Hundreds of Fast-Food Workers Strike for Living Wage, Inspired by Wal-Mart Strike
Fast-food workers walked off the job in New York City Thursday to hold a series of rallies and picket lines in what has been called the largest series of worker actions ever to hit the country’s fast-food industry.
Obama: a better adversary -- New Internationalist
You can hope for Obama’s re-election for a more counter-intuitive reason: namely, that he will make a better adversary.
The Storm After the Storm
Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Eastern seaboard, leaving behind a trail of devastation that will take weeks--and more--to repair. Some 50 people are believed dead, and the economic damage will run into the tens of billions of dollars.
Occupy Sandy: Occupy Wall Street Helps Storm Victims
Occupy Wall Street and 350.org have teamed up with Recovers.org, a disaster relief platform, to help coordinate response to Hurricane Sandy. OWS states on its website that they are launching support pages at Recovers.org for individuals to give help or post a need. At the interoccupy.net hub, users can make financial donations to victims, volunteer their efforts or locate an emergency shelter.
Greek Workers Hold National Strike to Protest Austerity
Tens of thousands of Greeks moved to bring the country to a near-standstill in a bid to show European Union leaders that fresh austerity cuts would be crippling.
Texas Landowners Join Environmentalists for Historic Blockade of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline
A standoff is underway in Texas over construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would run oil from the Canadian tar sands fields to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast. In a protest now entering its fourth week, dozens of environmental activists working with local Texas landowners have blocked the pipeline’s path with tree sits and other nonviolent protests.
War on Women and Its Consequences [INFOGRAPHIC]
After two years of relentless attacks on the infrastructure of family planning, poor and uninsured women are starting to see the impact in some states. In an article accompanying this infographic, Akiba Solomon reports from Texas, where women of color in both rural and urban areas have suddenly found themselves with starkly limited choices for reproductive health.
Slave states vs. free states, 2012 - Salon.com
A century and a half later, we've come full circle: The red-blue state divide falls along Confederate-Union lines
Program Offering Immigrants Reprieve Is Off to Quick Start
More than 72,000 young immigrants who are in the United States illegally have applied for two-year deportation deferrals, and this week the first approvals have been granted.
U.S. Incomes Dropped Last Year, Census Bureau Says - NYTimes.com
In a fresh sign that the country’s middle class has yet to feel the gains from a weak economic recovery, median household income declined last year to $50,054, a level last seen in 1996, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday. This income measure, adjusted for inflation, was down by 1.5 percent from the previous year. It peaked in 1999, when the median income for American households reached $53,252.