Please check back periodically for recent coverage on our 15th annual Job Gap Report, “America’s Changing Economy: Searching for Work that Pays in the New Low-Wage Economy.”
Report: CT Shortage Of Living Wage Jobs SevereDecember 03, 2013|DAN HAAR, The Hartford Courant
Job gap between wages and making ends meet
December 04, 2013|KENT PIERCE, News 8 KTNH
Florida “Poised To Become A State Of Mostly Low-Wage And/Or Low-Skilled Jobs”
December 03, 2013|BEACH PEANUTS
New study finds Florida seriously lacking in jobs that pay a living wage
December 03, 2013|MITCH PERRY, Creative Loafing
Advocates call for local minimum wage hikes
December 03, 2013|JOE RUBLE, News 96.5
New study shows just how bad the living wage conundrum is in FloridaDecember 03, 2013|BILLYMANES, Orlando Weekly
Organize Now says Florida lacks living wage jobs
December 03, 2013|JIM STRATTON, Orlando Sentinel
The U.S. has made a dangerous shift to a low-wage economy where people of color disproportionately hold low-wage jobs. Coupled with an expanding Job Gap in many states, Jobs created by infrastructure investments generally pay relatively well and are accessible to individuals without a college education. Adhering to federal contracting rules and can ensure an increase in the number of living wage jobs available for everybody.
Building highways, bridges, and tunnels creates jobs– good jobs– jobs that put food on the table, and money in the pockets of those who desperately need it. Continue reading
The botched ACA website is turning from a problem into a catastrophe, what should we do?
Well, I think I am going all in.
I’ll get to why in a moment, but first an analysis of the extent of the problem. Continue reading
By Sheena Rice, Montana Organizing Project. (posted by David Fleishman)
Depending on whom you ask, Baker Montana is either in the middle of nowhere or in the middle of the everything. Although for the answer to be the latter, you would need to be asking someone from Baker. A community of 1,800, Baker is an small rural community in far eastern Montana; 200 miles away from Billings, Rapid City, South Dakota and Bismarck, North Dakota. And it’s an oil town.
Bordering the booming Bakken oil region, and with some of the oldest oil wells in Montana, Baker is a town very familiar with the boom and busts of oil and gas development. Politically, Baker is unmistakably conservative, due in part to the number of residents employed in oil and gas and its isolation from urban centers. It is a community that has to take care of itself, as it tends to be an afterthought in decisions made at the state capitol in Helena (461 miles away).
With this in mind, it would be easy to assume that the community would elect those that fit into the conservative mold and that coddle the oil and gas industry. That’s the problem with assumptions.
Meet Alderman and Montana Organizing Project Board Member, Brandon Schmidt. Continue reading
Re-Posted from the Institute for Pragmatic Practice (www.pragmaticpractice.org)
In the last four decades, mass incarceration and immigration control in the United States has skyrocketed. Our nation has become an engine that pulls people from their communities, removing them from the very fabric that gives them their humanity. Over-policing of everyday lives has made the simple act of walking down one’s street a criminal act. The criminalization of communities is evermore presenting itself as a system of violence against them.
The Institute for Pragmatic Practice held an incredible symposium October 17-18, that brought voice to those affected by incarceration. Cell Blocks and Border Stops: Transformation in the age of dehumanization brought faces to those who have been invisible behind walls and in communities that are left behind. Continue reading
(Post written by Alain Nahimana, posted online by David Fleishman)
Sharing resources between organizations includes putting people on the ground, side-by-side.
It gave me a sense that whether the work we do is statewide or on a federal level, the challenges we face are the same. My name is Alain Nahimana and I am an organizer with Maine People’s Alliance. A community organizer can work in all environments, not only in his/her community.
I was joined by a MPA member Sonia Irambona and Grady Burns, canvasser. The three of us were set down in some of Virginia’s toughest turf to canvass for immigration reform. Harold Folley of Virginia Organizing even made sure we had the number for the police handy. These were towns considered hostile, right in the middle of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s district. (Virginia’s 7th District) Continue reading
Monday the President said that there was no “sugarcoating it.” The ACA rollout is riddled with problems , and live from the Rose Garden, Mr. Obama defended the ACA and pledged a major effort to fix the site.
The centerpiece for Health Care Reform was to be a web site called healthcare.gov. Everyone was going to go on the site, enter some information about themselves and their health insurance needs, and be taken to a place where they could enroll. However, there are other ways for individuals to sign up, to get covered.
