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FEATURING ERIKA ANDIOLA - A new poll by Bloomberg has found that, as unpopular as Donald Trump is as president, his rival Hillary Clinton who won the popular vote last November, is remarkably even less popular. Trump has a 41% approval rating while Clinton's is 39%. The number should strike fear into the hearts of the Democrats who are hoping to regain control of Congress in 2018, banking on Trump and the Republican Party's unpopularity. Now, progressive organizations are calling Democrats out, demanding that they adopt a "People's Platform," as part of a "Summer for Progress." Groups like Our Revolution and the National Nurses United are insisting that Democrats support 8 crucial bills in the House that address the lives of ordinary Americans. The question is, would Democrats rather fail than live up to their stated ideals? Find the petition at www.actionnetwork.org/petitions/s4p and for more information visit www.ourrevolution.com. Erika Andiola, Political Director
FEATURING ADAM SCOW - The state of California on Monday voted to extend its cap-and-trade program until 2030, leading Governor Jerry Brown to declare a major victory and claim credit for making progress on climate change. The bill, AB 398, was also supported by Democratic Senate president Kevin De Leon, one of the more progressive lawmakers, as well as some Republicans. The cap-and-trade program essentially imposes a cap on carbon emissions in the nation's most populous state, enabling corporations to buy and sell the rights to pollute. While the measure is being reported as a major success for climate justice, particularly when compared to the inaction and even regressive climate measures at the federal level, it turns out not all environmental groups are happy. Food and Water Watch along with a number of leading environmental organizations have denounced the extension of cap-and-trade calling it "an industry giveaway." For more information go
FEATURING ERIC SCHNEIDER - The Republican Party has faced yet another defeat over its long-standing plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Two more senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas announced they would not support the Better Care Reconciliation Act this week, soon after it was reported that Senator John McCain was recovering from a major surgery and would not be available to vote for weeks. Amid the national debate on healthcare, a new report by the Commonwealth Fund compared the American system to that of ten other industrialized Western nations. The report concluded that the US's healthcare system had the highest cost but lowest performance compared to the other countries, and in the US one's income was the strongest factor in determining one's level of accessible care compared to the rest. Read the report HERE. Eric Schneider, Senior Vice President for Policy and Research
FEATURING ANDY FISHER - Every year millions of Americans rely on food banks and pantries to feed themselves. Donations to food banks are considered one of the most effective ways to combat persistent hunger in the US. But what many of us don't realize is that food charity was meant to be a response to an emergency, not a sustained means of feeding the hungry. After all, shouldn't ending hunger and ending the need for food charity be the ultimate, long-term goal? Not according to many of the corporate board members of so many food banks in the US who, according to my guest, are part of a sinister "Food-industrial-complex," that refuses to address income inequality and low wages to end hunger. EVENT: Andy Fisher will speak at an upcoming event in Santa Monica. WHERE: The Gallery Food Hall, 1315 Third Street Promenade (between Arizona Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd) upstairs
FEATURING EVE BARROW - As thousands of Americans flock to Southern California this summer for their dream Disneyland vacation, the so-called "Happiest Place on Earth" is having some PR problems. Advocates for the homeless recently leafletted the Anaheim Convention Center where an expo for Disney fans was taking place. Later that evening they staged a "sleep-out" in front of Disneyland. The activists are calling out Disneyland, one of the largest employers in Orange County, California, for failing to pay its workers a living wage. Additionally Disneyland has also come under fire because the city of Anaheim arranged for bus stop benches near its location to be removed - benches that homeless people often slept on. Some of Disneyland's own employees are among the local homeless population. For more information visit www.facebook.com/Summer-Of-The-People. Eve Barrow, homelessness policy analyst and advocate with ACLU of Southern California.
FEATURING CAROLYN SUFRIN - Democratic Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts in early July 2017 introduced a bill in Congress to improve the treatment of female inmates, including ending the practice of shackling pregnant women while they give birth. The Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act addresses the fastest growing prison population in the US - women. Pregnant women in particular face harsh conditions during their incarceration. But ironically, conditions in the nation as a whole are so severe that some women actually get better medical care within prisons than before their incarceration. Carolyn Sufrin, medical anthropologist and an obstetrician-gynecologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the author of Jailcare: Finding The Safety Net For Women Behind Bars.
FEATURING PHYLLIS BENNIS - The Iraqi government recently declared victory in Mosul, the stronghold of the Islamic State. Many months of fighting, bombing, and shelling has reduced the once grand and historic city to rubble while tens of thousands of its residents have fled. Despite Iraq's triumphant declarations of having defeated ISIS, pockets of fighting remain active and there are reports of a hundred or more residents being trapped in the city. The fight against ISIS in Iraq has been used to justify on-going American involvement in the war-torn nation. Under the Trump administration that situation is likely to escalate given the President's bombastic campaign rhetoric. Read Phyllis Bennis' latest article HERE. Phyllis Bennis, Director, New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, author of numerous books including Understanding Isis and the New Global War on Terror and Ending the US War in Afghanistan. Her latest article in The
FEATURING ALEXANDRA BRODSKY - Donald Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held hearings in recent days on campus rape, a high-profile issue that has gained traction over the years. But her goal appeared not to be how best to support women victims of rape, but how best to absolve men accused of rape - a favorite topic of so-called "men's rights groups" that are active online. Candice Jackson, the Education Department's new civil rights head thinks that a 1972 law called Title IX has been misused. Jackson told press, "[T]he accusations — 90 percent of them — fall into the category of 'we were both drunk,' 'we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'" Find more at www.nwlc.org. Alexandra Brodsky, Skadden Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center.
FEATURING BLAKELEY NIXON - Are you curious about what happens within closed online groups of Donald Trump's ardent supporters? One man based in the UK was so eager to know that he sought out an online group and joined it. What he found was horrifying and hilarious all at once. Blakeley Nixon, who describes himself as a, "Humanist, lefty, metropolitan, elitist, London bubble dweller," wrote in a report on Medium.com, that, "The world in which members of this group exist more resembles that of a Cormac McCarthy novel than the world I live in." He explained their world view as, "Terrorists or 'Moslems,' led by the Obama family, have overrun the country and are attempting to take control of the US's most sacred institutions, parts of America and Western Europe are in state of civil war and bands of refugees are roaming the countryside raping and murdering women and children