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An interfaith gathering of healing and solidarity

790043The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford (known more colloquially as the Berlin Mosque) at 2:30 p.m. this Friday.

Faith leaders will join to oppose the hate and stereotyping of Muslims, immigrants, Hispanics, African Americans, and the LGBTQ community of the recent bruising election.

The community will also collect non-perishable food items for the poor and the refugees in the Hartford area. These items include rice, pasta, sauce, canned vegetables and cooking oil.

Here’s what happens when you slash public services

9774655_origYou mostly end up targeting the people who can least afford it. That’s social services, but also infrastructure such as bus lines and the link.

Read this from The Atlantic Monthly’s CityLab.

The middle class is not mentioned in the Bible

Homeless man begs for money in the Financial District in San FranciscoRead this thought-provoking piece by Ryan McAnnally-Linz and Miroslav Volf are the authors of “Public Faith in Action: How to Think Critically, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity.” McAnnally-Linz and Volf explore politicians’ (all of them) focus on the middle class (which didn’t exist in Biblical times), at near complete exclusion of the poor (who did).

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When was the last time a poor person created jobs?

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Rich people have paid sick days. Poor people don’t.

Screen-Shot-2016-03-31-at-12.26.06-PM-600x550So says my friend, Doug Hall, very eloquently, here. He writes:

One significant reason to pass paid sick leave legislation is that failing to do so further exacerbates disparities based on income. The Economic Policy Institute shows in stark terms that “rich people have paid sick days [while] poor people do not.” While only one in five (20 percent) of private sector workers in the bottom 10 percent of wage earners has earned paid sick time, nearly nine in ten (87 percent) of top-five wage earners have earned paid sick time.

Credit where it’s due, the Paul Ryan version

paulryanThe newly-shaven Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, told a group of Washington interns yesterday that earlier statements he’d made about the poor were “just wrong.”

Does this mean, as posted here, that Ryan has shrugged off Ayn Rand? (You can watch the speech at that last link, but here, as far as I’m concerned, is the take-away:)

“There was a time when I would talk about a difference between ‘makers’ and ‘takers’ in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits. But as I spent more time listening, and really learning the root causes of poverty, I realized I was wrong.”

“‘Takers’ wasn’t how to refer to a single mom stuck in a poverty trap, just trying to take care of her family. Most people don’t want to be dependent. And to label a whole group of Americans that way was wrong. I shouldn’t castigate a large group of Americans to make a point. So I stopped thinking about it that way—and talking about it that way. But I didn’t come out and say all this to be politically correct. I was just wrong.”

 

 

Tax liens and the poor

rosalind_cobb_tax_liens_final__1_of_1_I wrote this for WNPR. This is a really questionable way for cities to raise money.