, mayor of Newark, NJ, will spend a week or longer living on food stamps
, in response to a Twitter user who told him
that, quote, "nutrition is not a responsibility of the government." [more inside]
In the Shadow of Wounded Knee.
Along the southwestern border of South Dakota is one of the most poverty-stricken places in the United States—the Pine Ridge Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota people. After 150 years of broken promises, they are still nurturing their tribal customs, language and beliefs. Via [more inside]
How Corporations and Local Governments Use the Poor As Piggy Banks
. Barbara Ehrenreich (previously
) talks about how the cycle of poverty is perpetuated by wage theft, municipal/criminal fines, and debtors prisons.
9 Things The Rich Don't Want You To Know About Taxes
- "4. Many of the very richest pay no current income taxes at all: Paulson made himself $9 billion in fees in just two years. His current tax bill on that $9 billion? Zero... 9. Other countries do it better: no one in Germany or the rest of the modern world goes broke because of accident or illness" (via
) [more inside]
Bulldozers for the Poor:
despite being the brainchild of the chief of police
, tent city
, home to approximately 500 of the city's roughly 12,000 homeless, is slated to be disbanded to make room for state office buildings
and a national jazz park
. this comes at the same time hud is readying to demolish
four housing projects, where many of the tent city residents hoped to return. meanwhile, residents of one of the swankiest neighborhoods in town are successfully protesting and receiving tax breaks
Homeless advocacy and support, from someone who's been there.
The bait and switch.
A last-minute revision by House and Senate leaders in the tax bill
that President Bush signed today will prevent millions of minimum-wage families from receiving the increased child credit that is in the measure.