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Trump Poverty Proposal Could Make Fewer Poor People Eligible For Benefits | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Trump Poverty Proposal Could Make Fewer Poor People Eligible For Benefits | Velshi &...

The Trump administration is floating a new solution to tackle poverty – but, it could potentially throw millions of low-income Americans out of government assistance programs. CEO of Robin Hood, Wes Moore, joins Stephanie Ruhle to explain why poverty is…

Poverty and climate more important than Brexit, says Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn has downplayed the Brexit crisis by claiming that poverty and climate change are far greater priorities for Labour and the country. Addressing Scottish Labour’s annual conference, Corbyn said his party was not “obsessed by constitutional questions, like the others are. And fundamentally, the destruction of our climate is a class issue,” he said. “We believe that the real divide in our society is not between people who voted yes or no for [Scottish] independence. It’s not between people who voted to remain or to leave the EU,” he told party members in Dundee. [There] is no such thing as a Labour Brexit or a jobs-first Brexit”. The Scottish party has been beset by bitter rows over Europe after a conference statement by its two MEPs, David Martin and Catherine Stihler, was allegedly edited to remove remarks in support of a people’s vote. Corbyn said Labour would commit his party to a target of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, a goal many climate experts and campaigners say is not fast or ambitious enough to halt runaway climate change. It’s not just an ecological priority – it’s a socialist priority too.” Corbyn also addressed the antisemitism problems engulfing Labour, saying he was “utterly determined” to rid the party of the scourge. “The only thing that can hold us back is if we were to turn our fire on each other rather than on the Tory government and the wealthy establishment interests they represent,” he told delegates.

A councilwoman’s remarkable rise from poverty to politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Councilwoman Carmen Castillo (Ward 9) takes her seat in City Hall's Room B for a Finance Committee meeting, quickly focusing on the brief agenda. "I get emails and calls all the time. Sometimes, from other Wards," Castillo said. Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. "I like to fight for my whole city," Castillo, a third-term Democrat, said. How to work [more efficiently.] It's hard work." It was work at the hotel with her union that gave her that first taste of politics. "And I believe the best way to get it, is education and try to learn the language in this country." "Carmen came to this country with three little girls.

My constituents backed Brexit. But I didn’t enter politics to make them poorer

In normal times and in all good faith, politicians at a general election present a manifesto they believe will improve people’s lives. As an MP who campaigned for Remain during the EU referendum in June 2016, I do not believe I can, in all good faith and with all good intentions, tell my electorate that I have changed my mind. This presents a moral dilemma for Remain-supporting MPs, especially those whose constituents voted to leave. The loss of jobs in major industries. In many cases their constituents voted to leave. In my constituency, almost three out of five voted Leave. Brexit will be bad for Britain, the north-east and my constituents. Therefore, I believe Brexit for any Remain MP, especially those from Leave seats, is now about moral leadership. We know as Remain MPs that if leaving the EU was not good for the country in 2016, it is certainly not – after all the Brexit twists and turns – the right thing to do now. That is why the British people should have the right to think again, in a national vote on the deal.

Survival trumps politics in poverty-hit California farm town

Little else is sweet in Huron, where jobs not displaced by automation in farming are mostly done by hand, and residents struggle to scrape by. The Central Valley has long been short on resources no matter which political party is in power. Democratic and Republican candidates for Congress have blamed incumbents for doing little to create higher-paying jobs, curb homelessness, clean up blight or solve disparities in health care and access to good schools. Despite a big voter-registration advantage for Democrats in the district that includes Huron, they have struggled to unseat a three-term GOP congressman. Despite Democrats' 16-point registration advantage, Rep. David Valadao easily won re-election with the third-lowest vote count of any member of Congress in 2016. The national average is 12.3 percent. Picking or packing crops pays about $11 to 12.50 an hour, but jobs are seasonal, and many people go months without work. "There's nothing for the kids to do," said Espinoza, who grew up in Huron. "Orchards ... give a lot to the owner, but not the people," Leon said. Woolf said he employs about 450 locals, mostly full time, noting that whatever criticisms there are about farm work, "it's better than not having a farm job."
New Series Looks At Areas Where Americans Are Struggling | Morning Joe | MSNBC

New Series Looks At Areas Where Americans Are Struggling | Morning Joe | MSNBC

While the president claims the U.S. economy under GOP leadership is booming, poverty still grips communities across the country. The Center for Public Integrity traveled to six areas that are not feeling the boom. Reporter Dave Levinthal discusses. » Subscribe…
Donald Trump Takes Credit For Helping Farmers Hurt By His Own Trade War | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Donald Trump Takes Credit For Helping Farmers Hurt By His Own Trade War |...

