How on Earth could anyone think a whack-job Manhattan zillionaire hijacking the Republican Party and then the Presidency represents the beginnings of anything good for America? For America’s poor? Nope. Nope. Nope.
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Every federal election should include one debate devoted entirely to poverty. This super-tanker sized election certainly has time for it.
Why won’t politicians address the poverty problem? The word “poverty” was not uttered once during the recent federal leaders’ debate
Desmond Cole in thestar.com
Other than watching Tory Tim “Tea Party” Hudak make an innumerate fool of himself the current provincial election has a distinctly phoned-in feel: with voters as guilty as the “playas” looking for votes. Oh well, apathy always ends well, doesn’t it? And the minimum wage hit $11 per hour yesterday!
OCAP infographic: Still A Poverty Wage
Why isn’t poverty an election issue in Hamilton? Hamilton anti-poverty organizations want to push it to the forefront of the Ontario election
Group urges campaigns to reflect on poverty
image: Le Telephone. Bibliotheque Nationale de France via Wikimedia Commons
A solid look at neoliberalism in this province appeared on Joe Fantauzzi’s blog Illuminated by Street Lamps this week.
Ontario: a leading jurisdiction for intense, coercive neoliberalism
image: old-style Swedish street light by Petey21 via Wikimedia Commons
Folks, he’s sticking up for poor people. Seriously, is there going to be eight more months of this? Suburban-poverty.com can’t imagine anybody worse for the poor than this barely there, mismanaging city-hater. If there is no legal mechanism for getting rid of what’s left of this ill mayoralty can a social and moral one emerge?
Suburban-poverty.com wishes safety, patience and strength to the Rob Ford Must Go sit in. Starting its seventeenth day: this is a healthy example of citizens responding to a threat to where they live and what they care about. NoMoRoFo!
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(473) Ford Nation’s backyard employment numbers
(461) Challenging Ford & his ilk
Two principals from the Brookings Institution are staffing a project called The Metropolitan Revolution. There is material from a book of the same name, a blog, an iPad app and more on the site which concerns itself with “how cities and metros are fixing our broken politics and fragile economy.” Top notch content as far as the governing of realities of American cities and metros are concerned. Suburban-poverty.com was impressed with this item on Denver, CO.
What makes cities and suburbs set aside old conflicts and collaborate to compete?
A plethora of Chevron logos on their web site makes us a little nervous for The Atlantic these days but even so we can’t usually get enough of their content when trying to figure out the big picture in North America. Today, for example, a thoughtful personal essay on Rob Ford deconstructs a simplified urban-vs-suburban explanation by pointing out non-white, suburban support for the Big Man. It tends to be assumed that well off but greedy, resentful, and anxiety-prone suburbanites are Ford’s political rocket fuel but it looks like racialized suburban poverty and a kind of newcomer conservatism are a major energy source as well.
Rob Ford and the Two Torontos. Don’t believe what you’re hearing about the scandal-plagued mayor’s supporters. The truth is much more complicated
image: Lightning strikes wealthy, liberal cesspool called Downtown via Wikimedia Commons.