Poor, single parent mothers and men looking for work are being denied access during the times they can use the Workforce Center “Unfriendly” Center. Our neighbors being single parents mothers and/or other out of work citizens (mostly minorities) using their last money to catch a cab, pay for babysitters, bus fair and other hardships they have to work through, are being … [Read more...]
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Last year wrought disasters of Biblical proportion. The disasters weren’t limited to natural disasters, but social, economic and political calamities as well. These events gave us a peek into our future and revealed that failure of this society to change course will ultimately result in catastrophe. But like actors in a horror movie, we ignore the signs of our impending doom. … [Read more...]
The psychological toll of poverty can be extreme First of a six-part series Poverty is the worst form of violence. — Mahatma Gandhi Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit. — Eli Khamarov Poverty is brutal, consuming and unforgiving. It strikes at the soul. — Charles M. Blow Last August, I introduced the first column in a … [Read more...]
The family of George Edward Washington, a 56 year-old African American, was shocked when they were notified on Sunday, January 7, 2018, that their father had died while in police custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail in Wilmar, Minnesota. The incident explains Thurgood Marshall’s insistence on the importance of both the idea of justice and the actual pursuit and practice of … [Read more...]
‘Small percentage’ would go far with neighborhood services Minimum wage advocates were fighting for “$15 NOW,” but city council members did not see it that way; they gave workers $15 an hour in five years. But when council members gifted themselves a $10,000 raise, which will give them each a salary of $100,000, they will get it now, not in five years. Why? Well, times are … [Read more...]