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Citing Tax Avoidance of the Country’s Richest Family and Largest Employer, Taxpayers Deliver $7.8 Billion Tax Bill to Walmart Chairman 15.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Walmart workers and taxpayers in Phoenix delivered a $7.8 billion tax bill to Rob Walton, Walmart Chairman, in reaction to the news that the country’s largest retailer and richest family received an estimated $7.8 billion in tax breaks and subsidies in 2013.

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Walmart Supports Raising Public Food Benefits -- For Its Own Profit 9.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
They say politics makes strange bedfellows. They also say poverty is just another profit opportunity, at least over at Walmart. Walmart supports an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) benefits, to erase the cuts Congress voted into place last fall. Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line . Poverty Pays In its required 10K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Walmart was oddly blunt about what the SNAP cuts may do to its bottom line: Our business operations are subject to numerous risks, factors and uncertainties, domestically and internationally, which are outside our control. These factors include... changes in the amount of payments made under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan and other public assistance plans, [and] changes in the eligibility requirements ...
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Getting Walmart Workers Off Food Stamps Would Cost Customers Barely Anything 9.4.2014 Yahoo: Business

Getting Walmart Workers Off Food Stamps Would Cost Customers Barely AnythingWould you be willing to spend one penny more for a box of macaroni and cheese if it meant that Walmart workers would no longer need food stamps to survive? Because that's all it would cost, according to an analysis by American Public Media’s Marketplace. While it's unclear how many of Walmart's workers are on food stamps, as many as 15 percent of the company's employees in Ohio are.


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Emissions Must Be Cut If We Are to Tackle Hunger 7.4.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) today opens its meeting in Berlin to finalize its landmark report on cutting global emissions. This comes just a week after it met in Japan, where governments acknowledged that climate change will have a bigger affect on food production than stated in the IPCC’s previous report seven years ago.

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Food Stamps Don't Keep Walmart's Prices Low, They Keep Its Profits High 4.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
" The same company that brings in the most food stamp dollars in revenue -- an estimated $13 billion last year -- also likely has the most employees using food stamps." The name of the mammoth food stamp-reliant company is no secret: Walmart. As journalist Krissy Clark notes in Marketplace's valuable new series " The Secret Life of the Food Stamp ," Walmart benefits from food stamps in multiple ways, as taxpayers both underwrite the company's food sales and also subsidize its payroll costs. There is no doubt that food stamps (and a host of other public subsidies from Medicaid to home heating assistance to the Earned Income Tax Credit and beyond) reduce Walmart's employment costs substantially. A study released last year by staff of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce found that a single 300-employee Walmart Supercenter may cost taxpayers anywhere from $904,542 to nearly $1.75 million per year. Consider that the working people who turn to food stamps to supplement inadequate wages are ...
