Elections/Legislation/Government

Jubilee USA Statement on World Trade Organization Meeting

The World Trade Organization closed two-day meetings on pandemic response policies that included a proposal to temporarily wave COVID vaccine patents.  

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development organization Jubilee USA Network and a United Nations finance expert, releases the following statement on the World Trade Organization meetings:

“We must act quickly to increase vaccine production and ensure everyone can access COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments. 

Puerto Rico Job Creation Bill Introduced in Senate

Companies could get tax breaks for creating jobs in Puerto Rico, under a bipartisan bill introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D) and Roger Wicker (R). If passed, the Territory Economic Development Tax Credit Act seeks to increase employment and investment in the US territories.

Greene/Gaetz presser for J6 shut down by protesters

On the 27th of July, reps Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, and several others from the MAGAt wing of the GOP attempted to hold a press conference in front of the Dept of Justice concerning the January 6 assault on the US Capitol and apparently on ensuing legal cases. Anti-Trump protesters shut them down cold, forcing an end to the press conference.

C-Span video of press conference throwing in the towel as protesters gain control 10 sec

Still from C-span video of the protest

WTO Reviews Vaccine Patents and Pandemic Response Options

By Olivia Engling

A proposal in front of the World Trade Organization could make it easier for countries to access COVID vaccines. This week the global trade body reviews the proposal to waive pharmaceutical vaccine patents as part of a menu of trade pandemic response policies. 

“Not enough vaccines are getting to developing countries,” noted Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA Network. “Part of the solution is supporting countries to produce the vaccines that they and other countries desperately need."

The Shortwave Report 07/23/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from  Radio Deutsche-Welle, NHK Japan, and Radio Havana Cuba.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr210723.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- The Henan province of central China has been hit by t

Poor People's Campaign civil disobedience at Capitol demands voting rights, end to fillibuster

On the 19th of July, the second of a sequence of "Moral Mondays" protests by the Poor People's Campaign included a major civil disobedience and more than 75 arrests at a blockade on 1st st NE by the US Capitol. Demands included an end to the filibuster, full restoration of the 1965 Voting Rights act, new Federal voting rights legislation, and an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Video of the civil disobedience and arrests 2 min 14 sec

Moral Mondays march from the Supreme Court to the US Capitol

Puerto Rico Medicaid Funding Advances in Congress

Permanent Fix Needed for 1.5 million US Citizens, Asserts Religious Development Group

Medicaid funding for 1.5 million US citizens living in Puerto Rico expires on September 30, if Congress doesn't act. A subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved legislation that Congress could enact to fund the health program for the next five years.

The Shortwave Report 07/16/21 Listen Globally!

This week's show features stories from  NHK Japan, Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and Sputnik Radio.http://www.outfarpress.com/swr210716.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 JAPAN- Covid cases are rising at a rapid r

Jubilee USA Statement on G20 Finance Ministers Meeting and Communiqué

G20 finance ministers and central bank governors met in Venice, Italy, on COVID response, economic recovery, vaccines, debt relief and global tax agreements on July 9-10, 2021.

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development organization Jubilee USA Network and a United Nations finance expert, releases the following statement on the G20 finance ministers meeting and communiqué:

“While the G20 is making critical progress in many COVID response areas, vaccine distribution and production is not moving quickly enough.

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