fuckyeahfeminists:

rhrealitycheck:

Cost Of Birth Control Higher In Some Low-Income Neighborhoods Than In Wealthy Ones

Researchers focused on the price of seven commonly-used contraceptives — including various forms of the pill as well as transvaginal options like the ring. They cross-referenced the price information across various counties with median household incomes from the 2010 census.
Nearly every prescription contraceptive was more expensive in low-income zip codes, the researchers found.
In most cases, price differed by just a few dollars. For two of the contraceptives, the cost was significantly less in the wealthiest zip codes.
Researchers said they don’t know the reason for the price discrepancies. Certain neighborhoods may not have a large, chain pharmacy that offers lower prices and runs specials, Zite speculated.
“There is other research that has shown that a lot of needs for health, like fruits and vegetables, are more expensive in lower-income neighborhoods,” Zite added.


uh oh is this going to start another fight that healthy food isn’t actually expensive and poor people just dont try hard enough to eat well because “duh my family eats sooo many veggies with little money, so everyone is able to do it!”

fuckyeahfeminists:

rhrealitycheck:

Cost Of Birth Control Higher In Some Low-Income Neighborhoods Than In Wealthy Ones

Researchers focused on the price of seven commonly-used contraceptives — including various forms of the pill as well as transvaginal options like the ring. They cross-referenced the price information across various counties with median household incomes from the 2010 census.

Nearly every prescription contraceptive was more expensive in low-income zip codes, the researchers found.

In most cases, price differed by just a few dollars. For two of the contraceptives, the cost was significantly less in the wealthiest zip codes.

Researchers said they don’t know the reason for the price discrepancies. Certain neighborhoods may not have a large, chain pharmacy that offers lower prices and runs specials, Zite speculated.

“There is other research that has shown that a lot of needs for health, like fruits and vegetables, are more expensive in lower-income neighborhoods,” Zite added.

uh oh is this going to start another fight that healthy food isn’t actually expensive and poor people just dont try hard enough to eat well because “duh my family eats sooo many veggies with little money, so everyone is able to do it!”

cognitivedissonance:

politicalprof:

The real face of American inequality. Cost increases of consumer goods, poverty rates, child poverty rates, social program effects to reduce poverty, and growth in income and consumption.

It’s bad to be at, or even anywhere near, the bottom in the US.

From Thomas Edsall, NY Times

Hello from the bottom.

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CONSTITUENT: My question is regarding the guns and is Washington at all aware of the psychotropic drugs that these children are taking? I guarantee it 100 percent that’s our big problem. […]

LANKFORD: I agree with that. I think there’s a bunch of issues that, quite frankly, most liberals are afraid to talk about. […] Where are we on all those psychiatric drugs? We’ve overmedicated kids. Quite frankly some of the overmedication of kids are because welfare moms want to get additional benefits and if they can put them on SSI through maintenance drugs, they can also put them on Social Security disability and get a separate check. That is wrong on every single level. Not only is it fraudulent to the government, but it also tells a kid with great potential, “don’t try because you’re disabled.”

Besides being a ridiculous comment from another house republican I want to point out many children do have disabilities and, thankfully, most have access to intervention that allows them to reach their potential. IMO its shameful to pass the blame from a lucrative issue to a sensitive and underfunded one.

think-progress:

Faith leaders SLAM Rick Perry…
Even though Texas has the highest uninsurance rates in the nation — nearly a quarter of the state’s population lacks health insurance — Gov. Rick Perry (R) has refused to expand the Medicaid program, prioritizing his continued opposition to Obamacare over the opportunity to extend health coverage to an estimated 2 million low-income Texans.

think-progress:

Faith leaders SLAM Rick Perry…

Even though Texas has the highest uninsurance rates in the nation — nearly a quarter of the state’s population lacks health insurance — Gov. Rick Perry (R) has refused to expand the Medicaid program, prioritizing his continued opposition to Obamacare over the opportunity to extend health coverage to an estimated 2 million low-income Texans.

