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Working Welfare Mom's Response to the GOP - "I'll Show You People Dignity"

Working Welfare Mom's Response to the GOP - "I'll Show You People Dignity" | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Above: 1 month of food (138lbs) for my family of 4, picked up today from a St. Paul, MN foodshelf.  Divided into 4 weeks of suppers = 1 can beans, peas, cup of rice 5 days per week, tomato sauce & rice on weekends, and lunches = 3 packs of sandwich meat, 3 cans of apple sauce, 2 jars of peanut butter, 2 packs of tortillas


by JESSICA ENGLISH


Sean Hannity recently said he has friends who live on rice and beans.  You gotta throw some fruits and veggies in, but he maintains a person can "survive" on the stuff.  Check out what I received from the foodshelf today, for the month of June, and ask if you're family of four could survive on it, three meals per day for a month.


Maybe you're not surprised that my cupboards aren't overflowing.  They are not, but I am thrilled at what we have received, so please don't misunderstand my motivation for this article.  I am grateful for the foodshelf, for its staff and volunteers, but obviously this is not enough for 3 healthful meals, for four people, for an entire month.  


One can see that our family will need more help to get through the summer.  Like many families, I had my children before the economic collapse.  Due to summer I have had to drastically cut my minimum wage hours to shifts I can pick up on Saturdays and Sundays, when the kids go to their dad's house.  


Fortunately, my application for foodstamps will probably go through by the end of the month.  However, there are many millionaires in Washington who fail to understand the needs of the poor during this economic crisis, especially the need to fund the foodstamp program.  They cut the foodstamp program to fund military budgets.


I think they do this because many still believe in the ideals that George W. Bush brought to the fore with his "compassionate conservatism" agenda.  The basic premise is to give large tax cuts to the rich, and reduce the government roll in providing programs for the poor, with the faith that the rich will fund local city and state charities, who will pick up the slack.  What many fail to realize is that monthly TANF payments to families have not risen since 1986, so local charities exist because even with the government programs, the poor need help to survive.  


If you weren't into politics in 2000, here is a NY Times article that highlighted the ideas and critics of the Bush policy. Allison Mitchell reported back in June, 2000, regarding Bush's compassionate conservatism ideals, "the 'compassionate conservative' platform Mr. Bush is running on today: tax incentives that he predicts will lead to an explosion of charitable giving; an emphasis on using religious institutions to deal with poverty, drug abuse and other social problems and a pledge to ''usher in the responsibility era,'' to replace the notion that ''if it feels good, do it.''


So, ten years of tax cuts behind us, and cuts to the foodstamp program ahead of us, how is it panning out at your local food pantry?  Is the local charity meeting the needs of the 1 out of 2 Americans who are low income or in poverty?  How much aid has flooded into your local charities from your local millionaires?  Have the poverty rates been driven down by the compassion fof the 1%?  Hardly.


George W. Bush had critics, at the time, within his own party, people who recognized the limits of local charities, reporter Allison Mitchell, again back in June 2000, "Arianna Huffington, once an acolyte of the Gingrich revolution who ran an organization with Mr. Olasky to promote such ideas, now counts herself a skeptic.


'How do you take what works and make sure it reaches enough people?' Ms. Huffington asks. 'Can that really be done without the raw power of government appropriations given that the private sector has not been forthcoming?' She said she once thought that if government were scaled back, the private sector would step forward. Instead, she realized 'how much easier it was raising money for the opera or a fashionable museum.'"


Welfare reform passed by Clinton in 1995 mandates that recipients WORK, search for a job, or attend retraining classes 30 hours per week.  I can personally attest that even if you are leaving an abusive situation, a recipient must work, or look for work (filling out worksheets) 30 hours per month.  


Yet, given Romney's statement about the poor needing to go to work in order to understand dignity, and Gingrich suggesting poor children clean schools so they can learn a work ethic, it seems that no one has informed the Republicans that Welfare to Work recipients are working.  Despite high unemployment (due in large part to banking fraud and bailouts) the GOP continues to perpetuate the idea that those who reach out for foodstamps and welfare checks are unwilling to work, are addicted to drugs, or living a hedonistic lifestyle.  Lies and misrepresentations that lead state and local governments to waste valuable legislative sessions and tax payer dollars passing measures to drug test those on welfare!  Lies and misrepresentations that gain the public's support for needed programs to be cut at a time of high need, while the 1% continues to help themselves and their corporations to designer tax breaks and "subsidy" giveaways diverted from taxpayer dollars meant for the common good.


