In 2014, a mid-term elections, building community based power will be critical to our communities--especially as a network of 17 conservative groups backed by the Koch brothers raised at least $407 million during the 2012 campaign. It is critical that grassroots organizations join together to empower community based organizations to develop and lead voter outreach campaigns in state, local, and federal elections, now and beyond.
"Still, it comes as a big surprise that while we have been declaring race dead, structural racism has clearly increased. In fact 50 years after Civil Rights, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, and during the first black presidency, white Americans currently hold at least 19 times the wealth of African-Americans (Kochhar 2010: 3). " Read more about the historic implications of capitalism, wealth building, and the burdens of debt for African Americans.
In 1964, about 19 percent of the U.S. population lived in poverty. Today, the national poverty rate hovers around 15 percent, 50 years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared his "war on poverty." Healthcare and food programs such as SNAP, housing subsidies, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, "Despite their effectiveness at reducing poverty...
(VIA Truth-Out)Republicans are outraged for all the wrong reasons.This past Friday, $5 billion was automatically slashed from the federal food stamps program, affecting the lives of 47 million Americans.The USDA estimates that because of these cuts, a family of four who receives food stamps benefits will lose about 20 meals per month.But these enormous cuts to food stamps aren't enough for Republicans.They still want to slash an additional $40 billion from the program in the name of reducing spending and federal debt.
The greatest public health threat and catastrophe of our time is climate change, and the South is at its epicenter. Rising oceans are taking coastal lands, destroying communities, cultures, and whole ways of life, while dramatically altered weather patterns are leaving inland areas in historic droughts.
The South’s rich history of “bottoms-up leadership”, while not covered by mainstream media during the Selma 50th Anniversary Jubilee, was worn on the chests of hundreds of marchers from the Southern Movement Assembly during the “Backwards March.” Hundreds of marchers wore yellow sashes with the words: We are the Peoples Movement, Leadership from the Bottom-up. The march’s purpose is to ‘go back, get it right and go forward with everyone who has been forgotten or left behind,’ according to Rev. Kenneth Glasgow who has been organizing the march since 2007.
Today, thousands of students chanting “Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! The PARCC test has got to go!” walked out of New Mexico’s public schools in protest of the controversial standardized test associated with Common Core standards. New Mexico launched the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) this school year. The standardized test links results to school funding, teacher pay and graduation requirements.