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Anthony Coghill and Ashleigh Deemer fielded three questions about hunger and poverty at our May 2 Candidates Forum.
An important bill is moving through the Pennsylvania legislature. It would help single mothers and college students in need complete their education and get back on their financial feet.
Today, more than 46 million Americans live in poverty. How does one explain the lack of widespread outrage over this – that in a country as rich as ours one in five children are facing hunger?
Last month, I joined Pittsburgh fast food workers and economic justice activists on a 3am bus headed to the McDonald’s annual shareholder meeting in Chicago. Fast food workers and community supporters from around the country traveled in to stand up for a living wage and the right to organize for fair treatment on the job.
On May 15th, Just Harvest joined protesters in Pittsburgh in demanding a living wage and the right to unionize for fast food workers. These protests were part of a day of action planned for 150 U.S. cities targeting 17 fast food restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC.
On the anniversary of Pres. Franklin Roosevelt’s birthday, Democratic legislators held a press conference to announce their priorities in upcoming budget negotiations. We were there as they called out Gov. Corbett for his failure to uphold the legacy of FDR’s New Deal and to protect the social safety net for Pennsylvanians in need.
The holiday season ends next week. Will the “holiday spirit” vanish with it? For the sake of those who’ll need our help no matter the month, I hope not. So let me share with you some of the words and work that inspire us throughout the year.
Big Macs are yummy. Whoppers are too. And even better, they don’t stretch the wallet. But those low prices are coming at a high cost – $7 billion. That’s the cost to American taxpayers of supporting poverty-wage fast food workers. So last week these workers and their supporters took to the streets.
The following post was originally published by The Washington Post yesterday, Oct. 15, 2013. We reprint this Washington Post piece in advance of Sr. Simone Campell’s appearance as the keynote speaker next week at Just Harvest’s 25th Annual Harvest Celebration Dinner on Tuesday, October 22.. Many of us have been dismayed by media coverage of […]