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  1. p/s says:

    “A growing number of Americans are going hungry : 26 million now say they don’t have enough to eat, as the pandemic worsens and holidays near” (Washington Post Nov 25, 2020) https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/business/hunger-coronavirus-economy/?itid=ap_toddc.%20frankel&itid=lk_interstitial_manual_13
    “One in six Americans could go hungry in 2020 as pandemic persists : With the holidays nearing, miles-long food lines are a hint at how hunger in America could soon surpass the peak of the 2007 recession.” (National Geographic 11/24/20)
    ‘Not $300. Not $600. $1,200 at a Minimum’: Bernie Mobilizes Progressive Forces for Direct Cash Stimulus : “Corporate welfare? Endless amounts of money,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Now when children are going hungry in America and so many families are struggling, suddenly we don’t have enough money?” https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/10/not-300-not-600-1200-minimum-bernie-mobilizes-progressive-forces-direct-cash
    “A Modest Proposal” by Dr. Jonathan Swift (1729)

  2. p/s says:

    🔺”A Florida man just paid off the past dues for 114 families at risk of having their utilities shut off” https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/10/us/florida-utility-bills-paid-trnd/index.html
    🔺”A nationwide ban on evictions is the only thing standing between millions of jobless Americans and homelessness — and it’s set to expire Dec. 31. https://publicintegrity.org/health/coronavirus-and-inequality/without-financial-assistance-renters-brink-of-eviction/
    🔺”In November, renters were estimated to be $17 billion to $18.8 billion behind in payments to their landlords. The consulting firm that prepared the report, STOUT, estimates by January, renters will be up to $24.5 billion behind.” https://www.ncsha.org/resource/stout-rental-and-eviction-live-data/
    🔺”In addition to the 12 million workers who will see their CARES Act benefits expire on December 26, an estimated 4.4 million workers will have already exhausted CARES Act benefits before this cutoff—and all of these workers will be heading into 2021 with little or no aid available to them.” https://tcf.org/content/report/12-million-workers-facing-jobless-benefit-cliff-december-26/
    🔺”Unemployment Claims Jump, Casting New Shadow Over U.S. Economy : The recent coronavirus surge is taking a toll on jobs that one economist calls “a slow-moving disaster.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/10/business/economy/unemployment-claims.html
    See also https://www.vox.com/22159023/covid-economic-stimulus-bill-congress

  3. Footnote says:

    “The billboards that sold the American Way, 1937-1940” https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/the-american-way-billboards/ The billboards were designed for and distributed by the National Association of Manufacturers.
    “The billboards, designed by the Campbell-Ewald Company, numbered 45,000 nationwide and were placed in every city with a population of over 2,500, reaching an estimated 65 million Americans daily.”
    See also “The Engineering of Consent” by Edward Bernays https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Engineering_of_Consent

  4. Working stiff says:

    (12/27/20): “As millions of Americans end 2020 sick, jobless, hungry, indebted, or at risk of losing their homes, it’s unimaginable that at the other end of the spectrum, the wealthy, shielded from much of this misfortune, became even richer this cursed year.
    But this is the reality of 2020. The same forces that made this year so awful for most people helped a select few add immense wealth.
    As more than 20 million people were receiving unemployment benefits and Congress held back too long on passing a second round of stimulus, American billionaires’ wealth had increased by $931 billion by the fall — more than the entire economy of the Netherlands.” https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/venessawong/2020-pandemic-inequality-rich

    “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
    John F. Kennedy [Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]

  5. Mike says:

    “Storehouse New Mexico receives 4M donated meals from grocery store company” https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/storehouse-new-mexico-receives-4m-donated-meals-from-grocery-store-company/
    “New Mexico ranks among the worst states in the nation for food insecurity with nearly 20% of New Mexicans wondering where they will get their next meal from. According to the Storehouse, during the pandemic, one in three children in New Mexico are going hungry.”

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