MEDIA ADVISORY FOR December 12, 2017

December 12 Capitol Press Briefing: Advocates, Members of Congress Respond to Trump DOL’s Rule Allowing Employers to Take Ownership of Workers' Tips

Washington, DC--Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, together with the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and the National Employment Law Project (NELP) will host a press briefing at Senate Dirksen Building about the Department of Labor's recently proposed rule to make tips the property of employers, and the impact of the rule on restaurant workers’ wages and rights.

Why Doesn't the Corporate Media Say Roy Moore Is Accused of Teen Sexual Abuse in Their Headlines?

What he did was child abuse, and it's time for the press to admit it.

By Adam Johnson /  FAIR December 6, 2017, 1:09 PM GMT

Trump's Jerusalem Pronouncement Is a Return to Classic American Colonialism

From Bears Ears to Jerusalem, Trump's policy is all about disenfranchising people of color.

By Jefferson Morley /  AlterNet December 6, 2017, 12:59 PM GMT

AG Hill Joins Effort for National Reciprocity 

Fairfax, Va.—  Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, Jr. joins 22 other states in urging Congress to enact national concealed-carry reciprocity legislation.

Indiana CBD Users Flock to Care2 Petition Demanding Indiana Legalize CBD Oil

The Care2 petition author, who says she and family members have been helped by CBD, says Attorney General Curtis Hill’s announcement that CBD is illegal is “outraging” and “unlawful”

400 Millionaires Tell Congress Not to Cut Their Taxes

Dear Member of Congress:

We are high net worth individuals, many in the top 1%, who care deeply about our nation and its people, and we write with a simple request: Do not cut our taxes. 

The Real Budget-Buster: The United States has spent an estimated $6 trillion on war since 2001

By Jen Hayden  Wednesday Nov 08, 2017 · 12:28 PM EST Republicans want to debate and slash every single penny that goes to help the poor, the elderly, the sick and our children’s education, but why can’t we have a grown-up, legitimate discussion about the cost of war and the drain on our collective coffers? You never hear a peep when it comes to the budge-busting cost of war.

The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and Shaka Shakur

On Wednesday November 8th at 9 am, Shaka Shakur will be formally arraigned for 4 assault charges pertaining to an August 31st confrontation between him and Correctional Officer John Sexton. 


WHEN A CAR kills a person in the US, the details all go into a massive government database. It's called the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, and it records the number of deaths, the type of car, weather conditions, speed, seatbelt use, age, sex, seating position, and drug use of every single occupant—over 100 variables in total. Those numbers are the backbone of car safety standards.

Beating That Dead Horse….

Last night, I spoke at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, addressing–what else?–the Constitution and our current governmental dysfunctions… Regular readers have seen the following arguments before…

by Sheila Kennedy | October 25, 2017

Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction

Memphis, Tenn. – Clinton County, Indiana, will soon receive a boost in its ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic. The atom Alliance, a partnership between Memphis-based Qsource in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana; Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH) in Mississippi; and AQAF in Alabama was recently named the recipient of a Special Innovation Project (SIP), awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The purpose of the project is to work collaboratively with IU Hospital Frankfort and physicians in Clinton County to decrease opioid use.


by Harry Targ

"But in Indiana, our Indiana National Guard is the state partner with the Nigerien military. So we send Indiana guardsmen and women to Niger. They send their military leaders to Indiana for training. So it’s no secret-it hasn’t been a secret to me that-of what is occurring in Niger with the threat of ISIS and other cells of terrorist groups as well.” (Jim Banks, Congressman from Indiana, “Indiana Congressman on the Attack in Niger that Killed 4 U.S. Soldiers,” NPR, October 23, 2017).

Indiana and Niger

An open letter to Mr. Mitchell E. Daniels, president of Purdue University

I bring my whole Jewish self to work at Purdue University. During the weekend of Sept. 16, a giant swastika was constructed in a classroom across from my office on campus.Given my Jewish appearance, the mezuzah on the doorpost of my office, and the small menorah I have on the window sill facing the street — the location chosen for the swastika was not a coincidence. It was not a prank. It was directed at me personally (yet not solely at me). I saw it, and it petrified me.

Indiana Legal Services

Every Hoosier is entitled to equal justic under law. Unfortunately, the legal playing field is not always level—especially for low-income residents who cannot afford legal representation. When a landlord evicts, a credit card company collects, or a splitting couple contests custody or child support, often one party is represented by a lawyer and the other is left to defend himself against someone fully educated in the law.Free civil legal aid levels the playing field. Indiana Legal Services represented more than 11,000 clients across the state in 2016.

