combating poverty


Scotland just launched a pilot program providing free sanitary products nationwide

  • Scotland’s government announced it would be testing out a program providing free sanitary products to people with periods, becoming the first country to do so.
  • According to the Scotsman, the six-month pilot program will start off by sending sanitary products to three secondary schools, a college and a range of nonprofits and charities like Women’s Aid, an organization that provides support for domestic violence victims.
  • The move is a significant step in combating “period poverty,” a term used to describe the lack of access many people have to menstrual products. Read more (7/12/17)

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.

In Oregon we have a big homeless problem. Yet, instead of fixing that we’re using tax payer money to put a non binary gender option on our drivers licenses! It’s like making people feel special and unique is more important than trying to combat poverty. Like fuck all those people who live in tents on the side of the road, the person who thinks they have six genders are more important.

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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Merkel: Pope Wants Her to Fight to Save Paris Climate Deal
Vatican City: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the historic Paris climate accord despite the US withdrawal from it and shared her goal to “bring down walls” between countries, not build them.

Merkel and Francis met for about 40 minutes on Saturday in the Apostolic Palace, focusing on the Group of 20 summit that Germany is hosting in Hamburg on July 7-8.

The Vatican said the talks centered on the need for the international community to combat poverty, hunger, terrorism and climate change.

Merkel told reporters she briefed the pope on Germany’s G-20 agenda, which she said “assumes that we are a world in which we want to work together multilaterally, a world in which we don’t want to build walls but bring down walls.”

Francis has consistently called on nations to build bridges not walls — including in reference to the border wall that the Trump administration wants to build along the US border with Mexico.

Merkel said Francis encouraged her to fight for international agreements, including the 2015 Paris climate accord, which aims to curb heat-trapping emissions.

“We know that, regrettably, the United States is leaving this accord,” Merkel said.

As he did when President Donald Trump visited last month, Francis gave Merkel a copy of his environmental encyclical, “Praise Be,” which casts fighting climate change and caring for the environment as an urgent moral obligation.

Francis issued the encyclical ahead of the Paris climate deal in hopes of urging a global consensus on the need to change “perverse” development models that he said had enriched the wealthy at the expense of the poor and turned God’s creation into an “immense pile of filth.”

Francis appeared in unusually good cheer today during the meeting, smiling broadly and laughing during both the formal portrait and the casual banter with Merkel.

In contrast, Francis often looks glum during many formal state visits, including when Trump and his family visited.

The audience began with Francis expressing his condolences over the death of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. In his formal note, Francis called Kohl a “great statesman and convinced European” who worked tirelessly for the unity of his homeland and the European continent.

Francis said he was praying that the Lord gives Kohl “the gift of eternal joy and life in heaven.”
Declining female participation may actually be a sign of higher income security in some cases: the labour force participation rate of women is highest in low-income households that combat extreme poverty, and the first sign of entering the middle class is often for the woman of the household to withdraw from poor-quality work.
—  McKinsey Global Institute, on the Indian labour market
Signs as South African Cities/Provinces

ARIES - Namaqualand; borders the wild Atlantic ocean and the harsh Namib desert. This is the home of the Nama people, where the most bizarre phenomena occurs annually in spring, where the whole narrow region envelops into an orange carpet of flowers

TAURUS - North West; desolate and sparse, this province is known for being a hub of entertainment in Southern Africa, centered in Rustenburg. The native Khoi San and the palaces of excess (i.e. casinos) sit side-by-side in the emptiness on the edge of the mighty Kalahari desert

GEMINI - Eastern Transvaal; renamed Mpumalanga, the ‘land of the rising sun’ remains one the most dramatic landscapes in a country filled with beauty. The variety in cultures and animal wildlife is astounding, with the capital of the province, Nelspruit, being nicknamed the ‘Florence of the South’ 

CANCER - The Cape; relaxed, maritime, the most amazing ocean views coupled with a distinct Dutch culture, the Cape personifies the Cancerian nature more than any other part of South Africa, especially apparent in Cape Town, the Mother City

LEO - Drakensburg Mountain Range; named in Zulu ‘the barrier of spears’ and ‘the dragon mountains’ in Afrikaans, translations which surely conjure up magnificent scenes, and nothing could be more true for the expansive Drakensburg. Tall and proud, the mountains shield the open veld where lions roam from the imposing Atlantic weather systems

VIRGO - kwaZulu-Natal; the tropical vibes and the turquoise Indian ocean make KZN a Virgoan province in my eyes. Due to the lush and dense jungle, trailing down from the Drakensburg, the region is bathed in every shade of green and is home to the notorious Zulus

