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Nagging Inequity in the United States and Denial

Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2009 by daveroom

On November 5th, 2008, the country’s most popular newspaper, the Wall Street Journal  wrote “One promise of Obama’s victory is that perhaps we can put to rest the myth of racism as a barrier to achievement in this splendid country.”  In other words, all it takes now for anyone to get ahead – regardless of their background – is to work hard and play by the rules.

But if we take a closer look, the situation for black and brown folks here in the US is anything but equal.

Wealth and poverty:
the average black family has less than one-tenth the net worth of the average white family, and the average Latino family has one-eighth as much. Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans are also nearly 3 times as likely as whites to be poor; and Asians are 30% more likely.

over 80% of private sector management jobs are held by whites, with only 7% held by African Americans, and another 7% by Latinos. A recent Economic Policy Institute report noted that California’s unemployment rate reached 15.7% for Latinos and 15.3% for blacks, far surpassing the statewide rate of 11.9%.

Meanwhile, devastating cuts in education, health care, and transit services disproportionally impact. And let’s not forget the polluting power plants and oil refineries that are already in and expanding into low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.



Posted in Uncategorized on November 29, 2009 by daveroom

The Green Pill Inquiry is in start up mode and could go in many directions.  This work could help develop new ways of thinking and communicating about the shift and specific campaigns.  Get on the ground floor.

At moment, we have several openings for unpaid internships that involve:

  • Outreach/social marketing
  • Workshop development
  • Messaging
  • Grant writing

My vision is for internships to be paid for in the future, but that is not the current reality.  On the other hand, the work is more open and creative at this early stage.

We are looking for people whose life purpose will be served by working on the Shift and who have:

  • Strong ties to people of color communities.  Or at least a working understanding of ecological and climate justice.
  • Strong research, writing, brainstorming skills
  • Enthusiastic attitude
  • Graphic design, video editing are a plus
  • Ability to hold multiple perspectives
  • Knowledge of pop culture, art, nature, and/or history
  • Ability to work at home, be self starter.  Meet or call in at least once per week
  • Work independently – ability to let me know when you don’t have enough work or are stuck