Posts in category "Poverty"

Homeless at the Shore of a Punishing State

Homeless at the Shore of a Punishing State
The beautiful scenery and weather of the California coast tends to blind the occasional visitor to the austere reality embedded in the surroundings of a punishing political environment that criminalizes homelessness.  By RA Monaco Although homeless and in his late 60’s, Norm could easily pass for just another day camper, picnicking at the beach in... Read more »

A Vortex of Indifference

A Vortex of Indifference
“Very sad to think that a public official’s only solution to mental health and homelessness is encouraging residents not to feed them” –Rafael Yañez, 15th Ward Aldermanic Candidate By RA Monaco The absence of sophistication left me in disbelief, my client had just confirmed there was no dispute about the facts. I can recall looking... Read more »

Make No Mistake, Nurses are Fighters Too

Make No Mistake, Nurses are Fighters Too
By RA Monaco It is no surprise that nurse-advocates are on the front lines of a myriad of social justice issues—prevention of illness, promotion of public health and protection of the planet is in their professional DNA.  “It’s an immediate and short-term threat to planetary civilization” warned University of Washington professor Peter Ward, Ph.D. while... Read more »
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We Are All Kathleen Ann

We Are All Kathleen Ann
By RA Monaco In her recent piece, “I’m a Member of the ‘American Used-to-Haves,’” Kathleen Ann justifiably lashes out at a disconnected Republican Congress.   Her partially misplaced anger faintly masks a struggle to battle the depression that rings through the overtone of her words, “there’s little hope of getting a corporate job with benefits in... 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 »

The Triumph of Capitalism Began with the Founding Fathers

The Triumph of Capitalism Began with the Founding Fathers
  By RA Monaco Frequently we hear politicians, political pundits and all knowing online bloviators attempting to shore up the credibility of their point with the third party credibility of those who drafted our Constitution—the Founding Fathers.   Hardly a night goes by when Bill O’Reilly misses the opportunity. In fact, in his recent State of... Read more »
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The President’s proposed annual budget is a betrayal of “We, the people”

The President’s proposed annual budget is a betrayal of “We, the people”
The President’s offer of preemptive concessions on Social Security is not merely deluded it is a second term betrayal confirming that he has joined the “looting class.”  With his lips still moist from the empty words of his Inaugural Address, he is sending seniors to the dumpsters and America on a course off the retirement... Read more »

Poverty’s Many Pathways into Chicago's Youth Gang Violence

Poverty’s Many Pathways into Chicago's Youth Gang Violence
Chicago’s youth gun violence is being exacerbated by financial exploitation, fear, community tolerance and distrust of the police while Washington is out of touch and urgent financial help is needed. There has been an influx of gang activity and drug selling “even with the presence of all of our churches” observed Pastor Belinda Hood of... Read more »

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 »
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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 »