LIBRA -  Bloemfontein; central and cultural, Bloem is a manicured city endowed with prestige to many elites in South Africa. Sitting on the crossroads of the magnificent Drakensburg mountains, the equally expansive Groot Karoo semi-desert and the diamond and gold routes between Kimberely and Johannesburg, this understated Libran city is one of the most beautiful in Africa

SCORPIO - Pretoria; the politically-centred and understated capital. All too often eclipsed by the far larger and more renowned Johannesburg, Pretoria is the power hub of the country and renowned with some of the best institutions in South Africa

SAGITTARIUS - Durban; well known for the relaxed beach/resort vibes, Durban is a friendly and a genuine melting pot of culture - whether it be Indian, Zulu or English. Any and all visitors fall head over heels in love with the free spirited nature of this opulent beach city

CAPRICORN - Cape Town; nothing could be more Capricornian than the attitudes of the Capetonions. Imposing Table Mountain restricts expansion of the city, and so maintains the colloquial nature of CT, whilst the Atlantic brings colder weather

AQUARIUS - Johannesburg; grey, urban and sprawled, Joburg is above and beyond the business and communication capital of the country. Constantly evolving and developing, Joburg has undergone many transitions, mirroring the history of South Africa in an unparalleled way. The rich however aren’t like those of many other cities; by contrast, the people of Johannesburg are politically motivated in combating poverty and social injustice

PISCES - Groot Karoo; dry and flat, the Karoo is all too often over-looked. Personally the flat horizons between land and sky seem out of this world in terms of how impressive they are. Small towns, unchanged for generations and seemingly Victorian, line the single track of road through the desolation

anonymous asked:

What would you do, if someday, your future child decided not to follow a vegan lifestyle and wanted to experience eating/utilizing animal products?

I wouldn’t buy dead animals for them to experiment with but I couldn’t stop them if they wanted to try it at a friends house or something. Just like anything else or how you would react to your children I suppose.

To be honest I don’t think your question is quite relevant though. The soonest I would have kids who might consider eating an animal would be roughly 10 years from now, by which point our planet will likely be even more in trouble than it is now and veganism will be known as one of our only options left/the cultural norm.

As the UN stated, a global shift towards veganism is our best chance at combatting the worst of poverty, species extinction, land erosion and greenhouse gas emission. I’m confident that any child of mine will have a pretty good understanding of that, as will the rest of the world in time.

Remember, we are all born vegan. We are made to drink our own mothers’ milk, not the milk of another species. If you put a child in front of an apple and a bunny, it will pet the bunny and eat the fruit.

Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, has announced plans to invest $2.3 billion in rice and sugar production in Nigeria’s northern region in a bid to combat poverty and insurgency.

Dangote, who was speaking today during a plenary session at the World Economic Forum currently being held in Abuja, Nigeria, said that creating jobs was a crucial way of putting an end to the insurgency that has plagued the northern region in the last few years. Nigeria’s northern region has been a base for terrorist camps, particularly the Boko Haram Islamic sect, which recently claimed responsibility for the kidnap of more than 200 school girls from a Government-owned High school in Chibok, Borno state in Nigeria.

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.


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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vodkamasi  asked:

hey sorry to bother you but i just saw a post where you said that you didn't support the push for constitutional recognition, and i was just curious as to why? anyways, you're doing an amazing job with this blog and this blog has taught me many things about Indigenous Australians :)

Hey! So I don’t think I’ve addressed this yet so this post is going go up in my FAQ about why I don’t support constitutional recognition. A lot of people have been asking me this question. This is also gonna be a long post so get ready everyone. I only claim to speak for myself and to reflect upon the opinions and views of those of us in the Indigenous community who do not support/are against constitutional recognition. I apologize in advance for any spelling errors!

The way I see it, the Recognise campaign is a government funded and operated campaign. It is not a grassroots movement by Indigenous peoples and for Indigenous peoples. It serves to distract away from the real issues and is only a tokenistic gesture that will amount to no positive change for our people.

If we are recognised in the constitution, we will still be living as second-class citizens, racism will still exist and essentially we will still be treated as we are now. Being recognised will change nothing. We don’t need to be included in the constitution and be told by white people that they recognise that we are the true owners and custodians of this continent. We know this. We’ve always known this.

Although, I can see why some Indigenous peoples are for this change. We all want to feel and be accepted and included. We want to be treated with respect. All of this is valid and I can honestly see why, but I encourage Indigenous peoples who are for it to look deeper and figure out for yourself if this is something that you and your community want and need. Discuss with your community and elders. I stress the important of doing this because successive governments in this country’s history have never really acted with our best interests in mind. There has never been one policy geared towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples that hasn’t been carried out in a paternalistic and racist way. Can we really trust the government to do the right thing by our mob when it comes to constitutional recognition?

