The US prison system was formed to rehabilitate people who have committed crimes. But these days, that’s looking less and less like its main priority. With the concerning rise in private prisons and the continued exploitation of prisoners, the prison system seems more devoted to earning a profit than anything else. Check out this infographic to get the facts.
“How come all of you are addicted to drugs?” “Why can’t you sleep at a shelter?” “Why don’t you get a job?” These are a few of the common questions that those of us with the privilege of relative financial security ask of homeless people. And they betray a serious lack of empathy and understanding. Wanna know why? Check out this article to learn more.
What many of us see is a subtle, nuanced version of gentrification, in which not every change is bad and there aren’t any obvious heroes or villains. But just because something doesn’t look like a problem doesn’t mean it’s not a problem. So we can choose to enjoy the colorful, “revitalized” façade of our shiny new neighborhoods – or we can peek behind the curtain.
The problem of youth homelessness is not often addressed. And when the media does bring attention to it, the discussion is often clouded by victim-blaming, misinformation, and an unfair representation of the situation. So let’s set the record straight with these five important facts about the real lives of the homeless youth population in the United States.
Labor unions are a feminist issue: It doesn’t get more feminist than battling the gender and race wage gaps, advocating for paid parental leave, and empowering lower-income workers. Check out this cartoon by Barry Deutsch, which perfectly demonstrates how arguments against labor unions don’t stand a chance in feminist discourse.
As a nation, we’re slowly realizing that whole, fresh foods are good for you and that cooking at home can save you money and provide you with better nutrition. Overall, this is a great trend. But this shift in culture has begun to produce a toxic byproduct: better-than-thou attitudes and judgments about low-income people’s decisions and choices about food.
It may seem pretty obvious that the considerable gender wage gap in this country is an issue of institutionalized sexism. And yet, there are those who argue that women get paid less than men because they “make different choices than men.” Here’s a comic for anyone who’s ever tried to make that argument.
It’s no secret that money is exchanged at uncomfortably high rates throughout the US, and the more politically savvy among us might begin to wonder how our dollars can make a difference for social change. Thankfully, several effective strategies exist for us to pick and choose from, depending on our own personal situations and how we want to activate a plan.
In a perfect world, the most qualified applicants would gain the attention of those responsible for filling job openings. But that’s not the world we live in. Something as simple as a non-White sounding name can immediately reduce your chances of getting hired. Watch what happened when one man decided to change only one letter of his resume, going from José to Joe.
Many times when wealthy people move into a low-income neighborhood, they truly want to help. Oftentimes, they even start community programs and become leaders in the community, often through beautification projects. And while I get why this seems to be good at first glance, it really isn’t. Gentrification hurts communities of color, and these are some of the ways how.