How long would you survive on limited income if you were under the poverty line? Try to walk 30 days in those shoes.

// This decision-tree-based infographic-of-sorts called SPENT provides a personal way to experience and empathize with those who constantly struggle to maintain a living under the poverty line. Its not just presents the facts, it makes you live them. 

i’ve been toying for weeks with the idea of having a “donate” button on my site

because as much as i need a little help right now, my sense of pride and shame is completely overriding it.

i don’t have anything to offer, even though i know that asking for help doesn’t have to be a transaction.

and despite knowing that asking for help sometimes is okay (especially considering how hard i try to give back when i can), that pervasive “no free handouts” mentality has crept into my brain and lodged itself there.

nothing makes me feel guiltier for existing, it would seem, than not having money.

Just because I’m feeling a little fuckin frustrated about not being able to find a job let’s look at the wage gap in terms of time today, just to truly illustrate exactly how fucked over the middle and lower class are.

Let’s say every dollar equates to one second. If you work under the poverty line your annual income is usually somewhere between 12,000 and 25,000 dollars. Put that in seconds and that equates to about 3.3 to 6.9 hours.

Middle class typically sits between 25,000 and 76,000 dollars annually so let’s do the math. That puts the middle class from about 7 hours to 21.1 hours.

Lastly let’s skip the upper middle class and look at the upper class, the millionaires and billionaires who’s favorite thing to do is complain that their taxes are too high and that their companies should get the same tax breaks as the working classes so they don’t have to help fund our government in ways that don’t directly benefit them.

Most people identify the upper class as having an income between 150,000 and 250,000 dollars annually. Horseshit I say, those aren’t the ones we want to hear about, no let’s look at our millionaires and billionaires.

So let’s see, the “average” millionaire makes about 1.5 million dollars annually. In time of dollars to seconds that’s 17 DAYS. WANNA GET EVEN MORE FUCKED UP? The average billionaire makes 1.4 billion annually, converter to time in seconds it equates to 44 YEARS

THAT is how fucked up our wage gap is in america.

summary of a real life conversation that just happened:

me: minimum wage is too low. about 45-50 million americans live under the poverty line because [midsentence]

them: [cuts me off] if they work harder and go to college then that wouldn’t happen.

me: okay but how are they paying for college, making time to go to school and still paying their bills. also, it can be argued that there’s a correlation between success and college but not exactly causation so…

them: loans!!!

me: u know what…people like you are the reason why the underprivileged continue to get shit on. you live in your world of stability. a lot of our population doesn’t have that. your way of thinking is really scary.

them: people in india and China work for nothing and survive just fine. they come over here for our minimum wage!

me: *is confused* have unseen how those sweatshop workers live…like what kind of comparison is that? because people have it worse that america can’t change??????

them: people can just work harder. minimum wage jobs are for high schoolers! i worked minimum wage and made it out just fine.

me: your generation ruined everything and you continue to do so by thinking that because it was easy for you to go to school and survive off of minimum wage that 30 years later, the narrative is still the same. BYE YOUR WAY OF THINKING IS SCARY. I WILL KEEP YOUR OPINION IN MIND FOR THE FUTURE.

There were scenes of joy on the streets of Athens on the night of January 25 as results of the day’s national elections gave a clear victory to SYRIZA — the Coalition of the Radical Left.

Addressing ecstatic supporters, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, since sworn in as prime minister, said: “Greece is turning the page. Greece leaves behind the austerity that caused it’s destruction. It leaves behind fear and intimidation, it leaves behind five years of humiliation and grief.

“Greece advances with hope, with dignity and steady steps towards a changing Europe.”

SYRIZA ran on a platform of rejecting the catastrophic austerity measures imposed on Greece that caused a deep social crisis. After five years of austerity, unemployment has risen to 31% and youth unemployment to about 50% — and even 20% of those with jobs now live under the poverty line. The rate of suicides has risen drastically.