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questionall:

1. Only THREE PERCENT of the very rich are entrepreneurs.

… Only 3.6 percent of taxpayers in the top .1% were classified as entrepreneurs based on 2004 tax returns. A 2009 Kauffman Foundation study found that the great majority of entrepreneurs come from middle-class backgrounds, with less than 1 percent of all entrepreneurs coming from very rich or very poor backgrounds.

2. Only FOUR OUT OF 150 countries have more wealth inequality than us.

… the U.S. has greater wealth inequality than every measured country in the world except for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Denmark, and Switzerland.

3. An amount equal to ONE-HALF the GDP is held untaxed overseas by rich Americans.

… between $21 and $32 trillion is hidden offshore, untaxed. With Americans making up 40% of the world’s Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, that’s $8 to $12 trillion in U.S. money … up to $750 billion of income is lost to the U.S. every year, resulting in a tax loss of about $260 billion.

4. Corporations stopped paying HALF OF THEIR TAXES after the recession.

After paying an average of 22.5% from 1987 to 2008, corporations have paid an annual rate of 10% since. This represents a sudden $250 billion annual loss in taxes… For every dollar of workers’ payroll tax paid in the 1950s, corporations paid three dollars. Now it’s 22 cents.

5. Just TEN Americans made a total of FIFTY BILLION DOLLARS in one year.

That’s enough to pay the salaries of over a million nurses or teachers or emergency responders.

That’s enough … to feed the 870 million people in the world who are lacking sufficient food…

6. Tax deductions for the rich could pay off 100 PERCENT of the deficit.

… tax deferrals and deductions and other forms of tax expenditures … are worth about 7.4% of the GDP, or about $1.1 trillion.

Other sources have estimated that about two-thirds of the annual $850 billion in tax expenditures goes to the top quintile of taxpayers.

7. The average single black or Hispanic woman has about $100 IN NET WORTH.

The … median wealth for black and Hispanic women is a little over $100. That’s much less than one percent of the median wealth for single white women ($41,500)… For every dollar of NON-HOME wealth owned by white families, people of color have only one cent.

8. Elderly and disabled food stamp recipients get $4.30 A DAY FOR FOOD.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) has dropped significantly over the past 15 years, serving only about a quarter of the families in poverty, and paying less than $400 per month for a family of three for housing and other necessities. Ninety percent of the available benefits go to the elderly, the disabled, or working households.

Food stamp recipients get $4.30 a day.

9. Young adults have lost TWO-THIRDS OF THEIR NET WORTH since 1984.

21- to 35-year-olds: Your median net worth has dropped 68% since 1984. It’s now less than $4,000.

That $4,000 has to pay for student loans that average $27,200. Or, if you’re still in school, for $12,700 in credit card debt.

With an unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds of almost 50%, two out of every five recent college graduates are living with their parents…

10. The American public paid about FOUR TRILLION DOLLARS to bail out the banks.

That’s about the same amount of money made by America’s richest 10% in one year. But we all paid for the bailout. And because of it, we lost the opportunity for jobs, mortgage relief, and educational funding.

Bonus for the super-rich: A QUADRILLION DOLLARS in securities trading nets ZERO sales tax revenue for the U.S.

The world derivatives market is estimated to be worth over a quadrillion dollars (a thousand trillion). At least $200 trillion of that is in the United States. In 2011 the Chicago Mercantile Exchange reported a trading volume of over $1 quadrillion on 3.4 billion annual contracts.

A quadrillion dollars. A sales tax of ONE-TENTH OF A PENNY on a quadrillion dollars could pay off the deficit. But the total sales tax was ZERO.

(via starmichael)

It takes 40 people making under $250,000 paying $6350 more to pay for one millionaires tax cut!

It takes 40 people making under $250,000 paying $6350 more to pay for one millionaires tax cut!