More-so, the Recognise campaign itself does not make room for discussion about constitutional recognition and actively shuts down anti-Recognise voices. Sure, they’ve been traveling around the country doing community consultations… but does that really mean anything when our people are told by the campaign that its all rainbows and sunshine and every other Blackfella out there wants it? A large chunk of us don’t want this and until we can discuss that in a constructive and inclusive way, I don’t think that the push for constitutional recognition should be rammed down our throats.

Also, this is an issue that concerns the Indigenous community. I feel really uncomfortable about the fact that this campaign is being presented to ALL Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, for them to have a chance to have their say and speak up. This doesn’t affect the lives of non-Indigenous peoples what-so-ever. So it is my belief that at no stage of this campaign should non-Indigenous people weigh in with their opinions and thoughts. I’m a firm believer in self-determination and taking control of our own lives and futures. It’s not for non-Indigenous peoples to have a say in issues and discussions that are specifically Indigenous peoples and about the internal workings of our community.

White people and the governments for so long have controlled our lives and told us what we can and can’t do and acted for us because they think they know best. I personally favour treaty/treaties over this. I favor recognition of Indigenous sovereignty and the handing back of power to our people. I support initiatives that come from the Indigenous community and have a focus on community leadership and preserving culture and language and talking about real land rights and substantial change to combat poverty, domestic violence, Indigenous health and education etc.

I say, let Indigenous peoples lead this discussion about constitutional recognition. I’m over non-Indigenous people and government bodies trying to speak for us and over us. I don’t think we’re ready for a referendum on this issue when our people are still suffering at the hands of racist government policies and actions. A tokenistic gesture will not address the systemic and institutional factors at play here that affect Indigenous peoples. 

I recommend reading the following material on the debate against constitutional recognition to give some more context and visibility to Black voices out there who are doing great things:

Also I recommend just following the discussions around constitutional recognition and listening to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices on this issue. Just generally be aware and open. :)

No-Budget Recipes

Anna Altman on Jack Monroe’s new cookbook of budget recipes:

“Monroe’s philosophy is that, in order to combat food poverty and pre-made, unhealthy food, cooking at home needs to be ‘less glossy, less sexy, less intimidating.’ Her advice is practical and straightforward: a baby bottle will do if you don’t have a measuring cup; you don’t need anything better than a cheap blender, like the one she has in her kitchen.”

Photograph: Rex Features/AP

Malnutrition and other 'Victorian' diseases soaring in England 'due to food poverty and cuts'

Cases of Victorian-era diseases including scurvy, scarlet fever, cholera and whooping cough have increased since 2010      

While cases of malnutrition doubled in the four years to 2014, there has been a rise in diseases that were rife in the Victorian era such as scurvy, scarlet fever, cholera and whooping cough Corbis

Cases of malnutrition and other “Victorian” diseases are soaring in England, in what campaigners said was a result of cuts to social services and rising food poverty.

NHS statistics show that 7,366 people were admitted to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnutrition between August 2014 and July this year, compared with 4,883 cases in the same period from 2010 to 2011 – a rise of more than 50 per cent in just four years.

Cases of other diseases rife in the Victorian era including scurvy, scarlet fever, cholera and whooping cough have also increased since 2010, although cases of TB, measles, typhoid and rickets have fallen.

Malnutrition cases in English hospitals almost double in five years

Chris Mould, chairman of the Trussell Trust, which runs a nationwide network of foodbanks, said they saw “tens of thousands of people who have been going hungry, missing meals and cutting back on the quality of the food they buy”.

“We meet families from across the UK struggling to put enough food on the table and, at the extreme end, you get people who are malnourished,” he said. “We often see parents who are going without food so that they can feed their children, and these parents often struggle to afford enough nutritious food for their children, too. We don’t think anyone should have to go hungry in the UK, which is why we’re working to engage the public, other charities and politicians across parties to find solutions to the underlying causes of food poverty.”

Dianne Jeffrey, who chairs the Malnutrition Task Force, an independent expert group, and charity Age UK, said the rise in hospital admissions for malnutrition was “deeply distressing”.

“Older people and professionals often incorrectly assume that losing weight and having a reduced appetite are just a normal part of ageing,” she said. “Much malnutrition is preventable, so it is totally unacceptable that estimates suggest there are at least one million older people malnourished or at risk of malnourishment. Cuts to social care mean many older people are being left to cope on their own.”

The figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that in worst-affected areas – Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – 2.4 people out of every 100,000 were admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of malnutrition.

