4.29.17

 

GREAT NEWS. Escaping poverty requires almost 20 years with nearly nothing going wrong. If you manage to combat race and class issues while in poverty while also making sure nothing happens, there’s a chance of getting out of it.

I will start my countdown now.

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Actually great news: Canada released some details about the anticipated UBI program that will be launched in three areas of Ontario. 4,000 residents will participate and receive a basic income of $16,989 per year for single folks and $24,000 for couples. People with disabilities will be given an extra $6,000.  The participants are all lower income people, both working and non-working.

I’ve noticed a lot in mainstream news recently about jobs being automated and speculation over what this means for jobs in the U.S. The reports are always fraught with anxiety. There is never any mention of Universal Basic Income as a solution. This absolutely needs to be part of the conversation happening right now.


Song of the day: “My Country” by The Tune Yards

My country, tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
How come I cannot see a future within your arms

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Companies That Hire Felons

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After serving time for felony charges, many are more likely to be at deep risk for falling into poverty and becoming further marginalized. That’s why this list is so important. The bad news is that quite a few of these employers are corporations known for not paying a living wage. One might argue that any job is better than no job even if it pays below living wage but it’s important to remember that in some states, felony convictions prohibit people from receiving food stamps and other assistance. As I’ve talked about before, companies that are low wage payers depend on food stamps and medicaid to pick up the slack to cover what their paycheck doesn’t.

I suspect the origin of this list is from HERE.