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10 Things You Can't Buy With Food Stamps 4.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In eighth grade I was terrible in home-economics class because I had little appreciation for how practical the skills would be some day. I regret not being able to sew; how much money would we all save if we could do even basic sewing? I also regret not learning more about cooking. I can cook the basics just fine, but I wish I could be creative so that I could stretch our dollars without spending three hours on the Internet looking at recipes I don't understand. I wish I had learned to shop more efficiently, to read food labels, and so forth, because when I had to enter the big, bad world on my own, it was harsh. And I'm not alone. A February report from the Williams Institute revealed that in the last year, 2.4 million LGBT adults (29 percent) experienced a time when they did not have enough money to feed themselves or their family. This is known as being food-insecure -- or hungry. Findings released in June 2013 (Pride Month!) were also dismaying: Some 14.1 percent of lesbian couples and 7.7 percent of ...
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Sarah Palin: Paul Ryan's Budget Is 'The Definition Of Insanity' 2.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hammered Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) newest budget proposal in a Facebook post Tuesday, mocking the House Budget Committee Chairman’s proposal as a "joke." “The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke," she wrote. "But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem." Ryan's proposal, unveiled Tuesday, would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over the next decade through steep cuts to numerous social programs, including food stamps, Medicaid and pensions for federal workers. Palin, however, characterized Ryan’s Republican budget plan as a weak attempt to address wasteful government spending. “[I]nstead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so. THIS is the definition of insanity,” Palin wrote. "As my Dad would say after these April Fool’s announcements, 'This would kill a ...
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U.N. Climate Panel Issues Dire Warning of Threat to Global Food Supply, Calls for Action & Adaption 2.4.2014 Democracy Now!
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its most dire warning yet about how greenhouse gases have driven up global temperatures and extreme weather, while threatening sources of food and water. "Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hot spots of hunger," the report says. We are joined by two climate scientists who helped write the IPCC's report: Princeton University Professor Michael Oppenheimer and Saleemul Huq, a climate scientist at the International Institute for Environment and Development in London. We are also joined by Tim Gore, head of policy for Food and Climate Justice at Oxfam. "[Fossil fuel companies] are the drug suppliers to the rest of the world, who are junkies and hooked on fossil fuels," Huq says. "But we don't have to remain ...
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Chairman Ryan's Budget: "More Poverty, Less Opportunity" 2.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new “Path to Prosperity” is, sadly, anything but that for most Americans.  Affluent Americans would do quite well.  But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to more adversity.  The budget documents that Chairman Ryan issued today laud his budget for promoting “opportunity,” even as his budget slashes Pell Grants to help low- and moderate-income students afford college by more than $125 billion over ten years and cuts the part of the budget that funds education and job training (non-defense discretionary funding) far below the already low sequestration levels.  The budget documents also claim to help the poor, even as the Ryan budget shreds key parts of the safety net; for example, it resurrects the draconian benefit cuts in SNAP (food stamps) that the House passed last fall and adds $125 billion of SNAP cuts on top of them. The budget also swells the ranks of the uninsured by at least 40 million people.  It repeals the Affordable ...
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Paul Ryan Unveils House GOP Budget, Claiming Balance 1.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is rolling out an updated budget plan that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over the coming decade. The Republican proposal also would balance the government's books by cutting food stamps, health care for the poor and working class, and programs like Pell Grants for low-income college students and pensions for federal workers.