SYRIZA is seeking negotiations with the aim of wiping out a large part of Greece’s debt and tie any repayments to economic growth. Bail-out packages, which include austerity measures, have largely gone to paying private banks — in effect, forcing Greek people to pay for the global financial crisis they didn’t cause.

faabyy21 where I live, the higher the minimum wage goes, the higher food and rent goes. My dad doesn’t earn minimum wage, he earns lots more than that and he can barely afford food and we’ve been close to being kicked out because he can’t afford the rent. Now you may say that people that earn the minimum wage are worst, well over HERE, every single person who I know who would be considered under the poverty line are literally better off than us because they get government assistance, and my dad can’t get anything even though he desperately needs it, because he earns “a lot” and doesn’t qualify?? He’s considered barely middle class when in fact we really aren’t, and we’re screwed because we can’t get government assistance. If they raise the wage to 15?? Things will skyrocket and we will be screwed as hell because if the wage goes up, everyone else’s wages stay the same? If someone who got a college degree and worked hard for it earns 13 right now their wage won’t go up and I don’t see that as fair..I think EVERYONE’s wages should go up, my dad’s wage goes up like a quarter every two years or so. I just don’t see this helping people. Everything will go up so what’s the point really? Let everything stay the same THEN raise the minimum wage.

My friend Ren needs help funding his surgery.

Hey there, my name is Ren. I’m a writer, an artist, and a transgender man currently living in California. My road has been a long and difficult one so far.

Most of my family has disowned me for being transgender, and I live under the poverty line; I was even homeless for several months in 2014. I’m currently struggling to make ends meet, but worst of all, I can’t get insurance to cover top surgery.

I have been on hormone therapy for a while; luckily, this is something I can get covered for free. But unfortunately, in addition to being unable to get surgery covered, I can’t even bind my chest all that convincingly; my breasts are very large, which causes intense, life-threatening dysphoria, among other things.

Here’s a rough breakdown of costs:

-$5500 for surgeon

-$600 for travel costs for my boyfriend and I

-$900 for hotel and time off work/food

Please consider helping me realize my dream. Even if you can’t donate, I would really appreciate anyone that spread the word. This surgery is very critical for me, so it would mean the world.

Thank you so much for reading my story, and for your support.

Any donations would be much appreciated, and even if you can’t donate, please consider signal boosting!

How to Fix Stuff

So I have an idea of how to fix the U.S. Government:

Everyone gets a safe place to sleep, for free.
Everyone gets enough food to eat, for free.
Everyone gets clean water, for free.
Everyone gets healthcare coverage, for free.
Everyone gets an education, for free.
The level of ‘niceness’ of these increases as your income does. People still get paid, so people can get other things and a capitalistic economy keeps moving. There would still be levels of wealth, the same ones we have today, except no one would die because they’re under the poverty line and can’t afford food/shelter/treatment. People would be less stressed as a whole at work, so mental health would get better overall. Physical health would be better, too, with free healthcare. Plus, people would be more willing to pay higher taxes, because they’d feel more cared for by the government.

Free stuff doesn’t mean handouts- it means a healthier nation as a whole, and a better functioning one, at that.

This makes me see red. Pretty sure Mr. Ham wouldn’t be weeping for them after they’re born… struggling to eat… probably living under the poverty line. 50 million little mouths to feed. Are you going to take care of them after they’re born? …. unfortunately you can’t feed them with your white male patriarchal bullshit, because they will then most definitely die.

When men can actually carry babies, and not just make them, that is when they can have an opinion on abortion.

Personally, I don’t think I could ever have one, but I definitely support women having the choice. So here’s some advice, Mr. Ham: Don’t leave your personal items inside of other people.

A Huge Ranting/Upsetting Post

I just got out of my American history class and we had a discussion/debate about this question: “Do rich people have an obligation to the poor?”

Obviously, this will have varying opinions and I didn’t think I would end up so upset. My answer was yes, because if you have more than enough to get by in this world, then you should share it it with those who don’t.

