Today in labor history: On April 14, 1930, more than 100 Filipino & Mexican farm workers are arrested for union organizing in Imperial Valley, California. Eight workers were convicted of “criminal syndicalism.”
Pictured: Filipino farm workers picking lettuce in the Salinas Valley, California, 1935 by Dorothea Lange
1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.
2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.
3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.
4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.
5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.
6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.
7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.
8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.
9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.
10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.
Such inequality is morally wrong!
This credit card is made entirely of gold, diamonds, and pearls. It costs $65,000 to produce and is modestly called the “Visa Infinite Exclusive.”
What else does the card come with? How about life insurance, a free iPhone 5, and a much heavier wallet?
For more on the buying habits and behavior of the top 0.01%, we refer you to Chrystia Freeland’s excellent Plutocrats (currently a New York Times bestseller!).
Corporations are spending millions of dollars trying to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership Fast Tracked through Congress.
Find out who the worst offenders are here: http://bit.ly/1hiNQJe
What is the best way to fight the corporate lobbyists? Call your representative (and get your friends to do the same)!
We’ve even made it easy for you. For contact info and a call script, go here: www.StopFastTrackNow.org
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THIS, IT IS SO IMPORTANT.
"Tony Abbott is about the sign off on possibly the worst power grab we’ve ever seen. The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)
If he signed this, your internet provider would be FORCED to POLICE YOUR ACTIVITY, and report everything you do online….
Now this is getting ridiculous. Though SOPA is down and out, there are companies who want to add portions of it under names and policies, which entirely kills freedom of speech for the internet. Among them are the Trans-Pacific Partnership, draconic Notice and Staydown measures, and whatever else. So we got until April the 13th until they pass through. What I’m more concerned about is the Trans-Pacific Partnership. If this gets signed, then your internet provider will be force to police every single thing that you do and will do in the future in your internet life! In fact, if that gets signed, they’ll declare everything from fanart to fanfics, thought to breach any kind of copyright, even if it is harmless, to be a massive felony.
So sign this petition like there’s no tomorrow right away and save internet freedom once and for all.
Doug Gurian-Sherman:The Problem is Monoculture, and GMOs are Making it Worse
Bugs are smarter than Monsanto scientists. There is no need to poison consumers in order to stops bugs for a few years.