United States

Walmart workers protest over minimum wage in 15 US cities

by Karen McVeigh The Guardian September 5, 2013

Walmart workers and their supporters are planning to launch protests in stores in 15 cities across the US on Thursday, as part of a small but vociferous movement to raise wages and improve conditions for some of the nation's lowest paid workers....

On the edge of poverty, at the center of a debate on food stamps

by Sheryl Gay Stolberg New York Times September 4, 2013

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — As a self-described “true Southern man” — and reluctant recipient of food stamps — Dustin Rigsby, a struggling mechanic, hunts deer, doves and squirrels to help feed his family. He shops for grocery bargains, cooks budget-stretching stews and limits himself to one meal a...

Fast food workers strike for higher pay

by Gary Strauss USA Today August 30, 2013

Workers at McDonald's and other fast-food chains conducted strikes and walkouts in nearly 60 cities Thursday, hoping for super-size wage hikes that for many would boost their hourly pay to $15 from the current federal minimum $7.25....

How poverty taxes the brain

by Emily Badger The Atlantic Cities August 29, 2013

Human mental bandwidth is finite. You’ve probably experienced this before (though maybe not in those terms): When you’re lost in concentration trying to solve a problem like a broken computer, you’re more likely to neglect other tasks, things like remembering to take the dog for a walk, or pic...

Fifty years after March on Washington, economic gap between blacks, whites remains the same

by Michael A Fletcher Washington Post August 28, 2013

Even as racial barriers have tumbled and the nation has grown wealthier and better educated, the economic disparities separating blacks and whites remain as wide as they were when marchers assembled on the Mall in 1963....

Low wage workers are older than you think: 88 percent of workers who would benefit from a higher minimum wage are over 20, one-third are over 40

by David Cooper and Dan Esrow Economic Policy Institute August 28, 2013

It is a common myth that very low-wage workers—workers who would see a raise if the minimum wage were increased—are mostly teenagers. The reality is that raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would primarily benefit older workers. Eighty-eight percent of workers who would be affect...

Travel guide for African Americans, civil rights activists pointed way to 1963 march. During the Jim Crow era, laws restricted black Americans from pa...

by Ruth Tam Washington Post August 27, 2013

African Americans traveling to the nation’s capital on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington will need little more than a GPS device to find their way. But 50 years ago, they might have needed a book to navigate through the racial prejudice of the times....

After Martin Luther King’s 1963 speech, FBI began spying on civil rights leader

by Tony Capaccio Washington Post August 27, 2013

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech inspired the world. It also galvanized the FBI into undertaking one of its biggest surveillance operations in history....

Median income rises, but is still six percent below level at start of recession in 2007

by Robert Pear New York Times August 21, 2013

Median household income has begun to recover over the last two years, but households still have not come close to regaining the purchasing power they had before the financial crisis began, a new study says....

Catholic push to overhaul immigration goes to pews

by Ashley Parker and Michael D Shear New York Times August 21, 2013

WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops and priests from major dioceses across the country will preach a coordinated message next month backing changes in immigration policy, with some using Sunday Masses on Sept. 8 to urge Congressional passage of a legislative overhaul that includes a path to citizenship ...