My opinion was only shared by one other person in the class. She is a black and you can tell she wasn’t as well off as everyone. I am whiter than a marshmallow, however, living with my grandparents, I live under the poverty line and it’s a struggle. Everyone else in my class is white and upper class. So you can see where this is going.

As I listened, I heard things like “No, because rich people worked hard to get their money.” and “No, the government should take care of them.” which I guess are fair arguments. 

However… I also heard things like… “No, because poor people spend that money on drugs and alcohol.” “No, because poor people have the same opportunities as rich people.” “No, because poor people should just work harder” “No, because who would work minimum wage jobs then?” “No, because poor people buy cellphones.”

There are so many more than that. But those are the worst. I wanted to scream and cry about how unfair and stupid they sounded. 

For those of you who are in poverty, I’m so sorry… You know how hard it is. I have never wanted to hit so many people before. We all know these are not true. These are all ugly lies. 

Also, for those people who are less fortunate than others who have expensive things like cellphones: DO NOT FEEL BAD FOR HAVING THEM!!!! You deserve nice things too. Never let someone make you feel like you don’t deserve something nice like a cellphone because you’re not as well off as others.  

Today I went to a mlk thing at my school and I only went for a grade but it actually made me really sad
The speaker was talking about how black children are still under the poverty line and they’re in the same position they were in 52 years ago and how black mothers still have a harder time than white mothers do to provide for their families
And it pisses me off that people act like racism doesn’t exist because if it didn’t that obv wouldn’t be an issue.
Anyways I’m just ranting so I’m done

HI everyone
We’re doing this this weekend to try and help Tower Hamlets Foodbank.
The borough has one of the largest poverty gaps in the country with the average salary being 88% lower than the average of that in Canary Wharf (which is also in the borough). 72% of those living within the borough are considered ‘deprived’ with over 50% of children living under the poverty line.
An increasing number of people are having to rely on foodbanks for basic nourishment, and with foodbanks relying on donations it’s really important to bring anything you can spare.

On the event page there is a list of suggested donations but really any non-perishable foods are more than welcome.

The amazing Dear Everyone Perkie and Ren Spits At Magpies are all playing so come down, donate some stuff and watch some awesome people.


anonymous asked:

Here's the thing about that crate example: the fact that you are under the poverty line is terrible, but a woman in your same conditions would be worse off still, because she'd have more troube finding a job even if she had the same qualifications. Women are at a disadvantage in today's world: that's all it was trying to express.

You can’t have “more trouble finding a job” than someone who couldn’t get a job… Supposedly I have all these crates. Would like to know where. :P

I do spare work-from-home on the phone, making 55 cents a call. In this, I also work FOR women and WITH women. As in, I think I have one male worker on my level, and one male superior - amid many female employees.

Your imagined concept doesn’t really work for me.

It’s sad how many people just speculate and invent scenerios to combat anyone who’s actually living in an opposite situation.

Haiti is both a land of beauty and a land of suffering. Among the awe-inspiring mountain views and coastal areas, eroded lands and deforestation are abundant. Five years after the devastating earthquake, a slow reconstruction continues. The capital, Port-au-Prince, is a city pulsing with a lively energy but the citizens there also face difficult barriers for improvement. The World Bank estimates that 59% live under the national poverty line of just $2.44 per day and 24% under $1.24 dollar per day. The majority of people lack adequate shelter, clean water and access to health care.

Recently, I witnessed some of these contrasts while collaborating with the nonprofit, Field Ready. They provide humanitarian aid by using technology and education as a vehicle to transform logistical supply chains. The team of aid workers, designers and technologists are bringing 3D printing to the healthcare space for developing countries. Eric James, a co-founder of Field Ready, explains “3D printing offers a lot of flexibility and this will only improve in the future. And the future is what we’re working on now.”

