The term ‘slavery’ conjures up images of shackles and White-owned transatlantic ships, depictions relegated firmly to the past and invariably but wrongly attributed to Europeans.
For as long as Europe has existed the family plot or garden provided sufficient food to feed even large families. The domestic garden gives a household almost total independence from reliance.
The Victorian Workhouse was an institution that was intended to provide work and shelter for poverty stricken people who had no means to support themselves. With the advent of the Poor Law system, Victorian workhouses, designed to deal with the issue of pauperism, in fact became prison systems detaining the most vulnerable in society.
Massachusetts police officer Matt Lima became a US news hero after setting an example of kindness and compassion for those in need over the Christmas holidays.
A full list of suspected British wartime anti-war activists, including the 12th Duke of Bedford, the British Union of Fascists (BUF) leader Sir Oswald Mosley and many others of the upper classes who would have been arrested or were arrested and imprisoned in the event of British war against the German Reich, has been released for the first time at the National Archives.
Whatever else changes Capitalism never does. Christmas Day in America, 1/7 Americans exist miserably on incomes that put them on hunger risk. Over 15 million American children rely on food banks for assistance. Food insecurity blights every single U.S county; more than 31 million American children live on incomes that qualify for subsidised lunches. Nearly 40 per cent of America’s homeless are under 18-years of age.
During the Irish famine (1845 – 1849), an estimated 500,000 people were dispossessed of their cottages. Unscrupulous landlords used two methods to remove destitute tenants. The first involved applying for a legal judgment against the male head of a family owing back-rent. After the local barrister pronounced judgment, the man would be thrown in jail and his wife and children evicted. A ‘notice to appear’ was usually enough to cause most pauper families to flee and they were handed out by the hundreds.
Fast-track rising poverty in the UK is expected to worsen due to economy-crippling policies peddled by politicians and corporate media as necessary to stop the spread of Covid-19, a new study has found.
As Christmas approaches we are reminded that this is the ‘time for giving’. Unfortunately, charities increasingly resemble the fatted goose as they take full advantage of people’s charitable natures.
The poorest communities in Conservative-ruled Britain have been hit hardest during the Covid-19 pandemic. BBC analysis shows the death rate from all causes between April and June this year in the most deprived areas was nearly double that of deaths in the least deprived parts of England.