‘We are the No,’ Cardinal Tobin says, vowing to support immigrants

The Archbishop of Newark, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin said, “We are the ‘no’ to a nation who is heartless, who would deport people separating them from their families and their loved ones simply because they are victims of a broken system.”

NEWARK, N.J. – Beneath the curved wooden ceiling at Bethany Baptist Church, New Jersey’s faith leaders vowed to stand alongside those targeted under the White House agenda – and build their own wall of resistance to President Trump’s policies.

“Not on our watch will anyone have to stand or fight alone,” said the church’s pastor, Timothy Jones on Thursday (May 4). “Now more than ever is the time for people of all faiths to get together to work for the joint goal of building community.”

Faith in New Jersey, an interfaith coalition advocating for social justice, convened imams, pastors, priests, and rabbis to urge action amid swift changes to immigration enforcement and health care.

“We cannot stand idly by, we cannot stay on the sidelines,” said Rev. John Mennel before more than 150 clergy members as Trump made his first presidential visit across the Hudson River before heading to his Bedminster golf course.

Source: ‘Crux

Kids And Teens Challenge Either/Or Genders : Shots – Health News : NPR

Max, age 13, is agender — neither male nor female. When referring to Max, you don’t use “he” or “she;” you use “they.”

Once strictly a pronoun of the plural variety, “they” is now doing double duty as singular, too — referring to individuals, like Max, who do not see gender as an either/or option. (NPR agreed not to use Max’s last name, because the family feared the sort of online threats that have been made to other transgender families.)

If the whole he/she pronoun thing feels awkward to you, Max is sympathetic — and patient.

Source:  Health News : NPR

Zuma faces rejection from the heart of the ANC, analysts say | News | National | M&G

The collective shock when labour federation Cosatu announced it was cancelling all speeches, including one by Jacob Zuma, at its annual May Day rally in Bloemfontein has brought into sharp focus the dissent over the president.

Political analysts argue that the boos and jeers Zuma received from Cosatu members suggest that a pro-Zuma candidate could lose the ANC the 2019 election. They say it also indicates that Cosatu members have now joined movements such as Save South Africa and opposition parties, who have led protests against Zuma since he sacked former finance minister Pravin Gordhan.

Susan Booysen, a political analyst from the University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Governance, said the booing at the rally signified the loss of one of the ANC’s most powerful mobilisers. Cosatu has traditionally used its “organisational mobilisation capacity” to help the ANC win previous elections, she said.

“The ANC has been extremely reliant on that. It is now a resource that has evaporated by all indications,” Booysen said.

Source:  M&G

Theresa May, MIA: The mysterious case of the missing prime minister | The Economist

HAS anyone seen Britain’s prime minister? Rumour has it that she was campaigning in the south-west of England today. But journalists have found it strangely difficult to catch a glimpse of her—indeed, the local press pack was locked in a room and forbidden from filming her on a visit this morning to a factory, according to CornwallLive, a news website.

For a politician who is said to enjoy canvassing and meeting the public, Theresa May is risking few encounters with ordinary voters. Over the weekend she was in Scotland, where she held a closed event in a hall in the middle of nowhere. Previously she attended a rally at a company in Leeds, whose employees tweeted that they had been sent home before things kicked off. She has refused to take part in televised debates, which Britain is nowadays very rare among democracies in not having.

Source:  The Economist

Survey of 11,000 Europeans finds 68% would vote for basic income | Basic Income News

Support for a Basic Income Referendum  

In response to the first question, 68% of respondents said that if a referendum on basic income was introduced now, they would vote for it. In 2016, this number stood at 64%. Thus, taking into account the margin of error, support for basic income appears to have increased slightly across the EU in the past year. Meanwhile, the proportion who said that they would oppose the referendum remained stable, at 24%.

Source: Basic Income News

Zuma must go, according to latest poll | City Press

I missed this when it first appeared, but it is notable on several fronts:
It is not only White/Coloured/Asian voters who strongly disapprove of Zuma, but also Black voters, who have turned against him in a big way.
Disapproval of Jacob Zuma is also hurting his favoured successor, Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma (and conversely, benefiting his arch-rival, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa)
Remarkably, (at least in metropolitan areas) DA leader Musi Maimane has as much support as Dlamini-Zuma.

There are obvious caveats in interpreting this data. Political opinion polls in South Africa do not have a strong record, and this poll was conducted only among metropolitan voters. Rural sentiment will be substantially different. Even so, it does no look good for Zuma and his supporters, come the ANC elective conference in November.

If polls hold water, then President Jacob Zuma’s approval rating has hit rock bottom and seven out of 10 South Africans believe he should step down.

Asked whether Zuma should resign as president, 74% of 1000 South Africans said yes. The poll was conducted after Zuma’s controversial reshuffle of his Cabinet last week.

White, Indian and Coloured respondents held stronger views, with 84% calling for his resignation compared with 69% of black respondents.

Source: City Press

‘The higher the inequality, the more likely we are to move away from democracy’ | Inequality | The Guardian

I am asked this question very often: why should we care about inequality? There are three reasons.

First, every inequality in the treatment or position of individuals – including inequality in income and wealth – requires understanding and justification, because we are all fundamentally the same. That does not mean we should all have the same incomes because our effort and luck may vary, but we need to think about the reasons for any and every inequality.

For example, we can adopt Rawls’ perspective – that inequality can be justified only if it is in the interest of the least well-off (that is, so long as it raises the absolute income of the poorest). Or we can agree with Hayek that inequality is acceptable so long as the rules of the game, such as equal access to the market, are observed. Or we can provide another rationale.

But no matter which philosophical opinion we find the most attractive, we have to address the reasons for the existence of inequality.

Source: The Guardian

Forbes: “The UK Government Is Completely Deluded About Brexit”

The UK’s eventual exit from the EU is looking more and more likely to be a train wreck. The Brexiteers in Prime Minister Theresa May’s administration are living in a fantasy world. And although May herself comes across as sensible and pragmatic, it now appears that she is as deluded as they are.

Last Wednesday, April 25th, May met the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, for dinner in London. Senior members of the British and EU negotiating teams were also present.

The dinner was a total disaster. But just how badly it went, at least from the European Commission’s point of view, has only just been revealed.

Source:  Forbes