|Posted by Unity in Action Magazine on November 25, 2016 at 6:20 PM|
5 Working-Class Money Burdens
Unity in Action Magazine
Working-class families struggle financially to make things work. Essential needs become stressful burdens, as they try to make a normal life for their families. There are 5 money burdens that low to middle income working-class families in small cities continue to struggle with.
1. PRICES RISE EVERY YEAR, BUT WAGES DON’T- This simply do not make sense. The economy would do better if people had more money to spend. You have to scratch the back that scratches yours.
2. HOUSING PRICES- The prices are outrageous for a working-class family. In a small college town like Champaign-Urbana, rent prices on-campus are causing prices off-campus to rise as well.
In the small-city of Urbana, most of the students that attend the University of Illinois are from other large cities or overseas. They can afford the higher rent prices, but the hard-working families in the local community cannot.
3. CREDIT SYSTEM- The banking system keeps reminding us that they are not really on our side. As soon as home prices dropped, the credit score requirements went up making it harder for struggling Americans to buy a home. Therefore, many people are paying $700 per month for rent, yet are getting turned down for $500 per month home mortgages.
4. EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION- Racial discrimination in the workplace is more prevelant than gender discrimination and little is being done about it. Many of companies are not hiring or quick to fire minorities and gay people. If you are racially discriminated against at work or on the streets, there is one thing that experience has taught us- they are going to cover it up, it won’t get properly investigated, and you can’t find or afford a good attorney in your town that will fight for you.
5. UTILITIES- Lights, gas, and water bills are continuing to rise at a faster pace than wages. It is as if, having lights in your house is a luxury- NO it is not!
You have to have lights on to keep your kids- so, it is essential. That is, if you are living in a house with no lights or running water DCFS may take your kids saying that you are an unfit parent.
If we can help working-class families it will help America as a whole. We are all in this together.
|Posted by Unity in Action Magazine on November 25, 2016 at 6:15 PM|
The political environment brings to the light the negative stereotypes and perceptions of black people that many in power still hold.
In regards to history, we have to think about the psychological effect of our past experiences on our lives today. Clearly, racism is still strong in America. It is not just against blacks, but poor too. What we can’t do is continue to ignore that it exists because, WE are all in this together!
When someone decides not to hire someone because they are black, that equals to one more unemployed. It is clear the crisis in the justice system, banking industry, media, entertainment, housing, and some members of the House of Representatives and other political posters during the Obama Era have been found to be a racial discrimination cancer on the community.
In regards to the War on Drugs- Where is the funds to rebuild the war torn area, that has been impacted by your war?
On the streets, the War on Drugs is the biggest trap and lie. We watch celebrities sent to resorts for rehab, several times; meanwhile we have our fathers going to go to jail for a lesser crime. There are too many tears to ignore. The children are affected the most.
The biggest issue today is that it continues to intricate into the daily life for African-American people in America. It is to the point that people live in fear, loose hope, and drive.
People are still afraid to speak up. The daily injustices continue, because history has shown us that nothing will be done about it. The stories from the past sound similar to the stories of the present, thus history is standing still on the issue of racism.
These stories need to be told, heard, and empathized to create a change. As African-American people we have to start report injustices to the news. WE ARE YOUR NEWS!”
SHARE YOUR STORY: "Big Boy in CU area- My mom violated."
In 2005, “My mom came to visit me in jail. She is disabled, weighs over 260 lbs. They anal and vagina searched her for drugs, though she was not able to have a contact visit. She never came back to see me. That was hard on me while in jail.”
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Walmart employees are standing up in unity to speak out about the issues that they have been suffering with for years. In 2007, I interviewed Shaundell a former, disabled employee who shared, "My first day of work around Christmas time I was scheduled to work for 24 hours. It was my first day of work, so I didn't want to complain. I then got fired because I dozed off to sleep."
Speaking to him at the time I thought it was just one isolated incident. But, if other's would take a second to speak out and share their stories then we can help correct the issues that plague underserved populations.
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|Posted by [email protected] on November 15, 2012 at 12:10 AM|
We Have to Remember Where We Came From,
To Understand Where We Are &
What can we do to build our future?
Where we came from?
We have to face the concern with police brutality and inadequate representation for defendants during trial. The warnings have been there that African-American communities need support.
By 2000, roughly one in 10 black men were in prison - a crisis level statistic because prisoners don't have jobs, pay taxes. And because many states bar felons from voting, at least one in seven black men will have lost the right to vote.
