Poverty

  • 03.10.17

    The Truth About American Wages

    In this article, Senator Nina Turner talks about the need to help the working men and women in the United States. Turner states that "The working men and women of this country are working more jobs and more hours, and they're still barely hanging on. Beneath those fingertips, they can feel that middle-class dream -...

    In this article, Senator Nina Turner talks about the need to help the working men and women in the United States. Turner states that "The working men and women of this country are working more jobs and more hours, and they’re still barely hanging on. Beneath those fingertips, they can feel that middle-class dream – the American dream – slipping right away from them."

    This is undeniably true for the Nissan workers in Canton Mississippi where, "today, 600,000 American manufacturing workers make less than $9.60 per hour – barely more than they could earn at a fast food joint. And their real wages dropped nearly 4.5 percent from 2003 to 2013. They are barely hanging on." They have also suffered through their pensions being taken away from them, while  their companies are receiving millions in federal contracts and loans. "That means our government is helping keep American factory workers in poverty jobs while corporate executives get to pocket billions in profits."

    Senator Turner calls for politicians both locally and nationally, including President Trump, to address this issue and follow through with the rhetoric and campaign promises that permeated the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • 01.11.67

    A Freedom Budget For All Americans

    In the fall of 1965 A. Philip Randolph, prominent economists, allies from the labor movement and others who had participated in the 1963 March on Washington, began working on what they called "A Freedom Budget For All Americans".[1] John Nichols writing fifty years later in The Nation (United States) listed as its ...

    In the fall of 1965 A. Philip Randolph, prominent economists, allies from the labor movement and others who had participated in the 1963 March on Washington, began working on what they called "A Freedom Budget For All Americans".[1] John Nichols writing fifty years later in The Nation (United States) listed as its goals "the abolition of poverty, guaranteed full employment, fair prices for farmers, fair wages for workers, housing and healthcare for all, the establishment of progressive tax, and fiscal policies that respected the needs of working families."[2]

    Bayard Rustin, and Martin Luther King, Jr., worked with Randolph on the Freedom Budget document which was advanced in 1966, determined to win the "full and final triumph of the civil rights movement, to be achieved by going beyond civil rights, linking the goal of racial justice with the goal of economic justice for all people in the United States" and doing so "by rallying massive segments of the 99% of the American people in a powerfully democratic and moral crusade."[3] The proposals of Freedom Budget included a job guarantee for everyone ready and willing to work, a guaranteed income for those unable to work or those who should not be working, and a living wage to lift the working poor out of poverty; such policies provided the cornerstones for King’s Poor People's Campaign.[4]

    A Freedom Budget For All Americans