A man raises his fist in solidarity among a protest outside a Wal-Mart in Pico Rivera, California on October 4, 2012. Wal-Mart workers at the  Pico Rivera store became the first in the country to go on strike, but activists say the corporation retaliated by closing the store and others "for repairs." (Flickr / UFCW International / Aurelio Jose Barrera)
27 Nov 2015

Black Friday: Walmart Spies On Workers As Fight For 15 Continues

Today is Black Friday and retail giant Walmart is again dealing with a series of protests and worker strikes over the company’s unwillingness to provide its workers a living wage and benefits. This year the protests are paralleled by a week long drive to get Walmart workers food for the

File: Produce at a market in the Bronx, New York, photographed on April 21, 2012. (Flickr / BEV Norton)
25 Nov 2015

VIDEO: Fighting The School To Prison Pipeline With Food And Land Justice

Jalal Sabur & Raymond Figueroa are using fresh food to rebalance the scale and dig up the school to prison pipeline. Plus: Food access in South Bronx.

A collection of dirty coins seen inside the bottom of a piggy bank. (Flickr / JJ)
30 Oct 2015

100 CEO Retirement Accounts Equal To Savings Of 50M Families

A new report calculates that the retirement assets of just 100 CEOs add up to as much as the entire retirement account savings of 41% of American families.

Empty drug test cup (micahb37 on Flickr)
08 Oct 2015

Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Was Waste Of Time And Money

Tennessee has spent $11,000 drug testing applicants & an undisclosed amount administering the program – and only 0.19% tested positive for illegal drug use.

File: A Minneapolis traffic control agent places a parking ticket on a car windshielf. (Flickr / Daniel Guy)
14 Sep 2015

Modern Debtors Prison: Alabama Jailing Residents Over Tickets

According to a federal class action lawsuit filed in Alabama this month, the city of Alexander is incarcerating people who are unable to pay court fees and fines in a modern-day debtors prison. The suit argues the practice not only constitutes false imprisonment, but also violates inmates’ Fourth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the Constitution.

Bill Clinton signs the "Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act" in 1996. (Wikimedia Commons / Social Security Administration)
04 Sep 2015

1996 Welfare Reform Law Caused Increase In Extreme Poverty

The 1996 welfare reform law championed by the Clinton Administration known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act was supposed to bring in a new era and “end welfare as we know it.” In some sense it did, as the consequence of the law has been a considerable increase in extreme poverty in America.

Activists carry signs demanding fair wages and "jobs with justice" outside a Chicago-area Walmart at a Black Friday protest on November 28, 2014. Although the protests successfully put pressure on the company, gains by Walmart workers were short-lived as the corporation increased wages but cut worker hours. (Flickr / UFCW International Union)
31 Aug 2015

Walmart Increased Wages Only To Later Cut Hours

Late last year, in response to a series of strikes by workers and protests by activists, Walmart agreed to raise wages so that many of the company’s workers received at least a meager $9 an hour in 2015. Unfortunately, Walmart’s entire business model is based on severely exploiting workers in the US, so the order has now come down from Walmart executives to cut workers’ hours to lower company costs.

A group of mostly women taking part in the Moral March in Raleigh, N.C. on February 8, 2014, part of a crowd of about 100,000 that came out to support diverse causes. One holds a sign which reads "Up Up With Education, Down Down With Deportation." (Flickr / Stephen Melkisethian)
28 Aug 2015

The Poor Are Never The Enemy: Talking With Shadowproof Readers

In Shadowproof’s Mailbag: Our borders are under invasion (from refugee children?)! Poor people are lazy and just don’t want to work. Why is the corporate-owned media telling us to hate other poor people and ignore the global 1%? Also: Campaign Zero, Ferguson, and people’s movements for revolutionary change.

File: A young girl plays on a concrete tortoise at a playground. (Flickr / Lars Plougman)
25 Aug 2015

Almost One-Third Of Children Live In Poverty In ‘The Richest Nation In The World’

The financial collapse of 2008 and the absence of true economic recovery in the years since has left millions more children in poverty than before the recession. About 22 percent of American children live in poverty, and even that figure may not fully account for all those who are struggling.