Northam's Virginia budget: Democrat gives a pittance to workers, lion's share to wealthy
wsws.org | 2020-01-21
The budget would give paltry increases in healthcare subsidies and teacher wages while doing nothing to undercut the state government's support for big business.
Even the Democrats Do Favors for the Rich
Gerald E. Scorse | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-21
In 2017 a Republican-controlled Congress passed a tax cut hugely tilted to corporations and the wealthy. In the waning days of 2019, the Democratic-controlled House did a kind of me-too. It pushed through a retirement bill with a provision that gives billions to those in the upper tiers. The House's gift to the well-off was …
Is Anti-monopolism Enough?
Gabriel Winant | thenation.com | 2020-01-21
| In Goliath, Matt Stoller argues that U.S. history has been defined by a struggle between monopoly and democracy, but to understand inequality today requires engaging with questions of class and labor that he and other anti-monopolists tends to ignore.
The PPC Demands National Debate on Poverty
The Poor People's Campaign | zcomm.org | 2020-01-21
When 250,000 people die every year from poverty, it is time for the presidential candidates to make good on the promises they made during the Poor People's Campaign Moral Action Congress in June 2019 to push for a debate on poverty…
The world's richest 22 men have more money than 325 million women in Africa
The Canary | thecanary.co | 2020-01-20
The 22 richest men in the world have more wealth than 325 million women in Africa, a report by Oxfam has found. | The Time to Care report says that the gap between the rich and poor is worsened by the global economy's failure to reward women who provide care for children and the elderly, for little or no pay. | It comes as Boris Johnson hosts the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on 20 January, which will bring together 21 African countries with UK and African companies. | The report was also published ahead of the World Economic Forum on 22 January, when some of the world's wealthiest and influential people…
500M People Worldwide Struggle to Find Adequate Work: Study
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-20
Almost half a billion people around the world are stuck in poverty as they struggle to find work or a job that is adequately paid, an International Labour Organization (ILO) report published Monday found. | RELATED: | 2,000 World's Richest Hold More Wealth Than 4.6B Poorest: Oxfam | "For millions of ordinary people, it's increasingly difficult to build better lives through work,"
Don't Listen to Davos. We, the People, Have the Solutions to Inequality
Dr. Wanda Wyporska | commondreams.org | 2020-01-20
The solutions come from we, the people. The solutions come from the populace living at the sharp end of inequality. (Photo: World Economic Forum/Pascal Bitz/flickr) | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/davos_0.jpg …
MLK and the Ghost of an Untrue Dream
Ipek S. Burnett | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-20
King's dream of economic justice and equality required America's power structures to change. It required America to take a critical look at the unbridled capitalist system that gave way to perpetual injustice. It required a radical and deep reconstruction of both politics and society, where the tangled roots of racism, poverty, militarism, and materialism would be exposed and eliminated.
Africa: For-profit Investments Are Not 'Development'
Dan Carden | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-20
This week's UK-Africa Investment Summit will send a clear signal. The UK government's aid policy will not be driven by evidence about how to best fight global poverty, but instead by naked free market ideology and the interests of British …
Nearly half a billion people can't find decent work; unemployment set to rise: new UN labour report
news.un.org | 2020-01-20
Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday, which also forecasts that unemployment will rise by about 2.5 million this year.
Blaming 'Flawed and Sexist' Capitalist System, Oxfam Report Finds 2,153 Billionaires Wealthier Than 4.6 Billion of World's Poorest
Jessica Corbett, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2020-01-20
"Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/oxfam_inequality_cover.jpg …
2,000 World's Richest Hold More Wealth Than 4.6B Poorest: Oxfam
telesurenglish.net | 2020-01-19
The world's billionaires, representing 2,153 people, had more money than the poorest 4.6 billion combined in 2019, a report conducted by Oxfam revealed Monday. | RELATED: | As Drivers Sleep in Cars, Uber Co-Founder Buys a $72.5M Mansion | The charity noted in its study titled "Time to Care" and released ahead of the annual World Economic Forum of political and business leaders in Davos, Switzerland, that "this great divide is based on a flawed and sexist economic system that va…
Charter Schools Have No Valid Claim to Public Property
Shawgi Tell | dissidentvoice.org | 2020-01-18
Public facilities and infrastructure are produced by the working class and people and belong to the public. They exist in order to serve the common good and to contribute to the extended reproduction of society. This collectively-produced wealth must not be handed over to competing owners of capital who are only concerned with maximizing profit …
More Tory nonsense, this time over period poverty
Steve Topple | thecanary.co | 2020-01-18
The Tory's latest grand pledge about poverty has not washed with many people. Rightly so, as its new measures to tackle period poverty fall way short of the mark. Moreover, it's really just sticking plasters on broken legs. | Another day, more lip service?: | As ITV News reported, next week the Department for Education (DfE) will roll out free sanitary product…
MLK's final campaign lives on: The war against racism and poverty
Jessicah Pierre | peoplesworld.org | 2020-01-17
As we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it's natural to remember his courageous advocacy for racial equity. But before he was assassinated, King had also begun to broaden his efforts to unify the movement around economic justice. That's worth remembering today. In December 1967, King, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and other …
We Can't Be Silent Anymore: Rev. Barber & Poor People's Campaign Push Presidential Debate on Poverty
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-16
As the final Democratic debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses took place Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the debate venue at Drake University to demand a televised presidential debate on poverty. Led by Reverend William Barber, demonstrators carried a coffin to honor the 250,000 people who die every year from the impacts of poverty. According to the Poor People's Campaign, 140 million Americans
Democrats Debate Wealth Tax, Free Public College & Student Debt Relief as Part of New Economic Plan
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-15
At Tuesday's Democratic debate, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg repeated his criticism of plans for tuition-free public college and wiping out student debt, supported by both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Activist and Truthout contributor Alexis Goldstein says the dispute highlights a philosophical split within the Democratic Party. "We essentially have a disagreement between the progressive candidates and the moderate candidates about whether or not we want to pursue a universal benefit for higher education and make it a public good, much in the way that K-12 education is treated as a public good,"
People Want a Wealth Tax, but Many Politicians Oppose It
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-15
Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are practically the only major politicians supporting a wealth tax to reduce inequality and fund government programs, even though polling shows nearly two-thirds of Americans support it.
Poverty Is the New Draft
Staff | therealnews.com | 2020-01-14
The draft might be gone, but not everyone volunteers for the same reasons. Inconsistent access to education, healthcare, or housing means marginalized communities are systemically pushed into military service to gain those benefits–especially poor students.
SPLC Statement on the Detainment of Iranians and Iranian Americans
splcenter.org | 2020-01-06
The following statement is by Southern Poverty Law Center Interim President and CEO Karen Baynes-Dunning following reports that Iranians and Iranian Americans are being detained and questioned at U.S. ports of entry:…