Ryan's plan steers away from cuts to benefits for senior citizens, at least in the short term, but reprises a voucher-like Medicare program for future retirees that provides the basis for GOP claims that the measure would drive down government debt over the long term. The plan promises a balanced budget within a decade and should skate through the Budget Committee on Wednesday. Floor action next week is less certain.
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How A Government Computer Glitch Forced Thousands Of Families To Go Hungry 27.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Camilla Lewis and her son, Jamarri, did not receive food stamp payments for three months. (Photo: Gerry Smith/Huffington Post) WAKE FOREST, N.C. -- Janette Simon has four chicken legs and five kids to feed. Her freezer is bare. And her latest trip to the food pantry yielded little else for dinner this night: a bag of day-old croissants, a box of Corn Flakes, and some canned goods. She slathers barbecue sauce on the chicken, slides the pan in the oven, and begins her nightly ritual of distracting her five children from hunger. The 44-year-old single mother often skips dinner herself. She hides Ramen noodle packets in her closet to ration food. She tells her two youngest kids to play outside “so they ain’t thinking about eating.” “That’s what I have to worry about,” she says. “I gotta look at these kids with their sad faces and no food.” On the 13th of every month, she has counted on seeing a $600 payment on her food-stamp debit card. But now, that payment is a month late. ...
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Headlines for March 26, 2014 26.3.2014 Democracy Now!
Obama: Gov't Needs to Win Back Public's Trust with Surveillance Reforms, Snowden: Curbs on Bulk Collection a "Turning Point" in Surveillance Debate, Mudslide Toll Hits 24; Report Warned of "Catastrophic" Land Instability, GM Hid Fatal Safety Defects from Victims' Families, BP Refinery Used for Tar Sands Oil Leaks into Lake Michigan, Corporate Challenge to Contraception Coverage Heard by Supreme Court, Admin Extends Deadline for Healthcare Enrollment, 80 Killed in Iraq Violence, U.N.: Death Sentences for Morsi Supporters Violate International Law, Obama: "Regional Power" Russia Acted "Out of Weakness", European Protesters Urge Obama to Close Gitmo, 7 Undocumented Immigrants Block Detention Center in Alabama, Immigrant Detainees Resume Hunger Strike in Washington State, CBO: Immigration Reform Would Trim Deficit by $900B over 20 Years, Wrongly Convicted Prisoner Released After 32 Years Behind Bars
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25 Percent Of People In Mississippi Can't Afford Food 26.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A number of on-the-ground groups are working to address the plaguing hunger problem in Mississippi. Learn more about their missions and how you can help below: Mississippi Food Network To reduce poverty-related hunger, the Mississippi Food Network distributes donated and purchased food and grocery products to its network of churches and nonprofits, and provides nutrition education to its clients. Find out how you can help here and here. No Kid Hungry Mississippi In Mississippi, 27 percent of children struggle with hunger, an issue No Kid Hungry hopes to tackle by connecting youngsters with school breakfast and summer and after-school programs. It also works to teach low-income families how to cook healthful and affordable meals. Find out how you can help here. Oxford Lovepacks After a teacher at a local school in Oxford, Miss., noticed that a child had taken unfinished milk cartons from his classmates’ trays because he wasn’t getting enough food at home, she decided to launch Oxford ...
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Climate Change Could Delay The Fight Against World Hunger For Decades: Report 25.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate Change Could Delay The Fight Against World Hunger For Decades: Report
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From Within Private 'Deportation Machine,' Hunger Strikes Spread 20.3.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
(Photo: Gustavo Rangel / RUMBO) A hunger strike and work stoppage at an immigrant detention center in Takoma, Washington has spread to a similar facility in Conroe, Texas, where at least 120 people on Wednesday entered their third day without food to protest abusive conditions and rising deport read ...
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Inside Private 'Deportation Machine,' Hunger Strikes Spread 20.3.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
(Photo: Gustavo Rangel / RUMBO) A hunger strike and work stoppage that swept a privately-run immigrant detention center in Takoma, Washington has spread to Conroe, Texas, where at least 120 people at a similar facility on Wednesday entered their third day without food to protest abusive conditi read ...
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Headlines for March 18, 2014 18.3.2014 Democracy Now!
Putin: Crimea an "Integral Part" of Russia; U.S. Imposes New Sanctions, Obama Hosts Abbas in Push for Framework Deal, 15 Killed in Afghan Suicide Bombing, Lawmakers Seek Answers on Lack of Mortgage Fraud Prosecutions, Immigrant Detainees Launch Hunger Strike at 2nd GEO-Owned Prison, GM Recalls Another 1.6M Cars as CEO Admits "Terrible" Consequences, Admin Delays Vote on Surgeon General Nominee After Gun Control Stance Draws Opposition, ACLU Files Suit Against Idaho "Ag-Gag" Law
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Last Hunger Strikers At Detention Center Eat Breakfast 14.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
SEATTLE (AP) — After six days of refusing food, the last four immigrants on a hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma have eaten a little bit of food.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the four detainees had a few bites of breakfast Thursday morning, but they remain under medical observation because of how long they have been without nutrition. The hunger strike began Friday at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma with hundreds of participants refusing to eat to call for better treatment and an end to deportations.

Immigrant-rights activists say detainees are seeking better food and treatment, as well as to be released on bond while their cases are heard.

The agency also says that four people skipped dinner Wednesday night in protest, but ate breakfast Thursday.
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The Right's Poverty Plan: Shame Poor Kids and the Vaginas That Birthed Them 13.3.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Sadhbh Walshe

So many of life’s problems could be solved, according to conservative provocateur Ann Coulter, if the poor could just learn to keep their knees together until they got married – and if their wealthy and educated counterparts just weren’t afraid to shame them into doing so.

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UN Report Calls for Radical, Democratic Food System 11.3.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Photo via Flickr / desfilhesjm / Creative Commons License The current global food system needs to be "radically" and "democratically" changed in order to alleviate global hunger and serve human rights over the profits of major agribusiness corporations, according to a report rele read ...
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