Randy Shannon is a lifelong activist in civil rights, peace, youth, labor, and economic justice movements. His first political act was an editorial in the Darlington, SC High School newspaper supporting integration. A student activist in the late sixties, he withdrew from Duke University to work as an organizer for the Southern Student Organizing Committee. In the 1970's he was a national board member of the US Peace Council and the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. He was a leader of the rank and file movement in Local 327 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and a volunteer organizer for the Nashville, TN chapter of the National Welfare Rights Organization. In 1972 he ran as a progressive in the Democratic primary for Congress in the 5th CD in TN. In the early 1980's he led the Pittsburgh Youth Movement for Jobs and the Pittsburgh Society for American-Soviet Friendship. In Beaver County in the mid-1980's he helped organize Beaver County Fightback to stop foreclosures on the homes of laid off steelworkers. He organized the Jesse Jackson presidential campaign in two districts of western PA and later helped Dennis Kucinich win ballot status in PA. He is a long time activist in Beaver County Peace Links and helped organize the PA 4th CD Chapter of PDA. He is the treasurer of his PDA chapter and also serves as the western PA organizer for PDA. He is also a founder of CCDS - the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, and a member of its National Coordinating Committee.
President Obama has asked Congress to provide “Fast Track” authorization for consideration of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) a new “free trade” deal.
The negotiations for this new “free trade” agreement have been conducted in secret. Members of Congress as well as the public have no factual information about the contents of this deal.
The enormous wealth disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America is an unsustainable economic and social injustice. We are committed to an economic recovery that employs all those willing and able, that houses all those needing shelter, and that imposes the cost based on the ability to pay.
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This Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, tens of millions of Americans will travel to Walmart stores to look for holiday discounts on computers, toys, and cell phones as well as to buy groceries and basic household items.
He was CEO of the hamburger behemoth, McDonald's, pulling down a hefty $8.8 million in pay. Last year, though, Skinner retired, and, rather than getting a gold watch, he was given a load of gold — so large that even a Brink's armored truck would have been too small to haul it all away. His salary of $753,000 was the least of it.
Sen. Warren: 'Social Security is incredibly effective, it is incredibly popular, and the calls for strengthening it are growing louder every day.'
With Social Security cuts once again on the table in closed-door congressional budget negotiations, a growing movement has taken the offensive, demanding that lawmakers strengthen, rather than stranglehold, our social safety net.
Ryan’s office on Wednesday received a petition signed by more than 700,000 people that said there should be “no grand bargain” in the budget negotiations being led by Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., “in exchange for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.”
The farm bill will almost inevitably include deep cuts to the food stamps program—unless House Democrats join with conservatives to kill the bill. The food stamps program—which helps feed one in seven Americans—is in peril. Republicans in the House have proposed a farm bill—the five-year bill that funds agriculture and nutrition programs—that would slash food stamps by $40 billion. But by taking advantage of House Republicans' desire to cut food stamps as much as possible, Democrats might be able to prevent cuts from happening at all.
If you’re reading this column, you probably don’t participate in a government program such as SNAP, to help provide food for your family. If you can afford to have a newspaper delivered to your home, or if you have a computer and an internet connection so you can read online, you may have more than enough money for food.
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