It's no secret that there are long-term consequences of poverty. Health outcomes by income and race, much like education outcomes, show a clear correlation between being low-income and suffering health problems. Infant mortality is more than twice as high among African-Americans as among whites.
The day before the 50th anniversary March on Washington, scores of young activists and unionists converged on a “legislative factory” just outside of Washington DC in Arlington, VA.
In an escalating nationwide protest, thousands of fast-food workers in 60 cities from coast to coast walked off their jobs on August 29th, a day after the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Strikers are seeking raises to $15 an hour, paid sick leave and the right to unionize America’s second-biggest employer, the restaurant industry, which is predicting its 2013 profits will “reach a record high of $660.5 billion.”
Activist and scholar Vijay Prashad discusses accountability across the production chain in the Savar, Bangladesh factory collapse last week that left more than 800 people dead.