New York City — torn apart.

That’s why we’re coming together for a national day of action for immigration relief next Thursday, August 28 in Washington, DC. You can take action today by calling the White House and asking President Obama to stop deportations of immigrant families. Read more

Let’s Put Some Muscle on Those Skinny Health Care Networks

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Have you heard about the latest fad in health care? It’s called “skinny networks.”

Normally, when I hear the words “skinny” and “health” in the same sentence, I think about the importance of diet and exercise. Yet, when we’re discussing health provider networks, there’s nothing healthy about skinny.

A health provider network is the set of primary care doctors, specialists, hospitals, and other facilities in a patient’s health plan. When you’re selecting your health insurance, often one of the first things you do is check the provider list on the insurer’s website. You want to know whether you’ll be able to see your doctor if you choose that plan.

However, being able to see your family doctor isn’t the only thing that matters in a health provider network. Patients also count on networks to offer specialists and facilities close to home, so they can get care they need when they need it, without exorbitant out-of-network costs. Read more

Justice for Michael Brown! End Racial Profiling and Police Violence

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The images of protest and militarized police response in Ferguson, Missouri are shocking. But developments in that small suburban town are simply exposing the racial reality that millions of people of color face every day.

Everyday experiences with the courts, media, government authorities and police remind us, in ways large and small, that the lives of young brown and black kids have little value in society.

Police and vigilante killings of young black and brown people are commonplace in communities of color. The killings of Renisha McBride, Ramarley Graham, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others in recent years have cast a national spotlight on an epidemic of senseless killings of unarmed people of color. All too often our children are dying at the hands of those entrusted with public safety. All too often the killers go free. The message is clear: black and brown people just don’t count.

It has been widely reported that in Ferguson—a town whose population is nearly two-thirds Black—there is only a single Black city councilperson, and three Black police officers in a force of 53. Ferguson reported 8 times as many black arrests as white arrests for the first part of 2014. Blacks represent 86% of all traffic stops and 92% of all searches. The data show a clear practice of racial profiling. The numbers might differ a little from place to place, but these statistics are a stark image of the racial divide that exists in small towns and large across our country today. Racial disparities in crime statistics are the norm from coast to coast.

Blacks, Latinos, American Indians and other people of color are routinely excluded from the halls of power and subjected to racialized police policies like profiling and stop-and-frisk.

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Daley Weekly: Taking Stock While Congress Takes a Break

Ebola

Serious business Amigas and Amigos. The Ebola virus has leap-frogged from West Africa into Nigeria in the continent’s center. It is more virulent than the plague. There also is a cholera epidemic in Cameroon. Africa is in for Hell. We need to start thinking about what we are going to do to help.

Watergate

I saw a poll the other day suggesting that well over 40 percent of my fellow Americans do not believe that Watergate was a scandal. Wow.

I was in D.C. a lot during Watergate.

Nixon was interesting – the EPA, Earned Income Tax Credit, price controls. He went to China and changed the balance of power against the USSR. But running for reelection against (for God’s sake) George McGovern, he went totally nutso and amassed a huge, multi-million dollar secret war chest – real money in those days. They tried to bug the Democratic HQ in D.C. Enemies lists. Erased tapes. Fired Cabinet Members. Eventually it all unraveled as it became clear that Nixon had himself been involved in some illegal stuff and had been directing a cover-up. At the heart of the problem was a whole lot of secret political money.

Nixon resigned on August 9, my birthday. On that day forty years ago I remember driving from Spokane to Olympia with my friend Dwayne Slate. It is an all-day drive. News of Nixon’s impending departure began to roll out. We bought the first six-pack in Sprague, about fifty miles along. I remember visiting Ellensburg, in the center of the State – after that, things get a bit vague, but it surely ended in a party somewhere.

Apparently our collective memory as a nation also has become vague. One of the reactions to Watergate was to build laws that limited and disclosed political money. The Republican Supreme Court and the refusal in Congress to require disclosure of donations has brought us the same threat to democratic institutions that we faced in Watergate. We seem to be doing almost nothing to counter this threat. Looking around at the lawlessness of corporations, I wonder how Nixon would be treated today.

