combating poverty

concept:
every single little studyblr gets their dream grades. everyone gets the jobs they’ve always been hoping for. the world is ruled not by aging baby boomers but instead by young women, focused and determined
everyone who has studied day and night with the dream of making a small difference finally achieves their goals. everyone is happier and knowledge and hard work combats poverty and war

“So much of the resistance against meal programs is from the ongoing misconception that parents are just lazy and want handouts. As opposed to the reality that many are working multiple jobs to get by and don’t have time to cook and/or are struggling to put healthy food on the table. Typical lack of empathy towards poor people..”
How about the Trump Administration stop eating free food paid by our taxes.
How about we use that money to feed the kids.
I keep thinking things can’t get worse, but it does, and I’m proven wrong every time.
*Shoutout to the Black Panther Party for pioneering free breakfast for kids.
Also black folks have created many programs, and solutions to combat poverty, hunger and homelessness for decades. Poverty has played a major role in the civil rights movements, and liberation movements. They pioneered a lot of these programs for the poor.

7 things about the Black Lives Matter policy platform you probably didn’t know

1. It is focused on, but not exclusive to, black people.

There’s a saying that’s become popular in the movement: “When black people get free, everyone gets free.” The Movement for Black Lives’ policy platform is a prime example of what that reality could look like.

The platform is focused on the lived experiences of black people in the United States and their efforts to combat poverty, incarceration, inadequate schooling, unemployment and inferior health care. But it also speaks out against the privatization of natural resources.

“We seek democratic control over how resources are preserved, used and distributed and do so while honoring and respecting the rights of our Indigenous family,” the platform says, a statement that’s especially resonant as the fight over the Dakota Access Pipeline rages on.

The platform also takes a strong stance in support of Palestinian liberation, one that earned them condemnation from some Jewish American groups in the United States.

2. It took one year to write.

The platform took months to put together. Dozens of community-basedorganizations planned, met and drafted the policy proposal beginning in 2015, when the groups met in Cleveland for their first national convening.

3. More than 40 organizations came together to write it.

The Movement for Black Lives is a network of dozens of grassroots, including Black Youth Project 100, Dream Defenders and the Ella Baker Center for Human Righs and community organizations spread across the country. Its leadership is diverse and purposefully spread out. When it came time to write the policy platform, dozens of groups provided input as part of the Movement for Black Lives’ policy forum.

4. It goes way beyond criminal justice.

The Movement for Black Lives earned its place in the country’s political landscape by making the demand that “Black Lives Matter” in response to increasingly public police killings of black people. But the platform is wide-ranging and goes far beyond black people’s interactions with law enforcement. It touches on everything from increasing federal support for historically black colleges and universities to divesting from the use of fossil fuels, which activists say poison black communities.

5. Yes, it calls for economic reparations.

One of the more controversial parts of the platform calls for economic reparations for colonization and slavery. But the platform attempts to take those things from theoretical to tangible by spelling out exactly what the reinvestment of resources should look like. For instance, the platform calls for retroactive forgiveness of student loans and a guaranteed minimum wage for black workers.

6. It was released after the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions — for a reason.

The platform was deliberately released on Aug. 1, just after the end of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. That, according to organizers involved in the process, was intentional.

“Because we’re speaking radical and transformational change, not just minor tweaks to an existing system, that transformational change will be driven from the ground up,” M. Adams, co-executive director of Freedom, Inc. and member of the Movement for Black Lives Policy Table leadership team, told Mic in August. “Therefore we’re not only thinking about election cycles. We wanted to offer something that elevated and articulated a shared set of priorities that’s connected to movements before this political moment and after this moment.”

7. It’s an exhaustive list of 40 policy recommendations.

It’s an exhaustive look at the hopes and goals of a generation of black organizers. Look for yourself. 

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I would love to see abortion eliminated, but not because I’m pro-life.

I would love to see poverty combated, teen pregnancy and single parenthood less stigmatized, misogyny and ableism fought, parenting of disabled children made more affordable and effective contraception and comprehensive sexual education made available to all, among many other things.

I’m pro-choice because I recognize that these are some of the many factors that influence the choice to abort. I recognize that addressing these societal issues will bring down abortion rates and be good for humanity as a whole. I am not naive enough to believe that abortion exists inside a vacuum as an option many people choose simply because they don’t want to be “inconvenienced” by a pregnancy. Life is rarely so simple.

No one wants abortions to happen, but we have to recognize that they do and understand that all we can hope to do is address the factors behind them. Stop going after abortion for fuck’s sakes. It’s like ripping a bandaid off a gaping wound and expecting that the injury will just disappear on its own as a result. People will always need abortions, but we can greatly reduce the numbers and improve our planet as a whole by fighting the reasons why they happen.
-V

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Surprisingly, Bill Gates is betting on chickens to fight against global poverty

Gates announced that his foundation will partner with the charity Heifer International and donate 100,000 chickens to countries in Africa in order to help combat extreme poverty. The program has already begun in Ethiopia, and he is hoping it will scale to other countries as well.

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Today, the Queen traditionally bought this year’s first Mayflower pin. 

This year it was Axel Stridsberg and Ella Bosell from Solskiftesskolan in Österåker who sold this year’s first Mayflower of the campaign to the Queen. During the meeting, the Queen thanked them for being good examples, showing that children can get involved to help children in distress.

Mayflower is the largest children’s charity. Mayflower is working to improve conditions for children and combat child poverty in Sweden. The Queen is the Mayflower highest patron and buys the first Mayflower each year.