• Poor People:It's difficult to afford food.
  • Tired Argument #1:Just make everything from scratch
  • Person #1:I would love to, but I can't afford food in general, period, notwithstanding the fact that it's more expensive for me to make things from scratch, especially since I live no where near a source that sells the basic ingredients I would need to cook with.
  • Person #2:I'm disabled, I can't physically make everything from scratch, not only is it incredibly dangerous for me to attempt such a thing, but it's physically exhausting and emotionally draining.
  • Person #3:I work too many jobs, and am too busy I do not have enough time in the day to make everything from scratch by myself. My work hours barely allow for me to sleep.
  • Person #4:lmao, my EBT card doesn't cover basic ingredients, because the politicians in my state thought vegetables were too luxurious for me.
  • Tired Argument #2:You just aren't putting enough effort into it, make long trips, spend more time researching food prices, find the cheapest source. Do extreme couponing, like in that show. You just need to put your time and effort in.
  • Person's #1-4:Did you even read what we wrote?
  • Tired Argument #3:You just want to eat unhealthy
  • Person's #1-4:What the fuck are you talking about
  • And Repeat back to Tired Argument #1:Make everything from scratch.
How To Escape

Run, run away
As fast as you possibly can
As fast as your legs will allow
Away from the fears and the doubts
And the liars and the cheaters

Run, run away
From the uncertainty and the scarcity
Slip out the back door, don’t make a sound. And don’t bring anything with you
For this is a game of survival
And materials will surely kill you

Run, run away
From the people who don’t care
From insanity anywhere
And keep your eyes low
Don’t stop for food
Don’t make chit chat.

Run, run away
Towards something brighter
Towards the sun or heaven
Or whatever you dream of
Run to love, to life, to whatever is open to receiving you.

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Add Your Name: Support a $15 Minimum Wage
The current minimum wage is a starvation wage. Endorse a $15/hour minimum wage.

From an e-mail: Today’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. We need to raise that to a living wage, because anyone who works 40 hours a week shouldn’t live in poverty.

Yesterday I introduced a bill in Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Add your name to say you support a $15 minimum wage.

The simple truth is that working people cannot survive on $7.25 an hour. Yet more than 30 million people work every day for a minimum wage that is totally inadequate to provide for their families.

In solidarity,

Bernie

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When a medical student at a nearby university snapped a photo a nine-year-old Filipino boy studying at a tiny desk in the street to Facebook, she never thought how profoundly it would change his life. The photo quickly went viral, gaining the attention of local media.

Daniel Cabrera, his mother Espinosa and two siblings live in a nearby eatery that they work at since their house was destroyed by a fire. Espinosa makes 80 pesos a day, which is roughly $1.77 in U.S. dollars. The boy often goes to school without food or an allowance, and studies outside the McDonald’s every night, using the light from its window to read.

Despite Daniel’s homelessness, he’s studying hard to be a cop. That is what his father, who is dead, wanted him to do. “I want to help the Philippines,” he said.

“He is a very studious and determined boy,” his mother said. “He would insist on going to school even without his lunch money because I have no money to give. He always tells me: ‘Mama, I don’t want to stay poor. I want to reach my dreams.'”

Since the images went viral and the news stations tracked him down, Daniel and his family have been flooded with overwhelming support. Aside from cash, Daniel has reportedly received school supplies, school uniforms, a reading lamp and a scholarship offer that is enough to get him through college. The local church, government and social welfare office also received donations on Daniel’s behalf. His mom was given cash to start her own business.

"Our problem is how to manage all this financial assistance,” the city’s social welfare office chief, Violeta Cavada, said. “He has become a symbol of poor slum boys in the city who can’t study because they don’t have electricity.” [via]

Poverty entails fear, and stress, and sometimes depression; it means a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts - that is something on which to pride yourself, but poverty itself is romanticised only by fools.
—  Very good lives by J.K. Rowling
The current federal minimum wage is a starvation wage. It’s got to be raised to a living wage.

The people who serve our food and clean our offices should not be forced to work two or three jobs just to pay the bills.

Today, we send a very loud and clear message to the United States Congress, to the president of the United States and to corporate America. In the richest country on the face of the Earth, no one who works 40 hours a week should be living in poverty.

“Austerity is primarily a class policy. It constantly promotes the interests of capital against those of the workers, professionals, pensioners, unemployed, and economically vulnerable groups. In the long run, it aims at creating a model of labor with fewer rights and less social protection, with low and flexible wages, and no substantial bargaining power for wage earners.” .. (John Milios)  .. (more here)