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The Corporate Plot That Obama and Corporate Lobbyists Don't Want You to Know About

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:17.

John Travis HoltA US-led trade deal is currently being negotiated that could increase the price of prescription drugs, weaken financial regulations and even allow partner countries to challenge American laws. But few know its substance.The pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is deliberately shrouded in secrecy, a trade deal powerful people, including President Obama, don’t want you to know about. More than 130 members of Congress have asked the White House for greater transparency about the negotiations and were essentially told to go fly a kite. While most of us are in the dark about the contents of the deal, which Obama aims to seal by year end, corporate lobbyists are in the know about what it contains.

America's Greatest Shame: Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:14.

John Travis Holt

There are 16.4 million American children living in poverty. That's nearly one quarter (22.6%) of all of our children. More alarming is that the percentage of poor children has climbed by 4.5 percent [3] since the start of the Great Recession in 2007. And poor means poor. For a family of three with one child under 18, the poverty line is $18,400. Meanwhile, the stock market is booming. Banks, hedge funds and private equity firms are making tens of billions of dollars again [4], while the luxury housing and goods markets are skyrocketing. 

Shopping While Black: Is Conspicuous Consumption Related to Black-White Wealth Gap?

Written by Les Leopold on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:04.

Trayon Christian was racially profiled while buying a $250 belt at Barneys. Kayla Phillips was accosted by police after buying a $2,500 handbag from the same store [3]. Their treatment is unacceptable. Racial profiling is wrong—it is also ineffective in preventing crime. Al Sharpton is correct in his efforts to defend the basic rights [4] of people to be treated equally and fairly while shopping, regardless of their skin color.

A 12-year-old Fights Against Voter Suppression Efforts in North Carolina

Written by Funke Oyelade on Monday, 04 November 2013 15:00.

A young girl who is not old enough to drive, vote or work is taking on what she sees as an unfair law to eliminate young kids from voting in North Carolina. 12-year old Madison Kimrey slammed North Carolina’s restricting voting laws that will not allow 16 and 17-year-olds to pre-register to vote, reported the Salon. When Kimrey requested to meet with North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory, he declined, calling the girl “a prop for Liberal groups,” reported All Voices.

Youth Unemployment at 15.9% in September Generation Opportunity releases Millennial Jobs Report

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 28 October 2013 15:50.

Washington, DC – Generation Opportunity, a national, non-partisan youth advocacy organization, is announcing its Millennial Jobs Report for September 2013. The data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29 year olds:

Coping with Student Loan Repayment: Report Shares Problems, Offers Options for Borrowers

Written by Charlene Crowell on Monday, 28 October 2013 14:14.

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers. Just as troubled homeowners were often unable to pay their mortgages, refinance their loans, or receive timely assistance from loan servicers, many student loan borrowers are now experiencing many of the same difficulties.  Although the report focuses on private student loans, some of the servicing problems identified also affect federal student loan borrows.

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