My answer to the GOP:  Where is your compassion?  I am working, and I have worked almost every single day this year!  I would feel a hell of a lot more dignified if my work was worth more than poverty wages.  When will you and your media cronies quit lying about me!  I would have even more dignity if I didn't see my government forced to create, then cut, programs to subsidize my poverty wages... poverty wages offered by your corporate donors that maximize their profits by short-shrifting their employees and scooping up more tax breaks and government subsidies than ever before!


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Jessica English's comment, June 13, 2012 12:57 PM
Amen, Virginia! No worries about Saturday. Some of us are meeting this afternoon at 3:30pm at the St Paul City Council to support a measure that stands against corporate personhood. We are also having our next Coffee Party meeting at Coffee Grounds on July 7, Noon to 2pm, but I will message you so we can get together sooner. :)
Virginia Deoccupy Homelessness Simson's comment, June 13, 2012 1:43 PM
http://www.usuncutmn.blogspot.com/2012/06/citizens-united-and-montana-model.html Really, really needs to be read - written by former Ralph Nader attorney living in Northfield. Eric let it in Coffee Party News. I like SOME people in MTA, but they are barking up the wrong tree. I took the issue to Lori Swanson w/moveon and thanked her for signing on ... I go on trial tomorrow for the foreclosure action and am a bit riled ..
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, June 13, 2012 3:51 PM
No, no -- thank YOU for sharing!
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Coffee Party Feminists & Lunch with Louden are both parts of the BE THE MEDIA Project by Coffee Party USA

Coffee Party Feminists & Lunch with Louden are both parts of the  BE THE MEDIA Project by Coffee Party USA | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

The Coffee Party USA membership believes that money-in-politics is the keystone issue in this republic's democracy today. WOMEN are now targets for special interests that use the influence of their political contributions to impose their religious, economic, and political will. Coffee Party Feminists is a part of the BE THE MEDIA project. It is intended to share evidence of special interest targeting and to report on actions being taken across America to defend and restore women's rights.


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The Myth of the 19th Amendment

The Myth of the 19th Amendment | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
In June, Hillary Clinton took the stage in Brooklyn to celebrate securing enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic nominee for president
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It is important to celebrate milestones. It is just as critical to recognize them as markers on longer journeys toward freedom and equality. Especially in an era when states are using voter ID laws and other measures to suppress minority voting power, we should not turn the milestone of the 19th  Amendment into the myth of universal women’s enfranchisement. If we do, we risk diminishing the lengthier and more arduous struggles to achieve gender and racial equality in the political arena. Political revolutions take a long time and hard work. Hillary Clinton’s nomination for president is an important milestone, but not the final step, along this path.

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7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism is Real

7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism is Real | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Yes, systemic racism is real. And people of color – African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and other minorities – face it every day. We still have a lot of work to do, America.
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Our selective outrage must become one with our collective outrage.

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National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
On Sept. 27th, we celebrate democracy across the nation! It’s National Voter Registration Day!
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Mark your calendar! #VoteAnyway

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Tell your Senators to stop standing between women and justice - National Women's Law Center

Tell Senate to vote on the President's SCOTUS nominee.
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The due process of law is the friend of us all.

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It's Not Just Texas. Maternal Deaths Are High Across The U.S. and Getting Worse

It's Not Just Texas. Maternal Deaths Are High Across The U.S. and Getting Worse | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
We're failing women.
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A constellation of systemic health care failures! 
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Happy birthday, 19th Amendment!

Happy birthday, 19th Amendment! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment (ratified August 18, 1920). Here’s what you need to know.
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The amendment was first introduced in 1878. Forty-one years later, in 1919, it was approved by congress. August 18 marks the day Tennessee became the 38th state to ratify the amendment.