As the cost of 3D printing continues to go down and usage goes up, collaborative design initiatives are empowering people to overcome low socio-economic environments and also enabling new ways to provide humanitarian aid. The growth in 3D printing has also encouraged an exploration of new materials and applications. This inspired Field Ready to begin recycling ABS and to investigate how to recycle other polymers with the goal of turning plastic waste into filament.

By co-creating with medical workers in Haiti, Field Ready identified medical tools and parts that could be 3D printed to meet localized demand. One example is the umbilical cord clamp. Many traditional birthing attendants are women living in villages without easy access to healthcare and medical supplies. Given the lack of sterile tools and training, newborns may suffer from a high rate of infections or postnatal umbilical sepsis. Typically, birthing attendants will use what is available to them—ranging from shoelaces to the improper use of a sterile string. Even when using a hygienic cord, the risks are high from improper use—either tying too tight and severing the cord, or tying too loose and causing hemorrhaging. Clamps, on the other hand, have a precision grip and clamp, leaving no guesswork for birthing attendants.

She’s Going Door To Door With Light, And Older Navajos Have Never Seen Anything Like It

She has a respect for it handed down to her through countless Navajo generations, and she’s using that faith to help her elders accept the gift of power from the sun.

The Navajo have always considered the sun to be an important god.

In the beginning, Jóhonaa’éí joined with the female earth to create all life. “Jóhonaa’éí” is pronounced “jo-ho-nai-ay.”

Adrian Manygoats is a modern Navajo woman who continues to hold the sun in the deepest respect, starting each day with a prayer to him. It drives her.

So Manygoats is on a mission.

Nearly half of the Navajo nation lives under the poverty line, with around 18,000 homes lacking electricity.

Many Navajo elders live off the grid, lighting their homes with dangerous and expensive kerosene.

Manygoats helped found the Navajo Women’s Energy Project.

Their goal is to end the use of kerosene.

Working for Eagle Energy, a branch of nonprofit Elephant Energy, Manygoats visits as many of her elders as she can with an offer to install free rooftop solar panels for them.

At first, some elders aren’t too sure about this.

Manygoats often finds that the elders’ respect for the sun comes with a keen awareness of its awesome destructive power.

So she sits down with them, and they have a serious conversation about their shared faith. Once everyone agrees about how this all fits in with traditional beliefs, she and her team can get to work.

When the work is done, the homeowners are delighted to have power directly from Jóhonaa’éí. And for free. It’s kind of unbelievable for them, really.

So far, Eagle Energy has installed solar panels on about 350 homes. It’s a start.

Here’s a heartwarming video about Manygoat’s inspiring mission.

This video was produced by NationSwell. You can Like NationSwell on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. The Eagle Energy project has a website if you’d like to learn more about it, and you can follow the Navajo Women’s Energy Project on Facebook.

I am trying to find an academic article that argues how even the poorest amongst us can stop sweatshops, but there is nothing on that subject purportedly

the idea of stopping sweatshops and exploitation is grand and all (I also tend to side with it), but I have not found a single person who can explain to me how one stops sweatshops when the poor can’t afford to buy fair trade products

suppose that all the sweatshops in the world were stopped. prices would skyrocket, thereby pushing those under the poverty line further down - what then? the solution isn’t as simple as just raising minimum wage…..

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The current public education system is failing our communities of color, particularly creating disadvantages specific to African and Latino americans. A bad experience in the education system means a greater risk of being under the poverty line in the United States, which leads to various problems within these communities and their individuals. 

Creating a model of a healthy K-12 school system that retains its students, parents, and employees while providing them with psychological and economic services would be an interoperable method of giving back to communities of color by providing them with the educational justice they deserve.The school would employ professional educators to teach while also employing psychologists and economists to work with students, parents, staff, teachers and administration. This creates a system where employees are invested in and taken care of as people, empowered with the resources and connections to achieve their goals, and leaving a model for change for the next generation.

This holistic K-12 model of an educational institution would literally exist to keep youth in school, their families out of poverty and to provide a system for students, educators and the community to connect, understand and thrive together.

I’ma do it. Watch.