A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.
"The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages" - Banksy
The premise of minimum wage, when it was introduced, was that a single wage earner should be able to own a home and support a family. That was what it was based on; a full time job, any job, should be able to accomplish this.
The fact people scoff at this idea if presented nowadays, as though the people that ring up your groceries or hand you your burgers don’t deserve the luxury of a home and a family, is disgusting.
1: “Stocks now at record highs (DOW over 16,000) but where is the money??????”
2: “Stocks at record highs but almost half of the schools in my city of Pittsburgh and across the state in Philly are closed by budget cuts???”
3: “Stocks at record highs but students in our city schools in PA are reading 3 students to one book????”
4: “Stocks at record highs but we’re cutting food stamps to MILLIONS of at risk children????”
5: “Stocks at record highs but black poverty is at 27%, Latin@ 27%, Hmong 26%, Bangladeshi 20%, Native American 25%???”
6: “Stocks at record highs but Republicans continue to demonize poor people and POC CONSTANTLY since we are “going bankrupt”???”
7: “CLEARLY we must have no money in this country for education, healthcare or public assistance even as JP Morgan rakes in $21.3 bln profits”
8: “Wake up America. Stocks at record highs but where do YOU and poor communities of color in particular stand??????”)
It’s because these “free trade” jokers shipped all our jobs out to developing nations. It’s a two for one deal. They get to fuck us and them, and make record profits doing it.
Welcome to Sweatshop Earth.
SHARE if you think the U.S. should show some REAL “family values” and enact the FAMILY Act.
Thanks MomsRising.org for the image. http://ift.tt/1bUbueT
This is a Nixon button.
I fuckin HAAAAAAATE the SNAP challenge.
Congress is so detached from the people they make policy about.
"omg people actually run out of eggs"
DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND POVERTY BEFORE YOU DID THIS.
There’s something really sad about the fact that the only way democrats can fathom fighting against food stamp cuts is through the SNAP challenge. There’s an implicit messages that bother me that say
- Poor people are so invisible that they can’t even be considered to illustrate the realities of their own experience.
- We know living off SNAP is difficult but only care when “good” people live under similar conditions.
- Poor people are pathologically bad and are deserving of this harsh SNAP reality. But middle class poverty tourists live off a SNAP budget for one week and we all crowd around and revel in how commendable, humble, courageous and strong they are to slum it like those poor folks.
The U.S. Black-white wealth gap is larger than in South Africa at the height of apartheid. The statistic is all the more remarkable when considering that South Africa virtually mandated gross inequality by law, while in the U.S. the great chasm exists “within a political economy that is at least nominally democratic” and packed with Black elected officials, including “the sitting head of state.”
Jon Jeter, Black in Obama’s America
“The wealth gap narrowed to a ratio of 7 to 1 in 1995 before ballooning to 22 to 1 following a housing market collapse five years ago.
For every dollar in assets owned by whites in the United States, blacks own less than a nickel, a racial divide that is wider than South Africa’s at any point during the apartheid era.
The median net worth for black households is $4,955, or about 4.5 percent of whites’ median household wealth, which was $110, 729 in 2010, according to Census data. Racial inequality in apartheid South Africa reached its zenith in 1970 when black households’ median net worth represented 6.8 percent of whites’, according to an analysis of government data by Sampie Terreblanche, professor emeritus of economics at Stellenbosch University.”
Let us honor the memory of Nelson Mandela as part of a collective struggle.
Learn about the men and women who also played an active role in the struggle against apartheid. See link to list of bios on South African History Online and more teaching resources here: http://bit.ly/1bmtBtO
See the new book “Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid” by Alan Wieder: http://bit.ly/16cvMut
Image: Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmad M. Kathrada, Dennis Goldberg.
Via Zinn Education Project
Licia Ronzulli, member of the European Parliament, has been taking her daughter Vittoria to the Parliament sessions for two years now.
Workers walked off their jobs at fast-food restaurants across the country as part of a national protest against low wages, a day after President Barack Obama renewed his call for a minimum wage hike in a speech Wednesday.
The action is part of a growing movement against what workers say are sub-standard working conditions and wages too low to make ends meet. Thousands of labor activists and workers, who were scheduled to start their shifts early Thursday morning, did not show at work and chose to protest instead.
Workers and their supporters are expected to strike at the nation’s major national fast-food restaurants, organizers said, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC. Protesters in cities such as Charleston, S.C., Providence, R.I. and Pittsburgh, Pa., will join the action for the first time, along with clergy, elected officials and community supporters.
Photo: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images
Pittsburgh is protesting out in the rain. If you see them please offer support. It’s horrible out there today.
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called “alarmist” for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote “in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media” — controlling almost all of America’s newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market.
In 2004, Bagdikian’s revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations — Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) — now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric’s NBC is a close sixth.
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