Category Archives: Economic Justice

Raising the Federal Minimum Wage to $10.10 Would Save Safety Net Programs Billions and Help Ensure Businesses Are Doing Their Fair Share

Read the rest of the report at http://www.epi.org/publication/safety-net-savings-from-raising-minimum-wage/ Introduction and executive summary More than five years have passed since the federal minimum wage was raised to its current level of $7.25 per hour. Over that time, the value of a minimum-wage … Continue reading

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Raising the Minimum Wage Would Take at Least 1.7 Million Workers Off Public Assistance and Reduce Safety Net Spending by at Least $7.6 Billion a Year

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/10/16/raising-minimum-wage-would-take-least-17-million-workers-public-assistance-and Thursday, October 16, 2014 – 3:00pm: Economic Policy Institute WASHINGTON – The value of the minimum wage has been so severely eroded by inflation that businesses today are paying minimum wage workers 25 percent less than they … Continue reading

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Safety Net Cut Poverty Nearly in Half Last Year, New Census Data Show

Posted at http://www.offthechartsblog.org/safety-net-cut-poverty-nearly-in-half-last-year-new-census-data-show/ October 16, 2014 at 12:25 pm Safety net programs cut the poverty rate nearly in half in 2013, our analysis of Census data released today finds, lifting 39 million people — including more than 8 million children — out of … Continue reading

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AARP Foundation and FRAC Announce New Tools to Fight Hunger among Seniors

From the Food Research and Action Center (http://www.frac.org): The Joint Toolkit Aims to Connect More Seniors to SNAP Washington, DC – FRAC and AARP Foundation are taking a step forward in preventing food insecurity by publishing a digital toolkit that … Continue reading

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Support Policies to Make Child Care Affordable for All

From the National Women’s Law Center (http://www.nwlc.org/): We’re turning a corner on child care — but we’ve still got a lot of work to do. Recently we released a new state-by-state report, Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies … Continue reading

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Small Scale Food Producers are the Solution to the Global Food Crisis

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/16/small-scale-food-producers-are-solution-global-food-crisis Published on Thursday, October 16, 2014 By Common Dreams By Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Martin Drago Adolfo, a small farmer from El Salvador, grows 60 crops and is the personification of the solution to world food hunger. (Photo: Jason Taylor … Continue reading

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Ten Facts about Being Homeless in USA

Posted at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/14/ten-facts-about-being-homeless-usa Published on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 By Common Dreams By Bill Quigley On any given night, there are over 600,000 homeless people in the United States. (Photo: Garry Knight/cc/flickr) Three True Stories Renee Delisle was one of over … Continue reading

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Cesar Chavez: First-Friday Free Large Screen Film Series—November 7, Springfield

Peace Center of Delaware County 1001 Old Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Friday, November 7, at 7 p.m. Cesar Chavez (2014, 102 mins., PG 13 for some language and violence. Directed by Diego Luna; stars Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario … Continue reading

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PA Now Ranked 50th for Job Growth Since January 2011

From Keystone Research Center (http://www.keystoneresearch.org): Pennsylvania’s rank for percent job growth since January 2011 has fallen to last place among states, based on employment data for September 2014 released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In September, Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Tell Your PA Senator—Stop Legislation that Would Shift Tax Burden to Workers and Consumers

From the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (http://www.pennbpc.org): Please send an email and make a phone call to your state senator today at http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6751/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=18631, urging him or her to oppose legislation that would drain billions of dollars from classrooms, eliminate … Continue reading

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