The president is doing a victory lap after his administration put out $12 billion in aid to farmers hurt by the trade war Trump himself started. Eli Stokols reacts. » Subscribe to MSNBC: http://on.msnbc.com/SubscribeTomsnbc About: MSNBC is the premier destination…

Poverty politics

Which was kind of the point. Protesters, ranging from students to union workers to retirees, took over the streets around Post Office Square on the edges of the Financial District to advocate for a hike in the minimum wage to $15 as well as other social justice issues associated with poverty. “I don’t want to get home after working for a living. Thank you for adding at least an hour onto my ride.” Their point was to send the message that while the inconvenience of a cold supper may annoy some, millions go without dinner or eat unhealthy foods because they can’t afford anything else. The protest was part of the nationwide Poor People’s Campaign, a renewal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s March in 1968 that was carried out after his assassination. The current protest is a six-week “educational” effort to shine a light on the struggles of those living in poverty and its effect on their health, education, ability to work, and housing. This is the fifth week of the campaign, which will end with a rally in Washington, DC, next week, coinciding with the 50 anniversary of the 1968 march on the nation’s capital. Did those who sat in the middle of the Expressway really think making people late for work would open their minds to their argument? Did the the Occupiers really think the 1 percent would open their wallets and free their wealth to be spread around equitably? Vernon Walker, co-chair of the Massachusetts campaign, told the Boston Globe.

Aid freeze, politics push Gaza’s people deeper into poverty

Samia Hassan used to have enough money to feed her two dozen children and grandchildren. The closure was imposed after Hamas, branded a terrorist group by Israel and the West, seized Gaza in 2007, driving out forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Israel and Egypt say they need the blockade to contain Hamas, but have not offered a viable plan for Gaza. "Death is better than this life," she said to her sons' astonishment as the family gathered for the meal breaking the dawn-to-dusk fast of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "It's because of them," she said of her family's hard times. The Hassans used to get $500 every three months from Abbas' Palestinian Authority, but haven't been paid since the beginning of the year, along with tens of thousands of Gaza welfare recipients, said Social Affairs Ministry official Khaled Barghouti. Need has grown exponentially, with some 1 million people in Gaza now receiving U.N. food aid, compared to 80,000 two decades ago, said agency spokesman Chris Gunness. With the exception of the funds already spent this year, all U.S. assistance to the Palestinians is under review. This year, the charity should have received about $10 million, but hasn't gotten any money so far, said DuBose. Qatar is distributing 1 million meals for the month and Iran 11,000 per day.

Pro-Brexit thinktank broke charity rules on politics, watchdog says

In a report published on Friday, the Charity Commission said the Legatum Institute Foundation breached strict rules that ban charities from political activities. As a result, the charity’s trustees were ordered to remove the report from the thinktank’s website and be more cautious when publishing future reports on “controversial, highly political subjects”. The businessman has dismissed the claims of connections to Russia. As well as the Legatum Group, a private investment firm, there is also a non-charitable Legatum Foundation, which funded the report. After the referendum, the Legatum Institute’s former economics directorShanker Singham held several meetings with the pro-Brexit cabinet ministers Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Several have become closely linked to political parties. The watchdog said the publication of the report had gone too far from the stated purpose of the charity, which is to advance the education of the public. David Holdsworth, the commission’s chief operating officer, said: “Our case found that the Legatum Institute Foundation breached regulation with the publication of its Brexit Inflection Point report. On such a highly political issue it is especially important that trustees can clearly demonstrate they are operating in line with our guidance to inform the public in a balanced and evidence-based way. “With this report, the trustees failed to meet the required standards of balance and neutrality.” The institute’s chair of trustees, Alan McCormick, said: “We are pleased that the commission has concluded its review of the Legatum Institute.