Pakistani Education Activist Malala Yousafzai Becomes Youngest Winner of Nobel Peace Prize

Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/10/10/pakistani_education_activist_malala_yousafzai_becomes

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 17, Yousafzai is the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. In 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman who boarded her school bus. She survived and continued to campaign for the rights of girls to go to school. Satyarthi, age 60, has been a leader for decades in the international movement against child slavery and the exploitation of child workers. In a statement, the Nobel committee said it “regards it as an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism.” Last year on July 12, her 16th birthday, Yousafzai appeared at the United Nations and delivered her first speech since she underwent surgery, saying she was undeterred by the Taliban’s efforts to silence her voice. The event marked a global day in her honor. We broadcast an excerpt from her address. “Let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism. Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are the most powerful weapons,” Yousafzai says. “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.”

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Displaced New Orleans Poet Sunni Patterson: I WIll Bring a Light to Every Injustice

Poet and performer Sunni Patterson gives another beautiful piece which sheds light to this country and land’s beyond façade.

We have not always found comfort in killers.
We have not always found solace being rocked
in the bosoms of those who silently pray
and openly destroy.
No, not always have we mistaken mimicry for mastery
or pretending for knowing
or enslavement for freedom.
But across my memory —-
across my memory marches millions -—
bold, regal, resilient, confident —-
unshackled feet stumping up spirits
to guide us through this fickle material world.
We like sun and moon folk,
universal souls praying our prayers,
singing our songs.
Eshu, Ogoun, Shango, Yemaja, Oshun, Obatala, Oya,
Damballah, Ayida Wedo, Loa, Nkongo, Olodumare and Yami.
We know all of you by name.
We are people of beginnings, of culture, of strength.
Not always have we given into the empty threats
and scare tactics of the powerless ones.
Not always have we allowed the blood of our sons and daughters
to color the streets while we’re walking asleep,
marching to the beat of that siren song.
They’re still wearing their sheets,
with nooses in reach,
showing their teeth and smiling, it seems.
But I hear in the breeze
in the rustle of the trees
and the dangling of the feet,
they say, please, don’t let them ever forget.
You see, not always have we suffered from amnesia.
Not always have we forgotten how to conjure up spirits,
ancestor wisdom,
fix up a mixture,
spiritual elixir,
ancient traditions.
We, like magicians,
god-like vision, we -—
we are people of sight.
So, no, not always have we fallen
for this okie doke
or inhaled the hazardous smoke of the manipulators
or been satisfied with crumbs for meals
our hands have prepared.
Hughes said life for us ain’t been no crystal stair,
but at least the steps are there
to push us up higher,
teach us how to go beyond the destroyer’s disguises,
look them in the eyes and be able to see.
Because what’s surprising when you know the nature of a beast
and especially when they’ve shown the same face for centuries?
So you tell me,
what’s the difference between two sisters in New Orleans
shot point-blank in the back of the head,
and two women bound in their car in Baghdad?
Or government-sanctioned killings in Kenya,
and a sister held hostage in a house in Virginia?
Or poverty in Haiti, poverty in Jamaica,
rape in Rwanda or rape in Somalia?
A sweatshop in China or one in Guatemala?
Or small pox and blankets, syphilis and Tuskegee,
formaldehyde and FEMA, ethnic cleansing and Katrina?
I recall within a speech Dr. King made us aware,
he said injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.
So they can spare us their drama, huh?
We got the heart of them field working mamas.
We carry the torch of that ancestor fire.
So with every fiber that flutters in our being,
with every find that comes from our seeking,
with every hearing that comes from our listening,
and every sight that comes from our seeing,
we must be faithful, strategic, victorious and free.

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Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage

Source: http://www.thomhartmann.com

The value of the federal minimum wage in 1968 was $1.60 according to

http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/chart.htm

and using the inflation calculator at

http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl?cost1=1.60&year1=1968&year2=2012

gives us a value of $10.50 in 2012 but the actual minimum wage is only $7.25. This is a loss of $3.25 per hour or $6,760 a year for a full time MW worker.

