The American Welfare Myth: Who Gets It and Why (You’ll Be Surprised)

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Here is a short documentary made by a professor at the University of California-Berkley about welfare and poverty. The idea for it came after the professor heard her students discussing welfare and government’s role in society. She was shocked to learn that these college-educated students, some of whom were on welfare themselves, harbored deep-seated, negative stereotypical attitudes and beliefs about welfare recipients. It was then that she realized that today’s young people have inherited the harsh Reagan-era ideology of how society should deal with the poor- mainly that welfare programs, like food stamps (now called SNAP), actually reinforce poverty by creating dependence on government assistance. After all, these programs are supposed to be temporary aid, so why should the poor get to live off them, right? Why can’t they just get up and work, right?

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If The Gap Can Raise Wages, So Can Walmart! (petition)

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From Credo Mobilize:

Walmart cannot be neutral when, despite its $17 billion in profits last year, it chooses to pay its employees so little that many are forced to rely on tax-payer programs. Pay your workers a minimum of $25,000 per year so they are not forced to rely on government assistance.

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Increasing the Minimum Wage Will Not Equal Disaster

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Republicans want us to believe that higher wages will lead to higher prices and lower employment. Studies have proven, however, that this is a myth based on faulty logic and misinformation.

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Stand With Striking Walmart Workers

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From CREDOAction.com:

“As Walmart associates, we have been standing up across the country for respect and fair wages and hours — and Walmart has tried to silence us along the way.

Walmart is among the most profitable companies in the U.S. and is owned by the Walton family, the richest family in America, yet many associates at Walmart must rely on food stamps and even go hungry because of low wages and a lack of full-time hours. So now some of us are speaking out and taking our message to Bentonville by going on strike, and standing up to Walmart’s retaliation against us when we speak out. “

To sign the petition, go to org.CREDOAction.com