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New Deal Today: Policy & Politics

News items that speak to the resurgence of interest in the New Deal as a touchstone for public policy and political action today.

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  • Congress to Postal Service: “Drop Dead!”
    • November 9, 2012
    • Gray Brechin
    The fire sale of our post offices is accelerating while the media remain largely asleep at the wheel. In July 2011, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) gave an exclusive contract to liquidate the public’s property to the giant commercial real estate firm C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE), which also advises the
    The fire sale of our post offices is accelerating while the media remain largely asleep at the wheel. In July 2011, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) gave an exclusive contract to liquidate the public’s property to the giant commercial real estate firm C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE), which also advises the read more
  • FDR Four Freedoms Park Opens At Last
    • November 9, 2012
    • Susan Ives
    Forty years in the making, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park was finally dedicated on October 17, 2012. The new park takes its name from a speech President Roosevelt made on January 6, 1941 in which he said the way to justify the enormous sacrifice of war was to
    Forty years in the making, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park was finally dedicated on October 17, 2012. The new park takes its name from a speech President Roosevelt made on January 6, 1941 in which he said the way to justify the enormous sacrifice of war was to read more
  • Update: Coit Tower Activists Win Preservation Measure
    • November 9, 2012
    • Susan Ives
    San Francisco activists are celebrating their successful campaign to protect and preserve the historic murals at San Francisco’s Coit Tower. In August activists won new rules restricting private events at the tower.
    San Francisco activists are celebrating their successful campaign to protect and preserve the historic murals at San Francisco’s Coit Tower. In August activists won new rules restricting private events at the tower. read more
  • Berkeley Fights to Save Its Post Office
    • November 9, 2012
    • Harvey Smith
    The Downtown Berkeley’s Main Post Office is widely recognized as not just a local treasure but also a national treasure. In June, the U.S. Postal Service notified the City of Berkeley of the impending sale of the downtown post office. Gray Brechin, Harvey Smith and Ying Lee of the Living
    The Downtown Berkeley’s Main Post Office is widely recognized as not just a local treasure but also a national treasure. In June, the U.S. Postal Service notified the City of Berkeley of the impending sale of the downtown post office. Gray Brechin, Harvey Smith and Ying Lee of the Living read more
  • Sell Berkeley's Main Post Office? No Way!
    • October 29, 2012
    • Rachel
    Some 3,700 historic buildings across the country are on the chopping block as the US Postal Service moves forward with "realignment" plans. For more details on the fight to save the post offices watch for our October newsletter, coming later this week. In the meantime, if you are in the San read more
  • Huffington Post: "Romney Rally At Red Rocks Amphitheatre Raises Spectre Of FDR, New Deal"
    • October 25, 2012
    • Rachel
    File this one under New Deal ironies: a candidate running on a shrink-the-government platform, holding a key campaign event in a CCC-built jewel, Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater. Matt Ferner wrote about it this week in the Huffington Post: "Red Rocks will most definitely serve as a stunning backdrop for what will read more
  • Jon Stewart on Romney, FDR and "Fiscal Responsibility"
    • October 11, 2012
    • Rachel
    If you have a spare 10 minutes, Jon Stewart's Oct. 9 dissection of the Romney-Ryan fiscal plan offers some food for thought. You can read more about it and watch the three-segment video here. In the third segment, you'll get a glimpse of a campaign speech from what Stewart jokingly calls read more
  • Government is Not a Balance Sheet
    • October 5, 2012
    • Rachel
      Susan Ives, of Susan Ives Communications, responds to the Oct. 3 presidential debate: Romney's remark about "trickle down government" is pandering to the same segment of society that hated Franklin Delano Roosevelt and that still maligns the New Deal. Meanwhile that same crowd has legions of lobbyists swarming Washington demanding corporate-rancher-agriculture welfare. Romney's read more
  • Listen: WNYC Radio on the 75th Anniversary of Roosevelt, New Jersey
    • September 25, 2012
    • Rachel
      Here's a nice radio piece on the history of Roosevelt, NJ, one of 99 New Deal resettlement towns. Roosevelt, which turns 75 this year, was unique as an experiment in community planning (it was one of three Greenbelt towns) featuring Bauhaus architecture. It was the only New Deal town that was read more
  • Post office sale is a surrender to corporate interests
    • July 30, 2012
    • Sam
    The selling off of the U.S. Postal Service properties is the latest example of the movement to corporatize what’s left of the public sector. It comes in a long line of privatization efforts — from shrinking the public school system to expanding the prison system to contracting out the U.S. read more
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