Posts Tagged as ‘poverty’

Meet the 4 million women you should thank for your Thanksgiving meal

From our Restore Fairness blog- They’re the backbone of our food supply. Their hands sliced the chicken breast we had for lunch. Their sweat brought the fresh tomato to our plates. Their backs bent to pick the lettuce in our salads. They are America’s undocumented workers. Every day, on farms and factories across America, millions [...]

November 23, 2010 by ishita | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-side chats: Our talk with those behind HBO’s “A Small Act” who show the importance of small gifts

A young teacher from a modest home in Sweden sent a small donation through a school’s global education fundraiser. Years later, Hilde Back, a Holocaust survivor, discovers that her small act actually changed the lives of hundreds of children in Kenya, by changing the course of one man’s life, Chris Mburu. We were excited to [...]

July 12, 2010 by Priya | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

breakthrough beat: THIS THURSDAY – Breakthrough proudly co-sponsors “Nero’s Guests” at the HRW film fest

Breakthrough is a proud co-sponsor of a much talked about film, Nero’s Guests, at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival this Thursday, June 24. It is a moving documentary following committed activist and journalist P. Sainath as he speaks and writes about the thousands of farmers in India who commit suicide each year due to [...]

June 22, 2010 by Priya | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

guide to: 10 facts you don’t know about poverty and homelessness in the U.S.

Some shocking facts about the current state of poverty and homelessness in the United States.

May 20, 2010 by Annie | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

guide to: Ten things you should know about world literacy

Orginally posted on Causecast.org by SARAH NELSON, Contributing Writer 1. An estimated 26 percent of the global population, one billion adults around the world, are unable to read or write. 2. Two-thirds of illiterate adults are women. The gender education gap is improving, but girls are often given an inferior education to their male classmates [...]

March 30, 2010 by Stefani | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-activists: The Girl Effect has an effect on us

We’ve been fans of The Girl Effect for some time now. Just go to their site and click, “disagree.” They make absolute sense.  See – they show how communities benefit when women are educated because these women statistically having less children and are more likely to educate their children. And on average, women reinvest 90 percent [...]

February 24, 2010 by Stefani | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

because we found it: Is it a crime to help the poor?

Boston College sociology professor, Lisa Dodson, tracked America’s reaction to this economy in her new book, The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy. Dodson came across the idea when she was researching the difficulties of low-income workers. While interviewing a grocery store manager, he revealed how he felt his job was tainted [...]

February 22, 2010 by Stefani | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-activists: Martin Sheen tells us that poverty is not an accident- Watch The End of Poverty this week!

Along with being a renowned actor in film and television (I’m sure there are some West Wing buffs reading this), Martin Sheen has become known for his activism, be it anti-war efforts, his support of the rights of Latinos in the US, or his non-profit environmental organization. For his newest endeavor he provided the narration [...]

November 16, 2009 by ishita | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-activists: Mary Flanagan explores how radical game design can teach human values

In Videogames of the Oppressed, Gonzalo Frasca, poses some useful questions: Is it possible to design videogames that deal with social and political issues?  Could videogames be used as a tool for encouraging critical thinking? Do videogames offer an alternative way of understanding reality? A new book from MIT Press seeks to address these very [...]

September 1, 2009 by heidi | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

b-activists: Filmmaker shows what it’s like to be black in Israel

Shmuel Beru arrived in Israel at age 8 with the first wave of Ethiopian immigrants in 1984. Classmates, who’d never seen a black person before, rubbed his skin to see if the color would come off. Growing up, they called him the “chocolate boy” and worse. Today the actor-writer has turned his childhood struggle for [...]

August 10, 2009 by akshay | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

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