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  • Panama Papers Should Re-Ignite Focus on Closing Shell Companies and Tax Havens

    Maurice Rahming by: Maurice Rahming
    It is hard to believe that the second easiest place in the world to run a shady, anonymous, and often criminal corporation is right here in the United States. According to a recent academic study, the United States is second only to Kenya for harboring these shell companies used to launder money and skirt their taxes.
      Much like the classic sleight of hand game, companies across the country, including many here in Oregon, are shifting and shuffling ownership and holdings until we lose track of who or where they are.
      Criminal organizations regularly set up shell companies to launder ill-gotten revenues and fund their criminal enterprise.

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  • Obama Can Stop Pfizer's Tax Rip-Off

    Frank  Clemente by: Frank Clemente
    You already know big pharmaceutical companies are ripping you off by charging too much for their medicines. But did you know they're also hurting you by dodging their fair share of taxes? A new report shows how one company pulls off this double whammy -- and how there's still time to prevent its biggest tax dodge yet.
      Pfizer -- maker of Lipitor, Lyrica, Viagra, and many other prescription drugs -- wants to turn its back on America by claiming to be an Irish company through an offshore merger, giving it access to Ireland's low tax rates. The change would only be on paper. The company would still be run from the United States, enjoying all the benefits of being based in America -- such as our taxpayer-supported roads, public colleges, and patent protections -- without pa

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  • Remaking History for North Carolina's Women of Color

    Gladys Ashe Robinson by: Gladys Ashe Robinson
    Black History Month each February is a time to recall the struggles of people of color in our country and to celebrate accomplishments that bring us all closer to the vision of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness promoted by our founders.
      We are reminded today, as we daily witness economic hardship, the aftermath of gun violence, mass incarceration, and rising inequality that enriches the 1 percent at the expense of our middle class that these struggles are not just part of the past, but also shape the future.
      No one is more impacted by the historical legacies of racism, sexism, classism and oppression than women of color, who continue to face persistent barriers and obstacles on every issue from fair pay and affordable health care to quality ed

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  • Ferguson's Short Window For Enforceable Police And City Transparency

    Patrice McDermott by: Patrice McDermott
    Unarmed people, mostly black men, shot by police. People, mostly black, dying in police custody. Over the last year, the consciousness of the American public has been seared with these stunning facts and shocking images. The deaths, and other instances of police violence that disproportionately target African American communities, have fueled demands for greater transparency in reporting by police forces nationwide.
      A major impediment to justice and accountability for police violence is lack of comprehensive data on law enforcement-involved shootings and use-of-force incidents.

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Demanding Transparency In Ferguson

Patrice  McDermott by: Patrice McDermott
On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and the City of Ferguson, MO, entered into to a Consent Decree (Agreement) the purpose of which is "to ensure protection of the constitutional and ...



It's Tax Time, But Corporations Aren't Paying

Frank   Clemente by: Frank Clemente
Tax Day offers a stark reminder of the difference between those of us who pay all our taxes every year and the big corporations that don't. While families and small businesses scramble to file their ...





From Panama to Delaware: How the U.S. Promotes Secret Tax Havens

Mark Hays by: Mark Hays
There are two important lessons from the secret international financial dealings of the corrupt and powerful revealed by the Panama Papers.
  The first is that the creation of anonymous ...



No Sidelines in Fight Against Climate Change

Kathleen Rogers by: Kathleen Rogers
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day. ...








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Panama Papers Should Re-Ignite Focus on Closing Shell Companies and Tax Havens (by: Maurice Rahming) in the Portland Skanner

Obama Can Stop Pfizer's Tax Rip-Off (by: Frank Clemente) in the Hackensack Record

Remaking History for North Carolina's Women of Color (by: Gladys Ashe Robinson) in the Durham News

Ferguson's Short Window For Enforceable Police And City Transparency (by: Patrice McDermott) in the USA Today

It's Tax Time, But Corporations Aren't Paying (by: Frank Clemente) in the Augusta Free Press

From Panama to Delaware: How the U.S. Promotes Secret Tax Havens (by: Mark Hays) in the Newport Daily Express

No Sidelines in Fight Against Climate Change (by: Kathleen Rogers) in the Tampa Tribune

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After Panama Papers, Iowa Should Join the Fight Against Anonymous Shell Companies (by: ReShonda Young) in the Cedar Rapids Gazette



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