Over the weekend, 12,000 people gathered in Phoenix to hear Bernie Sanders’ impassioned speech on raging economic inequality. In a red state, press took notice that front and center, there was a prominent contingent of green pointy hats. Which left a burning question: What was with all the gigantic Bernie Sanders Robin Hood heads?
I first met Tim Carpenter in January of last year, at Progressive Central in Washington, D.C. The third such event in Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)’s 10-year history, the day-long round of panel discussions united left-wing members of Congress such as John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) with activists from the labor, anti-war and environmental movements.

Climate change is here with a vengeance. Flood levels in Europe are at a 500-year high, as vulnerable cities and towns make preparations for recurring deluge. In New York City, new warnings were issued this week about an expanding flood plain on which 800,000 city residents will reside by the mid-2050’s, double the number today, reports the New York Times. 

They fanned out across the country from Los Angeles to Phoenix, Chicago, south to Atlanta and Miami, to the towns of Western Massachusetts, in New York City and beyond, and they entered offices on Capitol Hill in a national “Educate Congress” letter-drop campaign. 190 members of Congress were delivered this urgent message, a reminder that the country’s deteriorating condition needs to be addressed with meaningful policies that bring prosperity to Main Street. Austerity is not an option.    

Among the most critical goals set forth in the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579, reintroduced in Congress on April 17 by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), is to “create good paying jobs by… investing in public sector jobs and green jobs.”  Sec.

By Chuck Idelson
National Nurses United

First appeared in California Progress Report

They came, they danced, they marched, 2,000 people spirited and strong, Robin Hood's merry band of men and women, through the streets of Washington April 20.

The Resolution now before the New York City Council reads, in part: “In these continued difficult economic times when city and state budgets are cutting back on vital services, this tax (sometimes referred to as a Robin Hood Tax) would raise an estimated $350 Billion annually,”

Council Members Jumaane Williams and Stephen Levin announced the Resolution on the steps of City Hall, with explicit support for the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579, reintroduced in Congress this month by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).  

by DEBORAH BURGER, co-president of National Nurses United

“This is a huge day,” Rep. Keith Ellison announced Wednesday at a press conference within view of the Capitol, referring to legislation he  reintroduced for a Wall Street Tax with huge purpose.

Take, for example, this passage from the bill’s “Findings.”

By John Nichols

America is not broke, despite what advocates for austerity would have us believe.

This is a very wealthy country.

Unfortunately, transfers of that wealth are not taxed in the same way as the work of American nurses, carpenters, bus drivers and shop clerks. As a result, the federal government struggles to balance budgets, and a yawning gap, between a super-rich 1 percent and the great mass of everybody else, keeps growing.