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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Why and How Environment and Labor Should Work Together

Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 1:00pm

Jobs, jobs, Jobs
Living Wage Jobs for All Coalition
14th and 16th
Congressional Districts presents:

Why and How Environmental and Labor Organizations Should Work Together on Political Issues

John Laesch, union carpenter & former candidate for Congress, and
Sigi Psimenos, director of Elgin Climate Change Organization

Plus :
Organizing the Unemployed
Susan Hurley of Jobs with Justice

Join the discussion. Be part of the solution.
Let’s attract and keep living- wage jobs in our districts.

Charleston (WV) Gazette op-ed: Rick Wilson: W.Va. made smart changes on unemployment

The AFSC"s Rick Wilson writes:

We're used to hearing bad economic statistics about West Virginia and bad comparisons to other states, but when it comes to unemployment insurance, we're actually ahead of the pack.

By Sept. 2010, 32 states had to borrow money from the federal government to the tune of almost $40 billion when their unemployment insurance systems went bust. West Virginia is one of the few, and the only one among surrounding states, to avoid that fate so far.

Concord (NH) Monitor: Budget Advice for Gregg: For cuts, look to military spending

The AFSC's Arnie Alpert writes in an open letter/opinion article to  U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg:

The recommendations from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, released last Wednesday, include some interesting ideas. But they stray from the major factors which drove up the deficit over the past decade. As you and the other members of commission complete your work in the next two weeks, we hope you will focus on reversing tax cuts, decreasing military spending, and ending the recession.

TucsonCitizen.com: AFSC Calls for an Investigation into the Politics of Prison Privatization

The American Friends Service Committee and Beau Hodai (author of the groundbreaking article from In These Times on private prisons & Arizona) met on the lawn of the state house in Phoenix on Monday to hold a press conference calling for an end to for-profit prison influence peddling in Arizona.

Fight Inequality, Don’t Scapegoat Immigrants

http://dissentmagazine.org/atw.php?id=263

By Mark Engler

The emergence of vast inequalities between the wealthy and the rest of us may be the biggest change in American society over the last fifty years. And it’s hardly a change that we should welcome.

Immigration Economics: An Interview with Professor Giovanni Peri

http://www.fpif.org/articles/immigration_economics_an_interview_with_professor_giovanni_peri

Doesn’t supply and demand dictate that new immigrants will steal jobs and drive down wages for U.S. citizens? A leading immigration economist explains why not.

By Mark Engler

Arizona Public Media: Private Prisons: Risks and Benefits

Privately operated prisons are increasingly becoming the norm in Arizona. The state currently has eleven prisons operating under contract with for-profit corporations, but a recent escape by three inmates from the Kingman Prison Complex and the resulting murder of an elderly couple in New Mexico have raised questions about the role they play in Arizona.

Tucson AZ Citizen.com: 130 Crowd Tucson Public Hearing on Prison Privatization

More than 130 people packed the Public Hearing at Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus last night for the first ever hearings on prison privatization in Arizona.

Exceeding all expectations for this event, the crowd listened intently throughout the two hour hearing.

 

The Standard AZ Newspaper: Hearings to begin regarding private prisons

Hearings will be held soon in Tucson and Kingman to gain public awareness of issues connected to private prisons.

The Kingman hearing will be held 6-8 p.m.

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