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10th
Nov
Thu
  • ilyagerner:

Without the Safety Net, More Than a Quarter of Americans Would Have Been Poor Last Year
    Tags: poverty welfare society politics economy 
    Notes: 136
    Reblogged from ilyagerner
  • 21st
    Aug
    Sun
  • “ I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence. ”

    - Coretta Scott King  (via zeitgeistmovement)(via appropriatedisorder)

    (Source: kabinessence)

  • 20th
    Aug
    Sat
  • Let me tell you some things.

    I used to investigate child abuse and neglect. I can tell you how to stop the vast majority of abortion in the world.

    First, make knowledge and access to contraception widely available. Start teaching kids before they hit puberty. Teach them about domestic violence and coercion, and teach them not to coerce and rape. Create a strong, loving community where women and girls feel safe and supported in times of need. Because guess what? They aren’t. You know what happens to babies born under such circumstances? They get hurt, unnecessarily. They get sick, unnecessarily. They get removed from parents who love them but who are unprepared for the burden of a child. Resources? Honey, we try. There aren’t enough resources anywhere. There are waiting lists, and promises, and maybes. If the government itself can’t hook people up, what makes you think an impoverished single mom can handle it?

    Abolish poverty. Do you have any idea how much childcare costs? Daycare can cost as much or more than monthly rent. They may be inadequately staffed. Getting a private nanny is a nice idea, but they don’t come cheap either. Relatives? Do they own a car? Does the bus run at the right times? Do they have jobs of their own they need to work just to keep the lights on? Are they going to stick around until you get off you convenience store shift at 4 AM? Do they have criminal histories that will make them unsuitable as caregivers when CPS pokes around? You gonna pay for that? Who’s going to pay for that?

    End rape. I know your type errs on the side of blaming the woman, but I’ve seen little girls who’ve barely gotten their periods pregnant because somebody thought raping preteens was an awesome idea. You want to put a child through that? Or someone with a mental or physical inability for whom pregnancy would be frightening, painful or even life-threatening? I’ve seen nonverbal kids who had their feet sliced up by caregivers for no fucking reason at all, you think sexual abuse doesn’t happen either?

    You say there’s lots of couples who want to adopt. Kiddo, what they want to adopt are healthy white babies, preferably untainted by the wombs and genetics of women with alcohol or drug dependencies. I’ve seen the kids they don’t want, who almost no one wants. You people focus only on the happy pink babies, the gigglers, the ones who grow and grow with no trouble. Those are not the kids who linger in foster care. Those are certainly not the older kids and teenagers who age out of foster care and then are thrown out in the streets, usually with an array of medical and mental health issues. Are they too old to count?

    And yeah, I’ve seen the babies, little hand-sized things barely clinging to life. There’s no glory, no wonder there. There is no wonder in a pregnant woman with five dollars to her name, so deep in depression you wonder if she’ll be alive in a week. Therapy costs money. Medicine costs money. Food, clothes, electricity cost money. Government assistance is a pittance; poverty drives women and girls into situations where they are forced to rely on people who abuse them to survive. (I’ve been up in more hospitals than I can count.)

    In each and every dark pit of desperation, I have never seen a pro-lifer. I ain’t never seen them babysitting, scrubbing floors, bringing over goods, handing mom $50 bucks a month or driving her to the pediatrician. I ain’t never seen them sitting up for hours with an autistic child who screams and rages so his mother can get some sleep while she rests up from working 14-hour days. I don’t see them fixing leaks in rundown houses or playing with a kid while the police prepare to interview her about her sexual abuse. They’re not paying for the funerals of babies and children who died after birth, when they truly do become independent organisms. And the crazy thing is they think they’ve already done their job, because the child was born!

    Aphids give birth, girl. It’s no miracle. You want to speak for the weak? Get off your high horse and get your hands dirty helping the poor, the isolated, the ill and mentally ill women and mothers and their children who already breathe the dirty air. You are doing nothing, absolutely nothing, for children. You don’t have a flea’s comprehension of injustice. You are not doing shit for life until you get in there and fight that darkness. Until you understand that abortion is salvation in a world like ours. Does that sound too hard? Do you really think suffering post-birth is more permissible, less worthy of outrage?

    “Pro-life” is simply a philosophy in which the only life worth saving is the one that can be saved by punishing a woman.

    -

    STFU, Conservatives: When I say I’m pro-life…

    This is perfect.

    (via mis-anthrop-ologie)

    And I mean, I believe in stuff like this. 

    (via freudianflips)

    Well, this made me tear up this morning.

    (via tastiejam)

    ““Pro-life” is simply a philosophy in which the only life worth saving is the one that can be saved by punishing a woman.”

    (via damekatharsis)

    Always reblog.

    (via stfuconservatives)

  • 16th
    Aug
    Tue
  • “ Instead of opposing redistribution because people expect to make it to the top of the economic ladder, the authors of the new paper argue that people don’t like to be at the bottom. One paradoxical consequence of this “last-place aversion” is that some poor people may be vociferously opposed to the kinds of policies that would actually raise their own income a bit but that might also push those who are poorer than them into comparable or higher positions … Poverty may be miserable. But being able to feel a bit better-off than someone else makes it a bit more bearable. ”

    -

    The Economist: Don’t Look Down

    I am reminded of that brilliant quotation from John Steinbeck: “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

  • 14th
    Aug
    Sun
  • “ Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom. ”

    - Nelson Mandela (via rudolove)
    Tags: Nelson Mandela poverty social justice 
    Notes: 211
    Reblogged from
  • 13th
    Aug
    Sat
  • If you want to know who saw it coming, UNICEF warned things weren’t looking good four years ago in 2007.

    In a strongly worded report it claimed that children growing up in the United Kingdom suffer greater deprivation, worse relationships with their parents and are exposed to more risks from alcohol, drugs and unsafe sex than those in any other wealthy country in the world.

    It didn’t predict, of course, that they’d start burning and looting as a result.

    With the UK placed bottom of the league of 21 economically advanced countries according to the “report card”’ on the wellbeing of children and adolescents, perhaps it was inevitable that something would happen.

    All it needed was a trigger…

    -

    The Macroeconomics of London Riots (via ryking)

    I am kind of shocked that the US isn’t at the bottom of UNICEF’s rankings, considering how much we suck at providing for our own citizens, particularly disadvantaged children. But, anyway, this is good reading.

  • Accent Red by Neil Talwar