Washington Memo Blog

The Washington Memo blog offers quick updates on current issues and news relevant to work here at the MCC Washington Office. Here are some excerpts from recent blog posts:

Haitian campaign for trade justice

May 2, 2011

“A group made up of 19 organizations launched a campaign to say once and for all, ‘It’s enough!’

The text on this dramatic logo literally means: ‘It’s enough. Stop the death plan.’ In colloquial Creole, ‘plan lanmò,’ or the death plan, refers to the neoliberal policies that have been applied in Haiti primarily by means of free trade agreements and conditions on external loans.

The campaign seeks to sever Haiti’s adherence to the system of market-driven policies that have resulted in a violation of the majority of the population’s rights, including access to healthcare, education, clean water and safe housing….”


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“Out of reach” housing costs

May 2, 2011

“The lack of affordable housing in each area of the country can be staggering. For example, these statistics for persons earning minimum wage in different states make it clear that a 2-bedroom apartment at fair market rate is far from affordable:

•           In Indiana this person would have to work 76 hours per week.

•           In Pennsylvania, 89 hours per week.

•           In California, 131 hours per week.

•           In Kansas, 73 hours per week.

•           In Ohio, 73 hours per week.

•           In Virginia, 108 hours per week….”

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