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House Democrats Introduce Urgent Bill to End ‘Deliberate Sabotage’ of Postal Service by Postmaster General

Yves here. It’s a shame, but also revealing, that the Democrats have ignored the need to protect the Post Officer from privatizing grifters until the pandemic made vote by mail important. What about “public utility” don’t you understand? By Jake Johnson, staff writer at Common Dreams. Originally published at Common Dreams Declaring that Congress must act swiftly to “stop the Trump administration’s deliberate sabotage” of the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the November elections, House Democrats...

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Preserve Our Post Office, Before It’s Too Late

Yves here. As you’ll see from our post today on the sorry state of the stimulus negotiations, the Democrats’ interference in the Republicans’ plan to starve the Post Office into privatization is one of the big sticking points. Gah. By Mark Jamison, a retired postmaster who serves as an advisor, resident guru, and regular contributor to Save the Post Office.  His previous posts can be found here.  He can be contacted at [email protected] Originally published at Save the Post Office;...

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The Hijacking of Police Reform by Wealthy Opportunists Resembles the Harm Done to Public Schools

Yves here. It’s depressing to see consultants successfully hawking dubious metrics to water down police reform. But I suppose I should not be surprised. By Sarah Lahm, a Minneapolis-based writer and researcher whose work has appeared in outlets such as the Progressive and In These Times. Follow her on Twitter @sarahrlahm Produced by >Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute The Minneapolis City Council voted to disband the city’s police department on June 26, a little more...

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Financialization: Tackling the Other Virus

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, who was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and Michael Lim Mah Hui. Originally published at the Inter Press Service The 1971 Bretton Woods (BW) system collapse opened the way for financial globalization and transnational financialization. Before the 1980s, most economies had similar shares of trade and financial...

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Education 101: Don’t Open a New Charter School in the Middle of a Pandemic

Yves here. You have to read a fair bit into the post to encounter a bombshell: an analysis that finds that charter school economics have a lot in common with Enron By Jeff Bryant, a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a communications consultant, freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a strategy and messaging center for progressive education policy. His award-winning...

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Some Communities Are Being Forced to Fight School Closures and Privatization in the Midst of the Pandemic

Yves here. School profiteers, um, charter advocates, are trying to advance a radical plan to restructure Minneapolis schools, apparently regarding the coronavirus lockdown as giving them cover. By Sarah Lahm, a Minneapolis-based writer and researcher whose work has appeared in outlets such as the Progressive and In These Times. Follow her on Twitter @sarahrlahm. Produced by Our Schools Since mid-March, public school students in Minnesota have had to stay home because of the COVID-19...

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Will the United States Post Office Become a Victim of #COVID19?

By Lambert Strether of Corrente “To establish Post Offices and post Roads” — United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8 Fortunately, we didn’t bail out the cruise industry. But we’re not bailing out the United States Post Office, either. From Fortune, “USPS warns it might have to shutter by June as $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package provides no funding“: Today, the Postal Service is just as essential: It delivers about 1 million lifesaving medications each year and serves as the...

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What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You to Know About Hospital Emergency Rooms

Yves here. We’ve written regularly on Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt’s important investigations into how private equity has taken over more and more of hospital staffing, including of emergency rooms. This in turn has allowed them to override patient efforts to have only in-network doctors assigned to their case, as well as to engage in other practices that greatly inflate patient charges (so-called surprise billing). The legal fig leaf that allows private equity firms like Blackstone and...

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Why the Coronavirus Pandemic Could Weaken the School Privatization Agenda

Yves here. Coronavirus is throwing a wrench into the public school politics, not necessarily to the advantage of charter school advocates. By Jeff Bryant, a writing fellow and chief correspondent for Our Schools, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a communications consultant, freelance writer, advocacy journalist, and director of the Education Opportunity Network, a strategy and messaging center for progressive education policy. His award-winning commentary and reporting...

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A New Type of Conflict: France’s Ongoing Struggle for Pensions

Yves here. The limited media reporting on protests in France over pension “reform” depicts Macron as having won by outlasting the opposition. This account indicates that while some players, like certain union leaders, have surrendered, the rank and file, as well as other interests, are carrying on. I’m not in a position to validate whether the fight over pensions is still in play, but this piece does have a lot of detail on the history and recent developments. By Touraj Eghtesad, a...

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