Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015
From the Hechinger Report:
Pell Grants were created by the Johnson Administration through the Higher Education Act of 1965 to encourage colleges to provide ladders of educational opportunity that would help both low-income students and our larger society.
Sadly, 50 years later, the value of the Pell Grants has eroded greatly, and lower income students are dramatically underrepresented at America’s finest institutions — from Ivies to state flagship institutions to top private colleges — where the graduation rates are highest and the financial aid packages strongest. One study showed that only 14 percent of American undergraduates at the top 250 institutions come from families making less than $50,000 per year.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
- Employment, with a living wage
- Food, clothing and leisure
- Farmers' rights to a fair income
- Freedom from unfair competition and monopolies
- Medical care
- Social security
Thursday, May 14, 2015
While there are many explanations that can help us understand these events, here are some of the connections my students made, drawing from what they learned about social inequality as well as the criminal justice system:
- A sense that there are no consequences for police brutality
- The recent history of mass incarceration and the criminalization of low-income people
- Joblessness, poverty, and limited economic opportunity
- Coverage of violence drowns out legitimate grievances
- Racism hasn’t disappeared
Monday, May 11, 2015
People throughout the US sent a clear message on April 15th that in addition to better wages, people also need better jobs — jobs that provide employees with regular schedules, paid sick leave, dependable hours, benefits and respect.
Several organizations are now stepping forward to act on that message at a national level. On April 29th, the Center for Community Change, Working Families Organization, Jobs With Justice, Center for Popular Democracy, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and dozens of local grassroots partners are coming together to launch Putting Families First: Good Jobs for All. It’s a major economic initiative to reinvest in low-income communities of color and bring jobs — good jobs — to everyone.