Tag Archives: The Guardian

This may break your heart

5184What the Calais refugees left behind, when authorities tore down their migrant camp known as The Jungle, from The Guardian.

Donald Trump is a man baby

5d20e1cc-16b0-11e6-93ce-0ae745c63549Because I said so in The Guardian.

Deadly force and poor people

Police Shooting-MissouriSince June 2015, the British newspaper, The Guardian, is keeping The Counted, a sad running list of people who’ve been killed by police officers. From FiveThirtyEight, the police are killing people at roughly the same rate as before Ferguson, when teenager Michael Brown was shot in the street in August 2014.

But go back to The Guardian, which is a damn comprehensive approach to charting these deaths. Is there a uniform reporting form, or a clearing house here in the U.S. that (officially) collects such information? I’m not finding one. But The Guardian’s one works pretty well.

These awful numbers should make us ask a lot of questions, and not just about the race/ethnicity of the victims. How many of the people who were killed were poor? According to AlterNet, 95 percent of them were living in neghborhoods where the median income was less than $100.000, though hard numbers are difficult to come by. That means, according to AlterNet’s Zaid Jilani,

that incomes below this number are overrepresented by four times compared to the income distribution in how often they are killed by police.

Whatever their race or ethnicity, how many of the victims were living on the edge, financially?

I take some exception to this Salon article, “Criminalizing the Hustle,” but it raises an interesting point, including this one:

“Over the past few decades cities have turned to policing to fulfill two functions: to surveil and discipline black populations hardest hit by economic shifts and to collect revenue in the form of fines,” emails Lester Spence, a professor of political science at John Hopkins University and the author of “Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics.” “The black men most likely to be left out of the formal economy — who have to engage in various illegal hustles to make ends meet — are far more likely to suffer from police violence than other black men.”

I just finished “The Poverty Industry: The Exploitation of America’s Most Vulnerable Citizens.” That book was infuriating and I highly recommend it.

And thanks, Leftover, for the links.

The recent increases in minimum wage are nice but:

635926444877240957-1384699650_GroceriesMinWageWe need more. I wrote this for The Guardian.

The NY Times called it “landmark”

Logo_COP_21_Paris_2015Here. The Guardian called it “the world’s greatest diplomatic success.”

Here are the results. Here’s Grist’s take on it. Your thoughts?

 

Want to end homelessness?

IMG_6044Give away homes.

I wrote this for The Guardian.

That’s Shannon, Cookie (the dog) and Boogie, in their new apartment, thanks to the good efforts of some activists, advocates, and others during the 100-day challenge.

I wish the Americans had fought against austerity, as the Europeans are now

1680589-poster-1280-american-dream-statisticsI wrote this for The Guardian’s Comment Is Free. We aren’t following the protests much, but Europeans are fighting to keep their safety nets.

We should have, as well, but we let the damnable notion of the American Dream convince us that a net isn’t necessary, that You Can Make It Here.

Onward.