Today’s Reads- Transgender employment challenges…Poverty, Stigma, and Disease….

Some notable reads from around the web today…
The Challenges of Finding Employment as a 52-Year-Old Transgender Woman – Finding employment when you’re over 50 is really difficult but then add in being a transgender woman, it’s damned near impossible. Sometimes I wonder if the reason I get upset by the near daily articles I see about trans people facing job discrimination is because I know transgender people and they’re a part of my life? Not enough people seem to be that concerned about the discrimination that places trans people at a huge risk for being in poverty. This woman’s story isn’t unique and that makes it even more heartbreaking.



“Poverty has been rebranded as personal failure.”…

Unless it’s a poor kid, no one really cares about poor people. And then even then, it’s that lazy,irresponsible parent’s fault that the kid is poor. Poor is segmented into poor ,innocent babies and lazy slackers.



Global poverty, stigma, and the spread of disease… –
“Blaming cultural practices or poverty-linked practices of living, such as the potential link between poor rural regions consuming bush meat which could be contaminated by the virus, stigmatizes those stricken by this rare virus or by curable illnesses such as malaria, or diarrhea. Even though it is often inappropriate and counterproductive to blame culture or practices of different populations, poverty and socioeconomically oppressive structures propel the spread of disease.

It is poverty that further stigmatizes those who have been infected with a virus that is largely misunderstood by rural communities and scientists alike. It is poverty that causes overcrowded health care clinics that are unable to maintain a standard of sanitation due to a lack of funds which allows for the spread of disease. It is poverty that stigmatizes culture to be part of the source of their suffering. Fighting poverty and fighting disease are inextricably mixed, and neither one should operate in an isolated silo.”









Prison labor booms as unemployment remains high; companies reap benefits

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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, shoes, and clothing, while getting paid somewhere between 93 cents and $4.73 per day,” the professors write.

And some prisoners don’t make a dime for their work, according to the Nation, which notes that many inmates in Racine, Wis. are not paid for their work, but receive time off their sentences.

The companies that do pay workers can get up to 40 percent of the money back in taxpayer-funded reimbursements, according to RT.

That not only puts companies that use prison labor at a distinct advantage against their competitors, but, according to Scott Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, it means American workers lose out.

“It’s bad enough that our companies have to compete with exploited and forced labor in China,” Paul told the Nation. “They shouldn’t have to compete against prison labor here at home. The goal should be for other nations to aspire to the quality of life that Americans enjoy, not to discard our efforts through a downward competitive spiral.”

Companies like Chevron, Bank of America, AT&T, Starbucks and Walmart all take advantage of that so-called “competitive spiral.”

One of Walmart’s suppliers, Martori Farms, was the subject of an exposé by Truthout in which one female prisoner described her typical day working for the private company.

Currently, we are forced to work in the blazing sun for eight hours. We run out of water several times a day. We ran out of sunscreen several times a week. They don’t check medical backgrounds or ages before they pull women for these jobs. Many of us cannot do it! If we stop working and sit on the bus or even just take an unauthorized break, we get a major ticket which takes away our ‘good time’.

In response, Joseph Oddo, Martori Farms’ human resource director, told the Guardian that the company is no longer using inmates because prisons are not always able to provide workers on call the way they need. Oddo also said that workers were provided enough water, but the prisoners didn’t sip it slowly enough.

In a press release on Walmart’s site, Ron McCormick, vice-president for produce, said, “our relationship with Martori Farms is an excellent example of the kind of collaboration we strive for with our suppliers.”



ICYMI: The real welfare queens aren’t single mothers, poverty is making people…sick? (NO KIDDING!), gender equality is a myth & a bunch more.

Yuppies Watching Documentaries– The gist of it: these people watched A Place at the Table and were motivated to help so they founded Groceryships, an organization that gets groceries to people who need them.

How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosed Home and Got Her Four Kids Off the Streets -“Evicted from her childhood home when Cabrini Green public housing was demolished, Martha Biggs was evicted again from rental apartments that were in foreclosure. Over years of homelessness—moving around, staying in shelters, with relatives, and in her van—Biggs raised four children, sent them to school, worked to support them, and struggled to keep her family together.”
It’s a long read but a good one.

Single Mothers Are Not America’s Real Welfare Queens-“The attacks on single mothers are about peddling a paranoid fantasy to conservative audiences in order to keep them from thinking in any depth about the role that taxation and spending play in our nation’s economic wellbeing. As long as Fox News audiences are sitting around boiling with anger at imaginary women who supposedly rejected the traditional role of a housewife to be a sexually rebellious single mother living on the government dime, they aren’t thinking about how devastating to this country it really would be if we started slashing social spending so that our already outrageously wealthy elites could be even wealthier.”

1 in 3 women are living in poverty or on the brink of it.
From The Shriver Report

1 in 5.
That’s stupid.
Snagged this from  Bernie Sanders

The original, “They got money for wars but they can’t feed the poor.”

Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can’t Afford Food -Doctors say that poverty is making poor people sick.
Exactly what poor people have tried telling everyone for ages.

Gender Equality Is a Myth By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter – Beyoncé Knowles-Carter wrote about equality in the workforce.
Thus, my fandom deepens. I’ve been reading all the essays in The Shriver Report though…all great words.

What Are You Doing To A Man When You Call Him A Good Provider? -The Man Box and how it fits into economic gender roles is always worth thinking about.

I can’t imagine how supporters of all those shenanigans can justify the outcome.
via Zombie Capitalism

“Why don’t they just get a job like the rest of us?” -Breaking down what unemployment looks like for people living in poverty.

Unpromising Promise Zones -“When it comes to reducing overall poverty, the solution is really very simple. You need to produce enough stuff and you need to make sure it is distributed a certain way. Countries that produce very little stuff will make larger strides on poverty by producing more of it. Countries that produce a lot of stuff will make larger strides on poverty by making sure the stuff is distributed effectively. The U.S. produces a lot of stuff.

So when you look at this list, the question to ask yourself is how will each item change the overall distribution of income in society?”

Why Getting A Job Doesn’t Mean Getting Out Of Poverty-Nope, it doesn’t.

In Appalachia, Poverty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder-“I just ask when you portray us, please don’t portray us as ignorant hill folk, I guess,” Harless said. “Because we are educated. We’re poor, but we’re educated, and everyone’s pretty proud. It’s not a desolate place where no hope can be found.”

Economist Statement on the Federal Minimum Wage– Economists explain why raising minimum wage is a no-brainer.

Colbert nailing hypocrisy of the Christians who want a Christian nation but don’t give a fig about what Jesus said to do. Via Cognitive Dissonance

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