Homeless on the Streets of Bakersfield: On the Move
This article looks at some instances where the homeless in Bakersfield are forced to constantly be on the move. A new app allows citizens to contact code enforcement when encampments are spotted. The authorities then encourage the homeless to leave with only what they can carry or risk arrest.
25 Best Safe Places to Park Overnight and Sleep in Your Car
If you are living in your car, van, or RV then one of the main issues you will face is finding a safe place to park and sleep every night. This articles discusses 25 of the best places to park overnight undisturbed.
Book Ladies: Heroic Librarians Delivering Books on Horseback
During the Great Depression, female librarians on horseback delivered books to remote cabins in the mountains of Appalachia. Through rugged terrain and harsh weather, they helped fight illiteracy as part of the Pack Horse Library Project.
7 Reasons Why Universal Basic Income Is Gaining Momentum
The idea of giving people a guaranteed paycheck is once again gaining momentum. Universal basic income is a concept that has been entertained by almost every government in modern history, and we might be heading to an inevitable future where cash handouts are the norm.
On the Streets of Bakersfield : Days at the Park
Many of the homeless in Bakersfield have sought refuge in the public parks. They provide a place with access to benches and shade, and even grills to cook food. Often there is access to water for hygiene or thirst. The parks represent a place where people can gather and feel safe.
Who Wins? Exploring Success and Failure in American Society
Poverty cycles, discrimination, social privilege, and other social controversies come to light when examining the social structure of life in the United States. Rather than considering these as random occurrences, we can identify them as systematic shortcomings fueled by an imperfect culture.
Swift's "A Modest Proposal": A Protest Against Penal Laws
Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay, "A Modest Proposal," serves to demonstrate how Ireland’s poverty under England’s penal law system has forced many Irish people to accept and commit otherwise repulsive feats in order to survive. It serves as a satirical critique of the system.
5 Ways You Can Help the Homeless in Your Community
Have you ever had an encounter with a homeless person and wanted to do more to help? Here are a few things that you can do throughout the year to make a difference.
Are Corporations Responsible for the Alleviation of Poverty?
Let's explore the possibilities for implementing cooperative initiatives as a means of transforming oppressive communities, thereby creating poverty-free societies.
Help for the Homeless: Causes, Realities, and Three Poems
What do we do when they fill up the streets, longing their eyes, and begging for change? When will we recognize the need to help our homeless brothers and sisters?
Now Is the Time for Universal Basic Income
Guaranteed basic income for all is not a utopian fantasy anymore; it's become a logical progression of late-stage capitalism. The idea has been around since Thomas Paine and the American Revolution, and it's an idea endorsed by economists and philosophers on both sides of the policial spectrum.
Homeless Periods: A Problem of Poverty, Dignity, and Personal Hygiene
Menstruating isn't considered fun by anyone, but having your period while being homeless sucks in its own special way. Learn how you can help people dealing with both homelessness and menstruation.
Examining Dave Ramsey's Advice to Eat Rice and Beans for a Year
Dave Ramsey's simple plan to save money and pay down debt contributes to the tension between the "haves" and food assistance recipients.
Poverty Kills More People Every Year in the U.S. Than Heart Disease or Cancer
Poverty kills more people every year than any other cause and contributes to even more deaths. Why doesn't anybody care?
Social Problems: Homelessness in the United States
A look at a growing problem in the United States and elsewhere. The homeless community is a part of the fabric of this nation and yet what to do about it?
13 Poor Life Choices That May Lead to Homelessness
Many claim homelessness is caused by one thing: making stupid, destructive, and completely avoidable choices. This article examines and debunks some of those "poor choices." Have you ever made any of them?
How to Use Your EDD Debit Card to Foil Bank of America
Every time you swipe your EDD debit card, you are giving Bank of America money. Don't allow this predatory corporate bank to capitalize on your misfortune. Here's how to stop letting them profit off of your unemployment benefits.
Peter Singer’s Views on Our Obligations to the Destitute and Poor
A look at Peter Singer's 1971 classic essay, "Famine, Affluence and Morality," as well as criticism by John Arthur and Garrett Hardin.
Common Stereotypes and Misconceptions About Homeless People
Explore the most common stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions about homeless people in America.
Sweatshop Company Accountability
As companies seek to cut costs, they go to places where there are few or no regulations so they can pay labor as little as possible. Out of this emerges sweatshops where working conditions are brutal, with people working 15 hours a day, seven days a week and make about 40 dollars US per month.
Waianae Ghetto: Is It Safe on the West Side of Oahu, Hawaii?
The economic hardships—unemployment, substandard housing, homelessness, and inferior education—have devastated Oahu. Is the west side of Oahu still safe?
The Homelessness Problem: 6 Causes and Possible Solutions
So many of the homeless are veterans, children, elders, and disabled people. Here are six ideas to help end homelessness.