New year’s resolutions on post it notes.

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Friday evening at the library.

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Where I ate tonight.

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This morning ICE detained Ravi Ragbir, a nationally recognized immigrant rights leader, husband, and father. He was detained in New York despite having pending legal challenges in his case and widespread support from elected officials, clergy, and the community. Please call ICE and your representatives, ESPECIALLY if you live in NY to stand up to this retaliation against activists.

Use the following script: “Hi, my name is ______ and I am calling to request that ICE release Ravi Ragbir, A# 044-248-862. Ravi was detained today in New York City. Ravi is husband, father and cherished community leader, and we need him here in the United States. I respectfully ask you to release him from detention and grant him a stay of removal.”

NYC ICE Field Director: 212-238-4530
ICE Field Office: 212-264-4213
ICE Police Office: 202-732-4292
Sen Schumer: 212-486-4430
Sen Gillibrand: 212-688-6262

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Instead of Worrying About Budgets and Deficits, Ask About Impact

The Republicans gave up the lie about deficits with their insane, inequality-speeding tax plan. When we remove them from power, we can’t allow Democrats to get fooled again into putting on an austerity straitjacket for no reason. Let’s actually build a better world.

From Stephanie Kelton:

“I’ve been involved in trying to promote a federal job guarantee program. We recently looked at this, and we costed it out. If we were to do something big and bold like a living wage, and include benefits and healthcare, make it a permanent feature of the US economy, we estimate that the cost of a program like this is something like $500 to 600 billion a year.

How are you going to get there if you have to answer to paying for the deficit? It will never cost out under any circumstance with the CBO or any other wonky DC establishment. You must push beyond settling for programs that meet their scoring targets. We can’t be worried about where the money will come from or how the program will affect the budget.

As probably the most famous economist of all time, John Maynard Keynes, said nearly 100 years ago: “Look after the unemployment and the budget will look after itself.” If we are going to have programs envisioned as part of a moral agenda, then they are going to be big, they are going to be expensive, and they are going to impact the deficit. And you know what? That’s okay.

So what I want to suggest is that there is an army of economists ready to stand by you, to use the weight of their credentials and training to defend a moral agenda against the inevitable cries that America is too poor to do anything else.”

h/t Rohan Grey
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Salt residue on the subway car floor at the end of the day.

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Back to reality.

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