Occupy, Economics & Movement Building

The Occupy movement has spectacularly united progressive forces with a base. In the month from initial occupation on Wall Street in New York, there are now, according to OccupyTogether, over a hundred occupied cites in the U.S., (and five internationally) and over a thousand meetups being organized around the Occupy movement. Facebook lists nearly 500 "Occupy" groups. The Occupy movement is important to support.

Chopped Liver Asians, Recession, Bumbling Heroes, Muslim Attitudes

Are Asian Americans "chopped liver" to the Obama administration? The Asian Pacific Islaner Caucus in Congress has yet to get a meeting with the President 33 months into his administration. Though the administration recently agreed to meet them, Rep. Mike Honda complained about the lengthy delay and asked "What are we? Chopped Liver?" On the other hand, the President has only met once with the Black Caucus.  

SF Coalition Wins Wage Theft Ordinance

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a ordinance August 2 increasing penalties and monitoring of employers who fail to pay their workers. Though non-payment of wages is currently illegal, the ordinance strengthens the city's Office of Labor Standards Enforcement's ability to enforce its labor laws. Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign the ordinance. A progressive coaltion of community and workers organizations championed the new city law and had organized a vibrant campaign to win passage.

No longer the richest,

A recent analysis indicates that Asian median household wealth fell by over half between 2005 and 2009. Asian median household wealth had been greater than whites, but they now trail them significantly - $113K to 78K. Even more shocking is the low level of median household wealth among African Americans and Hispanics, less than $6K. One in five Asian households have zero or negative wealth.