Today’s Reads: Basically, a round-up of jerky people

I guess maybe it’s good to consolidate all the mean people into one post. Keep the hate contained a bit. Yes, talk of Donald Sterling’s racism is totally relevant here. Long before the audio of his racist comments came to light, he was a racist who was sued by the federal government on more than…

Senate Doesn’t Pass Minimum Wage Raise

   Senate GOP blocked a minimum wage hike today. Even though raising the minimum wage would lift nearly 1 million Americans out of poverty http://goo.gl/ArLUYX  Even though $1BILLION of funding for  Food Stamps is spent helping just the workers in the fast-food industry. And that’s just the fast food industry, not corporate retail stores like Walmart. Raising…

Today’s Reads: “”We have an image of hunger that comes from Africa, but this is America.And unless your belly is distended we don’t have an image of what hunger looks like here.”

All the read-worthy things for this evening. Viola Davis talked to People Magazine about digging through trash and stealing food as a kid growing up with hunger. Now partnering with the Safeway Foundationand the Entertainment Industry Foundation, Davis is spearheading the campaign forHunger Is to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger. “We have an image of hunger…

Wheelchair Accessible Gardening

I believe I mentioned these types of raised bed here. These designs help make gardening accessible for wheelchair-bound disabled people. This seems like it would be a great project for scouting groups or tech programs in schools to do . via carex: garden design by carolyn mullet.

Lunchtime Not-Links: Pictures of Things Growing

I barely touched my feedly this weekend, so this morning I had thousands of unread things. I clicked “Mark all as read”. Then groaned as I realized I’d have nothing to share for lunchtime links today. Der. So, here’s some pictures of people growing things!  I hope it inspires those of you doing the gardening…

Keep your chin up

via positive affirmations.   Also important to remember: lack of financial & career success and economic hardships don’t mean you’re a failure.  People use that amount in a bank account to determine wealth but don’t fall into that trap of aligning your value with a dollar. When you’re struggling financially, the whole world around you seems…

Prison labor booms as unemployment remains high; companies reap benefits

via thepeoplesrecord: Prison labor booms as unemployment remains high; companies reap benefits Prison labor is being harvested on a massive scale, according to professors Steve Fraser and Joshua B. Freeman. “All told, nearly a million prisoners are now making office furniture, working in call centers, fabricating body armor, taking hotel reservations, working in slaughterhouses, or manufacturing textiles,…