Another Departure from the Trump White House. Adding to the Record Turnover. 

More turnover from the most inept White House in history. This is a record that will never be broken:

The White House aide who led the planning for President Donald Trump’s meeting last week with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has decided to leave the Trump administration to return to the private sector.

Joe Hagin, the White House deputy chief of staff for operations, has served in every Republican White House since the Reagan administration. He held the same title in George W. Bush’s White House.

Hagin’s departure comes as the Trump administration continues to set records for staff turnover. More than 60 percent of those who served in senior positions at the beginning of the administration have exited.

Pediatricians and UN Condemn Trump Administration’s Child Detention

They are breaking the law:

Amnesty International on Monday said that President Donald Trump is breaking U.S. and international torture laws by using “coercive” tactics that “intentionally” cause mental suffering on immigrant children that have been separated from their families.

In a statement released Monday, the human right organization called the Trump administration’s “no tolerance” policy for undocumented immigrant families “sickening.”

Unions and activists set Working People’s Day of Action

The day honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has passed, but unions and activists will continue to honor him in February.This week, labor and religious leaders and civil rights and women’s rights groups announced a nationwide day of action set for Feb. 24. Known as the Working People’s Day of Action, activists will mobilize and call for an end to policies that lift up the rich at the expense of the working class.

Source: Unions and activists set Working People’s Day of Action | New York Amsterdam News: The new Black view

Thailand: Burmese Workers on Trial for Reporting Abuses

The World has become more oppressive of labor in recent years. Globalism is the culprit here. Big business has taken over. And it’s no coincidence that democracy has declined with it:

The Thai government should publicly oppose in court the criminal defamation charges against 14 Burmese migrant workers for filing a complaint against their employer with Thailand’s human rights commission, Human Rights Watch said. The trial is to begin on February 7, 2018, in Don Muang Magistrates Court in Bangkok. If convicted, the workers face up to a year in prison.

“The criminal defamation case against 14 migrant workers for reporting abusive labor conditions threatens all rights enforcement bodies in Thailand,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The government should publicly oppose the employer’s charges and protect the ability of government agencies to act on complaints of wrongdoing.”

 

Help Puerto Rico Recovery after Hurricane Maria

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Puerto Rico has suffered a catastrophic event. They desperately need our help. These links below provide information on where to donate. There are several options for those of you who are concerned that your donations go to the right place.

To help victims of the Mexican and Puerto Rican disasters:
Donate to Operation Helping Hands, a partnership between United Way of Miami-Dade, the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, Univision 23 and JCS Switchboard. Visit https://unitedwaymiami.org/, call 1-800-226-3320 or send a check payable to Operation Helping Hands, c/o United Way of Miami-Dade, P.O. Box #459007, Miami, FL 33245-9007.

Source: Miami Herald

MEXICO:

UNICEF Mexico

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Domestic violence homicide rate drops with stricter gun law, study finds

When domestic violence offenders are required to relinquish their guns , instead of simply being barred from owning firearms, the risk that those offenders may kill their partners goes down, a new study finds.

Source: Domestic violence homicide rate drops with stricter gun law, study finds

What NYC’s subway can learn from Tokyo, Stockholm, and other cities

The gross negligence which is the MTA has been going on for decades. And there is no excuse. Years of fare increases have yielded better results not less service. The NY transit system (especially the subways) are an embarrassment. But our silence makes it possible. Rarely do NYers demand necessary changes. Additionally, there is no accountability. The State blames the city and vice versa:

That may be the only bright side after years of worsening service and a “summer of hell” for the aging subway system.

Along with delays and derailments—and the constant bickering of Governor Andrew Cuomo and and Mayor Bill de Blasio—only 65 percent of subway trains ran on time during the first five months of 2017, down from 86 percent five years ago, according to MTA figures

The system seems to be physically straining under the weight of its popularity, handling 50 percent more passengers than it did in the ’90s with barely any additions in capacity and new cars.

“The costs of postponing improvements may be even more enormous” than the inconveniences of paying for them. Sadly, that clear-eyed assessment was written in 1981, before the MTA had as much debt (it now owes $40 billion).