Foreign Policy

Just for fun, I observe that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who view the U.S. as a modern version of the Crusaders, have made a big mistake – they jumped the Kurds. Saladin, who ran the Crusaders out of Jerusalem, was a Kurd. The Kurds, armed by the CIA, and aided by U.S. air strikes, are now taking the fight to ISIS. Thus we experience an historical irony – having the neo-crusaders allied with Kurds against them shows just how complicated things are in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Nuri al-Maliki, the Shi’ite Prime Minister of Iraq apparently has agreed to relinquish power after a disastrous tenure.

Obama’s limited intervention policy may be working, but success will never satisfy the blood lust of the Hawks. John McCain, for example continues to pound the President for being a weakling and called for him to bomb Syria.

Immigration

It’s hard to see a way out of the immigration mess that has federal policy high-centered.  Recent polling indicates that immigration has jumped into the national surveys as the second biggest worry of the American public.

Efforts by the Administration to get resources to increase border security and to accommodate the surge of refugee children, prompted the U.S. House to turn abruptly away from reform and pass legislation intended to reverse deferred prosecution for minor children brought here by their parents.

Despairing immigration advocates have turned to the President, but Republican threats to sue or impeach Obama if he takes further administrative action, are moldering in the middle of the room like stinkballs.  Congressional Democrats are nervous about Presidential action as immigration emerges as an electoral issue.

However, there are indications that the President will take some kind of administrative action anyway. Immigration reform groups are asking for expansion of discretionary prosecution and reforms in the enforcement system.

Obama’s strategy has been to use prosecutorial choice to prioritize cases. The Dreamers were put at the bottom of the list but, technically, not taken off the list. This legal discretion is hard to extend to all of the undocumented. So what do they use as a legal basis to protect them in an atmosphere where whatever they do will be called “tyrannical” by the Right?

Meanwhile, the border stuff is going to grind slowly as resources to process refugee cases run short. Added complications will come from a marvelous new legal case filed in Seattle by the ACLU, American Immigration Council, Public Counsel, and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. The suit challenges the practice of holding deportation hearings for children without providing them with attorneys.

I would fail you were I not to call attention to an essay by former Washington Governor Dan Evans that appeared in the Seattle Times onAugust 2.  Evans relates the state’s response, due largely to his leadership, to another refugee crisis years ago.

After the Vietnam War refugees streamed in from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Washington state went out of its way to welcome the refugees. Evans, a Republican, was a truly fine Governor and his essay shows how terribly the Republican perspective on immigration has deteriorated since he left office. Well worthy of a read: http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2024221066_danieljevansopedimmigrantchildren03xml.html.

Political Money

Lots of advocacy groups, including Alliance For A Just Society have been encouraging the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt rules that require publicly-traded corporations to disclose their political expenditures to their shareholders. We think that investors should know whether campaign donations and lobbying expenditures benefit the investors or the company executives.

Just in time for the election, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released recommendations on disclosures by the SEC.  You will be shocked to learn that the Chamber trashes the idea that the SEC should protect investors from this particular form of corporate predation.

Even though advocates have sent the SEC over a million comments in favor of disclosing corporate donations, the SEC is acting like a deer in the headlights – another startling retreat from consumer protection driven by the political power of dark money.

Health Care Workforce                                                                              

A seminal issue over the next decade will be how we can reorient the health care workforce so that it may better serve people of color. A new report from a panel of “experts” via the National Institute of Health recommends significant changes for the training of doctors. They place an emphasis on primary care and on diversity. The report outlines how the some $15 billion in federal funds that are used for physician training needs to be redeployed, especially to meet the needs of emerging new demographic groups. Unfortunately, they are selling this report for a mere $50.00. Read the Kaiser Health News summary instead:  http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2014/July/29/panel-recommends-changes-to-doctor-training.

Exchanges

Oregon’s Exchange has experienced serious technology trouble and the state has been pushed to revert to a federally facilitated exchange. A big legal fight is developing as suits and counter suits emerge with the governor trashing Oracle, Inc., the web site developer, and Oracle accusing the state of running a “smear campaign” against them and is planning to sue Oregon for $23 million.

Massachusetts, having similar technology problems in their exchange, has decided to continue operating its own program with a new technology vendor.

The importance of state operated exchanges may increase if lawsuits challenging the validity of subsidies in federal exchanges are successful.

Too Big To Jail

It used to be that Bonnie, Clyde, and Jesse James would rob the banks, now the banks rob us.

