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How Will Rodney King's Death Affect Today's Stop and Frisk March?

How Will Rodney King's Death Affect Today's Stop and Frisk March? | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by STEVEN THRASHER, The Village Voice


The reminder of police brutality couldn't be clearer, the timing couldn't be more creepy: as many New Yorkers prepare to join the NAACP's Silent March to End Stop and Frisk, Rodney King was declared dead.


Today's march is against stop and frisk, but it's also against police profiling. Trayvon Martin's father (who joined Ramarley Graham's father in a pre-march event last night) and Rodney King can attest that, harsh as stop and frisk may seem, New York City does not have a monopoly on police profiling. It's a national, generations long issue.

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[Profiling is just another form of disenfranchisement. Would you expect these men and boys to be voters? We will not be whole as a nation until all people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. -jkl]

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Michigan protesters: You can’t say it? Don’t legislate it! | The Raw Story

Michigan protesters: You can’t say it? Don’t legislate it! | The Raw Story | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Eric W. Dolan, The Raw Story


During a so-called SlutWalk in Detroit on Saturday, protesters mocked the Michigan legislature for silencing a female representative who said the word “vagina” while debating bills that would restrict reproductive rights.


“If you can’t say it, don’t legislate it,” hundreds of protesters shouted as they marched down the street.


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Women are Watching

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The coming elections will determine the futures of us all - sisters, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, and best friends.


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The Occupy Caravan: Dispatch From Reno

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by MICHAEL LEVITIN, occupy. com


As the Occupy Caravan roars east, organizer and Occupy.com editor Michael Levitin will be filing dispatches from the road.


[Reno resident Cathy Blane] “We’ve got nothing. We went through all of our savings, our children’s college education savings, we sold our jewelry and cashed in coins—we had to liquidate anything that had any value, anywhere we could cut, just to stay afloat,” she said. “Nobody knew it was going to last this long. My husband went from making $100,000 a year down to nothing overnight.


Humanitarian crisis. The words seem almost too big, too foreign-sounding, to have relevance at home. Yet that’s exactly what Reno, with its blown-out numbers of unemployment and foreclosures, is clearly in the middle of. So what is to be done in a crisis like this one—call it something other than it is, and pretend that it isn’t happening?


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Panetta Salutes Gay Troops

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by PAULINE JELINEK, The Huffington Post


Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Friday thanked gay and lesbian military members for their service, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute.


In a remarkable sign of a cultural change in the U.S. military, Panetta said that with the repeal last year of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, gays and lesbians can now be proud to be in uniform.


"Now you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are," Panetta said.


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Moderate, Independent Women Voters: Women's Issues Are Economic Issues

Moderate, Independent Women Voters: Women's Issues Are Economic Issues | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by JESSICA PIEKLO,

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EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics held a conference call and webinar with EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock, WOMEN VOTE! Director Denise Feriozzi, and Democratic pollster Lisa Grove, and members of the press to announce new research into moderate, independent women voters in battleground states. The results confirm that a Republican agenda of attacking women’s rights is not only alienating women voters, it’s actively turning them against the party.


For this election cycle, EMILY’s List’s research focused on moderate, independent, women without college degrees. These findings are the first round of that work and the results of targeted online focus group discussions. The women surveyed made it clear they feel Washington is out of touch with their lives. They believe Congress is broken, ineffective, mired in obstructive partisanship – and the images they attached to that were largely male. They’re incensed at the intrusion on women’s health and believe the wrong issues are being prioritized.


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Exclusive: Adelson's Pro-Romney Donations Will Be 'Limitless,' Could Top $100M - Forbes

Exclusive: Adelson's Pro-Romney Donations Will Be 'Limitless,' Could Top $100M - Forbes | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Steven Bertoni, Forbes


Forbes has confirmed that billionaire Sheldon Adelson, along with his wife Miriam, has donated $10 million to the leading Super PAC supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A well-placed source in the Adelson camp with direct knowledge of the casino billionaire’s thinking says that further donations will be “limitless.”


