Ad Campaign by Amnesty International Switzerland
it’s a song about love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land. r.i.p.
“once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. and when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.” - pete seeger
(photo annie lebowitz)
consumer spending accounts for 70% of the u.s. economy, and the middle class accounts for 70% of consumer spending. but a shrinking middle class shut out of the nation’s economic gains means less consumer spending, which means fewer jobs and lower wages, which means less government revenue for investment in education, research and training
the spending habits of the super rich won’t make up for the drop in consumer demand, and most of their money is put back into the non-job creating financial sector. their money is also spent lobbying congress - 4 billion in 2010, up from1.5 billion in 1998 - for lower taxes and financial deregulation. but as these graphs show, a rising tide does not lift all boats. in fact, america is nearly the most wealth-unequal country in the world. consider:
- 42% of every american child born into poverty will remain in poverty.
- the 400 richest americans own as much wealth as the poorest 150 million americans.
- in 1970, the top 1% of earners took home 9% of the nation’s total income. today, the top 1% control more than 35% of the nation’s wealth.
- in 1983, the poorest 47% of americans accounted for 2.5% of the nation’s wealth. in 2009, the poorest 47% of americans accounted for 0% of the nation’s wealth
- the federal minimum wage is worth 20% less than it did in 1981. if minimum wage kept up with the inflation, today it would be $10.74
- in the 1970’s, the average ceo earned 50 times more than the average employee. by the 2000’s it was 350 times more. the average ceo makes $5,000 an hour.
- in the 1990’s, americans worked 300 more hours a year on average than workers in all other developed nations, though wages have remained stagnant or dropped.
The Cure///three imaginary boys
Hunter’s office, Big Sur.
Enjoy your weekend.
GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS
Smart work on the street, from a sharp artist and close homie of ours — whatup GILF! The last two images are from a building where the landlord recently got old school NYC, and destroyed the building to displace rent-stabilized tenants. They’re in court now. See the video here.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney in Liverpool.
Sean Rowe covering Cat Power’s “Colors and the Kids.” Absolutely transcendent.