Over the past week, Republicans have complained bitterly about corporations who’ve made statements about protecting the right to vote — telling them to “stay out of politics,” even after accepting hundreds of millions of dollars worth of corporate donations.
This week, Robert P. Alvarez looks at the attack on voting rights through a lens of faith. Voter suppression, he argues, is impossible to square with a religious commitment to stand with the vulnerable.
Meanwhile, we look at the expansion of “infrastructure” to include the “care infrastructure” provided by domestic workers and other essential laborers.
Socorro Diaz, a domestic worker from Sonoma County, California, shares her story about trying to make ends meet during the pandemic. And Rebekah Entralgo explains how Biden’s new jobs bill would both protect these workers and help seniors get care at home — instead of at dangerous, for-profit nursing homes.
Also this week, Rachel Pak shows the danger of treating the arrival of asylum seekers as a “border crisis.” The only crisis, she argues, is that our country isn’t honoring its legal obligation to offer refuge to those seeking it.
Finally, Jim Hightower shows the pandemic year has put an end to the myth of “trickle down” economics, while cartoonist Khalil Bendib weighs in on the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd on video last year.
New This Week…
Voter Suppression Is an Attack on Democracy — And My Faith | Robert P. Alvarez
My faith teaches me to stand with the marginalized, whose voting rights are now under sustained assault.
Protect Care Workers — You’ll Need Us Someday | Socorro Diaz
All we’re asking is for the same rights and protections other workers enjoy.
Stop Calling It a ‘Border Crisis’ | Rachel Pak
People escaping violence have a right to seek safety. If they can’t, that’s the real crisis.
Biden’s Jobs Plan Will Help Seniors Get Care at Home | Rebekah Entralgo
By supporting quality home care, the plan will help seniors avoid dangerous, for-profit nursing facilities.
The End of ‘Trickle Down’ Economics | Jim Hightower
The past year has laid waste to the arguments behind “trickle down” theory. Instead, let’s have wealth “percolate up.”
The Derek Chauvin Trial | Khalil Bendib
One of Chauvin’s charges is “involuntary” manslaughter. Sorry, but what about his actions was involuntary?
In Case You Missed It…
A Strong Economy Needs Care Workers | Rebekah Entralgo
Care workers are more essential than ever, but most don’t get a living wage or even a single sick day. It’s time to fix that.
Speaking Out for Women of Color Nominees | Mary Frances Berry
After four years of putting the wealthy first, we need office holders who bring “real people” experience to policy making.
State Lawmakers Are Cracking Down on Speech | Jill Richardson
On the one hand, conservatives complain about “cancel culture.” On the other, they slash budgets for schools that teach “social justice.”
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