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    MLK Injustice Index 2013: Racism, Materialism and Militarism in the US

     

    by Bill Quigley

    The three great evils cited by Dr. Martin Luther King have proliferated since his passing. Here’s an index of their influence, today.

    Poverty in America: The Subject Presidential Candidates Would Prefer to Ignore

     

     

    by BAR editor and columnist Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

    U.S. decline in the world is no longer just a trend, but a fact. Cold statistics tell us that our young people “will never experience the prosperity we, their parents, did.” Yet, amidst growing misery, the American electoral process is flush with cash.GOP candidates spent $12.5 million on television ads in Iowa alone, and Obama is raising a $1 billion war chest to fight the election.” Rich people’s money buys silence on poverty.

    Urban Neoliberal Racism, Mass Poverty, and the Repression of Occupy Wall Street

    by Paul Street

    Big city mayors, most of them Democrats, colluded with federal Homeland Security officials to devise a uniform pretext to clean out Occupy Wall Street sites: they were a “threat to public health and safety.” But poverty is the real source of the urban health and safety crisis. “A record-setting 1 in 15 Americans now lives in what poverty researchers have recently resorted to calling ‘deep poverty’ – at less than half the federal government’s notoriously miserly and inadequate poverty measure.” The Occupy sites are targeted because “city officials and police are beholden to overlapping metropolitan financial, corporate, and real estate elites, that is, to members, allies, and servants of the upper 1 percent.”

    Poverty Wages

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    by  Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

     

    How do we understand the historical reluctance of average whites, to ally themselves with nonwhites and fight against racism that ultimately drives down their own wages and living standards too?  It's not a new question, but there may be new answers.  

     

     
    Poverty Wages
     
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