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:

To Prison for Poverty

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 5:43 pm

Many people think that debtor’s prisons disappeared from American society just as surely as horse-based transportation. But in fact, people who are too poor to pay fines are still being threatened with incarceration today, but with an all too familiar twist: private companies are making money off people who can’t pay.

Fact-Checking North Korea Propaganda about America (They’re Right)

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 12:08 pm

What kind of world is it when North Korean propaganda about the United States is more correct than crazy? Let’s fact-check and see how the Northerners did.

FDL Movie Night: Tanzania, A Journey Within

By: Monday April 21, 2014 4:59 pm

Tanzania A Journey Within, directed by tonight’s guest, Sylvia Caminer, begins with a simple concept: Venance, whose mother died from HIV, left his home in Tanzania nine years ago to pursue his dreams of a college education. His friend Kristen, who he met while they attended the University of Miami, is a privileged girl from Virginia, and would like to go with him and see the Africa she dreams of–wild animals, mud huts, a peaceful existence with nature.

Same as It Ever Was: War, Peace, Wall Street, and the Smothers Brothers

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 4:37 pm

Censored for years, the Smothers Brothers kept on satirizing. In the end their uncompromising political message drove them off the air, with CBS firing the duo and the rest of their comedy ensemble under pressure from the White House. Though the Brothers and the ACLU fought a successful legal battle in response, their careers were effectively over. A documentary, Smothered, tells the whole story — but only clips seem to be available online.

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