• money,  Occupy,  politics,  the ethical life

    A Handful of Ways to Reduce Poverty

    As I was becoming involved with my local Coalition Against Poverty, I found myself surfing the webpages of other poverty reduction groups. The Peterborough Poverty Network has a wonderful poster listing 101 Ways to Reduce Poverty. Many of their suggestions are local to Peterborough, but some of them are relevant anywhere. Some of them are not so much reducing poverty as helping to reduce the effects of poverty. I want to share a few of their suggestions, and a few of my own: A couple of their suggestions: Lobby your sports teams, clubs, etc to provide a few free memberships each year. Carpool. Exchange babysitting with other families. Contribute to charities in place of…

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    whose money is it?

    The retail store Lush promised that all London employees would be paid a livable wage. In the article explaining why, the founder talked about how employees were working 40 hour work weeks and then taking other jobs on the side to survive. But the part of the article I like most is this quote: He added: “I had given [£50,000] to the Dispossessed Fund because I careabout levelling the playing field in London, but I had to admit that the moneyI’d donated had, in reality, come out of the pockets of my employees.” I like this quote. The founder could have thought “I’m giving them a huge bonus out of…