Links 12/3/16

Poverty:
Poverty is Not Only an Ignored Word Depending on the study, at least 40 million Americans are living in poverty. No wonder so many voted for a change.

Poverty Doesn’t Need Technology. It Needs Politics. “Fighting poverty- and making our nation more economically fair- is not a mystifying riddle waiting for a technological breakthrough. It is a question of political will. If we want to push more wealth down the economic chain, we will.”

The Stunning Effect Social Security Has Had on U.S. Elderly Poverty Rates in 1 Chart “The findings showed that Social Security benefits have kept nearly 22.1 million Americans out of poverty.”

Wages:
Jury Awards California Truckers 54 Million in Walmart Wage Suit  Another day, another example of Walmart violating labor laws.

Day Laborers Can Fight Wage Theft with This New Organizing App

A Grocer Raised Its Prices So It Could Increase Workers’ Wages. Are Customers Willing to Pay? As the owner says, it will “make [the store] have a hard couple of months as we adjust.” In the meantime, it’s giving workers peace of mind as they stop falling behind on bills. It’s also great for the store’s image and relationship with the community.

Jobs Report:
What ‘Are So Many of Them Doing?’ 95 Million Americans Not in the Laborforce This is a historic high. But when you factor in retirees, high school children, and adults in college, the number is significantly smaller.

Quality of Life:
Judge Denies Michigan Request for Stay Over Flint Water

Taxes:
Trump’s Treasury Pick Describes a Very Different Tax Plan Than His Boss Campaigned On If it means less inequality, fine. That’s what many of his supporters wanted.

Democratic Socialism:
Hope in a Dark Era: Thousands Turn to Democratic Socialism

America First?
Battles to End Poverty, Inequality Will Falter in Trump Era, Experts Predict The United States needs to devote more of its resources to improving the lives of U.S. citizens, at least 46 million of whom, are living in poverty. If this temporarily means decreased foreign aid, fine.

Trump’s Promises to America’s Workers:
Is Trump’s Idea to Fix the “Rigged System” by Appointing Crooks Who Played It?

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