Service workers win battle over scheduling

“Since they don’t want to come to the table, we took it upon ourselves to bring our own table,” Papa John’s Pizza worker and Fight for 15 leader Shantel Walker told Peoples World. “Many domestic workers are immigrants who don’t know their rights … but don’t feel they have the right to speak up, because they live in fear,” said domestic worker Daniela Contreras of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. “We must build organizations that make it possible for us to come together and organize to have our human and working needs met.”

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Venezuelan journalist William Serafino links the attacks against the Maduro government to ExxonMobil oil interests. Zamora Plan

  It’s April 18. The political climate is defined by a highly confrontational and warmongering tone of the Venezuelan opposition the day before a national sit-in (plantón) where, once again, violent acts were to be expected: destruction and confrontation with law enforcement. President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech in the evening from Miraflores Presidential Palace….

DeVos defends discrimination in school choice scheme

By Teresa Albano In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s Electoral College win, certain dystopian books started flying off online shelves. Among them were George Orwell’s 1984 and Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale. Hulu recently released their version of the latter, which has garnered a wide audience. Despite a wise caution by The Atlantic’s Shadi…

Automatic voter registration – A reform whose time has come

By Jesse Jackson Illinois is about to make voter registration automatic. The Senate and House have passed reform bills unanimously. If the governor signs the final reconciled legislation, Illinois will become the ninth state, in addition to the District of Columbia, to adopt automatic voter registration. The bill would begin to register more than 1…

Trump likely to close Cuba doors that Obama opened

  By W. T. Whitney Jr. Reuters, The New York Times, and other news outlets are echoing a May 29 report by the right-wing Daily Caller website stating that “President Donald Trump is set to announce a rollback of former President Barack Obama’s policies toward Cuba.” The report attributed the information to John Kavulich of…