Admissions for malnutrition nationally were highest among men in their sixties, followed by those aged over 80, and among women in  their fifties, followed by those in their forties. Patients admitted with gout have also increased by 60.5 per cent, from 65,387 from August 2010 to July 2011 to 104,972 in the same period in 2014 to 2015.

The Fabian Society has accused the Government of lacking a strategy to combat food poverty and said proposed tax-credit cuts could become a bigger driver of food insecurity than low wages.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, said: “Unless the Government backs down over tax-credit cuts, we are likely to see the number of malnourished people climb.”….

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“I was one of the 17 million kids in this country who didn’t know where the next meal was coming from, and I did everything to get food,” said actress Viola Davis at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon on Friday.“I’ve stolen for food, I’ve jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food.”

The Oscar-nominated star delivered an emotional speech about her difficult childhood and called for more to be done to combat poverty in America. Davis was honored for her work with the charity Hunger Is, which benefits programs to eradicate childhood hunger and improve health-related outcomes.


anonymous asked:

I'm not sure if this has been asked before, but do you have any posts or links to sites which feature most of the positive reasons to vote for NDP? (If possible, maybe including the negatives as well?)

You can read a summary of their party platform here.

NDP Platform

Its hard to say whether their platform will be positive or negative for you. That depends on your values.

Here are some reasons that I like the NDP:

-Want to seriously combat climate change, invest in Green Technology and practice sustainable development.

-Wants to replace our broken First Past the Post voting system with Mixed Member Proportional Representation.

-Wants to repeal Bill C-51 and Bill C-24.

-Has a focus on poverty reduction in their platform. One of which involves transferring stock options loopholes to families living in poverty.

-Has a strong focus on feminism and on improving things for the LGBT community.

-Wants to focus away from military conflicts in favour of peacekeeping, diplomacy, taking in refugees and providing foreign aid.

-Has talked seriously about the problems of rising student debt and the high price of education.

-Wants to make childcare affordable for all: with 1,000,000 $15 a day spaces.

-Wants to expand our healthcare system and cover pharmaceutical drugs.

-Wants to get rid of the muzzling of scientists and invest in Science.

-Supports the least number of oil pipelines of all the main parties.

-Wants to combat food insecurity and poverty in Northern Canada and fix Nutrition North.

-Would require that every government decision respects First Nations treaty rights and international obligations; they support implementing the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations and want to call for an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.


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.

anonymous asked:

Sometimes it seems like you and your followers care more about animals suffering more than people that are suffering I want to commit to veganism for health and environmental reasons but I find it hard when people care more about animal rights than people suffering due to materialism, fast fashion, unsafe work conditions, hunger, etc. How do you feel? I don't want to take away the wrong impression or lead people to thin vegans only care about animals

I don’t think it’s mutually exclusive - you can be passionate about veganism and also any other causes you want to protest. In fact, you don’t even have to be passionate about veganism! You can simply stop consuming animal products, and then use your time and energy to actively fight for other things. Being vegan doesn’t take active effort (ie eating rice instead of meat), only being an activist and trying to help others learn does. If you don’t want to do that part, you don’t have to.

You don’t have to choose between caring about humans and caring about animals. One of the main reasons TO go vegan however, is because of how animal agriculture impacts humans. You should check out the report United Nations published a few years ago, but essentially they stated it is vital that we all shift towards a vegan diet to fix a whole range of major issues - one of which being poverty. The wealth gap in our world is only expanding and becoming more extreme, they explain quite well how going plant based benefits not only us but also those in need.

You can swap your cow’s milk for soy (or almond, oat, rice, coconut, hemp, etc) and also not buy fast fashion or also protest homophobia or any causes close to your heart. I care about intersectional feminism, body positivity, mental health and a range of social issues that impact humans, I don’t think veganism prevents me from supporting any of them. I see eating a vegan diet as the bare minimum we can/should do to be helping our planet. Nobody can be perfect, not by a long shot, but if we each have something in this world we want to work on changing, and we fight for that, we could all make a huge difference.

We can’t all be activists for every single cause in the world, but we can fight for a few that relate most to us and to me, after learning veganism is necessary for combating hunger, fuel poverty, climate change, illness and disease, species extinction, and more. Adopting a vegan lifestyle will make the most difference out of any single change you could make in your life, that’s why we are all so passionate about it. Not only would it stop the unnecessary slaughter of innocent lives, it would have unimaginable benefits necessary for our own species survival.

In addition to the reasons mentioned, animal agriculture is also responsible for displacing indigenous communities (and the clearance of huge forest land that could be used for sustainable plant farming and provide not only more nourishment but also work opportunities).

Most of all, you have to be the change you wish to see in the world. If you don’t think enough vegans are active enough in human rights issues, change that with your own actions. Be one who is and prove your mentioned fears wrong :)