Young people on the Real News Network talk about the problems they face in Baltimore [It’s not just #Ferguson]

NB: The Real News Network is fundraising and is getting every dollar matched up to $100,000. From what I’ve been able to see, they are doing great work and may end up serving as a model for communities everywhere. If you believe in supporting non-corporate news and empowering young people, this a great place to lend your support.

But first, donate to @BellaEiko at paypal: Bellaeikomedia@me.com because she is the most grassroots you can get: One woman on the front lines with a camera.

Web Reading List #10 [10-03-2013]

Enron billionaire’s diabolical plot to loot worker pensions
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The global upper class makes 32 times as much as the global lower class
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Rising wealth-to-income ratios, inequality, and growth
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The American dream has become a burden for most
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America’s Jobless Generation
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Crumbling American Dreams
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U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People
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In Mississippi, America’€™s most revolutionary mayor

A Place at the Table – trailer and interview with the filmmakers

Looks like a good movie. This interview is a good example of liberals coming to understand that charity does not work, that systemic problems need systemic answers, that seemingly individual problems have national and global consequences – and have political causes, i.e., people in power are causing problems like poverty. Unfortunately simply clicking on something is not going to change anything and even voting will have little systemic effect. The next step for liberals like this is to realize our entire political system is corrupt and needs radical change through collective action. Unfortunately, not going to happen anytime soon.

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Exclusive: 4 in 5 in US face near-poverty, no work

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.

Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.”

“While racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to live in poverty, race disparities in the poverty rate have narrowed substantially since the 1970s, census data show. Economic insecurity among whites also is more pervasive than is shown in the government’s poverty data, engulfing more than 76 percent of white adults by the time they turn 60, according to a new economic gauge being published next year by the Oxford University Press.”

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