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I woke up broke today

…And every day. How about you? I know many people besides me HAVE to be working class, HARD WORKING working class that is, and maybe even educated and can barely scrape by. 752 more words

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

In my new job as cashier at a busy Capital Blvd. grocery store, I often work nights and weekends. Yesterday (Friday), my shift started at 3:30 p.m., just in time to begin the late afternoon surge of just-off-work rush hour shoppers, and early evening surge of about-to-start-the-party Friday-night drinkers, bar-hoppers, and parking lot panhandlers. 1,829 more words

Working Poor

Cruising Along

I’m afraid.

Very afraid.

Last week after three years in the same ol’ job doing the same duties over and over, sacrificing my spirit and my years working on my days off, covering other people’s shift when they’re ill or resign, dealing with plenty of customers. 720 more words


Should Living Wage Minimums be Based on Individuals or Families?

by Brian T. Lynch, MSW

“No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country… By living wages, I mean more than a bare subsistence level — I mean the wages of a decent living.” (1933, Statement on National Industrial Recovery Act – Franklin Delano Roosevelt) 535 more words

The Jungle

I’ve been reading two books at once that share a similar depiction of life at the turn of the century. One, The Jungle takes place around 1904 in the U.S. 1,163 more words


They Took My Food Stamps Away

…Because I’m too poor.

Seriously. I’ll repeat that. They took my food stamps away because I am too poor.

Well, pretty much.

See, after I’d been receiving food stamps for a few months, the gummint asked me to provide an update to my situation. 253 more words