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By Angelo Lopez on January 21, 2014

For the past few weeks I've been waiting for Martin Luther King's Day to come. I had been wanting to go to the Freedom Train and join in the celebration in San Francisco for King's legacy. It was a lot of fun. A diverse group of people went on the train in San Jose, and everyone was having a good time talking to each other and sharing about their lives. When we reached San Francisco, we went on a march to Yuerba Buena Gardens, where various events took place to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. I figure what better way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day than to go on a march.

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By Diane Wahto on January 19, 2014

Two days before Christmas, I was in the hospital undergoing a minor but potentially life-saving surgical procedure. The Friday before, the cardiologist I see told me I needed a pacemaker installed and it had to be installed right away. So, I spent a day and a half in the hospital, then came home with instructions not to do any heavy lifting or lift my left arm above my head. Fortunately, my husband and I had planned a low key Christmas celebration and the gathering with my kids and their families didn’t take place until the following weekend, so I had a few days to recuperate and enjoy the season.

I didn’t get a bill for this procedure and I won’t. I’ve been on Medicare for several years now. During that time, I’ve had surgery three times. I didn’t pay anything for the surgery or for the doctor’s visits that keep me healthy the rest of the time.

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By Richard Head on January 18, 2014

Ron Unz, a Silicon Valley executive and former editor of The American Conservative magazine, is among the most eloquent in his championing of a ballot initiative to increase the California Minimum Wage to $12/hour. His argument makes a great case for making $12/hour the Federal Minimum Wage.

A couple of pull quotes from the interview with an NPR reporter:

What we're talking about is a massive system of hidden government subsidies for these low-wage employers where they can shift the costs of the workforce over to the taxpayer. I think businesses should stand on their own two feet and have to pay their workers instead of forcing the taxpayers to make up the difference.

Wal-Mart is America's largest low-wage employer. Three hundred thousand Wal-Mart workers average about $9 an hour. All Wal-Mart would have to do to cover a $12 minimum wage is raise their prices by 1.1 percent one time. The average Wal-Mart shopper would pay only an extra $12.50 per year. People wouldn't even notice the price hike.

Full article here.

By Angelo Lopez on January 14, 2014

I read recently that over two million Americans have signed up for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, either through the federal website or through the state health exchange websites. The government's health care website is working better now and many people who need insurance are finally able to get it. As the law has been unveiled over the past few years, it's benefits and flaws have become more apparent. Both liberal and conservative critics rightly point out problems that have ensued because of the law. Obamacare is not a perfect law, but there are more good things about the law than bad things. I thought I'd write this blog because in the past two months I've had a lot of conversations about Obamacare with friends, relatives and even strangers.

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By Angelo Lopez on January 11, 2014

Last week I read that Charlie Chaplin's iconic character the Little Tramp will celebrate its 100th anniversary this coming February. Chaplin is one of the seminal figures in cinema history, and also one of the most subversive. The Little Tramp is a member of the underclass, a homeless vagabond who in each film is in constant conflict with the authorities of society. In Chaplin's films, the Little Tramp takes on government officials, corrupt police, exploitative factory owners, and petty dictators. Chaplin's films are relevant for today because its humor is still fresh and it champions the poor and the working class.

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