"These numbers are staggering," said Laurie Levensen, a former federal prosecutor and associate dean of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. "We're incarcerating an entire generation of people."
The War on Drugs was a social and economic war. Our government went to war with no recovery plan for the people affected by the war. The reality is the US government helped start the war, by putting drugs in our community. This is a fact.
Every since the start of the War on Drugs, we have watched the African-American community remain in crisis level in poverty, prison, and education. Yet, our nation has not taken a stand against police brutality or racism in the employment, education, and justice system.
As we see the numbers, we have to think about the affect on the community left behind.
What concerns do we see TODAY? Nearly every black person knows someone in their family or support system affected by the justice system.
Children suffering from trauma and emotional distress.
Extreme financial burden on the family left behind. Especially, if they were the supporter.
More non-traditional family structures. More children in the foster system, who may end up with other family or friends.
African-Americans have lost the RIGHT TO VOTE due to a felony. In some states, you lose the right forever. In other states, you have to purse the right after as much as 2 years after release.
High long-term unemployment. Unemployment dropped for all races; except Black people. Most likely due to the felony question on the general job application.
Concerning rates of racism and unfair treatment still exists today in our justice system.
A large percentage of men recently released that were incarcerated for over 15 years have to re-adjust to life.
A high percentage of women to the number of men within a community.
In addition, we are left with a community of people that do not trust the justice system. The new stories of injustice are whispered in the African-American community everyday. The common feeling is that there is no where to turn for justice, especially if you are living in poverty and can't afford an attorney.
What can we do to build our future?
Increase mental health support to the African community.
Address the issue with felonies and employment on a national level.
Take a stand against judicial injustice in your community and in the nation.
Offer more financial education.
Prison reform to be more supportive to rehabilitation and family support systems.
Do not support spending cuts for social service programs. More support for mental health, reentry prevention, career education, and homelessness programs.
|Posted by [email protected] on November 14, 2012 at 3:15 PM|
“I challenge all mainstream media- radio, TV, print, and online to step up and be more socially responsible. Example, if you have all kids calling in on your radio show then stop with all the sex and violence.”
-Tanya Parker, Publisher of Unity in Action Magazine
|Posted by [email protected] on November 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM|
Champaign County Career Training Center will provide transitional support, training and job opportunities to help low-income, at-risk youth, re-entry, young adults, and teens develop workforce skills, overcome career entry challenges, and assist with transition into employment and/or secondary education.
CCCTC will provide products, services, and workshops to the community that will support the area's economic growth. This will provide opportunities for our students to gain hands-on experience.
Training- CCCTC training is designed to deal with literacy challenges, offers flexible schedule and a combination of classroom and hands-on training.
Participants will have an opportunity to put their skills to work as they practice real-life application of what they learn.
Support- CCCTC offers wrap-a-round support in areas of mental health & wellness, life/parenting skills development, court-support, and career development to help participants overcome challenges in other areas of their life to ensure success. We will offer daycare services, transitional housing, and transportation support.
Career Placement Services- CCCTC works with partners to help put people to work.
Instead of spending 20 million on a new jail. Renovate the existing jail as you agreed 10 years ago for 5 million (more than you need) and spend
2 million on Parker's Social and Economic Development Plan.
|Posted by [email protected] on November 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM|
Unity in Action Magazine is just one part of the plan. Innovation in technology changes every month; I challenged myself to create an innovative approach to socio-economic development. I started with what the people needed, and worked my way up. Some of the things that I realized is that there were a lot of great things going on in our community, but no one knew about them. Also I recognized that people needed to share their perspectives with each other- between people, between agencies and the people, between people and government. I realized that in order to help any of the people or families grow, you also have to address the mindset of the peers around them at the same time.
Unity in Action Magazine helps to improve the community by sharing more information, education, and perspective on issues that affect families and our community. I believed that working families had the best ideas on how to improve issues like education and I wanted them to have a voice. Also, there are so many great things going on the community that busy working families don't hear about. Especially with all of the news and important information that is shared online, it is really hard to keep up on the news that affects you and your family.
Parker has developed a plan to create jobs in America at an exponential rate.
We have to meet people where they are. Growing through construction is good, but it won't be enough because people don't like to do construction and math is a weakness in the under-skilled workforce. My plan addresses these concern and more, while creating transitional job opportunities that promote the growth of the economy as a whole.
The root cause of many of today's social and economic concerns is money, people need and want jobs.
|Posted by [email protected] on November 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM|
After graduating from the University of Illinois with a BA in Economics, I took a high paying job as District Manager of a grocery chain. After working an average of 55 hours per week, it didn't take me long to testify that money can't buy you happiness. I would rather live with a purpose- GOD'S Purpose.
