News & Civics | August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Presidential candidates argue back and forth about the value of the “safety net”, but what exactly is it? In general, the safety net refers to the various government funded social welfare programs such as food stamps and subsidized health care that help lift lower income individuals and their families out of poverty. However, liberals […]
News & Civics | July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
While the Occupy Wall Street protests have died down, income inequality, the issue that sparked the movement in the first place, still remains a problem. In 2012, more than half of the income in America went to the top 10% of wage earners.
Do Now | June 20, 2014 | 241 Comments
Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said, “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” For weakest members, read poorest citizens. 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — are now counted as living in poverty. According to the US Census Bureau this poverty rate has remained roughly at this same level since 2011.
What's New in News & Civics! | April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
Is it time for a raise in America? The hotly debated question of whether or not the federal government should raise the minimum wage has reached Congress once again. In the meantime, many states and cities have taken the issue into their own hands by setting their own minimum wage.
Civics in the Community | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Are American workers in need of a raise? Last week, students across the country debated about whether or not the minimum wage should be increased in our #DoNowWages post. We asked students What is an appropriate minimum wage for where you live? In other words, what is the basic amount of pay per hour that a worker in your city would need to earn in order to make ends meet?
News & Civics | March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
While America is supposedly recovering from the Great Recession in 2008, the American household does not show the same type of growth. The U.S. Census Bureau released a series of 2012 income data that shows the average household income has not changed between 2011 and 2012.
What's New in News & Civics! | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Crime rate can be caused by a wide variety of factors, from a small police force to the quality of education in the city. As a result, criminologist warn people against creating overarching assumptions that one factor, such as unemployment, is directly related to the crime rate in cities.
What's New in News & Civics! | February 24, 2014 | 1 Comment
America is described as “The Land of Opportunity,” a place where people are instilled with the idea of how hard work opens up countless educational and financial opportunities, no matter what social class you are born into. But, is social mobility really possible for everyone?
News & Civics | September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
Governor Jerry Brown approved California’s first set of regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Also known as fracking, this particular technique creates ruptures that release oil or natural gas. KQED’s The Lowdown explores what this will mean for oil drillers, possible environmental concerns, and how it will impact not only California, but also the nation. Animated Explainer: What’s […]