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Amtrak Wants Military Vets to be 1/4 of Their Workforce

February 27th, 2014 | by Rhonda Winter

Trains are my favorite method of travel, and Amtrak has given us another reason to feel good about riding the rails. Directly reaching out to one of our nation's most underserved populations, by 2015 Amtrak wants at least a quarter of its workers to be military veterans


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


Chomsky’s “Plutonomy & the Precariat” Explains Why Jobs aren’t Coming Back

May 19th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter

Earlier this month Noam Chomsky published an incisive essay entitled: "Plutonomy & the Precariat: On the History of the U.S. Economy in Decline*, which elucidates how the extreme concentration of wealth with the 1% has transpired because our country no longer manufactures actual things — bankers, stock brokers and financiers simply manipulate the idea of money. The United States has mutated into a vastly economically stratified oligarchy, 99% of whom have almost no political power or influence in our nation's "democracy"


Mapping Poverty and the Riots: Correlation or Causation?

August 12th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

The British Guardian has just published a fascinating interactive map which plots out where violence has taken place in the last week, in relation to the regions in England where poverty and unemployment are the most severe. Data journalist Matt Stiles took the newspaper's data on economic poverty, and all the information available about the recent riot incidents, and overlaid the two together. The darker red colors represent poorer neighborhoods, while the blue areas highlight the richer regions. A correlation does not equal a causation, but this data map is definitely a wake up call


Institutionalized Racism and Police Abuses Fueled British Riots

August 10th, 2011 | by Rhonda Winter

As the angry riots continue to rage on in England, on this side of the pond we are trying to understand why this is happening. It is difficult to comprehend the many factors that have contributed to these violent uprisings after the murder of a 29 year old black man named Mark Duggan. These destructive incidents have been called everything from a class war and egregious opportunistic theft, to the beginning of a popular revolution


Geography of a Depression

August 18th, 2010 | by Rhonda Winter

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 31 million people presently unemployed; and



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