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Milwaukee Officials: Black Youth, Single Mothers Are Not Responsible for Systemic Failings—You Are - Rewire

Milwaukee Officials: Black Youth, Single Mothers Are Not Responsible for Systemic Failings—You Are - Rewire | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Milwaukee has multiple problems: poverty, a school system that throws out Black children at high rates, and lack of investment in all citizens' quality of life.
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Planned Parenthood Will Start Registering Voters At Its Clinics

Planned Parenthood Will Start Registering Voters At Its Clinics | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Laura Bassett, Senior Politics Reporter, The Huffington Post

 

"The health care provider wants to "engage historically disenfranchised communities."

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The truth about politics: Campaigns end on Election Day — revolutions don’t

The truth about politics: Campaigns end on Election Day — revolutions don’t | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Bernie Sanders' success emerged from the battered soul of working-class America — and they're not going anywhere
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Poorer Latina and Black Women Were Most Screwed Over By Texas Abortion Ban | Broadly

New figures show that Hispanic and black women were disproportionately affected by the Texas abortion law struck down by the Supreme Court. Advocates explain why poor women are more likely to get screwed by the system.
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Report: LA Minimum Wage Increase Would Be ‘Economic Stimulus’

Report: LA Minimum Wage Increase Would Be ‘Economic Stimulus’ | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal to raise the sprawling city’s minimum wage to $15.25 an hour, joining a handful of cities across the country taking steps to ensure the financial stability of some of their lowest-income...
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...and a move toward economic equity.

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ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Recognizing campuses committed to improving democratic engagement, increasing voter participation rates, and graduating informed and active citizens.
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#VoteAnyway

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Obama Lauds The Trailblazers On Women's Equality Day

Obama Lauds The Trailblazers On Women's Equality Day | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
"At every level of society, women are leaders at the forefront of progress."
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Happy Women's Equality Day. Together we endeavor.

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Tweet from @emilyslist

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Today is African American Women's Equal Pay Day. Here's how the gender pay gap can add up over a lifetime: https://t.co/BBNW9wxbE2
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We have come a long way, and we have a long way to go.

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When a Swimsuit Is a Security Threat

When a Swimsuit Is a Security Threat | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
It’s grotesque that ‘burkini bans’ can claim support from Europe’s top human rights court.
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I support women everywhere in their right to expose or not expose themselves as they see fit. #burkini And you?

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What would Joseph Campbell say about Donald Trump? He should’ve already been exposed as Darth Vader

What would Joseph Campbell say about Donald Trump? He should’ve already been exposed as Darth Vader | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
A reflection of Campbell's teachings and how they apply to the hero's journey that Trump claims he's on
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Every heroic epic has an evil challenge. Our challenge is to be the boots on the ground, armed with commitment, civility and reason. 

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American women are dominating the Games, and it didn't happen by accident

American women are dominating the Games, and it didn't happen by accident | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
With just a few days left in the Rio Olympics, the final verdict is in and the winners are the U.S. women, Bill Plaschke writes.
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Girl Power Rocks!

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Verify Your Registration Status + Find Your Polling Place - HeadCount

Verify Your Registration Status + Find Your Polling Place - HeadCount | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
HeadCount provides a comprehensive voter information hub where you can find your polling place, see what's on your ballot, verify your voter registration status, or answer almost any voting-related question.
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Abbey D'Agostino and Nikki Hamblin show true Olympic spirit after crash

Abbey D'Agostino and Nikki Hamblin show true Olympic spirit after crash | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Abbey D’Agostino of the United States and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand were involved in a collision that effectively ended any dreams of contending in Tuesday’s 5,000-meter qualifier. The moment started when Hamblin fell while running in the middle of the pack. It caused her to unintentionally trip
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Rubio: No abortions for Zika-infected women

Rubio: No abortions for Zika-infected women | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
The link between the abortion debate and Zika has grown in recent months.
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Court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law

Court strikes down North Carolina voter ID law | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina's voter identification law, holding that it was "passed with racially discriminatory intent."
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Rebroadcast for Easter: "Art Killing Apathy" - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

Rebroadcast for Easter: "Art Killing Apathy" - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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Rand Paul Tosses Libertarian Supporters For The Religious Right - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

Rand Paul Tosses Libertarian Supporters For The Religious Right - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
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