Less than 66% of Peruvians currently have electricity, leaving more than two million of Peru’s poorest citizens, literally, in the dark and without access to phones and the internet. That’s all to changing, however, and those changes are accelerating thanks to a new government program that aims to give up to 95% of Peruvians all […]
New research by the European Central Bank and the London School of Economics shows that the super wealthy are now so obscenely rich and adept at hiding money, that their assets can not even be accurately measured.
The US Farm Bill has proposed cutting 8.7 billion dollars in food aid, even though more families than ever before are struggling to just barely survive. However, Jon Stewart has done a superb job of illuminating the hilarious inanity of these cruel political actions.
Our global wealth inequality gap is now so extreme that what half of our world’s population, 3.55 billion people, owns is equal to the wealth of the 85 richest humans.
Senator Elizabeth Warren is demanding that our nation strengthen Social Security benefits, as more citizens than ever before are struggling financially, experiencing food insecurity or living in poverty. For millions of seniors, their monthly Social Security payments are the only thing that keeps them from being homeless, hungry and destitute.
Former President and civil rights activist Jimmy Carter has is once again calling for an end to the death penalty in the United States. Carter will also be part of the National Symposium on the Modern Death Penalty in America on Tuesday, November 12 in Atlanta, Georgia.
In an attempt to reverse rampant extreme poverty and severe economic inequities, the Swiss populace is now demanding a vote to implement a Basic Income for all of its citizens. These proposed economic reforms would mandate $2500 francs monthly for every adult; regardless if they are rich or poor, all people would be treated equally.
Recently I was listening to an engrossing radio interview with the visionary economist and author, Gar Alperovitz, as he was discussing his new book, What Then Must We Do?, which highlights the rise of cooperatives, worker ownership and the restructuring of our failing economy from the bottom up.
This week House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated that the historic profits recently made by Wall Street demand that our nation increase the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour. The California Democrat explained that these enormous corporate financial gains have not translated into higher wages for most workers, and millions of working families are facing severe hardships as they continue to struggle.
It seems like every month the number of people who are unemployed, or in need of food stamps soars to record new levels, while corporate profits continue to skyrocket. Attempting to describe the gargantuan disparity in wealth that exists in the United States is increasingly difficult. Currently 1% of our population now possess 40% of our nation’s wealth, while the bottom 80% of us own just a scant 7%.
Asheville has recently been in the news for the adoption of its progressive regional Food Action Plan, which addresses food insecurity/security and access issues. It is no surprise that our town is making food security headlines again, this time with the story of two of Asheville’s local residents and inspiring sustainable food leaders, Tema Ayanfe Jamison and Olufemi Lewis.
We are in the middle of an economic revolution toward much more local investing. The collapse of mammoth Wall Street banks, the LIBOR scandal and corrupt corporate malfeasance have given rise to growing support for regional credit unions, cooperatives and time banks, as well as increasing interest in loaning money to small independent neighborhood businesses. Michael Shuman, the director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), has written about this expanding money revolution in his recent book, Local Dollars Local Sense.
Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of the social justice lobby NETWORK, was one of many inspiring women who addressed the Democratic National Convention. The exuberant Catholic nun told the packed auditorium how dangerous the proposed Romney/Ryan budget would be for millions of poor and disenfranchised families across our nation who are barely getting by. Sister Simone gave a dynamic speech which reinforced the strong christian belief that everyone has a shared responsibility to all of our fellow humans.
Last year at the Slow Money Gathering in San Francisco, I was really impressed with a presentation that I heard from one of the founders of Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery in Washington. Her idea was simple and innovative — retrofit shipping containers to sell healthy food and produce in underserved neighborhoods. The easily portable container could be placed in industrial areas and regions where food deserts now prevail, instantly providing better access to fresh groceries.