Posts in category "poor"

Both Sides of the Badge

Both Sides of the Badge
Bill O’Reilly catch phrases like race hustling or race baiting, are the blatant racist code that festers in the already infected wounds of this nation. By RA Monaco Angrily marching into the New Year, the struggle for social change in 2015 will continue to emotionally wear on the nation—coast to coast.  “It’s a very exciting... Read more »

A National Realization—A Crisis of Trust

A National Realization—A Crisis of Trust
The unfortunate reality is that our collective ability to bear witness is being consistently ignored.  It’s become an established pattern. By RA Monaco Fifty-thousand cameras won’t be enough to restore our constitutional right to bear witness—to declare the truth of—as countless people have attempted in police killings and brutality cases over the years.   How else... Read more »

Upward Middle-Class Mobility for American Women - A Myth Laid Bare

Upward Middle-Class Mobility for American Women - A Myth Laid Bare
          By RA Monaco “The economic downturn that’s stalled middle-age, middle-class women has laid bare the myth of upward mobility that drove their lives” says University of Akron, Professor Therese L Lueck in response to a suggestion that women may have the unique potential to unify those who stand in, or close to,... Read more »
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Avoiding, “The Brick”

Avoiding, “The Brick”
By RA Monaco When our lack of self determination becomes a realization, the issue becomes, how do we create a calculus for change?  If we can’t control the government—the apparatus—we claim manifests the popular will of the nation, women may hold the key to our avoiding “the brick.”  Entrenched inequality and its companion, poverty, is... Read more »

Serving Masters: The Spectacle of the #NATO 3 Trial

Serving Masters:  The Spectacle of the #NATO 3 Trial
By RA Monaco It was the equivalent of a “slow plea” and intended to be a public spectacle start-to-finish.  The #NATO 3 trial had a purpose and it wasn’t to protect the public from these immature sling-shot-packing young men. I describe the trial as sort of a “slow plea” because clearly there was conduct by... Read more »

Paycheck Fairness: Is It Just Anti-women or a War?

Paycheck Fairness:  Is It Just Anti-women or a War?
  By RA Monaco Women “make exactly what they’re worth…and don’t want to be…given a little special handout to make sure they’re OK” claimed Martha MacCallum host of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom following the president’s State of the Union address. Not to be out done, Daily Caller editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson, offered up this pearl saying, “Women make... Read more »
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Payday Loans May Include Baloney Sandwiches

Payday Loans May Include Baloney Sandwiches
Recent changes in the law leaves the door open for overly aggressive tactics and creates new risks for borrowers who fall on hard times. One reason Chicagoan’s should steer clear of small dollar, short-term payday type loans is because they can “get you a baloney sandwich in jail,” says Attorney John Lag, Adjunct Law Professor... Read more »

Payday Loans Lead to Financial Instability Zones

Payday Loans Lead to Financial Instability Zones
Increasing enforcement capabilities through the Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection is part of the new reforms Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes will provide a measure of protection from predatory financial services that have continued to proliferate within the city. Chicago’s most vulnerable families are the focus of the Mayor’s recently announced crackdown on bad... Read more »

I Don’t Care Too Much for Money

I Don’t Care Too Much for Money
I’m reminded of the Beatles lyric, “money can’t buy me love” and of all the other things we know money can’t buy—self esteem, self respect, good character, integrity and pride in our career are a few that quickly come to mind. The real shocker however, is the list of things that money can buy these... Read more »
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Poverty: Political and Profitable

Poverty: Political and Profitable
As the gap between rich and poor continues to widen, poverty in America has risen to its highest level in 47 years.  Most telling about this fact is that a full third of Americans now identify themselves as lower class according to a Pew report. The Census Bureau’s report on poverty this past September showed... Read more »