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Remnant of Plantation Life
A few years back, Columbia public relations guru Bud Ferillo made a film about several economically distressed counties that he dubbed the “Corridor of Shame.” This area, which stretched along Interstate 95 in South Carolina from Dillon County to Jasper County, got a lot of attention when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama toured an old Dillon middle school in the run-up to the 2008 election. But did you ever wonder whether South Carolina’s Corridor of Shame was an anomaly — or whether something similar was happening on the other sides of our state borders?
Or rather, helped build. Partially.
Last week I attended a straw bale house building workshop in West Virginia. The workshop was hosted by Andrew Morrison of StrawBale.com, who runs similar workshops all over the world where one can go and assist with the building of a bale house and learn all about it to go home and build one’s own.
Anything characterized by high energy, originality, humor and intelligence is bound to get my attention. I was at an annual fund-raising party for an alternative art center called Nexus in about 1986. Touring the studios I kept being distracted from the visual art by some very interesting Rock ‘n Roll. I wasn’t the only one. A large segment of the crowd was gathered around the Swimming Pool Qs in the courtyard. Once in their vicinity I was there for as long as they would play.
Less Than 6 Minutes
Instructions From the Top
This Side Of The Rainbow
Interactive Journalism At Its Most Delicious
Law & Disorder
With both hands
Enough Is Enough
The Fire Next Time
Lurking In The Dark
SC Writers' Essays
Irish Holiday 2013
Streams of Moted Light
Business As Usual
Here's Something Different
Bickering & Backbiting
Jeff Being Jeff
Pass The Rice Please
When Folks Made Do
Costco CEO Craig Jelinek supports raising the minimum wage.
Costco announced record profits today, averaging $10,000 in profit per employee compared to $7,400 at Walmart.
The secret to Costco’s success is paying employees well, providing benefits, and giving them an opportunity to unionize.
So large corporations’ excuses that treating & paying workers well would damage profits are all a crock of shit.
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On the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s poor people’s campaign: ‘We will march to ignite the revolution King called for’
May 11, 2013
Happening now! - The Poor Peoples March #PPCmarch2DC is entering the Baltimore center city. March to WashDC 40 miles. Source
The Poor People’s Campaign was a 1968 effort to gain economic justice for poor people in the United States. It was organized by MLK Jr, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and carried out in the wake of King’s assassination.
The Campaign demanded economic and human rights for poor Blacks, Chicanos, Native Americans, and Whites. After presenting an organized set of demands to Congress and executive agencies, participants set up a 3000-person tent city on the Washington Mall, where they stayed for six weeks.
Along these lines, Melissa Harris Perry will be hosting a two hour conversation tomorrow on her MSNBC show about poverty. The conversation will be starting from the presumption that poverty can be abolished, and will be focused on tactics for accomplishing that extremely important goal. I don’t usually recommend programming on corporate media (& I’d bet they’ll dance around actually saying the word ‘capitalism’ in the conversation tomorrow) but Melissa Harris Perry’s show is usually packed full of meaningful analysis and useful facts for discussing the week’s current events.
Truly, South Carolina politics is a gift that just keeps on giving.Gail Collins in her column, Guess Who’s Back! - NYTimes.com
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