Vote 11-08-2016

Progressive ballot measures won big on Tuesday — and not just in Washington

“Frustrated by a do-nothing Congress, voters took policy matters into their own hands on Tuesday by passing state ballot proposals to legalize marijuana, approve new transportation projects, raise state minimum wages and strengthen gun control laws. That these progressive measures won is an indication that voters are moving left on many issues, despite Donald Trump’s victory,” the New York Times notes.


Trickle down doesn’t: New study finds that income inequality makes the wealthy less generous

Bloomberg reports: “If Charles Dickens’s Victorian London had more income equality, Ebenezer Scrooge wouldn’t have been such a miser. That’s the implication of new research that suggests inequality makes wealthy people less generous. The study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to probe how inequality influences altruism.”

Pope Francis addresses Congress

Watch Pope Francis’ historic address to a joint session of Congress

This morning, Pope Francis became the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to address a joint session of the United States Congress. In his beautifully framed speech, firmly rooted in humanity’s universal progressive values, he urged Congress to act to address income inequality, the climate crisis, and immigration. He also called for the abolition of the death penalty.