Homeless Guy’s Sign, Four Blocks from Koch Brothers’ Apartment

By: Wednesday October 29, 2014 8:52 am

There’s a homeless man I see from time to time near where I live. He sometimes begs for money. Sometimes people give him food, sometimes he forages in the trash. There’s his sign, written on the lid of an old cooler. In America’s richest city, four blocks from where the Koch Brothers live, in a [...]

First World, Third World: A Travel Essay

By: Tuesday October 7, 2014 5:53 am

You travel a bit, and you wonder what happened. (I) Streets, laid out in the 19th century, are jammed with traffic that was never anticipated. Not just more cars; Americans traveled on foot or by horse the last time these were thought through. After moving two miles in 45 minutes, we cross a bridge built [...]

Once the American Dream

By: Friday September 19, 2014 6:54 am

We were once the American Dream, and now we’re just what happened to it. The people I am talking about in my book Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99 Percent seem illusive here on the East Coast; in crazy New York last week, visiting the South Bronx, there are plenty of poor [...]

Hah Hah: You are Poor

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 8:15 am

BREAKING: According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the rich are getting richer while the poor in America continue to get poorer. And the government is contributing to all this. You are Poorer Now than Before Here’s the story from the CBO: – Between 1979 and 2007, income grew by 275 percent for the top [...]

Just Raise the Minimum Wage

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 9:05 am

Raise the minimum wage. The arguments for are strong, and the arguments against don’t hold up to facts. One important reason to raise the minimum wage to a living one is that people who can afford to feed themselves will not need food stamps paid for by taxpayers. You still think everything on the dollar [...]

Fact-Checking North Korea Propaganda about America (They’re Right)

By: Wednesday May 14, 2014 9:40 am

What kind of world is it when North Korean propaganda about the United States is more correct than crazy? Let’s fact-check and see how the Northerners did.

The Economic Toll US Drones Have on Pakistani Communities

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 4:39 pm

A new report from the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic of Stanford Law School and the Global Justice Clinic at the New York University School of Law exhaustively details the toll that United States drones are exacting on Pakistani communities. It is the product of two investigation missions to Pakistan and collaboration with [...]

Detroit: A City That Needs the Occupy Movement

By: Tuesday January 31, 2012 1:40 pm

The city of Detroit used to have two million people. Today, the population is around 900,000. Seventy-two thousand homes are vacant, meaning a quarter of the city’s homes are empty. It is the poorest large city in the country with over thirty percent of the city’s population living in poverty. Given those statistics, one might expect [...]

Occupy Buffalo & What to Do with Homeless People

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 10:28 am

John Washington, who is part of a core group of occupiers with Occupy Buffalo that work on multiple working groups to keep the momentum of the occupation alive, talked with me about the camp’s attitude toward the homeless. [*About seven minutes into the interview.] He described how the occupation has to “deal with the world [...]

Occupy Gives Hope to Struggling Americans This Thanksgiving

By: Thursday November 24, 2011 11:28 am

More than two and a half million Americans slipped into poverty this year bringing the total number of Americans in poverty to 46.2 million. There are millions more Americans near or in danger of going into poverty because they could lose their job, their home to bank foreclosure, or contract a disease or illness that leads to [...]

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