Consumers also can go to health centers and hospitals and get help signing up. If anyone needs to find local resources they should visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov for further information. Continue reading
Sometimes you just need a good laugh.
Please remember the attacks on the President’s citizenship. The “Birthers” challenged his legitimacy as a candidate because they believed he was born in Kenya, Indonesia or some other unnamed place, but not in the U.S. When Obama’s birth certificate showed that he actually was born in Hawaii, these attacks bombed. Clearly he met the qualifications for the Presidency.
Well Ted Cruz, the most flaming Tea Bagger of them all, actually may have a problem. The Birthers are after him.
Senator Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada. Continue reading
Community and ICAN Push Council to Limit Industry From Preying on the Poor
“With the average payday loan in Idaho carrying an interest rate of 350% and with the average borrower taking out 7 payday loans to pay off the initial loan”, predatory loan businesses continue to swarm into our state. Last year alone, payday loans accounted for a negative economic impact of $1 BILLION! http://www.insightcced.org/uploads/assets/Net%20Economic%20Impact%20of%20Payday%20Lending.pdf This is money that our communities lost, nationwide.
Volunteers and members of Idaho Community Action Network went into the neighborhoods of Caldwell and gathered 400 signatures from families who both see and personally experience the impact of payday and title loan businesses. The canvassers met families; families who have lost their only vehicle; families who lost their home; their job and even their children, because they needed help. They learned about loved ones who died owing a debt to a predatory lender. Continue reading
I was in the Hart Senate Office Building for a meeting with Senator Manchin’s staff that ended around 2:30 PM. Normally I would have bolted for the door to get fresh air, but I was starving. I went into the basement to the American Grill and was putting mustard on my cheeseburger when the shooting started outside the building. They locked us in.
“Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring staff in all Senate office buildings to immediately shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, emergency supply kits and escape hoods; and move to your office’s assigned shelter-in-place location or the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows.”
Reports of just what happened are still being pieced together, but apparently a woman suffering through her own mental illness tried to ram through security at the Executive Office Building next to the White House. When she failed, she led the police on a chase that ended just outside the Heart Building. She had a child in the car with her. The woman was shot and has died.
She was unarmed. The police aren’t even being paid. Continue reading
I must confess that I did not think that they were actually going to shut it down.
The night of the shutdown I sat in a favorite Capitol Hill Italian restaurant and watched the few republican Senators who are not total fruitcakes come in and dine in a private room – McCain, Cornyn, Alexander, Graham, Fluke.
As I was leaving I stopped across the street to buy (ahem) nicotine and a motorcycle cop pulled up in front of me followed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s limo.
I figured they were cooking up a deal. Alas, the cooking apparently did not get much further than the linguini. No deal ever materialized. Continue reading
It isn’t often we want to reach out and simply congratulate everyone for a job well done. Since 2009, when President Obama held the first summit on healthcare, we have tirelessly organized millions of grassroots voices to demand affordable insurance coverage for every American. Continue reading
This week, hundreds of Washington state small business owners affiliated with the Main Street Alliance of Washington sent an open letter to Microsoft calling on tech giant to stop offshore tax dodging, the Seattle Times reports.
According to BloombergBusinessweek, Microsoft tops the list of U.S. tech firms with the biggest overseas profit hauls, holding $76 billion in profits stashed offshore. In their letter, small business owners express their disappointment that Microsoft has joined in coalitions with other big corporate interests lobbying for a permanent tax amnesty on offshore profits – a so-called “territorial” tax system – while backing cuts to Medicare and Social Security that would wreak further havoc on the Main Street economy.
“Small business owners are proud to contribute our fair share. We know that in order to build strong local economies, Continue reading
Released to the Press
September 25, 2013
New Report Analyzes Interest Group Influence in Blocking Proposed Cost Saving Measures in Medicare
Report Finds Influence of Pharmaceutical Industry as Major Impasse to Common Sense Budget Fixes
Congress has failed to act on a commonsense, good-government approach to controlling health care costs. The significant resources the pharmaceutical industry has put toward influence and access has rendered Congress unable to act in the public interest.
Bad Medicine: Pharmaceuticals’ Prescription for Profits Over People, released by the Alliance for a Just Society details the overwhelming influence of Big PhRMA on congressional outcomes and finds that the imbalance created by industry spending harms both the interest of the American people and our democratic process.