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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The Resistance Now: joy at Republican health defeat – but there’s still work to do

In this week’s resistance news: protesters jubilant as effort to repeal Obamacare officially declared dead, while activists in Flint, Michigan target Nestlé

It took thousands of phone calls, nearly 200 arrests, and a belated show of courage from a small number of Republican senators, but the GOP’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act finally failed – for the time being – on Tuesday.

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‘All hands on deck’: protesters to target healthcare bill at rallies across US

Hundreds prepare to gather in Washington and at dozens of other sites in coming days even as John McCain’s opposition threatens bill’s survival

Activist groups praised John McCain for his promise to vote no on the Lindsey Graham-Bill Cassidy healthcare bill on Friday, but they warned against complacency as they said the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act was “not over”.

McCain’s pledge, which means Republicans can only afford to lose one more Senate vote in their quest to...

The grassroots activists who paved the way for single-payer health care’s political moment

If you’re a Democratic party star who’s being talked about as a potential 2020 candidate for president, you probably recently announced your support for single-payer legislation. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders will unveil his Medicare for All bill on Wednesday afternoon, flanked by high-profile co-sponsors including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

It’s a sharp d...