Why Congress is Letting Unemployment Benefits Expire For 1.3 Million Americans

1525625_10152114344149111_1470227740_nThis is why Congress doesn’t care about extending unemployment…. The demographic it is most affecting isn’t the one that votes for them or represented in the house… 2014 is a time to wake up as a demographic and show all walks of government that we do vote and we vote for the issues that affect us. Let every politician know, they work for the people… So the people must speak. The fact that the unemployment lines are filled disproportionately with young Americans goes a long way to explaining why our elected officials are so comfortable letting the benefits expire.
” In 2012, nearly half of all unemployed Americans were under the age of 35, a cohort of the population represented by just seven members of the House of Representatives, or 1.6%. Of course, Americans aren’t eligible to be elected before the age of 25, but even if we include the next age group, the numbers don’t get much better: while 67% of unemployed Americans are between the ages of 16-44, that same group is represented by a paltry 61 House members, or 14%.” – Policy Mic

In the words of John Boehner, “When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it,” adding, “At a time when Americans are still asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’’why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?”

Do you agree with Mr Boehner???

Check out this article “What a Higher Minimum Wage Does for Workers and the Economy”

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Wal-Mart in Bronzeville

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I’ve heard people excited about the new Wal-Mart coming soon to Bronzeville on 47 Cottage (I’ve also heard about one being opened up on 39th and state). However, I fail to share their joy.  Yes, we need jobs in this community and a convenient place to shop. But, we need a livable wage and good food in our community not GMO fruit and meat and substandard treatment of those employed. Wal-Mart does not thrill me.
Does our community need another cash cow for developers? No, we need a nice mom and pop shop that cares about the community and can treat employees with the dignity and respect they deserve. If I’m working full time, I should not have to get on food stamps to sustain life, this is the case with many Wal-Mart employees. Bronzeville should just say no.

I’m in the $MOB are you?

Thanks to Mikkey Halsted and Rico Nance for being helpful and taking time out of their busy schedules!

Ya’ll have heard me talk so much about buying local and buying independent! NOW ITS TIME TO JOIN THE MOB! The $Mob that is… Check us out! Visit http://www.cash-mob.org for more information!

One reason why: If half the employed population spent $25 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $21.3 billion in revenue. MORE TO BUSINESSES & SCHOOLS!

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Why Buy Local?

Yesterday I started my one week (maybe longer) challenge to buy from Small, Community, and Local businesses (SCIL). This challenge is meant to look closely at the money I spend and how much I let leave my community. As a community we spend nearly $1 trillion and how much of that comes back into our community?

dollar-bilss-in-a-hole-money-going-down-the-tubeA study on the Chicago area completed in 2005 by Civic Economics, an economic analysis firm, found that for every $100 in consumer spending with a local business, $68 remains in the Chicago economy — and for every $100 spent at a chain, $43 remains in the Chicago economy.

If we were all to spend majority of our money our community the result would be huge! Have you heard of the multiplier effect? Well:

The multiplier effect is the boost to your local economy that results from locally-owned independent businesses, owners, and employees spending business revenue within the region. Typically, local independent businesses recirculate a much greater percentage of sales locally compared to absentee-owned businesses (or most locally-owned franchises).

This is not a new idea either… There are campaigns set in place to help you do just this… So after my one week challenge I am committing to the 3/50 project.

Screen Shot 2013-08-25 at 12.15.47 PMThe 3/50 project is a national campaign to support local business. It states that if half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally-owned stores, it would generate over $42.6 billion in revenue. 3/50 encourages people to choose three local businesses they couldn’t live without, then spend $50 at each one monthly.  Not hard right?

So take a week and look at where you spend your money then; after a week pick three businesses independently owned in the community that you would miss if they disappeared and support them monthly with $50.

According to Susan Witt, Executive Director of the E.F. Schumacher Society, “buy local” campaigns serve another function: alerting a community about gaps in the local market. For instance, if consumers keep turning to on-line or big-box stores for a particular product—say, socks—this signals an opportunity for someone local to make and sell socks.
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1903632,00.html#ixzz2d0EqAKkl

So Go Buy local and Carry On! keep-calm-and-buy-local-26

Here are some resources that can help! #SupportSCIL #BuyLocal #AshleyBuysLocal

The Buying SCIL Challenge

buy-local-and-carry-onToday I begin my SCIL Challenge…

What is that you may say… Oh let me tell you… SCIL is Small, Community, Independent & Local Businesses that is. So for one week only that’s what I’ll be shopping. It is time to take back the buying power and keep money in our community. (Read why here)

So for everything I need I will be shopping in my community, the community I work and the one in proximity of those… I have Identified Bronzeville to South Shore as my ‘Hood. I will be buying everything in the community in stores that are independently owned. I also have included farmers markets (as they are included in buying local).

This is not just a one week home run. This week is meant for me to truly push myself on where I spend my money and how. After this week (and already a bit for those that know me) I will continue to push myself to support these businesses.

Join me!

Here are some links to learn where to shop

Farmer’s Markets http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/farmers_market.html/

TheBlackMall http://theblackmall.com/

Eat Drink and Buy Local http://www.eatdrinkbuylocal.org/

Up Chicago http://www.upchicago.com/category/do-see/shopping-chicago/local-chicago-stores

So Buy Local and Carry On!

#BuyLocalChallenge  #SupportSCIL  #AshleyBuysLocal