Once the American Dream

By: Friday September 19, 2014 7:56 am

We were once the American Dream, and now we’re just what happened to it.

The people I am talking about in my book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent seem illusive here on the East Coast; in crazy New York last week, visiting the South Bronx, there are plenty of poor people. The sense in Midtown was that if they didn’t deserve to be poor, then, well, they were sort of naturally thrust into it as immigrants, as drug users, simply because they lived in a poor part of the city and it always would be. Kind of the natural ecology of the place.

 

Hah Hah: You Are Poor

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 3:15 pm

Thanks for reading this. I hope it distracted you briefly from the daily hunger pangs you face. If you don’t complain, we’ll allow you 30 minutes of TV tonight. Now back to work serf.

Poverty Unchanged By Wall Street Recovery

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 1:27 pm

Though the federal government and Federal Reserve moved heaven and earth to ensure the 1% were made whole after the financial crisis, those unable to buy influence in Washington remain frayed. According to the Census Bureau over 14% of Americans remain below the poverty line while financial markets have made a considerable recovery from 2008 lows. There has been a recovery, for some.

Right Wing’s Latest Target: Poor Children Who Need Food

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 8:59 am

While Wall Street takes hundreds of billions in taxpayer money with a permanent bailout guarantee and the Pentagon can not account for a trillion dollars and remains inauditable, the reactionaries have a new target for their outrage over government dependency – poor children who need food.

Just Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 11:45 am

Raise the minimum wage. The arguments for are strong, and the arguments against don’t hold up to facts.

One important reason to raise the minimum wage to a living one is that people who can afford to feed themselves will not need food stamps paid for by taxpayers. You still think everything on the dollar menu really costs only a dollar? Companies who profit off their workers’ labor will be forced to pay a fair price for it, and not get by on taxpayer-subsidized low wages. Just as important, people who can afford to feed themselves earn not just money, but self-respect.

Paul Ryan’s New Poverty Plan Focuses on Opportunity, but Comes up Short

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 7:10 pm

Paul Ryan has a released a new poverty plan that advocates consolidating federal safety net programs and turning the money over to the states. It’s always worth taking a look at changes that could make anti-poverty program more effective, but Ryan’s approach would decrease opportunity for individuals living in poverty, not increase it.

Ryan frames his new proposal as aimed at giving low-income people the tools they need to make ends meet and lift themselves out of poverty.

Funny how all that works

By: Monday July 7, 2014 1:30 am

Continuing the timeless level of inaccuracy the right-wing has had in America, from how awesome Iraq would be to how Americans will always hate soccer, a really really high rate of being wrong.

FDL Movie Night: Getting Back to Abnormal

By: Monday June 30, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary, Getting Back to Abnormal, dives into to the messy issues of race and politics in post-Katrina New Orleans. Our guests tonight–Producers/Directors Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler and Andrew Kolker–tackle the subject by focusing on the pivotal 2010 city council race for District B. Incumbent Stacy Head, the first white Councilperson from District B in 31 years, was elected in 2006 and has faced charges of racism. Her opponent, Corey Watson is an African-American preacher and the son of a powerful pastor who has no problem telling his congregants that there is no separation between church and state because God owns them both.

Woman Jailed for Truancy Debts Dies

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 2:00 pm

Eileen DeNino was on welfare and unemployed and did not have the means to pay the $2,000 in fines for her children’s absence from school. Fines that were augmented by court fees.

5000 Tent City “Copa do Povo” Springs Up on Doorstep of Sao Paulo World Cup Stadium

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 10:34 am

A 5000 tent city has been built near the Arena de Sao Paulo, where Brazil will play its opening match against Croatia for the World Cup.

The tent city has been dubbed “Copa do Povo” (“The People’s Cup”) by organizers of the Homeless Worker’s Movement to protest poverty in the country:

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