I prayed to be his slave, while in tears at one of my weakest points. I had no idea the level of spiritual warfare that I was up against. I lost everything in a house fire, persecuted by those I loved, had years of work destroyed several times, and still living in poverty just to name a few. I believe GOD made me a witness to life struggles, so that I have gained compassion and understanding.
I believe GOD has given me an assignment to help improve social and economic conditions. Racism, injustice, & greed are threatening the strong fabric of our nation. Today our nation is at a crossroad. Our fore-father's led us through with the trust of GOD in their hearts, not hate. We must not look back but stand together and move forward to help improve our economy, end the suffering, and restore faith in the American dream.
Most American's have one thing in common, we just want to provide for our family, worship, and live in peace. African-American communities have been living in a state of depression and recession for decades before America's 2007 economic meltdown. Mainstream media does a poor job of portraying African-American and poor people, which perpetuates negative stereotyping that feeds racially motivated actions. I want to change this. After Obama's election the reality of just how much racism and economic class is still operating within our system once again surfaced as being undeniable. What also surfaced is the masses who believe that the new generation of Americans has moved beyond race enough to realize that it is just a bunch of rich, selfish people isolated from the diversity of America and too ignorant to see the power behind Unity. There is enough for all of us...stop the oppression, stop the greed, stop the hate.
We as American's have to prove to the world that democracy works for the masses of the people in the country. Not just the people that happen to make it to the polls that day. In all of our advancements in technology when are we going to create a more 21st Century approaches to voting. For those that think that we are still in the “Jim Crow” era and parents raising their kids to judge people by the color of their skin need a reality check. You are NOW the minority.
|Posted by [email protected] on August 4, 2012 at 2:05 PM|
Within a few months police drones will be coming to skies near you.
Drones are remote controlled aircraft’s that are cheaper to operate and can stay airborne longer.
Legislation signed by President Obama will give access to first responders and police first to assist with duties like; patrolling areas, monitoring traffic, and searching for missing persons or criminals.
Because of affordability and accessibility of the crafts there are concerns the vices can be used to spy on people, and can be used as a weapon.
Drones were previously restricted out safety concerns, but are now approved because of lobbying efforts of drone makers and customers. According to the New York Times the drone market is valued at $5.9 billion.
|Posted by [email protected] on August 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM|
Parker's Thoughts on Travon Martin Case: What I ask Zimmerman:
“If you were scared why did you chase him. If you were chasing him then Trayvon was defending himself when or if he punched you.
What about all the men in jail for shooting someone that shot at them first?
So, every street fight has the right to kill?”
America is watching.
|Posted by [email protected] on June 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM|
Presidents have come and gone and served their terms, but President Reagan's image of the welfare queen still reigns.
Despite welfare being gone for 15 years leading Republican candidates have brought the lady back to attack the president on his policies, and aid them in slashing programs of the like by calling him the food-stamp president.
Kaaryn, Gustafson author of 'Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty' in a CNN report says it's a symbol that won't die.
“This image of the lazy African-American woman who refuses to get a job and keeps having kids is pretty enduring. It's always been a good way to distract the public from any meaningful conversations about poverty and inequality.”
The only queen that black women are typically associated derived by Reagan in untruth and agenda keeps surfacing, leaving many to wonder will this leading lady lie swing votes in the upcoming election.
“It's one of those persistent symbols that comes up every election cycle,” said Gustafson.
Only time will tell, the effect this queen will have on the election.
|Posted by [email protected] on February 4, 2012 at 5:00 AM|
Do you think Champaign County should spend money on a new jail?
Local social justice groups ask for your support in saying NO to a new jail; and YES to first funding community-based prevention programs.
“We need to invest in people, if our community is improving less people will go to jail."- Tanya Parker
|Posted by [email protected] on October 15, 2011 at 7:35 PM|
By James K.
Nationally the unemployment rate continues to hover above 9%, nearly double that for African-Americans. This makes it hard for anyone to get a job. But as if it's not bad enough for everyone, some people have it even worse. I'm talking about those who have felony convictions, especially those who are on parole. In the past many thought of such people as outcasts-the marginalized troublemakers of society. Times have changed. There are more than thirteen million people in the U.S. walking around with felony convictions. We have something like five million people on parole and probation. We can't keep this many people at the margins forever. Read more in the Oct. 2011 issue of Unity in Action Magazine.