President Obama made some pretty bold statements in his speech last night. He proposed a number of policies that if passed would go far to help alleviate poverty and economic inequality in this nation. But did he go far enough?
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Will the real poverty rate please stand up? The standard figure – 15% – is now being recognized as only a snapshot of a moment in time and not a fully accurate measure of poverty in America.
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.
Poverty alters the brain, and in ways you may not have realized. New research paints a picture of a day in the life of someone in need. No matter your income, it may seem familiar. The only difference is that for people living in poverty, there’s often no way out.
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.
In collaboration with CMU, Make It Our UPMC is sponsoring a free showing of political economist and commentator Robert’s Reich’s new documentary “Inequality for All”.
Prior to the screening a reception will take place at 5:15pm, highlighting efforts in Pittsburgh to overcome inequality, with different organizations and campaigns, including Just Harvest, tabling to share information. The screening will be followed by a skype discussion with Robert Reich. The discussion will present issues of inequality and struggles to rebuild the middle class in this region.
For more on the event, including participating organizations, food, and parking, see this Inequality For All leaflet.
Our 25th Anniversary Harvest Celebration Dinner was a great success! 400 supporters helped us raise over $28,000! This support will greatly aid our efforts to reduce barriers to public benefits, educate and mobilize communities, and strengthen the anti-poverty safety net on behalf of the tens of thousands of poor and low-income families in Allegheny County. Remembering […]