What We Can Learn From Iceland’s Four-Day Work Week

Between 2015 and 2019, the government of Iceland and the Reykjavik City Council undertook an employment experiment, allowing a sample of workers access to a shorter work week without any loss of [...]

Medicare For All Rallies In 50 Cities

By C.J. Polychroniou, Truthout. -

Why is the U.S. an outlier with regard to health care? What keeps the country from adopting a universal health care system, which most Americans have supported for many years now? And what [...]

Hundreds Of Cancer Patients Lives’ Endangered By US Sanctions

By Andreína Chávez Alava, Venezuela Analysis. -

Six independent UN human rights experts alerted that hundreds of Venezuelan cancer patients’ lives are under threat because of an “excessively strict application” of US sanctions. In a press [...]

Non-Police Mental Health Program Reduces Unnecessary Hospitalizations

By NBC New York. -

The Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division, or "B-HEARD" program, which started in a portion of Harlem a month ago, has already responded to about 110 calls where there was no [...]

Misinformation’s Deadly Profit Motive

By Jessica González and Carmen Scurato, Common Dreams. -

"When it comes to misinformation, not sharing is caring," Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said during a White House press briefing last week. His advisory offers a detailed account of the ways that [...]

US Life Expectancy In 2020 Saw Biggest Drop Since WWII

By Mike Stobbe, Associated Press. -

The drop spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due mainly to the COVID-19 pandemic, which health officials said is responsible for close to 74% of the overall life [...]

Only International Solidarity Can Defeat Covid For Good

By Nivedita Majumdar, Tribune Magazine. -

In early March of this year, I was in a hospital bed in Delhi for a week following a Covid diagnosis. This was just about four weeks before the second wave hit the country, showcasing the [...]

Clock Ticking On Benefits Deadline For Uranium Workers

By Kathy Helms, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment. -

Churchrock – Larry King, president of Churchrock Chapter and a former uranium worker, doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in the melting Arctic of receiving federal benefits afforded sick Navajos [...]

July 24: National Marches For Medicare For All

We are a coalition of groups that are coming together to march for Medicare for All. Who is in that coalition depends on which city you are talking about. There is no one single group behind [...]

America’s Drug Wars

By Alfred McCoy, Tom Dispatch. -

Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, President Richard Nixon stood before the White House press corps, staffers at his side, to announce “a new, all-out offensive” against drug abuse, which he [...]

Black People’s Reasons For Not Getting Vaccinated Are Much Deeper

By Elisa J. Sobo, Diana Schow, and Stephanie McClure, News One. -

By early July 2021, nearly two-thirds of all U.S. residents 12 years and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 55% were fully vaccinated. But uptake varies drastically by [...]

Defense Of For-Profit Health Care Hasn’t Changed In Decades

By Luke Savage, Jacobin Magazine. -

This month marks the fifty-sixth anniversary of Medicare, signed into law by president Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965. The effects of the program were expansive and immediate: three years after [...]

How One Union Uses Kitchen Table Economics To Advance Medicare For All

By Kari Thompson, Labor Notes. -

Using kitchen table economics is critical for winning workers over to Medicare for All. Before this training, members may be wary of trading something they’re familiar with for something that’s [...]

NYC EMTs, Paramedics To Boycott Parade Honoring COVID First Responders

By Michael Gartland, Thomas Tracy And Graham Rayman, New York Daily News -

Thousands of city frontline workers — including paramedics and emergency medical technicians — plan to boycott Mayor de Blasio’s Hometown Heroes ticker tape parade Wednesday. Members of FDNY [...]

Liberals And Congress Retreat Rather Than Fight For Medicare For All

By Ed Grystar, Counterpunch. -

At a Bernie Sanders healthcare town hall last year, Rep. Pramila Jayapal glibly stated that the problem to enacting Medicare for All was not more education of the public, but a question of [...]