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Spitting in the Face of the Poor

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 08:40 By Matt Renner and Maya Schenwar, Truthout | Message
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Spitting in the Face of the Poor

Former Congressman Newt Gingrich of Georgia, speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Dear Readers,

The right wing is playing its usual part. Race-bait and attack the poor to justify cutting taxes for the rich. Push laws that disenfranchise young voters. Crack down on health services for women who can’t otherwise afford care. Blame teachers and unions for systemic failures in education. Turn a blind eye to the slow-moving tidal wave sweeping Americans out of their homes and into poverty.

In their hearts, most Americans favor compassion over destruction. If we cast light on the real issues at hand - and show how human lives are being harmed by toxic right-wing tactics - real progress can be made. However, without an independent counterweight against the sanitized mainstream media and the massive right-wing noise machine, the current right-wing agenda will look tame compared to what they’ll try in the future.

The demographics are on the side of those who care for their neighbors’ health and welfare. But we must have a strong communication network. Please help keep Truthout in this fight! We’re reaching new readers and breaking crucial stories every day, and with your support we cannot be stopped.

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Maya Schenwar, Executive Director and Matt Renner, Director of Development

Maya Schenwar

Maya Schenwar is Truthout’s Editor-in-Chief. Her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better, will be out from Berrett-Koehler Publishers in November. Follow her on Twitter: @mayaschenwar

Previously, she was a senior editor and reporter at Truthout, writing on US defense policy, the criminal justice system, campaign politics, and immigration reform. Prior to her work at Truthout, Maya was contributing editor at Punk Planet magazine. She has also written for the Guardian, In These Times, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Z Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Common Dreams, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and others. She also served as a publicity coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Maya is on the Board of Advisors at Waging Nonviolence.

Matt Renner

Matt Renner is Director of Development and Communications at Truthout.

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