Elections/Legislation/Government

The Shortwave Report 03/19/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from Spanish National Radio, Sputnik Radio, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK Japan.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr210319.mp3   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)        From SPAIN- Alison Hughes presents reports on the protes

Treasury Secretary Yellen and Religious Leaders Hold Historic Meeting on Global COVID Response

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Jubilee USA Network and some of the highest-ranking religious leaders met on global COVID response on Tuesday. The high-level roundtable discussion focused on emergency SDR reserve funds, debt policies, aid, climate change, Puerto Rico relief and bankruptcy, transparency and tax proposals to prevent future crises.

The Shortwave Report 03/12/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from Radio Deutsche-Welle, NHK Japan, Radio Havana Cuba, and Spanish National Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr210312.mp3   (If you have access to Audioport there is a highest quality version posted up there {33MB} http://www.audioport.org/index.php?op=producer-info&uid=904&nav=&)        From GERMANY- In Brazil corruption charges agains

Stimulus Package Aids Puerto Rico

Congress passed a $1.9 trillion stimulus package that includes Puerto Rico anti-poverty measures and $900 million of increased food aid through the Nutrition Assistance Program. The US territory suffers from a nearly 60% child poverty rate and the coronavirus rescue package funds Puerto Rico's child tax credit benefiting 355,000 low-income families.

“Devastated by the pandemic, debt crisis, high child poverty rates and natural disasters, Puerto Rico needs the stimulus package aid,” said Eric LeCompte, the Executive Director of religious development group Jubilee USA Network.

Spaces in Action hold International Women's Day rally on Mall

The Monday, March 8 DC International Women's Day rally by Spaces in Action prominantly featured the demand for "one fair wage" at $15 an hour. The centerpiece of the rally featured the slogan "fight don't starve."

Raw video: the "Fight don't Starve" Black version of Rosie the Riveter and the US Capitol 24 sec

G20 Discusses Stimulus, Climate and Aid for Developing Countries

G20 finance ministers met Friday to discuss global coronavirus response. The group endorsed continuing stimulus plans in wealthy countries and supporting plans to increase aid and vaccine access for developing countries.

International Cooperation Can Fight Corruption and Stop Tax Evasion, Say UN Experts

A UN experts report offers 14 recommendations to stop the loss of trillions in public revenues. The UN group argues that money lost to transnational crime, corruption and tax avoidance could be used to address the pandemic, poverty and climate change.

“The lack of transparency in the financial system impacts the vulnerable and our planet,” stated Eric LeCompte, the Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA Network. “Capturing the trillions in lost revenue is an important way to fight the pandemic and economic crises that countries face.”

Treasury Secretary Announces Support for Global Reserve Access, Debt Relief and Tackling Climate Change

In a letter to the G20, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen expressed support for the G20 to determine a process for how global reserve funds (Special Drawing Rights) could be deployed to help low-income countries.

More than 215 Groups Call on G20 to Access $3 Trillion in Global Reserve Funds for Developing Countries

More than 215 organizations sent a letter to the G20 and IMF to issue $3 trillion in global reserves, known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs). Spanning the globe, the signers argue that SDRs will help countries suffering from the coronavirus crisis and, "send a strong signal of renewed multilateral coordination..."

Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network Ask Biden for Global COVID Aid and Debt Relief

 $3 Trillion in Global Reserve Funds Should be Released to Support Developing Countries, Encourage Faith Leaders

The Biden Administration should support the release of $3 trillion in global reserve funds to support developing countries confront the COVID pandemic, say the US Catholic Bishops and Jubilee USA Network in a letter to President Biden. The letter also encourages the G20 and private groups to cancel debts for suffering developing countries, stopping tax avoidance, increasing aid and creating a permanent global bankruptcy process to prevent future economic crises.

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