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The reality of racial profiling and police brutality is a direct result of 1% of the population controlling the wealth of this nation. The school to prison line is creating the new millennium plantation with the incarceration of so many minorities. 44 years after the assassination of Dr.King is the development of the Occupy Movement. It's time to join in and take a stand against the injustice of poverty.

Insensitive racist minds sabotage The existence of humanity calling for insanity In a time of black shrines found in the hand of the Devine Whose dreams are shattered hopes scattered But to most people it doesn't matter  Because in the midst of poverty there is no equality Only eyes filled with tears knowing heartache is near Because police brutality has become the reality How do we scream for Trayvon or Ramarley? What can we do for Danroy and Amadu? I’m talking about the black boy mothers' blues The black boy mothers' blues…

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MANILA, Philippines – On the last few days of the budget committee hearings, a debt watchdog has asked the House Committee on Appropriations to follow President Benigno S. Aquino III’s example by suspending interest payments for “corrupted debts and deals” in the proposed 2012 national government budget.

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) stressed that the move will bolster the drive towards more efficient infrastructure spending in the future.

“If the President himself is willing to use his political capital to suspend anomalous debt-financed deals, I cannot see why the Congress will not be able to hold its other end of the stick and withhold payments for these deals until they are investigated or renegotiated”, said FDC vice president Emmanuel Hizon.

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“If the objective is to increase the capacity of workers and their families to weather economic woes, an increase of P22 a day at this point is simply too little, too late,” Akbayan Representative Walden Bello said on Tuesday morning following the announcement of a P22-increase in minimum wage earners’ cost of living allowance (COLA).

Since the start of the year, fuel price inflation stands at a whopping 10.19 per cent. It is followed by transportation and communication prices at 7.28 per cent, while inflation of food prices has been recorded at 4.03 per cent.

According to Bello, the sky-rocketing prices of basic commodities threaten to push millions of families propped up by minimum wage earners across the poverty threshold.

“Barya lang ang P22 sa harap ng nagtataasang presyo ng mga bilihin. Kulang ‘yan para tustusan ang pangangailangan ng mga kababayan natin, at lalo silang maghihirap kung ‘yan lang ang matatanggap nila,” Bello added

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The latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showing an increase in hunger is a major concern that must be taken seriously and not brushed off in a squabble over statistics. According to the March 4-7 poll 20.5% of respondents -- or an estimated 4.1 million families -- have gone hungry at least once in the past three months. This is up from the estimated 3.4 million families recorded in November 2010, i.e., almost one million extra families are going hungry today due to poverty. Along with the other examples of poverty and marginalization – such as the shocking deaths of up to 30 people in Palawan, including children, due to easily preventable ailments such as diarrhea – this demonstrates that the situation of the masses is deteriorating.

What is equally of concern to us is the response of President Noynoy Aquino: his expression of disbelief at the survey results. According to the President the figures are skewed because the impact of the conditional cash transfers (CCT) measures of the government implemented in Visayas and Mindanao, have not been reflected in the survey.

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posted by: Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM)

begins: Apr 11, 5:25 pm

ends: Apr 11, 5:25 pm

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The latest Social Weather Station (SWS) survey showing an increase in hunger is a major concern that must be taken seriously and not brushed off in a squabble over statistics. According to the March 4-7 poll 20.5% of respondents -- or an estimated 4.1 million families -- have gone hungry at least once in the past three months. This is up from the estimated 3.4 million families recorded in November 2010, i.e., almost one million extra families are going hungry today due to poverty. Along with the other examples of poverty and marginalization – such as the shocking deaths of up to 30 people in Palawan, including children, due to easily preventable ailments such as diarrhea – this demonstrates that the situation of the masses is deteriorating.



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Rising Poverty in America and Israel - by Stephen Lendman

The Working Poor Families Project (WPFP) "is a national initiative focused on state workforce development policies involving: (1) education and skills training for adults; (2) economic development; and (3) income and work supports."

Its newest publication is titled, "Great Recession Hit Hard at America's Working Poor: Nearly 1 in 3 Working Families in United States are Low-Income." It explains distressing data on the state of America's poor and low income families, their condition getting worse, not better.

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Growing Poverty in America - by Stephen Lendman

The newly released US Census report on "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009" way understates a growing problem as do most other government data. Unemployment for one, the Labor Department's headlined (U-3) 9.6% masks the true 22% based on 1980 calculations.

With America in economic crisis, the new Census report portends much worse ahead under a president and Congress doing little to address it, the Brookings Institution Isabel Sawhill expecting the problem to "get much worse long before it gets better." More on the new data below. First, some other confirmations of economic trouble.

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On Monday the White House announced another round of grant recipients in the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP). Among the grants awarded was a $11.8 million Sustainable Broadband Adoption grant to the Urban Affairs Coalition and several sub-recipients, including the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP).

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On Monday the White House announced another round of grant recipients in the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (BTOP). Among the grants awarded was a $11.8 million Sustainable Broadband Adoption grant to the Urban Affairs Coalition and several sub-recipients, including the Media Mobilizing Project (MMP). The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provides grants to expand broadband access and adoption in communities across the U.S. in order to increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic benefits.

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The dominant feature of the Arroyo administration was pervasive corruption, but its most destructive legacy in the long term will probably be its policy failures. The ascent to power of a new president, backed by a new Congress, provides the opportunity for a fundamental shift in policy in order to end poverty and re-launch the Philippines on the road to development.

The policy paradigm of the administration was one it inherited from previous administrations.  This was a pro-market, neoliberal approach the key prongs of which were accelerated trade and financial liberalization, deregulation, and privatization.  In addition, Arroyo continued her predecessors’ policy of fully servicing the foreign debt, dealt with the ever-widening budget deficit by imposing a 12 per cent value-added tax that hit mainly the middle class and the poor, and left it to the market to address poverty and income inequality.

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MANILA, Philippines — Akbayan party-list Representative Walden Bello on Tuesday dared President-elect Benigno Aquino III to reverse his mother’s neo-liberal policies that he said have killed Philippine agriculture and industry.

At the public forum on the Campaign for Life of Dignity for All, Bello said among these policies is on debt, which the incoming president has promised during the election campaign to repudiate.

“It is urgent for the next administration to declare a debt moratorium. We’ve paid that debt so many times…He (Aquino) favors debt repudiation. He said so during the campaign,” he said.

“Now we have to make him live up to his campaign promise. Did he make this out of the needs of the campaign? I don’t think so. I think he realizes that he has to undo this legacy of his mother of automatic debt payment,” he added.

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