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‘A cruel recovery’

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Reports of an impending economic upturn merit some skepticism, particularly in light of recent changes in "our evolving, job-devouring economy," Steve Franklin writes....

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September 18th, 2009 at 11:18 pm

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Today in Equity

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Cities Lose Out on Road Funds From Federal Stimulus,” -  The New York Times

Two-thirds of the country lives in large metropolitan areas, home to the nation’s worst traffic jams and some of its oldest roads and bridges. But cities and their surrounding regions are getting far less than two-thirds of federal transportation stimulus money.

According to an analysis by The New York Times of 5,274 transportation projects approved so far — the most complete look yet at how states plan to spend their stimulus money — the 100 largest metropolitan areas are getting less than half the money from the biggest pot of transportation stimulus money. In many cases, they have lost a tug of war with state lawmakers that urban advocates say could hurt the nation’s economic engines.

Economic toll of obesity and inactivity exceeds $41 billion in California,” - Oakland Tribune

An overweight man walks the streets of Washington Tuesday, July 22, 2003. The political debate on fat has spilled over into public policy, with proposals for a junk-food tax, limits on food advertising, demands for more details on labeling and lawsuits against food manufacturers. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) The excess weight and inactive habits of many Californians don’t only exact a personal toll, they’re saddling businesses and taxpayers with more than $41 billion in annual costs, according to a report released today.

“We think mostly about the health implications,” said Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, speaking of the 59 percent of Californians who are obese or overweight, and the 48 percent who are physically inactive

Lawmakers, businesses jockey for ‘green’ jobs,” – MSNBC.COM

ELKHART, Ind.— In the empty factories and laid-off workers in this struggling section of the Rust Belt, entrepreneur Wil Cashen sees “unimaginable potential.”

Seeking to capitalize on the trend toward more-energy-efficient vehicles, Cashen has a plan to retrofit pickup trucks with electric motors at several of Elkhart County’s large, dormant manufacturing facilities and sell them to utility companies.

Written by Keith Forest

July 9th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Getting the stimulus right

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Local and national groups push for a stimulus package that includes spending on youth employment; helping the state with its Medicaid funding crisis; transportation spending targeted to long-terms goals including less oil dependence and global warming — and more money for high-speed rail; and funding for renewable energy rather than nuclear and fossil fuels.  Also [...]

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January 8th, 2009 at 10:30 pm

Rising need for food and shelter

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The Chicago Community Trust launches a $3 million initiative to help local nonprofits meet rising needs for food and shelter — along with a new monthly report on unemployment, hunger, foreclosures and homelessness.  And the director of the St. Columbanus Food Pantry talks about the pantry’s rising costs — and the need for volunteers.  When the Obama family [...]

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December 15th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Workers win at Republic Windows

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The victory of Republic workers has sparked a “movement for mass action to resist economic violence” and brought to the fore a range of issues, including the crisis of unemployment, the need for green jobs,  and the lack of accountability for the federal financial bailout — a full examination at Newstips.org.

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December 12th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

Republic Windows and green jobs

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Rev. Jesse Jackson is going beyond demands for legally-mandated severance pay and pressing Bank of America to reinstate Republic Window’s credit and save 300 jobs at its Goose Island factory, AP reports. President-elect Obama is promising a green jobs program that would include retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency.  That could provide a giant boost to the market [...]

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December 7th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

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Notes on the auto bailout

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“Weakening auto workers’ benefits and contracts will not save the auto industry. Autoworkers have already made billions of dollars worth of concessions to the Big Three in recent contracts,” says retired autoworker and UAW local president Wendy Thompson, who helped organize a caravan of autoworkers to Washington this week (at the Instiutute for Public Accuracy).   

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December 7th, 2008 at 6:09 pm

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Support for community Olympics demands

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South Side elected officials expressed support for a community benefits agreement being proposed by Communities for an Equitable Olympics at a November 6 meeting, the Lakefront Outlook reports. “We found through our research that 1.5 million people were displaced [by the Olympics] in Beijing, and in Atlanta thousands of people lost their homes, and in Athens the same [...]

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November 20th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Poverty elimination needs to include asset building

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Written by Chris Giangreco, Policy Coordinator for Heartland Alliance's Policy and Advocacy Division- Illinois Asset Building Group

Poverty elimination requires specific, measurable plans and policies.
The thought of creating asset-building opportunities for families and individuals living in extreme poverty might sound ridiculous to many people. Build assets? How can someone save money or protect their assets when they don’t have enough money to pay for their immediate needs? What good is saving for the future when you can’t get by today?

Unfortunately, this kind of thinking forces individuals living in extreme poverty to continue struggling to get by day after day. Without asset-building programs and policies geared toward individuals living in extreme poverty, many people are denied the economic rights to access the necessary tools and resources to create a better future. Helping individuals and families in extreme poverty build assets might not make them wealthy, but it gives them a sense of hope for the future and supports them as they strive to get ahead.

Programs and policies that promote asset building for those living in poverty follow three basic categories for understanding human rights: protect, respect, and fulfill. Regulations to eliminate predatory lending and usury, such as high-interest payday loans, help protect individual’s assets at times when then need access to capital for temporary emergencies. These regulations, in other words, protect individual’s economic rights. Programs providing lowt-s-cost, mainstream financial services for those living in poverty respect individuals’ economic constraints. Financial services like prepaid debit cards, small dollar loans, low-cost check cashing, and no-fee, small dollar savings accounts help respect the financial needs of individuals and families living in poverty. These kinds of services allow families living in poverty to participate in mainstream financial services, which are more affordable than alternative services like retail check cashers. In addition, providing access to mainstream financial services and creating matched savings or incentive payments into checking or savings accounts help fulfill the economic rights of those living in poverty by supporting them as they build assets and create a positive vision for their future.

It is important not to dismiss asset building when discussing individuals and families living in extreme poverty. Asset building programs and policies tailored for individuals and families living in extreme poverty can help them live more securely today, weather financial situations, and build for a better future, By integrating asset building plans and policies into the larger framework of poverty elimination, Illinois moves closer to guaranteeing human rights for all its residents.

For more information about the Illinois Asset Building Group, please go to www.illinoisassetbuilding.org .

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October 15th, 2008 at 2:40 pm