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A Visualization of How Much It Costs to Live in California

What's New in News & Civics! | May 5, 2014 | 2 Comments

A Visualization of How Much It Costs to Live in California

Living in California may cost you more than you anticipated. Currently, the minimum wage in California is $8, but research shows a California resident needs to make $11/hour to pay for basic living expenses. Explore these interactive infographs created by KQED’s The Lowdown, with the help of Amy K. Glasmeier, an urban planning professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that show estimated monthly costs of basic expenses and the annual income needed to afford these expenses in different households.

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We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Civics in the Community | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

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?

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Making Fast-Food for Little Pay

Do Now: Government and Civics | September 6, 2013 | 153 Comments

Making Fast-Food for Little Pay

Last week, thousands of fast-food workers in more than 60 cities around the country hit the streets in front of McDonald’s, Subway, Wendy’s, KFC, and a number of other huge fast-food chains to demand higher wages and the ability to join a union.

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Are You Willing to Alter Your Fashion for Ethics? (Do Now #81)

Do Now | May 17, 2013 | 314 Comments

Are You Willing to Alter Your Fashion for Ethics? (Do Now #81)

Would you pay more for clothes if they were manufactured ethically i.e. produced in a factory with fair working conditions and wages? What would ethical shopping look like to you? Before answering, look at a garment that you recently purchased and find out the brand and where it was made. Take a picture and tweet it with the info (or post it in the comments section below).

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