Browsing the "poverty" 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


Jon Stewart Satirizes Food Stamp Cuts — Hilarious

March 5th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

The US Farm Bill has proposed cutting 8.7 billion dollars in food aid, even though more families than ever before are struggling to just barely survive. However, Jon Stewart has done a superb job of illuminating the hilarious inanity of these cruel political actions


Elizabeth Warren: Expanding Social Security Now is Reality

December 16th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Senator Elizabeth Warren is demanding that our nation strengthen Social Security benefits, as more citizens than ever before are struggling financially, experiencing food insecurity or living in poverty. For millions of seniors, their monthly Social Security payments are the only thing that keeps them from being homeless, hungry and destitute


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


Swiss Consider Adopting a Guaranteed Basic Income

October 13th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

In an attempt to reverse rampant extreme poverty and severe economic inequities, the Swiss populace is now demanding a vote to implement a Basic Income for all of its citizens. These proposed economic reforms would mandate $2500 francs monthly for every adult; regardless if they are rich or poor, all people would be treated equally


Rise of Cooperatives and Credit Unions is Revolutionizing the US Economy

May 6th, 2013 | by Rhonda Winter

Recently I was listening to an engrossing radio interview with the visionary economist and author, Gar Alperovitz, as he was discussing his new book, What Then Must We Do?, which highlights the rise of cooperatives, worker ownership and the restructuring of our failing economy from the bottom up


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


Single Moms Take On Local Food Deserts in Asheville North Carolina

January 31st, 2013 | by Brett Gustafson

Asheville has recently been in the news for the adoption of its progressive regional Food Action Plan, which addresses food insecurity/security and access issues. It is no surprise that our town is making food security headlines again, this time with the story of two of Asheville's local residents and inspiring sustainable food leaders, Tema Ayanfe Jamison and Olufemi Lewis


Top 10 Trends in Sustainable Investing: Local Dollars, Local Sense

November 20th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

We are in the middle of an economic revolution toward much more local investing. The collapse of mammoth Wall Street banks, the LIBOR scandal and corrupt corporate malfeasance have given rise to growing support for regional credit unions, cooperatives and time banks, as well as increasing interest in loaning money to small independent neighborhood businesses. Michael Shuman, the director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), has written about this expanding money revolution in his recent book, Local Dollars Local Sense


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



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