A group for our forgotten class. Personal stories, information and ideas for survival as well as fighting back.
Lets End Poverty, lets expand SS, SSI, SSDI and begin to fight for the implementation of FDR’s second Bill of Rights! (I take the fighting back part very seriously)
Thank you SO much for the invitation to this group.
Thank you SO much for the invitation to this group.
This is something I deeply care about. Our poverty up here is becoming noticeably worse right around me as oil prices have dropped as well as our dollar. People are jobless, two of my neighbours are packing up to leave. Thank goodness we’re a farming community as well, or it would be a ghost town.
The writing here is just amazing and really touches the heart. I once did live in my car for a few months as I got my EMT training and couldn’t afford gas to go back and forth or stay in a motel, but I’ve never suffered like so many. I saw so much in Edmonton and Calgary when I took part of my training there and got involved with women’s shelters. Getting calls to the homeless on the streets affected us all – in a country as rich as Canada people were sleeping wherever they could find even a bit of heat as it snowed and stormed and temps. dropped so low your bare skin froze within minutes. It was always heartbreaking, no matter where or when.
Back home in rural Saskatchewan, we have no people on the streets … but the poverty is still there behind the curtains and walls. I also do books for small oilfield companies (just one, now), and was talking with a friend the other day whose diabetes and obesity have made it impossible for him to find work. I tried to help him as much as I could for as long as I could, but he needs to apply for social assistance, something he’s fighting against doing. But, he has a young son he needs to think about also. He’s humiliated at not being able to work – I’m not sure what to say to him anymore. I gather clothing, blankets, toys, etc. to take into Regina every few months to one shelter there. I mainly only do the odd transfer now with the ambulance and occasionally take full shifts when they’re short, but so many of the calls I had taken were to elderly people who quite often were living in horrible, sad conditions. Those without family to help get them into nursing homes, or who were just too ill and down to care anymore and had no-one to check up on them. People think of us as such a prosperous country – it is, for many but certainly not all.
Anyway … I’m a boring and terrible writer but I’ve loved reading the posts here.
I had posted this a few days ago and thought you might find it interesting, though I’m sure you already have known every bit of what he’s talking about:
America Wants Those “Pull Ya Up By Your Own Boot Straps” to Hang You With
You do your your time behind bars and enter a panoply of bars and prison time out here in the normal world
by Paul Haeder / July 15th, 2016
The gentrification, the displacement, the stop and frisks, the toxins-chemicals-pollutants warfare in our barrios and ghettos, the razing of public space-public education-public services, the school to prison pipeline, the economic totalitarianism, the diseased food, air, water, media – like a type of ecocide placed on poor people, people of color. You think maybe that war of aggression by the Elite, the Money Changers, the FIRE army (finance insurance real estate), that maybe it all is part of a giant metastasized war of aggression set upon 80 percent of us in the USA?
But, when you are a case worker – I work with people just out of prison or those just going into recovery, homeless, families, veterans, some being treated for mental health issues . . . some with ALL of the foregoing descriptors co-occurring – well the daily slog is fraught with huge life changing successes, admiration and honorable thanks from some survivors.
Work to try and get these fellows and women on their feet. Amazingly fucked up, this country of constant lock-up, threats of being locked up, extradition, warrants that go back a decade, fines and bills and, well, you get the picture. For every disaster in a family, in an individual’s life, there are entire industries set to capitalize on this. Ambulance chasing in a sense. Even without the extreme poverty, crime, addiction, mental health issues, homelessness, a group of around 20 percent of the population (read, controlling 92 of wealth) wreaks havoc upon the land? Well, in this disaster capitalism, a whole lot of people are out of real work, a bigger number in work they despise, and an even larger number precarious, working to supply a medical habit, food habit, rent/mortgage habit, lack-of-savings habit, a debt habit, an aging habit, survival habit.
No invasions, skirmishes, illegal intrusions, wars – hot or cold, all of that shit that this empire doles out to the rest of the world and the result in this sadistic capitalism is A Whole lot of people out of work.
And, the elite, the shimmering few point one percent, not hefting away billions upon billions.melurkyoulongtime, Enthusiast, TM99 and 9 othersDont call me Shirley, NVBirdlady, cleverflamingo, davidthegnome, Haikugal, daleanime, Infact7, LiberalArkie, Dragonfli like this
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