According to http://www.bls.gov/cps/minwage2012tbls.htm some 3.55 million wage workers got this minimum wage or below in 2012

3,550,000
6,760 ×
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$23.998 BILLION = lost wages

This number only includes those at the minimum wage or below… NOT those between the minimum wage and the $10.50 per hour range.

So who’s benefited from this $24 billion a year subsidy the economy got in 2012? And remember these are just rough numbers for one year.

This raises other issues of increased safety net expenditures AND lost tax revenue. But then we can always kick the can down the road by borrowing for those safety net programs so future taxpayers will be subsidizing our irresponsibility today.

– See more at: http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2013/11/mimimum-wage-workers-subsidize-our-economy#sthash.hq2IwDEY.dpuf

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House GOP Passes Food Stamp Cuts

House GOP Passes Food Stamp Cuts

On Thursday, House Republicans passed sweeping cuts to the nation’s food stamp program, reducing spending by $40 billion over 10 years and imposing new work requirements. The Congressional Budget Office says measure would strip nearly four million people of food stamp benefits starting next year, followed by another three million for every year after. In a speech on the House floor, Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California held up steak, vodka and caviar to mock Republicans who want to cut food stamps while charging expensive meals to taxpayers during trips overseas.

Rep. Jackie Speier: “In my district, California 14, we have about 4,000 families who are on food stamps, but some of my colleagues have thousands and thousands more. Yet, they somehow feel like crusaders, like heroes when they vote to cut food stamps. Some of these same members travel to foreign countries under the guise of official business. They dine at lavish restaurants, eating steak, vodka and even caviar. They receive money to do this. That’s right, they don’t pay out of pocket for these meals.”

The House measure sets up a showdown with the Senate and likely will delay passage of a new farm bill until at least next year.

This is a direct hit at low income families including black & brown people along with handicapped and the elderly. The white faced men and women with the aide of a few black and brown selfish business-men-women who push forth and get bills like this passed are traders of the people who occupy this so-called great land.

How are we to have societies if we refuse to feed our children and families in need, if the schools systems fail due to low funds and if the jobs are kept at low pay?

Do the average C-Grade politicians who make it to the top not know the basics of economics? Do they not know that if the people have money in their pockets, it’s put back into the economy by sales…?

It is quite frustrating that our government blatantly show the disregard for the people. This corrupt system of politics is in need of it’s day in the court of the people.

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Wal-Mart Workers Protest Nationwide; Dozens Arrested

Wal-Mart Workers Protest Nationwide; Dozens Arrested

Thousands of Wal-Mart workers joined a nationwide day of action in 15 cities Thursday, calling for Wal-Mart to provide a living wage, improve working conditions and end retaliation against employees who stand up for their rights. At least 24 people were arrested at actions in New York City and Los Angeles.

8.00 USD per hour (January 1, 2013) is the current minimum wage, which is a yearly Annual income of $16,640

How can one person, let along a family live off of that amount in a day in age where gas is extremely high, food is high of cost and let’s not get on being able to actually eat healthy…. All the unhealthy bad food is cheap, while healthy organic food hits too deep in a minimum wage earning persons pocket.

These corporations (And I say corporations due to politicians mostly consist of prior CEO’s of corps these days) don’t want to pay actual living wages – but want people to but their goods or services. I’m not economic specialist, but it does not take many brain cells to know the following –

The natural fluctuation of the economy between periods of expansion (growth) and contraction (recession). Factors such as gross domestic product (GDP), interest rates, levels of employment and consumer spending can help to determine the current stage of the economic cycle.

Does our government, states not know that if people actually make good money, they spend money. And what does that do? – It puts money back into the economy – it’s a cycle of make money, spend money. Its that easy!

When will our government think logically and assert humanity in their logic?