Back in 2012 HSBC, the biggest bank in England, agreed to a $1.9 billion fine for laundering over $200 trillion in funds from drug lords and terrorists. Unfortunately, no one went to jail so these clowns are still around to show us just how cynical the robber barons can be.

This summer HSBC announced that it had earned a mere $12.3 billion in profits in six months. They complained that excessive regulation had caused a 12 percent drop in yields.  Douglas Flint, chairman of the Bank, complained that they would have done better if they had not needed to spend money meeting the expectations of bank regulators. He claims that the regulators are “distracting” the bank’s staff.

We might question how a bunch of hot-shot financers who did not notice $200 trillion in illicit funds possibly could be distracted by some petty little bank regulator. Perhaps it’s a matter of scope.

In addition to money laundering, here are some other legal issues HSBC is facing:

  • Securities litigation.
  • The Madoff Ponzi scheme.
  • Mortgage and mortgage securitization investigations and litigation.
  • Tax and broker-dealer investigations.
  • London and European interest rate and foreign exchange rate investigations and litigation.
  • Gold and silver fix-related litigation.
  • Credit default swap regulatory investigation and litigation.

Maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t they be better off if they were not running such a thinly-veiled criminal enterprise? (Read all the fun stuff here:http://qz.com/244328/hsbc-is-looking-for-sympathy-after-reporting-a-12-3-billion-profit/).

Inversions

The tax debate is focusing on the issue of companies that avoid U.S. taxes by inverting their businesses to appear as though they are owned by their foreign subsidiaries.

The Levin brothers, Carl in the Senate and Sander in the House, have introduced bills to control inversions. The Senate bill is a two-year moratorium and the House bill is a permanent fix. Senators Dick Durbin and Charles Schumer both have announced sponsorship of anti-inversion legislation.

President Obama is considering an effort to curtail inversions administratively.

Gag a Maggot

Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi, who opposed the expansion of Medicaid to cover some 300,000 consumers in his state, turned in a really fancy lie when confronted with statistics showing that the numbers of the uninsured in Mississippi had actually increased.

States where expansion has happened have seen a decrease in uninsured rates, but here’s what the Governor decided to say: “If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama.”

Huh? If this is how people get into high places in Mississippi we have discovered at least one reason why it is the poorest state in the country.

Musical Chairs

Montana Senator John Walsh, appointed to fill out the term of Max Baucus, was running for a full term but dropped out when it was revealed that he had plagiarized papers during his studies at the U.S. Army War College. No substitute has yet been nominated.

Schedule

Both Houses are out until the second week in September.

Fair Wages Aren’t Enough, Workers Need Hours, Predictability, too

Fast-Food-EmployeesThere’s no question that working families across the country are struggling to get by; wages for most income levels have been stagnant or declining over the past decade, while the cost of living has continued to increase.

One key to helping working families is increasing wages so that there are more living wage jobs available. However, increasing the minimum wage is only part of the solution for helping families whose low-wage jobs do not always include steady work.

Living wage calculations, like those produced by the Alliance for a Just Society, must make assumptions to remain consistent year after year. One of those assumptions is that workers have jobs where they can actually work 40 hours per week, year-round (for 2,080 hours per year). For many workers, this assumption doesn’t match their reality.

For retail and restaurant workers, a steady schedule with enough hours can be hard to come by. Retail salespersons and food preparation and service workers are two of the top five occupations with the greatest projected job growth between 2012 and 2022, but are also low-wage occupations, with 2013 median annual wage of $21,140 and $18,330, respectively. These jobs are also often shift work, without set schedules. Read more

Beyond Cellblocks Webinar: Ending Police-ICE Collaboration

This year, Alliance for a Just Society is hosting a series of webinars discussing techniques used in different parts of the country to combat racism and criminalization.  Our most recent webinar focused on tactics for ending police collaboration with Immigration officials.   This Friday, at 11 a.m., join us for a webinar on Native American storytelling. Click here to register for the storytelling webinar.

A little bit about our last webinar: Throughout the country, police have been partnering with immigration services, resulting in unfair targeting and treatment of racial minorities. On July 1, the Alliance for a Just Society and the Center for Intercultural Organizing convened a live webinar discussion about ending collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more