Adelson, who has built Las Vegas Sands into an global casino empire, will do “whatever it takes” to defeat Obama, this source says. And given that Adelson is worth $24.9 billion–and told Forbes in a recent rare interview about his political giving that he had been willing to donate as much as $100 million to his initial presidential preference, Newt Gingrich–that “limitless” description telegraphs potential nine-digit support of Romney. [MORE]

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We want a woman to moderate a Presidential debate!

We want a woman to moderate a Presidential debate! | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Ultraviolet


Did you know that it’s been more than 20 years since a woman moderated a presidential debate? Three high school girls started a petition to make sure that trend ends this year. But they need our help!


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Washington, D.C. Social Wealth Meeting of Experts

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Caring Economy Campaign


Twenty leading experts on the economy met on May 22-23, 2012 in Washington D.C. at a meeting co-sponsored by the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS) and the Urban Institute to pave the way for the development of Social Wealth Indicators and explore their inclusion in the new Key National Indicators Systemauthorized by Congress and in other national accounts.


The meeting was designed to advance the goals of the Caring Economy Campaign (CEC), since Social Wealth Indicators fill a major gap in GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and other current economic measures. Social Wealth Indicators focus attention on what is needed for the development of every individual’s capacities throughout the life span as a requisite for national economic success and human well-being, especially in the post-industrial, knowledge/service age.


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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 9:57 AM
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 10:43 AM
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 12:51 PM
No, no -- thank YOU for sharing!
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Happily Abused: How to Use a Woman's Faith and Trust to Make Her a Willing Accomplice to Her Own Abuse

Happily Abused: How to Use a Woman's Faith and Trust to Make Her a Willing Accomplice to Her Own Abuse | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

After stumbling across yet another piece of alarmingly dangerous advice for abused women of faith titled, Surviving Emotional Abuse Six Steps by Christian author, Darcy Ingraham, I am wishing I had more middle fingers with which to express my extreme irritation. Ack!


Here the author maintains that the decision to stay in or leave an abusive marriage should not only take into consideration unhealthy relationships and safety issues, but must also include "the God factor."


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Republicans Vote to Block Transparency on Political Ads

Republicans Vote to Block Transparency on Political Ads | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Language in appropriations bill would block funding for an FCC rule to put political ad data online.

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Why the Supreme Court Is a Key 2012 Issue

Why the Supreme Court Is a Key 2012 Issue | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

With four justices nearing 80, the next president could influence policies on abortion, property, guns and gays for decades.


By Tony Mauro, USA Today


The late Supreme Court justice William Brennan used to say that five was the most important number — the number of justices needed to win a majority on a nine-member court. This presidential election year, the most important numbers at the court could be 79, 76, 75 and 73. Those are the ages, respectively, of Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer.


While all four justices appear healthy — most remarkably Justice Ginsburg, who has beaten cancer twice— the fact remains that during the next presidential term of office, a stalwart liberal (Ginsburg), a combative conservative (Scalia) and a usually conservative swing voter (Kennedy) will reach the age of 80. And Breyer, also a steady liberal, will be approaching octogenarian status. That means that whoever is elected president might have a very rare opportunity to alter the direction of a closely divided court for decades to come. [MORE]


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Yes, we do!

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Whose house? Our house! Whose vagina? Not yours, Mr. Speaker: ACLU

Whose house? Our house! Whose vagina? Not yours, Mr. Speaker: ACLU | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project


Apparently, things are getting a little heated out there in Lansing. Yesterday, despite massive public opposition, the Michigan House of Representatives passed an omnibus abortion bill (which we told you about here ) that could, among other things, shut down clinics that provide safe, legal abortions and end medication abortions throughout the state. Decorum was shattered. Gavels were struck. But not because lawmakers passed an extreme and dangerous law; a law that so clearly threatens the health and lives of all Michigan women. No, because Rep. Lisa Brown – that saucy minx – talked about her hoo-hah. Testifying against the bill, she told the Speaker "I’m flattered you’re all so interested in my vagina, but no means no." Today, she and Rep. Barb Byrum (who reportedly shouted the word “vasectomy” out of turn) have been banned from speaking on the floor of the House.


