A coalition of 121 Indigenous tribes across North America is working to change the narrative around fossil fuels. Alongside a growing campaign to defund the banks that are financing the Dakota Access pipeline and four other pipeline projects to pump Alberta tar sands oil across the continent, they are also pushing a discussion on sustainable forms of alternative energy.
Advocates for the struggling and hungry are appalled by Trump's budget proposal to slash billions of dollars from social programs such as Medicaid and food stamps. The White House is framing the cuts as proposed "reforms" meant to encourage people to get off the government dole and find a job, but critics say Trump's policies would only worsen the conditions of poverty.
The so-called "paid leave" in the Trump budget is just part of a shell game in which a con man gets a player to look at one shell while manipulating others, says Ellen Bravo, co-director of the Family Values @ Work coalition. Bravo shares her insights on how to keep our eyes on the prize of paid sick and family medical leave, within the larger fight for good paying jobs and safety nets for working people.