Poverty: An American Epidemic

It seems hardly a day goes by without another news story about the 1%, the healthcare crisis or picketing laborers. The truth is that a shocking number of Americans are living at or below the poverty line.

By the Numbers

According to U.S. Census data from 2012

  • Nearly 46.5 million people are living in poverty, up from 46.2 million in 2011;
  • 18.9 million are white non-Hispanic, 13.6 million are Hispanic, 10.9 million are Black/African-American, and 1.9 million are Asian;
  • More than 16 million children (under age 18) live in poverty.
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Into the Wayback Machine to 1000 CE

Congressman Joe Barton (R-Texas) stated that harnessing wind power will make the earth hotter because it will make the wind slow down. This is not the first time members of the Grand Ole Party have made absolutely astonishing statements when it come to science. The Party of No is the party of No because they know nothing.… [Read more]

‘I Dream of Gini’ – Measuring Income Inequality

One of the problems with economics is that economists use complex words like “coefficient,” making a term like “Gini coefficient” unpopular before people even know what it means. If the term referred to some abstract number that people use to explain recessions it probably wouldn’t be worth explaining. This number, however, has been connected to fetal mortality and the likelihood that crazies will go shooting up our preschools, so it’s worth a little more than a dismissive glance.… [Read more]

The time is right to continue the strikes

Fast Food Forward, the group that organised protests in New York City, stated “No one can survive on $7.25 (per hour).” They’re correct — especially when one takes the cost of living in a large metropolitan area into consideration.

Across the country a couple of weeks ago, protesters gathered outside a host of fast-food restaurants to take part in a one day strike that called for higher wages for fast food workers.… [Read more]

For the Workers: Fourth of July and Beyond

America is celebrating the 237th anniversary of its Declaration of Independence from England. There will be cook outs and parties all across the land. Thousands upon thousands of firecrackers, bottle rockets and other noise making fireworks will be exploded to the sheer delight of young and old alike. Hamburgers, hot dogs and other local foods will be consumed as the nation comes together in a state of unity.… [Read more]

Ball of Confusion

Today’s “Say It In Song” post is an oldie but goodie from The Temptations.

“…Just a Ball of Confusion Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today…”

With uprisings, voter suppression efforts, the threat of war, racial and ethnic tensions, and a widening wealth gap between the haves and have-nots it seems “ball of confusion” is an accurate description.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason, Part 2: Bending Over Backwards

On May 9, 2012 President Barack Obama, in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, became the first president in U.S. history to publicly support marriage equality, stating that “for me personally –- it is important…to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” President Obama’s announcement came on the heels of Vice President Joe Biden’s interview on Meet the Press three days earlier, where the Vice President said he was “absolutely comfortable” with gay marriage.… [Read more]

Divided City: The Dark Underbelly of Urban Renewal

Everyone’s talking about how nice this city has become. But has it? Sure, going to a show and grabbing some greasy takeout food no longer means gathering 5 friends and watching each others’ backs each step of the way, but in neighborhoods where I once had to keep my distance from hard-asses throwing death stares my way, I‘m now subjected to yuppies keeping their distance from me when they see my multi-colored hair, ratty black clothes, and uncouth demeanor, with a look on their faces that says, “I thought we got rid of those people![Read more]

Revolution – A Song for the 99%

Tracy Chapman said/sang it best:

“Poor people gonna rise up, and get their share…

Poor people gonna rise up, and take what’s theirs.”

 

 

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I can’t think of a song that is more appropriate to express the frustration felt by the 99%!

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Talking ‘Bout A Revolution, single from the album called Tracy Chapman, released in 1988.… [Read more]