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Obama Administration Announces New Immigration Policy

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Feminist Majority Blog


The Obama Administration announced today that it will no longer seek the deportation of young illegal immigrants without criminal records who came to the US as children, and instead allow them to apply for work permits, effective immediately. [MORE]

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Connecticut State Panel Declares Abortion An Essential Health Care Procedure

Connecticut State Panel Declares Abortion An Essential Health Care Procedure | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Women scored a major victory in Connecticut against those who would dictate what they can or cannot do with their own bodies. (Finally, a legislature that stands 4 women's right 2 make decisions 4 her body!)


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I just realized this is an Addicting Info story. John Henry warned me about these people. I'll be sure to find a primary source and promote that later.
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Nuns on the Bus

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About the Tour


As Catholic Sisters, we are missioned to stand with people in need and to be witnesses for economic justice.


Jesus said, "You will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judea and Samaria, and indeed to earth's remotest end." (Acts 1:8)


The Ryan Budget and Your State


As Catholic Sisters, we must speak out against the current House Republican budget, authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). We do so because it harms people who are already suffering.


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Senators Suck Up to Jamie Dimon, Get Paid for It

Senators Suck Up to Jamie Dimon, Get Paid for It | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by GEORGE ZORNICK,  The Nation


Jamie Dimon testified before Congress on Wednesday, and demonstrated who is really in charge.


His bank’s influence runs deeper than even the donations given to a majority of the committee and visits to the Treasury. JPMorgan also employs at least eight lobbyists that used to work on the Senate Banking Committee, and one current committee staffer used to work for the bank.


This aggressive lobbying and donation strategy was, as yesterday’s hearing demonstrated, a successful hedge of a different kind—one that seems to be protecting the bank’s backside after steep losses in both the balance sheet and public perception. Several protesters erupted into chants of “Stop foreclosures now” and “This man is a crook,” but were quickly escorted out by US Capitol Police and arrested so the hearing could begin.


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[I guess we, the collateral damage of smarty pants gamesmanship, are supposed to be grateful that instead of paying taxes JP MORGAN CHASE gets to fund Congress and hire lobbiests while we scratch for crumbs. I don't buy it, Mr. D, and neither do the rest of the women who get to eat your dust. jkl]

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Michigan State Rep Barred From Speaking After 'Vagina' Comments

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by EYDER PERALTA, NPR News Blog


During a heated debate on the floor of the Michigan state House, Rep. Lisa Brown made an impassioned speech against a bill that seeks to put new regulations on abortion providers and ban all abortions after 20 weeks. 


"And finally, Mr. Speaker, I'm flattered that you're all so interested my vagina, but 'no' means 'no.'"


The Detroit News reports that today Brown the House Republican leadership did not allow her to speak on a bill about the retirement of school employees.


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[Apparently there is no war on women but there is a delicate sensibility on the well funded side of the argument that cannot face exposure to medical terminology regardless of how often medical science is the subject of legislative action. jkl]



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As Punishment For Opposing Anti-Abortion Bill, Male Michigan House Leader Bans Two Female Reps From Speaking

As Punishment For Opposing Anti-Abortion Bill, Male Michigan House Leader Bans Two Female Reps From Speaking | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Amanda Peterson Beadle, Think Progress


A male Republican House leader in Michigan silenced two female Democratic state legislators on Thursday after the pair tried to advance a measure that would have reduced access to vasectomies.


While discussing a bill that would erode the availability of abortion, Reps. Barb Byrum and Lisa Brown introduced an amendment to apply the same regulations to vasectomies that GOP lawmakers wanted to add to abortion services. The debate grew heated, as Republicans sought to gravel down the women. Byrum was not permitted to speak in favor of the measure and Brown was repeatedly interrupted. “I’m flattered that you want to get in my vagina, but no means no,” she said.


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Caring Economy on Lunch with Louden • Thursdays at 12:00 PT

Caring Economy on Lunch with Louden • Thursdays at 12:00 PT | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

Jeanene Louden along with co-pilot Debilyn Molineaux will interview Maura Conlon-McIvor, PhD and Sara Saltee on Caring Economics.  Together they are co-facilitators for the Caring Economy Leadership Program, which prepares grassroots leaders from around the world to speak out for a more equitable, sustainable, and successful economic system – a system that acknowledges that the work of caring for people and the planet is the essential foundation of economic success.   The Caring Economy model emerges from decades of research on the difference between “dominator” and “partnership” values and shows how those values are at work in our current economic system and what they tell us about new potentials.  Is the work of care “external” to our economy or is it the foundation of our economy and the lynchpin of both high quality life experiences and sustainable economic success?  What is the real wealth of our nation?  If we want to grow those things which most contribute to human welfare and human development, why do our key measures of economic health (like the GNP/GDP) leave out those things entirely?  Caring Economics makes the case for accelerating change in the direction of partnership values and offers Leadership training through a 7-session online course which prepares leaders from around the world to engage others in a new conversation about economics.  You can join the conversation by calling in at (646) 929-2495, Thursday at noon PT.

