Monthly Archives: May 2015

A full-time minimum-wage job won’t get you a 1-bedroom apartment anywhere in America

This is why we need to #raisethewage: In California, you’d have to work 92 hours a week at minimum wage in order to afford a 1 bedroom apartment.
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Campaign Coordinator for Housing & Community Justice | Center for Popular Democracy

Do you want to work with me and the great crew at the Center for Popular Democracy, coordinating our housing work? Do you know someone? Apply!!!

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is seeking a Campaign Coordinator to help develop, run and win local, regional, and state campaigns to increase region-wide access to affordable housing, further fair housing goals, revitalize urban communities, and integrate Wall Street accountability work with our housing agenda. The Coordinator will play a hands-on role working with CPD’s network of state-based partners across the country, as well as other allied state and national organizations, to develop ambitious strategies and build robust campaigns.
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I’m a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing

“The myth about the general goodness of cops obscures the truth of what needs to be done to fix the system. It makes it look like all we need to do is hire good people, rather than fix the entire system. Institutional racism runs throughout our criminal justice system. Its presence in police culture, though often flatly denied by the many police apologists that appear in the media now, has been central to the breakdown in police-community relationships for decades in spite of good people doing police work …

“Racism is woven into the fabric of our nation. At no time in our history has there been a national consensus that everyone should be equally valued in all areas of life. We are rooted in racism in spite of the better efforts of Americans of all races to change that.

“Because of this legacy of racism, police abuse in black and brown communities is generations old. It is nothing new. It has become more visible to mainstream America largely because of the proliferation of personal recording devices, cellphone cameras, video recorders — they’re everywhere. We need police officers. We also need them to be held accountable to the communities they serve.”

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Irregular Work Schedules Have the Biggest Impact on Women

“Increasingly,hourly employees are often notified of their shifts, or of cancelled shifts, within mere hours before they are set to begin—in turn causing unpredictable income. A 2014 Federal Reserve survey showed that about 30 percent of Americans struggle with income instability. A majority pointed to fluctuating work hours as the cause.

“And as a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy finds, women are burdened most by the volatility of hourly work. They are more likely to work jobs that pay on an hourly basis, according to the report, at 61 percent compared to 56 percent of men. In particular, women of color dominate the hourly workforce: They are twice as likely to work in an hourly job as in a salaried one, while white women are 1.4 times more likely …

“And yet, the “flexibility” of an hourly part-time job is a catch-22: It can actually make it harder to fulfill all of those other responsibilities. When you’re on call from your manager, how can you line up a babysitter, get to class, or pick up your dad’s medication on a consistent basis, and still get paid?”

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Our four hour flight back to NYC.


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Former Georgia Chief Justice Calls for Abolition of Death Penalty

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