(Source: demnewswire, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

knowledgefordummies:

- Let’s first get our hands on a million dollars first and then we will talk burgers

knowledgefordummies:

- Let’s first get our hands on a million dollars first and then we will talk burgers

owsposters:

Wait Staff Wages Have Not Gone Up In Twenty Years
Download the poster pack

owsposters:

Wait Staff Wages Have Not Gone Up In Twenty Years

Download the poster pack

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goforthandagitate:

People who don’t tip hate poor people. 

goforthandagitate:

People who don’t tip hate poor people. 

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noneofthismatters:

An offer by Adidas to donate food vouchers to Indonesian workers owed millions of pounds has been described as downright insulting by union representatives and labour right campaigners.

The workers, previously employed at ex-Adidas supplier PT Kizone, have been fighting for over a year to get Adidas to pay the £1.2 million still owed to them in unpaid severance. Adidas’ offer: a food voucher worth just £35.

Meanwhile Adidas paid £100 million to be the main sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is hoping to sell £100 million worth of its official Olympic clothes. Yet they claim it can’t pay what is legally owed to workers, who earned 30p ($0.60) an hour making its clothes.

The amount Adidas has offered to Kizone workers is a equal to the cost of just one London 2012 t-shirt or the cost of a soccer ball and can only be spent in one supermarket.

Tell Adidas: If you can afford to sponsor the Olympics, you can afford severance pay for your workers!

Entis, who worked at PT Kizone for 11 years before the owner fled the country, describes the food vouchers as ‘abuse’:

“I reject the offer of a voucher for Rp 300,000 (43 euros) from Adidas. These vouchers will not cover our debts, because since PT Kizone closed we have had no income and no work. I, as a former Kizone worker and as a representative of my fellow workers, state that we demand US$1.8 million as our severance. Food vouchers is not what we want”.

Workers are asking for your help to get the money they are owed.

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(Source: waronwant.org)

Dying For Justice In Israel

Among developed countries, Israel is one of the world’s most socially, politically and economically unjust. It mocks democratic values and social justice.

In December 2010, Tunisian Mohammed Bouazizi set himself ablaze in front of Sidi Bouzid government offices after police confiscating his merchandise for operating without a permit. He was a street vendor. He sold vegetables. His uncle, Mehdi Horchani, said he

“gave his life to draw attention to his condition and that of his brothers.”

Then and now Arab states have high unemployment, severe poverty, few social benefits, deep-seated and extreme repression enforcing state policy.

Now, two Israeli men have expressed outrage by death.

The first, a 58-year-old wheelchair-bound protester, Moshe Silman set himself on fire at the end of a July 14 protest in Tel Aviv over the cost of living in Israel. Fellow demonstrators extinguished the flames, but he sustained burns to more than 90 % of his body, on July 20 died. Mr. Silman had lost his job, apartment, and he couldn’t survive on his monthly $582 disability pension, his bank account had been seized, all while crushed by outstanding debt. His suicide letter reads:

The State of Israel has stolen from me and robbed me, left me with nothing

and the Tel Aviv District Court blocked me from getting justice. — registrar at the Tel Aviv District court, broke the law, disrupted legal proceedings, out of condescension.

It won’t even assist me with my rental fees

Two committees from the Ministry of Housing have rejected me, despite the fact that I have undergone a stroke and was granted 100% work disability

Ask the manager of Amidar, in Hafia, on Hanevi’im Street.

I blame the State of IsraelI blame Bibi Netanyahu

and [Minister of Finance] Yuval Steinitz

both scum

for the humiliation that disenfranchised citizens go through day in and day out, that take from the poor and give to the rich, and to public servants

those that serve the State of Israel

The National Health Insurance, especially  —, the manager of their operations, and the manager of their claims department, —, on Lincoln Street in Tel Aviv, who illegally seized my work equipment for my truck.

The Haifa National Insurance Institute branch, who abused me for a year until I was granted disability

That I pay NIS 2300 per month in Health Insurance taxes and even more for my medicine

I have no money for medicine or rent. I can’t make the money after I have paid my millions in taxes I did the army, and until age 46 I did reserve duty

I refuse to be homeless, this is why i am protesting

Against all the injustices done to me by the State, me and others like me

The second man set himself on fire while waiting for a taxi to take him to a clinic for disabled military veterans on the same day Mr. Silman was laid to rest. Akiva Mafa’i was a disabled Israel Defence Forces veteran in his mid-40s. After a car accedent 9 years ago he was deemed 25 % disabled. Years later Mr. Mafa’i suffered a stoke forcing him to rely on benefits from the Defense Ministry, and like Silman, the National Insurance Institute. It was not enough money. He is being treated for burns over 70 % of his body.

