Government figures released this week showed a rise in UK unemployment to 7.9 percent in recent months, as widespread public sector job losses and private sector stagnation took their toll: here.
Egged on by ratings agencies, leading banks and their attendant economists, the Irish government is preparing another assault on the working class: here.
USA: Hundreds of foreign students walked out of a Hershey’s chocolate plant in Palmyra, Pennsylvania August 17, protesting against exploitative working conditions: here.
Raul Rodriguez, New America Media: “One in four California households with children reported food hardship, according to a new analysis of Gallup data released last Thursday by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)… The report analyzed data gathered as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project’s responses to the question: ‘Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?'” Here.
Southern California members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union voted for the second time in five months to authorize strike action against the three largest regional supermarket chains, Ralphs, Albertsons and Vons: here.
Poverty. Just Say It. Kathy Mulady, Equal Voice Newspaper: “Some worry that the conversation about the ‘p’ word is more about the ‘nouveau poor’ than about the 37.3 million people who were living in poverty before the recession. Others say it is the crumbling middle class, changing demographics and raised consciousness of people living closer to the edge that have sparked the conversation. Talk about poverty is moving beyond the choir of social service organizations, churches and unions, and grabbing the attention of journalists – and even talk show hosts – who are using their platforms to give voice and visibility to the poor”: here.
The primary food bank serving eastern and central Kentucky reports a staggering level of hunger and emergency food requests: here.
Dying for a Glass of Clean Water in California’s San Joaquin Valley. David Bacon, New America Media: “Today Lanare is one of the many unincorporated communities in rural California that lack the most basic services, like drinking water, sewers, sidewalks and streetlights. According to Policy Link, a foundation promoting economic and social equity, ‘Throughout the United States, millions of people live outside of central cities on pockets of unincorporated land. Predominantly African-American and Latino, and frequently low-income, these communities … have been excluded from city borders'”: here.