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Dear Blacks, Latinos & Gays

So Mike Pence got lectured by a cast member of Hamilton, who was alarmed the Trump administration would not protect the rights of minorities. Where has this bizarre notion Trump poses a threat to black people Hispanics and other minorities come from?
Throughout his entire public life Trump has tried to help the African-American community. Jesse Jackson even praised him for it on numerous occasions.

More blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans voted for Trump than they did for Mitt Romney, more black people voted for Trump than they did for John McCain or George W Bush before that. When Trump explorer run for president 16 years ago he had a 67 to 21% favorability rating amongst blacks and a 62% favorability rating among Hispanics. Isn’t it amazing that Trump only became a racist when he ran as a Republican. Trump says he wants to reinvigorate the inner cities and lift black people out of the cycle of poverty family breakdown and violence, meanwhile under Obama more black people are living below the poverty line. Number of african-americans on food stamps has increased 58% under Obama.

Is this how the left helps black communities by making them poorer and more dependent on government. 

93% of black homicide victims are killed by other blacks. 

Race relations are at their worst in decades. 

8 years of Obama has been devastating for the black community yet we’re told that Trump is the problem.

What about gay people? Trump has vowed to protect the LGBT community from a fanatical ideology that represents its biggest threat; radical Islam.

The RNC he went off-script to acknowledge euphoric Republican support for that message. After he was elected Trump said that he wouldn’t try to revoke gay marriage. Is this a man who hates gay people?

Trump even waves rainbow flags around on stage. When was the last time you saw a Republican doing that? You didn’t, because it’s never happened before.

Trump is backed by Peter Thiel one of the smartest and most successful gay public figures in America.

He also said Caitlyn Jenner could use the bathrooms in his buildings anytime she wanted.

So what about Hispanics and Trump’s horribly bigot racist agenda to control illegal immigration? Turns out that that policy is endorsed by the majority of Hispanics. 

The most recent poll found that 49 to 36% of hispanics support the deportation of illegal immigrants.
Think about it - if you’d waited months sometimes years to go through the arduous process of legally emigrating to the country, how would you feel? These people have worked hard they’ve built businesses, they did it the right way, only to see millions of people cheating by pouring in through the back door.

The majority of Hispanics also think that too little is being done to enforce immigration laws. Why do you think Trump won Florida? because he was backed by more than a 3rd of Latinos.

Dear blacks, Latinos and gays, no matter how much moral panic the left tries to manufacture; there’s no evidence whatsoever that a Trump administration is going to persecute you. If you’re law abiding citizen who is in the country legally - you have nothing to worry about.

Please don’t be swallowed up by the hysteria that a Trump administration represents a danger to minorities. It doesn’t.
This whole Hamilton narrative is a complete fraud don’t be a sucker, don’t fall prey to their fear mongering and think for yourself.

Congratulations on getting a job and graduating! And congrats on deciding to try veg again!

Here’s my very unofficial guide to cheap veg living :)

Money tips:

1. One of the biggest keys I think is buying in bulk. Bulk beans, rice, and wheat berries (or barley/farro/etc) are great bases for a lot of delicious not-boring meals. (Especially ones you can make in bulk and store for later meals like wheat salad or stir fry)

2. Good, inexpensive, and healthy protein options are whole grains, eggs, beans, and tofu. I especially like garbanzo beans (chickpeas). Learning to cook good-tasting tofu takes practice, but can be done. I basically just cut it into cubes and fry it in oil until it’s golden-brown. You can also marinade it like you would meat before you do this!

3. If you can, shop from Asian and Hispanic markets. They are usually half (or less) the price of your average grocery store and have tons of delicious spices, sauces, and veggies. The Asian place I shop at has everything from Chinese and Korean food to Indian and Thai food, plus really cheap humane eggs that come from the owner’s backyard-roaming chickens.

4. Eat seasonal produce as much as you can. This is where people feel like vegetarian/vegan diets get expensive, but they don’t have to be. Avoid getting spring/summer fruits in the dead of winter, and stick with dark leafy greens, winter gourds/squashes, and tomatoes while it’s still cold.

5. When you do shop at a regular grocery store, always buy the store brand over the name brand. There’s usually no difference and it’ll save you so much. Also, if you have one, Aldi’s is a magical wonderful grocery store full of cheap produce/other necessities.

Try and make sure any pastas you buy are whole grain, as they have a good deal of your daily protein needs. We also have a smoothie aficionado in the apartment, and he uses either peanut butter or protein powder to give it that extra kick. If you like bananas, there’s not much better than a peanut butter banana smoothie with some chocolate syrup/ hot chocolate packs in it. It’s healthy and tastes like dessert. Regular nuts have good protein in them too but can get pretty expensive, so I just keep peanut butter around. Nutritional yeast is also pretty fantastic. A little goes a long way and it’s packed with protein, iron, and other nutrients. Tastes cheesy.

