FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jennifer M. Silva, Coming Up Short: Working-Class Adulthood in an Age of Uncertainty

By: Saturday August 31, 2013 1:59 pm

Through 100 in-depth interviews Silva vividly pulls us into this world, mostly in Richmond, Virginia, and Lowell, Massachusetts, where her grandparents grew up. The most striking thing about these stories is that they’re not only about debt or empty checking accounts; they’re about small moments wherein our institutions have ignored, confused, or overwhelmed working class people. Isaac doesn’t apply for financial aid for community college because his mother feels uncomfortable providing her salary for the FAFSA. Christopher feels “tricked” for being taxed $400 for not purchasing Massachusetts health insurance because he was unemployed and didn’t know how to look for free health care. Eileen tries to collect welfare, but couldn’t despite her low income because she inherited a house from her mother.

These moments spark not only resentment in the “system,” but between different groups.


For Disgruntled Young Workers, Lawsuits May Spark Intern Insurrection

By: Wednesday June 26, 2013 10:30 am

You’d have to be pretty desperate to offer to work for free, right? Or you could be just an enthusiastic young student who believes that toiling for little more than free coffee and a line on your resume may boost your future career. But recent research shows that unpaid internships are not likely to lead a coveted job offer.

The time-bomb

By: Monday June 10, 2013 1:30 am

I really cannot say what the long-term consequences of this are…but they are most probably not good.

Response to Nancy Keenan in Salon: Let’s Set the Record Straight on Millennials and Abortion. Again

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 4:49 pm

Another day, another article about whether or not Millennials care about access to safe abortion care, this time in the form of an interview with outgoing NARAL President Nancy Keenan in Salon in which the commitment of our generation to this issue is once again questioned.

It is time to put to rest the questioning about Millennials and whether they care about access to safe abortion care. It is time to get to work. Too much is at stake, too much ground has been lost, and, for far too many women, safe and affordable abortion care is out of their reach.

So, let’s set the record straight. Again.

A Dream Deferred?

By: Saturday August 18, 2012 7:00 pm

This week the White House rolled out its “Deferred Action” policy, cracking open the door to legal status for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants without papers. Many see the promise of temporary protection from deportation as a first step toward genuine immigration reform. But the future is unclear: What exactly in it for these these youth, when all they’re being offered is temporary protection?

Will Obama grant the DREAM in fragments?

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 7:00 pm

The news is out–and so are undocumented youth around the country who hope that this time, there may be real change ahead.

30-40 y.o. Long-Term-Unemployed at Risk

By: Thursday April 26, 2012 11:15 am

Researchers demonstrated a large risk for a shorter life expectancy (1.5 years) for long-term unemployed, 30 to 40 years of age. A 15 to 20 % increase in death rates over 20 years. Negative risks for long-term-jobless did not reduce to zero until the age at the time of the job loss was age 60. Clearly, for this sample, being younger and jobless carried a greater risk. This is a sufficient reason to put people back to work in government created jobs programs. The latter suggestion which seems so obvious to the unemployed, eludes politicians and the economists who advise them.

Ethnic Studies Ruling Escalates Arizona Schools Struggle

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 7:10 pm

While students were on their holiday break, Arizona issued a disturbing wake-up call to anyone who thought the education system had evolved to reflect America’s diversity. In a legal challenge to a controversial law passed in 2010, an administrative law judge pummeled a flagship educational initiative by supporting restrictions on programs based on Latino history and culture.

Retired Business Editor to Unemployed Youth ‘Get Off My Lawn!’

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 4:49 pm

Jack Markowitz, a retired editor, has a column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review this morning where he argues that high unemployment among today’s youth is the result of poor personal habits and values. Markowitz bases this argument on a story he tells about two young men — one employed with a failed marriage and living with his parents rent free, and the other an unemployed ex-convict. Markowitz is, in effect, arguing that the rise in unemployment is the result of a wholesale outbreak of vice among the young which happened to coincide with the beginning of the recession.

Never mind why…

By: Monday August 22, 2011 1:30 am

The only comfort of America’s illogical use of resources on prejudice and emotion is that were not alone…wait a minute that isn’t comforting at all.

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