Without water, no life can exist. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in impoverished communities around the world whose access to water is severely limited. As fewer people have access to water, major problems occur, resulting in social unrest and devastating health consequences for the citizens of that community. Fortunately, the opposite is true, as well, in that if communities gain access to a reliable water supply, they can quickly begin to flourish.… [Read more]
In our modern capitalist society, money and profits are held in high esteem. Thus, maximizing shareholder value is of paramount importance among businesses of all sizes. But for many companies, humanitarian efforts are also a major player when it comes to corporate accountability.
Companies with social justice standards in place, designed to balance profit with purpose, may obtain a B-Corp designation.… [Read more]
Imagine going to your local grocery store and not being able to find a vegetable or a piece of fruit. You wander around the aisles, wondering why there isn’t any skim milk, brown rice, or whole grain bread. What will you feed yourself, your family, or your two-year-old?
In the United States, some consumers live in food deserts, which means they have limited access to affordable, healthy foods.… [Read more]
Have you ever had to replace something that you need as cheaply as possible? Has an emergency ever forced you to give something up on your monthly budget? What if that was the reality of every purchasing decision you make? You would be approaching the daily struggle of being poor.
Understanding poverty means understanding the poverty cycle on both a daily and generational level.… [Read more]
“If you think education’s expensive, wait ’til you see how much ignorance costs.”
These were the words of President Barack Obama this past Friday in Brooklyn, New York, at a local high school where he addressed students and faculty of the Pathways in Technology Early College High School, a joint venture between IBM and the NYC Public School System.… [Read more]
The US House of Representatives voted to defund $40 billion dollars from the SNAP program of food assistance for the poorest of the poor. SNAP, better known as the food stamps assistance program, is claimed by some in the House to be a program steeped in fraud. That’s right — people are stealing a whopping $4.50 a day and some people are getting fat off food stamps, making them lazy.… [Read more]
This week hundreds of thousands of public school children all over the South started the school year just as congressional representatives left Washington for a month-long vacation, and in many cases those same representatives will be attacking the state of public education with lies and distortions.
The biggest lie being propagated by right-leaning congressional leaders is that the state of public education necessitates an end to the end Department of Education and compulsory education. … [Read more]
Thank you Anthony Weiner.
You are probably wondering why I am thanking the tabloid poster boy, ex-congressman and current New York City mayoral candidate. Well, today I received some bad news; an undetected water supply line break to a the refrigerator caused a great deal of water damage in three rooms of my house. As I sat thinking about how I would deal with the repairs and expenses I drifted into despair.… [Read more]