Browsing the "poor" Tag

Hidden Wealth of Obscenely Rich Can Not Be Measured

August 8th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

New research by the European Central Bank and the London School of Economics shows that the super wealthy are now so obscenely rich and adept at hiding money, that their assets can not even be accurately measured


Why are Millionaires Attacking Unemployed Poor People?

January 13th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

In our nation the myth continues to be perpetuated that if you work hard, anyone can get rich; which inherently implies that if you are not rich, clearly you just have not worked hard enough. Comedian Jon Stewart highlights just how ludicrous this flawed ethos truly is


Jimmy Carter Demands another End to the Death Penalty

November 11th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Former President and civil rights activist Jimmy Carter has is once again calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States. Carter will also be part of the National Symposium on the Modern Death Penalty in America on Tuesday, November 12 in Atlanta, Georgia


Pelosi Demands $10.10 Minimum Wage Raise Amid Historic Stock Market Profits

March 10th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

This week House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated that the historic profits recently made by Wall Street demand that our nation increase the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour. The California Democrat explained that these enormous corporate financial gains have not translated into higher wages for most workers, and millions of working families are facing severe hardships as they continue to struggle


Video Shows US Wealth Gap is Now So Huge that it Soars Off Charts

March 3rd, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

It seems like every month the number of people who are unemployed, or in need of food stamps soars to record new levels, while corporate profits continue to skyrocket. Attempting to describe the gargantuan disparity in wealth that exists in the United States is increasingly difficult. Currently 1% of our population now possess 40% of our nation's wealth, while the bottom 80% of us own just a scant 7%


Depp Helps Publish Woody Guthrie’s Long Lost Novel about Natural Building

February 5th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

In 1947 Woody Guthrie wrote House of Earth, a fictional story about struggling young sharecroppers, poverty and building sustainably with dirt and natural ingredients. The book was never published at the time, due in part to the novel's sexually explicit material, as well as the oppressive red-baiting political climate during that era. The story has been recently re-discovered by historian Douglas Brinkley, and has just been released by Johnny Depp's new publishing division of Harper Collins, Infinitum Nihil


Why Our Failed War on Drugs was Never Actually about Drugs

December 4th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki's new documentary, The House I Live In, examines our nation's enormous prison industrial complex, and also illustrates why our decades long War on Drugs has never been about drugs at all. Increasing US incarceration rates are largely just about making money


Sister Simone Campbell at the DNC: We are All Responsible for One Another

September 7th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of the social justice lobby NETWORK, was one of many inspiring women who addressed the Democratic National Convention. The exuberant Catholic nun told the packed auditorium how dangerous the proposed Romney/Ryan budget would be for millions of poor and disenfranchised families across our nation who are barely getting by. Sister Simone gave a dynamic speech which reinforced the strong christian belief that everyone has a shared responsibility to all of our fellow humans


Stockbox Grocery Opens First Storefront in Seattle’s South Park Neighborhood

August 15th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Last year at the Slow Money Gathering in San Francisco, I was really impressed with a presentation that I heard from one of the founders of Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery in Washington. Her idea was simple and innovative — retrofit shipping containers to sell healthy food and produce in underserved neighborhoods. The easily portable container could be placed in industrial areas and regions where food deserts now prevail, instantly providing better access to fresh groceries


Daily Show Explores Who’s Allowed to Vote with State’s New Voter ID Laws

August 10th, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson

Many citizens will be disenfranchised from voting in November's election, due to new unnecessary voter ID fraud laws enacted in several states. Minorities, the poor, elderly and students are some of the populations that are hit hardest by these restrictions. In a hilarious satirical skit, the Daily Show helps us determine who will be eligible to cast a ballot. Adopting her best "You Might be a Redneck" persona, correspondent Jessica Williams walks us through the new voter guidebook "You Might Be Eligible to Vote IF..."


The American Dream is a Lie: Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

August 3rd, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

One of the most significant books published this year is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, a gripping graphic novel reportage mix which skillfully exposes the extreme exploitation and poverty that flourishes on the disenfranchised burned out edges of our nation. This brutal compelling work is a collaboration between Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, and the revolutionary cartoonist and foreign correspondent, Joe Sacco


United States is Now the Most Unequal of All Industrialized Nations

July 28th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Jon Stewart spoke with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz about how the extreme concentration of wealth in the hands of a few plutocrats is destroying the very principles upon which our country was founded: "It seems like people are not angry at wealth or success, they get frustrated by what appears to be an entirely different set of rules put in place by the wealthy, who then say: 'Hey man, I'm just playing by the rules', as though those rules were an arbitrary design of the free market."


Global Elites Hide Trillions in Secret Offshore Economy Each Year

July 23rd, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

A new report has been published which compiles detailed information about the enormous amount of money that is being hidden by billionaires in offshore accounts. The research, The Price of Offshore Revisited, shows that over 21 trillion dollars, more than the total combined GDPs of both the United States and Japan, are being sequestered out of sight into the legally murky offshore economy. The super elite are using every available resource to exploit loopholes in cross-border tax rules to avoid paying their fair share



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