New Congress’ history-making members got a Day 1 visit from Medicare for All activists

“Please count us as allies,” said a staffer for Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to grassroots activists who were wearing Medicare for All t-shirts and were gathered in the congresswoman’s newly-minted office Thursday.

Pressley’s staff were among many of the House of Representatives’ freshmen class that warmly welcomed dozens of advocates who visited the offices Thursday. It didn’t matter that they were early for open house; Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cort...

Pennsylvania candidate gets boost from young people drawn to her climate activism

LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA — Long before Election Day, young climate activists began gravitating to a positive force for change in Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district. Jess King had won the Democratic nomination with a clear vision for how she would fight climate change and improve the lives of residents in Lancaster and southern York counties, a significant departure from previous Republican representatives.

King, head of an economic development nonprofit, pledged ...

Pennsylvania candidate gets boost from young people drawn to her climate activism

LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA — Long before Election Day, young climate activists began gravitating to a positive force for change in Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district. Jess King had won the Democratic nomination with a clear vision for how she would fight climate change and improve the lives of residents in Lancaster and southern York counties, a significant departure from previous Republican representatives.

King, head of an economic development nonprofit, pledged ...

Flint residents eye innovative solutions for the future as they try to move beyond the water crisis

FLINT, MICHIGAN — The north side of Flint is largely a food desert, the result of a steady decline in jobs and economic security compounded by the city’s enduring water crisis. But Mark Baldwin wants to change that.

“Especially for young folks, there’s an amazing amount of opportunity in Flint,” he says on a crisp Thursday afternoon, gesturing around his greenhouse, which he hopes can be translated into a wider-scale effort to provide the neighborhood w...

Protesters out in force to oppose Brett Kavanaugh nomination | The Resistance Now

Republican Senate swing voters targeted; GOP go careful on the Affordable Care Act; and a new statue of Alice Dunnigan

Protesters were out in full force opposing Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court, with dozens arrested on Thursday as they targeted the offices of Republican senators viewed as swing votes on his confirmation.

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Protests against Pittsburgh hospital expansion highlight city’s growing racial health disparities

More than 100 activists and employees took turns speaking at a packed Pittsburgh City Council hearing Tuesday on the proposed $2 billion expansion of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in the city’s Uptown neighborhood. They were there to demand that the health care giant agree to higher wages and unionization for workers before it moves forward with expansion.

Prior to the hearing, opponents of the plan marched to the city council building and held a rally, asking f...

More than 100 arrested nationwide for rallying for health care and environmental protection

Activists with the national Poor People’s Campaign faced backlash from government officials and law enforcement during nationwide protests Monday. More than 100 people in Kentucky, Kansas, California, New York, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. were arrested or blocked from entering government buildings.

The campaign, which marks 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference organized thousands of Americans...

A remapped Pennsylvania spells serious trouble for Keith Rothfus

WEXFORD, PENNSYLVANIA — In the days following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, western Pennsylvania resident Linda Bishop was scouring Facebook to find progressives, like herself, who felt lost and were eager to take action.

“I didn’t know what to do after the election. So I just started going to all kinds of [progressive] meetings … I just was trying to find a home,” said Bishop.

Bishop recalled attending a meeting organized by a group of progressives from Frank...

Puerto Ricans protest at FEMA on six month anniversary of Hurricane Maria

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A crowd of energized Puerto Ricans rallied in the U.S. capital on Tuesday, demanding equal treatment from the Trump administration and decrying the island’s ongoing woes on the sixth month anniversary of Hurricane Maria making landfall.

“We are here today for our families in Puerto Rico,” said Julio López-Varona, an organizer with the Center for Popular Democracy. “On the six month anniversary of Hurricane Maria, things are not better...

The Resistance Now: health bill gains traction and handmaids protest Pence

Eighteen Senate Democrats have pledged support for ‘public’ healthcare option, while the vice-president takes heat from Margaret Atwood fans

As Trump tries to destroy the Affordable Care Act from the right of the political spectrum, those on the progressive side continue to push health reform legislation of their own - undaunted, or even in defiance, of the president.

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