This is actually a few days worth of reads. The screen on my laptop broke ,so it’s away being fixed (yay, warranty). So, I’ve had to share The Family Computer. Cross your fingers my laptop comes back to me quickly.
“Why does McDonald’s need four years to bring their workers out of poverty?”
Things I love about Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s take on the $15 minimum wage plan announced by the mayor:
- She starts by crediting people around the country who have been organizing for $15/hr.
- She points out structural issues with the way the Mayor’s plan was developed and announced.
- She raises serious questions about the extended timeline.
- She points out that she led a process to develop a plan that was never voted on.
Kshama Sawant is kind of my hero right now.
Mary-Faith Cerasoli, above, is “sleeping in her car, showering at college athletic centers and applying for food stamps.”
“They call us professors, but they’re paying us at poverty levels…I just want to make a living from a skill I’ve spent 30 years developing.”
“Students aren’t getting what they pay for or, if they are, it is because adjuncts themselves are subsidizing their education.”
One of my fave things about Saturdays on Twitter is #.
This article is by Dorothy Brown, a professor of tax law at Emory University Law School. The racial wealth gap has hit an all-time high while Barack Obama has been president. The median net worth of white households is now 20 times that of black households. Why?
Some argue that the gap is a current manifestation of a historical problem. Others say blacks are to blame. While I can’t eliminate the lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow, or change stereotypes, I can highlight one area where blacks may be inadvertently contributing to the racial wealth gap: When most black people buy homes, we hurt ourselves economically.
Home ownership has been an important vehicle in creating a solid white middle class, but it has not done the same for most black homeowners, because blacks and whites buy homes in very different neighborhoods. Research shows that homes in majority black neighborhoods do not appreciate as much as homes in overwhelmingly white neighborhoods. This appreciation gap begins whenever a neighborhood is more than 10% black, and it increases right along with the percentage of black homeowners. Yet most blacks decide to live in majority minority neighborhoods, while most whites live in overwhelmingly white neighborhoods….
“50% of African-American children born in Mississippi grow up in poverty as opposed to 16% of white children” rethinkms.org/2014/05/02/rep
US interests are best served when people around the world don’t go hungry. ow.ly/wpMKu
Immigration Reform Is Partly About How Much Poverty to Welcome bit.ly/1kosdYo