Archive for the ‘Social Class’ Category

Promise of the American Dream is Broken

(Source: CNN)

A boy sits in his uncle's home April 21 in Owsley County, Kentucky, where 44.5% of residents live below the poverty line.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that the unemployment rate fell to 8.2%. That should have been a signal that jobs are coming back and that the economy is about to rebound. But, as many economists say, the numbers fell primarily because unemployed Americans have become so discouraged with trying to find a job that they’ve simply quit looking. (more…)

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Poverty Simulation at Collin College Teaches Students to be Advocates

(Source: Star Local News)

At first glance it does not seem like an exercise called a poverty simulation would accomplish much.

At the beginning of the evening many participants treated their roles like a funny way to spend the evening.

By the end of the evening attitudes about poverty had changed.

“I learned how chaotic the life experience can be and how difficult it is to meet the need and not anything above the need,” Beth Christopher said. (more…)

NHL Pioneer Inspires Newest Generation of Players in the Northland

(Source: Duluth News Tribune)

Had Willie O’Ree not experienced the ugliness of racism and segregation of the 1950s Deep South, he might not have broken the National Hockey League’s color barrier.

O’Ree told attendees at the third annual Pucks Against Poverty luncheon Friday at the Clyde Iron Works event center that a baseball tryout for the Milwaukee Braves in Georgia helped steer him toward hockey and eventually the distinction of being the “Jackie Robinson of the NHL.” (more…)

Tavis Smiley, Cornel West Bring Poverty-Awareness Tour to Seattle

(Source: The Seattle Times)

Public-radio co-hosts and friends Tavis Smiley, left, and Cornel West will be in Seattle on Tuesday at the Neptune Theatre.

Martin Luther King Jr. was leading his “Poor People’s Campaign” when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968.

King’s campaign, and its call for economic fairness, was what brought him to the city to march with striking public-works employees. (more…)

Iranians Surround Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Car in Poverty Protest

(Source: The Telegraph)

The remarkable show of civil disobedience occurred during what was intended as a routine tour last week of the southern city Bandar Abbas.

As the president waves to crowds, standing in the car’s sunroof, an elderly man is shown holding on to the front hand side of the car shouting “I’m hungry, I’m hungry”.

Panicked bodyguards eventually manage to usher him away but as their backs are turned a young veiled woman leaps onto the bonnet and then sits on the car’s roof, gesticulating as she makes her point to Mr Ahmadinejad. (more…)

Disability Rights Protesters Bring Trafalgar Square Traffic to a Standstill

(Source: The Guardian)

Disability activists blocked one of central London’s busiest road junctions on Wednesday with a line of wheelchair users chaining themselves together in the latest in a series of direct action protests against welfare cuts.

The protesters used metal chains and security locks to block two junctions around Trafalgar Square bringing traffic to a standstill for more than two hours.

The demonstration was organised by Disabled People Against the Cuts (Dpac) which has taken the lead in several direct action anti-cuts protests over the past two months.

“We are fed up with being vilified as scroungers by successive governments,” said Dpac co-founder Debbie Jolly, from Leicester. “We are sick of hearing about disabled people who have died from neglect and lack of services or who have committed suicide because services and benefits were withdrawn from them. We want to make sure politicians know we will not accept these attacks on our lives any longer.” (more…)

New York’s Poverty Rate Rises, Study Finds

(Source:  New York Times)

The number of New Yorkers classified as poor in 2010 increased by nearly 100,000 from the year before, raising the poverty rate by 1.3 percentage points to 21 percent — the highest level and the largest year-to-year increase since the city adopted a more detailed definition of poverty in 2005.

The recession and the sluggish recovery have taken a particularly harsh toll on children, with more than one in four under 18 living in poverty, according to an analysis by the city’s Center for Economic Opportunity that will be released on Tuesday.

Families with children were also vulnerable. They had a poverty rate of 23 percent, and a significant number of households were struggling to remain above the poverty line. Even families with two full-time earners were more likely to be considered poor in 2010; their ranks swelled by 1.3 percentage points to 5 percent compared with 2009. (more…)

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