People Working a Minimum Wage Job Can’t Afford Rent Anywhere in the US

by Sarah Ruiz Grossman, published on Black Agenda Report, July 22, 2021 Over 40% of Black and Latinx households pay more than 30% of their income on rent, compared with 25% of white households. “’One full-time job should be enough,’ the report says.” A full-time, minimum-wage worker can’t afford even a modest one-bedroom apartment in 93% of U.S. counties, according[…]

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The Hidden Hand of the US Blockade Sparks Cuba Protests

by Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores,  published on CommonDreams, July 13, 2021 Protests erupted in various Cuban cities the weekend of July 11 over dire economic conditions and a surge in Covid-19 cases. They are the biggest protests to hit Cuba in three decades, and they may well continue in the coming weeks. They come on the heels of artists’[…]

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How the Billionaires Rule

by Margaret Kimberley, published on Black Agenda Report, July 8, 2021 Predatory Capitalism Has Driven Down Wages and Created a Dystopia for Workers. “Currently, 25 states out of 50 have rejected additional help for the unemployed.” President Calvin Coolidge said, “The business of America is business.” The expression is memorable because it always rang true. But nearly 100 years later[…]

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Decree 575, A Coup D’état In Colombia

by Joaquin Romero, from Labor Today, June 1, 2021 Labor Today would like to thank Joaquin Romero, Member of the WFTU Presidents Council and President of Funtramiexico for this excellent report and manifesto of the workers of Colombia who continue their courageous general strike and their opposition to the fascist government of President Iván Duque Márquez.  Please send messages of[…]

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The End of Low Wage Work

by Margaret Kimberley, published on Black Agenda Report, May 12, 2021 The combination of unemployment and additional stimulus support has made staying home a better economic decision than working for peanuts under stressful conditions. “The opportunity to hear why workers make a logical choice is never heard.” The latest popular lament in the United States is not about how the[…]

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Imperialism and Poverty

by Justin Podur, published on CounterPunch, March 16, 2011 I published the first half of this article here, because it so clearly explains the devastating effect of ‘modernization’ on colonized populations throughout the last couple of centuries.  It is important to remember this when we look at the current wars intended to force developing nations to develop in the righteous[…]

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Ending Poverty in the United States

by Margaret Kimberley, published on Black Agenda Report, March 17, 2021 President Franklin Roosevelt made profound changes in the US political-economic structure, while Joe Biden only does temporary patchwork on the late-stage capitalist carcass. “There isn’t even a pretense of ending poverty in the United States.” The propaganda campaign is in high gear on behalf of Joe Biden and the[…]

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The Minimal Minimum Wage

by Margaret Kimberley, published on Black Agenda Report, March 3, 2021 Most Democrats either don’t want a minimum wage increase or are too afraid of bucking their party’s donor class. “Biden and the rest of the Democrats will never defy the people who butter their bread.” The federal minimum wage has been a paltry $7.25 per hour  since 2009. In that[…]

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