This video gave me a little excitement about local actions, thought I’d pass it along.
From Indu, a message about how to donate and what is going on:
**please forward widely**
14 million people have now been affected by the flooding in Pakistan. Recent reports state that the carnage is worse than the 2004 Tsunami and the earthquake in Haiti.
The situation is getting worse by the hour as monsoon rains continue and water is washing down from the Himalaya Mountains. The international response to the flood is underwhelming, the UN has launched an appeal for $459m, to date, five countries – Britain, the US, Australia, Italy and Kuwait – have committed or pledged more than $5m in new funding. Currently, the amount of international aid that is committed does not scratch the surface of the need on the ground. Continue reading
My colleague at Seattle University, Tayyab Mahmud, was featured at a symposium in Cleveland. You can watch his presentation by scrolling forward to 1:02 in the video. His slides are packed with interesting information and statistics, they are slides 832-938 and you can scroll through them on the right. One quote of particular interest that he included:
“The 2008-2009 bailout ‘has turned out to be one of the largest redistributions of wealth in such a short time in history…’” (quoting Joseph Stiglitz, slide 905).
My favorite sociologist just sent me this link to an animation of part of a speech by David Harvey. Fun to watch. I wish someone would animate all the best speeches and articles so that more people would access them and enjoy them.
I just learned about this site which seems like a nice tool for starting conversations about wealth distribution and class. It doesn’t address stored wealth (like, I can imagine college students who don’t have jobs and are supported by their rich families and stand to inherit a lot putting in their income to happily discover that they aren’t rich), but it still seems like a useful intervention. Also, I just stumbled across this new comic book about the economic crash. I read it cover to cover in the bookstore cafe, thinking about whether it would be good to assign to my Poverty Law students since it both covers a lot of ground in terms of economic policy and describes social movement resistance work.
One of our readers wrote in with a really interesting question that I’m hoping you will all have feedback about:
“I’m writing because I’m looking for support, feedback, strategies and this seems like a really good place to find it. the subject is: a cross-class intimate relationship where the two people involved come from different class backgrounds AND, most saliently, have really different levels of access to money/resources right now. and, maybe, they want to embark on a big land-based project together (with other folks involved, but as the primary movers). this project will require many resources from both of them, but money can only come from one. you see how some issues might come up where support and strategies would be very helpful!”
Please share your thoughts by commenting. Thanks!
I wanted to pass along this statement from La Raza Centro Legal that provides some useful info about current immigration reform proposals.
WE DON’T WANT JUST ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM!
Last week, we witnessed the powerful marches of immigrant communities in Washington D.C., and in other cities, in support of “immigration reform.” These righteous protests allowed those impacted by unfair immigration laws to remind lawmakers of what they are demanding: legalization for themselves and their families.
But some of the groups that organized the march in Washington, led by beltway advocates like the National Immigration Forum and the National Council of La Raza, are supporting policies beyond legalization which actually harm immigrant communities. Continue reading
From Sabrina in the UK:
Class (still) Matters*
This is an informal call-out for contributions for a zine/pamphlet I am putting together on class, it feels overdue, but also in good time, what with the recession and ever widening socio-economic inequality in the UK (and elsewhere); the use of class by political parties recently to try and win support in the forthcoming election; class stereotypes around how particular ‘classes’ feel about immigration; climate change policies that tend to involve raising prices, which in affect means that working class/poor people are asked to contribute and sacrifice more, but arguably benefit least, but also I am interested in less conventional explorations of class – class as a process, feeling etc. Continue reading