OUR WORLD NEEDS TO CHANGE

All across the U.S.A. cell phone videos and social media reveal more and more of the atrocities routinely inflicted on powerless people. Police beat and kill unarmed young people, city authorities prey upon families in poverty with escalating fines for late bill payments, shutting off life-giving water to those too poor to pay. We see more criminalization of poverty, new ways of continuing the old Jim Crow policies of racism, justice denied to those who can’t afford lawyers, scapegoating of immigrants, wholesale removal of working class families under the name of gentrification. Peaceful protests are met with militarized force or prohibited entirely. Even democracy is attacked with appointed emergency managers usurping the power of local elected officials and laws making it more difficult to vote. Are these growing threats to our freedoms and human rights the society we want? What can we do?

CORPORATE DOMINATION OR HUMAN NEEDS?

The women’s Economic Agenda Project needs your help to keep teaching about this most important choice that faces us. Computer controlled electronic machines are replacing human labor in production. This could create inexpensive abundance for all, but instead it’s creating agony for working families. If the electronic revolution were focused on meeting human needs instead of creating record corporate profits, we could have a society where everyone’s basic needs are met, and where poverty is a thing of the past. Instead we are headed toward a society where only the well-off can afford the basic necessities of life. WEAP needs your help to teach about the New Jim Crow, about Corporate Dictatorship, about the escalating expansion of austerity, about attacks on the poor and public sector workers, and about how we need to fight for a better society for all. Take a moment and Donate Now RIGHT HERE:

Our vision of social and economic justice for all calls for the microchips that steadily destroy jobs to be put into the service of creating abundance for everyone, instead of record corporate profits. WEAP has never had the money to make our mission easy. We need funds to continue this path-breaking visionary work. If our vision of a better future looks good to you, please support this important work by clicking on the DONATE button above.  To read more about WEAP’s vision, click HERE.

 

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Women have been hit hardest by job losses in the pandemic. And it may only get worse.

By Samantha SchmidtMay 9, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. EDT

The last time Americans faced an economic crisis, it was called a “Mancession.” As millions of people lost their jobs in the Great Recession, 70 percent were men, many in construction and manufacturing.

This time, as job losses linked to the coronavirus pandemic dwarf what the country experienced in the 2007-2009 crisis, the heaviest toll is falling on women.

Waitresses, day-care workers, hairstylists, hotel maids and dental hygienists are among the 20.5 million people who watched their jobs vanish in April — the most devastating spike in unemployment since the Great Depression.

“I had a good rhythm going. I wasn’t rich, I couldn’t complain saying I was poor,” said Ilanne Dubois, a 36-year-old single mother on Long Island who worked as a waitress at a Manhattan hotel. “Now, all of that stability is gone. We’re falling into a hole.”

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