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Voter Suppression 101 tactics in CD8 Special Election Arizona

Voter Suppression 101 tactics in CD8 Special Election Arizona | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

by CRAIG MCDERMOTT, Blog for Arizona


[NOTE: Today is the Arizona Special Election Voting Day, check this article for your polling place if uncertin. jkl] 


It looks as if the Kelly campaign's guiding philosophy is "if at first you don't succeed, cheat."

One of the oldest gambits in electoral politics is to try to suppress the turnout of the opposition's base by telling them to show up to vote on a day after the scheduled election day or to misdirect them to the wrong polling place.  Either way, the lie is usually delivered in the guise of "helping" voters.


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THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY IN AMERICA: Family Net Worth Collapses 40% In 3 Years

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HENRY BLODGET, BusinessInsider.com

 

Yesterday, the Fed released its latest Survey of Consumer Finances.The report included a lot of depressing data about the financial situation of average Americans. But nothing was so shocking and depressing as this:

 

The median net worth of American families dropped nearly 40% from 2007 to 2010.

 

Wow.

 

(Yes, the situation has improved in the 18 months since 2010, but only modestly. Houseprices are about where they were back then.)

 

Most of this decline came from the collapse of the housingmarket. But we can't just write this one off to the housing bubble. The median net worth of households has now fallen to the same level as it was two decades ago, in 1992.

 

What does that mean?

 

It means America just isn't working right now.

Not just Americans. America itself, a country whose economy once worked for almost everyone.

 

In the old America, if you worked hard, you had a good chance of moving up.

 

In the old America, the fruits of people's labors accrued to the whole country, not just the top.

 

In the old America, there was a strong middle class, and their immense collective purchasing power drove the economy for decades.

 

No longer.

 

Over the past couple of decades, the American economy has increasingly mostly worked for the richest Americans, at the expense of everyone else. As a result, the disparity between "the 1%" and "the 99%" has hit a level not seen since the 1920s. And there is a widespread and growing sense that life here is not fair or right.

 

The middle class--the average American families--drive most of the spending in this country. Thus, when the middle class suffers, the whole economy suffers. And, right now, America just isn't working for the middle class.

 

If we are to get this country headed in the right direction again, we need to fix this problem. We can start by appreciating how bad it is.

 

Read more and see the enlightening charts at: http://www.businessinsider.com/average-family-net-worth-collapses-40-in-three-years-2012-6#ixzz1xbAIb2CP

 


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Breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts battles new MDA diagnosis

Breast cancer survivor Robin Roberts battles new MDA diagnosis | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

METRO


Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts, who famously battled — and beat — breast cancer five years ago, revealed to viewers today that she is now facing another serious health issue.


Roberts was diagnosed with MDA, or myelodysplastic syndrome — once known as preleukemia — the same day that ABC found out "Good Morning America" trumped the "Today Show" in ratings for the first time in six years.


What should have been a celebratory time for Roberts, was interrupted with the grim news that marked the start of a battle against the serious blood and bone marrow disease. Roberts, 51, told viewers today in a statement that she is determined to beat MDA and her doctors have faith that she can.


"If you Google MDS, you may find some scary stuff, including statistics that my doctors insist don’t apply to me. They say I’m younger and fitter than most people who confront this disease and will be cured," Roberts said in a statement.


Roberts has begun chemotherapy in preparation of a bone marrow transplant later in the year. Though donors can often be scarce, particularly for African American women, Roberts' sister is a perfect match.


Roberts said she plans to maintain her presence on "Good Morning America" every day, though she may have to miss an occasional day and eventually a "chunk of time" when she undergoes her bone marrow transplant.


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