The Defense Ministry responded by claiming there is no connection between Mafa’i’s self-immolation and his military disability, and calls his treatment “professional, responsible, and devoted.”

However spokesman Rosenfeld stated that four Israelis have attempted or threatened to set themselves on fire since Silman’s act.

THIS IS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO ISRAEL. Mafa’i’s brother, Shlomo:

I feel everything the disabled IDF veterans are saying. We grew up in a home that contributes to the state, and continues to contribute. We gave our lives to the state, and in the end they throw you out. The IDF disabled veterans feel like a burden on society; that’s our frustration. When you’re called to reserve duty, you leave everything and go to serve the state with love, and in the end when something happens to you, you’re left on your own,

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City: Thousands of workers rally in Union Square for #RiseUpNY, July 24, 2012.
Photo: Occupy Wall Street

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

New York City: Thousands of workers rally in Union Square for #RiseUpNY, July 24, 2012.

Photo: Occupy Wall Street

(via realworldnews)

Exhibit A, in that regard: American conservatives just love to yammer on about the family, as if they invented it. But the U.S. record on family issues is no better than its record on health care. The family indicators are as follows, along with the US rank: teenage pregnancy births per 1,000 women aged 15-19 (28 out of 28); paid maternity leave entitlement as a percentage of annual wage (29/29); public spending on family benefits in cash, services and tax measures (26/29); child poverty rate (25/26); family-time index (22/27); percentage of young people (0-14) living with both parents (21/23); percentage of young adolescents living with both parents (26/26); and divorce rate (30). All together, the US comes in dead last in the combined index of family indicators.

These low rankings are directly related to conservative practices and social policies. Divorce rates and teen pregnancy rates are both higher in “red states”, a result of patterns of family formation according to law professors Naomi Cahn and June Carbone in their book Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarisation and the Creation of Culture. Even aside from culture, practices like “abstinence only” sex education and restrictive access to birth control both make for higher teen pregnancy rates. In the US, conservative politicians even opposed unpaid maternity leave - no wonder the US is the only advanced industrial nation with zero weeks of paid maternity leave - and very low rates of any public spending in the way of family support. In short, conservatives really are uniquely responsible for the United States’ poor showing in the family category - the exact opposite of what they tend to believe.

When it comes to freedom and democracy, however, conservatives are not alone in mistakenly thinking that the US leads the world, when it’s actually dragging up the rear among the advanced industrial nations. The U.S. does score in the mid-range on a couple of indicators, but fails abysmally on others: voter turnout for parliamentary elections (30); female parliamentarians (24); gender gap [economic, political, etc.] (13 -tied); corruption perceptions index (18); press freedom index (26/29); collective bargaining coverage (24/25); prisoners per capita (29/29); support for human rights [international agreements signed] (30). For the category as a whole, the US ranks 28th out of 30.

The story is not much different for three other categories: The U.S. scores last in public order and safety (30th) and in generosity (24/24), and 27th out of 30 in income and leisure.

(Source: azspot, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

In an OpEd for the Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby argues that the minimum wage is responsible for the high unemployment rate and that it hurts teens, specifically black teens. Of course, implying that African-American teens are worth less instead of examining social impediments to jobs, like lack of transportation or the fact that employers are less likely to hire an African-American teen than a Caucasian one, regardless of pay scale.

Jacoby makes a number of dubious claims that are easily debunked in this article by Barry Nolan of the Boston Daily.

The minimum wage has been all but eliminated in five very significant ways.

1. The scam of the independent contractor.
2. Intern abuse.
3. Prison labor.
4. Undocumented workers.
5. Outsourcing.