7 Real Threats to Free Speech on College Campuses

The pervasive effort to paint college students as both pitiful snowflakes and violent terrorists ignores the very real threats to free speech on campus.

By Matthew James Seidel /  AlterNet | October 18, 2017, 12:22 PM GMT

Robert Reich: Crony Capitalism Is Rotting the Country from the Inside Out

Democrats are still in denial about money's insidious influence on our politics.

By Robert Reich / October 23, 2017, 6:36 AM GMT

The largest corporations and richest people in America – who donated billions of dollars to Republican candidates the House and Senate in the 2016 election – appear on the way to getting what they paid for: a giant tax cut.


David Dayen | October 17 2017

A SNAP DECISION by Google has begun to reshape the drug treatment industry, tilting the playing field toward large conglomerates — the precise opposite outcome Google had hoped to achieve.

Under The Radar

Shelia Kennedy October 15, 2017

The Trump administration’s daily assaults to American laws and norms have produced a sort of outrage fatigue in many of us. That can be dangerous.

Despite Suicides, Jails Replace In-Person Visitation With Video Screens

The Jefferson Parish Correctional Center in Gretna, Louisiana replaced in-person visitation through a glass partition with video calls this week. Three suicides have occurred at the jail since August, raising concerns about the mental health of its prisoners. (Photo: Mike Ludwig; Edited: LW / TO)

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Hightower: The Next Wave of the Tech Revolution Will Wipe Out Millions of Jobs—Maybe Even Yours

It sounds like science fiction, but automation is closer than you think.

By Jim Hightower /  AlterNet October 12, 2017, 2:05 PM GMT

Industrial automatons have been on the march for years, devouring the middle-class job opportunities of factory workers. But this time is different.

Living with Trump’s new normal is driving me crazy

Donald Trump is the most exhausting president in history


This stunning statement from General Motors will keep Big Oil up at night

by Joe Romm OCT 5, 2017, 8:00 AM

“General Motors believes in an all-electric future,” Mark Reuss, GM’s head of global product development, announced in a corporate press release Monday.

Footing The Bill For Proselytizing

Sheila Kennedy Oct 12, 2017

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette has reported on Indiana’s school voucher program–the largest such program in the United States–and has followed that report with a wider-ranging, scathing editoriallisting additional issues with the program.

Report: Midwest Climate Change to be Severe

October 12, 2017 - Veronica Carter, Public News Service (IN)

INDIANAPOLIS – Parts of the country along the coasts have been battered this year by Mother Nature, and a new study from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute warns that the threat of climate change extends much farther inland and could wreak havoc on transportation and infrastructure systems across the Midwest. 

The Lies About ADHD Medication That Big Pharma Funds

Dr. Thomas Armstrong reveals how Big Pharma profits by misleading patients and doctors.

By Thomas Armstrong /  TarcherPerigee October 5, 2017, 8:51 AM GMT

Why Privatization Is a Disaster for Any Democratic Society

"In a totally free market health care system, you must be willing to let some patients die."

By Paul Buchheit /  AlterNet October 5, 2017, 7:44 AM GMT

The White Privilege of the "Lone Wolf" Shooter

Shaun King - October 2 2017, 6:59 p.m.

LAST NIGHT, THE United States experienced the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. At least 58 people are dead and over 500 more wounded. No, that’s not a typo: More than 500 people were injured in one single incident.

Chomsky: Trump's #1 Goal as President

Donald Trump's policies will devastate future generations, but that’s of little concern to the Republicans.

By Noam ChomskyDavid Barsamian / TomDispatch  October 3, 2017, 8:26 AM GMT

In Discussing the "Middle Class," Don't Forget the Racial Wealth Divide

The incomes of middle-class Americans rose last year to the highest level ever recorded by the Census Bureau, as poverty declined and the scars of the past decade's Great Recession seemed to finally fade.

Monday, October 02, 2017 By Janine JacksonFAIR | Interview

Dahr Jamail | Climate Disruption Could Pose "Existential Threat" by 2050

Monday, October 02, 2017 By Dahr JamailTruthout | Report

It is often painful to write these monthly dispatches, chronicling what has happened to the Earth over the previous several weeks. Every month I'm taken aback by how rapidly the changes are unfolding. Take my word for this: These pieces are as emotionally challenging for me to write as they are for you to read.


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