All in all our monthly grocery bill for 2 people looks like this:

$1-2 for bulk rice ($9 20lb bag from Walmart that lasts several months for 2 people)
$3-5 for beans
$25 for supplies from the Asian market (2 lb rice noodles, 3 packs tofu, fresh produce, sauces, Indian curry, tea, egg rolls, miso)
$10-15 for cheese
$2 wheat berries. I order these online. You can get $1/lb on Amazon or most other sites. It lasts forever.
$15 on whole wheat pasta (you can get this in bulk too, making it even cheaper)
$12-15 on eggs and almond milk
$25 on other produce/misc

Total: $93-$104

I do spend more on the eggs and milk since they’re backyard eggs and almond milk, so if you’re really strapped for cash that would bring it down probably an extra $5-$10 a month.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions about this set-up/anything else. And best of luck!

A little introduction

After bills on my income level I’m left with an average of $6 a day, that’s not just food money, that’s money for emergency expenses, clothes, cleaning supplies, fun, socializing, hobbies, AND food. Sounds minimal but I’ve lived off less! I’ve been under the poverty line my entire adult life, so I’ve gathered a bit of advice over the years. This blog is for people who aren’t vegan due to the assumption that they can’t afford it. This blog is also for vegans who want a less repetitive diet but don’t know how to budget it. This blog may or may not be helpful to poor vegans with children, I can’t say, I have no kids. I try to keep poor healthy and not boring. This blog is proof that you can get an all-inclusive vegan diet on any budget, if you can afford food you can afford eating vegan.

Vegan = privileged?

No.

Not all vegans their breakfasts cost +$15,-.

I pay for a 0.5 kg bag of oats 35 eurocents and then 1,50 euros for chocolate soymilk.

Cheap vegan food:
1 euro for a kg bananas, 1 euro for a kg apples and 1 euro for a kg pears.
1 kg of rice 0,80 cents, 1 kg of macaroni 0,70 cents, kidney-beans 80 cents for 0.5 kg, must I go on?

I limit ‘special’ products and even under the poverty-line I could manage as a vegan.

Even now I’m just above the poverty-line, I can’t afford buying: avocados, papayas (or other very exotic fruit), expensive mock meat and vegan frozen pizzas. 

And yes, I’m getting all my vitamins and minerals.


People are really calling vegans ableist for pointing out that you can be vegan while poor. And the fact that many poor people are vegan because they’re poor, since animal products are luxury products in most countries.


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Hamilton, Iowa
Population: 130

“The median income for a household in the city was $37,083, and the median income for a family was $46,250. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $30,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $42,935. There were 5.1% of families and 10.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 9.1% of under eighteens and 11.1% of those over 64.”

it’s really cute how when poor people have any kind of luxury (non-bulk bought food, tickets to a band or concert they like, a decent phone, a pet, INTERNET) suddenly they aren’t really poor and they’re just trying to get pity points because how could they be poor, they have a nice thing wow?!?

it’s almost like poor people aren’t allowed to have anything nice that might make them happy or be moderately better than the bare fucking minimum because yall hate anyone under the poverty line!!! wow!!! fucking shocking i know!!!

I swear the vast majority of SSI ‘fraud’ is ‘committed’ by perfectly eligible, legitimately disabled people who are bending the rules in order to survive because you literally cannot make ends meet under the SSA’s regulations holy shit.

Oh, hello there. Let’s take a ‘reasonable’ maximum savings amount from the motherfucking 1930s and never fucking update it. Nevermind that it’s not enough to buy first/last months rent and security deposit on an apartment or even a beater car. Also, let’s pay you a monthly stipend that will just barely afford a cheap studio apartment. Oops, now you don’t have money for food! Oh! did I mention that being on SSI in my state makes me fucking ineligible for food stamps, despite the fact that I live under the motherfucking poverty line jesus fucking christ what the fuck?!

*overturns the table and screams*

WHY POOR KIDS ARE NOT ALLOWED THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY TO TO COLLEGE EARLY DECISION/ACTION - or possibly even REGULAR decision!

~REBLOG TO SPREAD AWARENESS ABOUT THE LACK OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR POOR STUDENTS IN PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS~

Guidance counselors generally tell students to register for the SAT/ACT/SAT Subject Tests in the spring of their junior year, and again in the autumn of their senior year.

That’s what my guidance counselor told me. Being a student who is eligible for fee waivers (and, personally, really needs them) I asked her if they would be available for each. She said yes- that I would be able to get fee waivers for two SATs, two SAT Subject Tests, and two ACTs. This is due to the fact that I am eligible for/use the free lunch program, and because my household income is under the poverty line.

All I had to do was fill out the form that allowed the College Board and ACT access to my economic information.

I did it. I got the waivers I needed at the time! I took an SAT, a Subject Test, and an ACT during the spring of my junior year.

When asking for more waivers for next year, I was told I would have to WAIT until that year.

HOWEVER, as many of you know, the deadline for the September 12th ACT is August 7th. 

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