Trying something new here. I always have soooo many links to share that I get overwhelmed when I try to do it just once a week. And honestly, I can imagine when it’s a ton of links at once, it’s a lot to take in. So, I’ll try this. I’ll share 12 links every day. I’ll probably do some on topic (like food/recipes, SNAP,current events,gardening,budgeting,etc).
[content: parenting while poor,doulas for low income women,homelessness,transgender homeless people,homeless shelters,nice rappers doing good things for poor families and homeless people, teachers don’t get paid enough,wealth inequality,food insecurity]
- How it feels to be a poor mother living without heat during a blizzard – short answer: fucking miserable
- The Myth of Low Cost Doula Support – this was a heated discussion over at the FB page one day after I said I wanted to become a doula just to provide services to low income women. I understand in some areas, low cost doulas are totally a thing but it’s not the norm. Also, some people don’t seem to get that some low income women need it to be “no cost”
- In North Carolina, Teachers Work Second Jobs to Make Ends Meet [via Raise Up]- “…16 percent of teachers nationwide are forced to work a second job outside the school system. In North Carolina, however, that number is closer to 25 percent — third-highest in the entire country. When you include teachers who take second jobs within the school system, more than half of North Carolina educators — a full 52 percent — work second jobs to supplement their salaries.”
- Travesty: It Is Now Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Thirty-Three Cities – ugh
- Chris Hedges: If You’re Poor, Justice in America Doesn’t Look the Same-nope
- Chance the Rapper Raised 100k to Make Coats for Chicago’s Homeless– they double as sleeping bags
- 2 Chainz Gives Family of 11 Facing Eviction a New Home – this guy❤
- Study: Low wages drive up government costs– makes sense. You dont pay people a living wage, they will need to rely on government assistance
- Police: Homeless Woman Smashed Window to Escape Cold – she wanted to go to jail so she didn’t have to freeze
- Wealth inequality has widened along racial, ethnic lines since end of Great Recession -yup
- via TalkPoverty: “I can’t afford to fill up my freezer, but I’m denied food stamps” –Kim bit.ly/22oqUBM
- Tll HUD to house trans people in shelters according to gender identity – This is a big deal. The number of trans people on the street has gone up and it’s harder for them to find shelters that accept them. (this does not address SAFE shelters for trans people,though)
[content notes: basic income, homelessness,education,domestic violence,
χ NYC Low-income high school seniors march their college application to the post office – “I am going someplace and no one can stop me.” Bless them.
χ Interview with Guy Standing o Basic Income
χ Meathead Movers offers their services free to domestic violence victims fleeing abusive homes – It might not sound like much but it is. It’s a big deal.
χ Parenting while homeless– An excellent long read focusing on the stress of parenting while living in a shelter and one initiative to support those families to build strong families despite homelessness
χ How Boise, Idaho has criminalized homelessness– they just shut down a homeless camp behind a church that was a refuge to 135 homeless folks.
The video for Jodeci’s first single in well over a decade is a platform for the issue of domestic violence. There’s a part that touches on how poverty and the fear of poverty keeps victims trapped in abusive relationships. It’s a huge factor that keeps the abused from leaving. A large percentage of homeless women became homeless after leaving a domestic violence situation. An abuser exerting financial control over the victim is quite common, preventing her or him from earning a stable income.
Here are a couple issues with the song and video I need to speak about. K-Ci himself was a perpetrator of domestic violence. In a statement when the song was released , K-Ci said, “We aren’t immune to issues that are important in our community. Domestic violence has always been an issue in relationships, but lately it’s been brought to the front of our community consciousness.” I think we’re supposed to just assume that K-Ci has faced his own actions and learned how to do and be better, or if you’re unaware of the history there, K-Ci looks like a man who is stepping up to end violence against women. Either way, hearing more about what’s led to this activism via music would benefit those in the abuser role of domestic violence dynamics. The personal narrative of how he himself was not immune would certainly bring authenticity to the message.
The song itself isn’t all that in depth and might even make it sound like “fussing and fighting” is a 2-way street with victims having responsibility for having a part in their own abuse.
I certainly don’t want to undermine the message of the video by bringing up the problematic history because the message itself is important.
If you’re in an unsafe relationship and are able to reach out, here are some important numbers:
idvaac.org (Institute of Domestic Violence in the African-American Community)
Over the last five years, Beyoncé has given $7 million of her own fortune to fund a housing complex for homeless people in Houston. For those years, the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments has quietly provided room and board for 43 previously homeless people, and Beyoncé hasn’t once taken credit for it.
via Beyoncé Just Gave Us the Best Reason to Love Her Yet – Mic.
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is looking like a very costly mistake for the U.S. military.
How costly? According to an analysis by ThinkProgress, the money spent on the F-35 would be enough to buy every homeless person in the country a mansion.
Now, every homeless person doesn’t really need a mansion but I understand why they used that to demonstrate the obscene spending here. I’d rather we find modest housing for everyone who needs it and then have some jingle leftover to feed the people who struggle with food insecurity. And we’d probably have some leftover for the other things that benefit society & low income families, like childcare subsidies.
The Gregory Project, An Initiative to Turn Billboards Into Affordable Housing
From the Gregory Project website:
Cities are engulfed with rigid constructions for billboard advertisement which are expensive to put up, maintain and their subsequent renting is a costly venture. The Gregory project brings optimization to the construction of billboard structures in a way that the insides of these, after the extension, could be turned into a living space. Such an object would need just a minimal maintenance cost which could be partially paid through the rental of its advert space.
I like that this is solution oriented.