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How We Blame the Poor for Being Poor

What do you imagine when you think of American culture? I see bootstraps. When I think of American culture I think about personal responsibility and equal opportunity. I was raised on the idea that I could do anything I wanted to if I got an education. But today, that ideology seems to be a life outlook only available to the middle class and the wealthy. Here’s why: The wicked step sister of personal responsibility and equal opportunity is blame and shame. Specifically, we blame people experiencing economic hardship, unemployment, and poverty for their situations and tell them that it’s their …
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Understanding What it Means to be an Ally

Allies are important to social justice movements because they work as agents for social change. An ally is someone who supports and advocates for the equality, equity, dignity, and rights of oppressed people groups of which they are not a part. An ally is also someone who challenges people and systems who, consciously or unconsciously, perpetuate oppression against those oppressed groups. An ally’s job is to walk alongside the oppressed people group they are supporting. This comes in many different forms, ranging from being an outside support, doing behind-the-scenes work, or being a stranger calling out oppressive comments or behaviors. …
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“Did you miss our last newsletter?

“I have my life back” – Tracey’s Success By Tracey Gennrich, Daily Work Job seeker To have a job again, after a very long stretch, means I have my life back. I’ve never experienced a flood or fire, so I don’t know what that situation would be like, besides being terrible. But, at least in either of those instances, if you have insurance, you can begin to rebuild your life.  Without a job, your life is on hold. You have no idea when you’ll get another job and worry constantly about money. Just because you’re unemployed doesn’t mean the bills stop. …
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May Newsletter

“Connecting the Disconnected” A message from Executive Director Julie Hoff On May 13, nearly 250 people joined us at our third annual Steps to Success Luncheon. This year, we were fortunate to have Chris Farrell, author and economics commentator for MPR and Marketplace, as our emcee. He is a fabulous speaker and profound writer… and in his remarks, he talked about Crystal Palmer, a housing activist he met while doing a public radio documentary about Chicago’s efforts to transform public housing projects into mixed income communities. During the interview process, Palmer asked, “How do we connect the disconnected? That’s the key to success …
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Luncheon Message from Chris Farrell, Author/Journalist

Daily Work Steps to Success Luncheon – Welcome and Opening Comments by Emcee Chris Farrell Thank you. I’m honored to be here today. And welcome. It’s wonderful that some 250 people are here today to support Daily Work. The catchphrase of this moment is inequality. If you doubt that, just reflect on the remarkable fact that the most celebrated and controversial publication last year was a 600-plus page economics book by a once-obscure French economist, a dense book full of charts and graphs. Yes, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the 21st Century. I don’t think there is any question that as a …
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Owning a car isn’t just a luxury any more

Owning a car isn’t just a luxury any more. Today, owning a car might be the key to upward mobility for many people in poverty. A recent New York Times article summarizes two studies that basically have the same conclusion. According to the Times article “The relationship between transportation and social mobility is stronger than that between mobility and several other factors, like crime, elementary-school test scores or the percentage of two-parent families in a community, said Nathaniel Hendren, a Harvard economist and one of the researchers on the study.” What’s concerning for the Twin Cities is where the job growth …
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May is Recommitment Month

May is National Recommitment Month, so I find it very fitting to write a blog about never giving up on your goals. National Recommitment Month involves looking back at our New Year’s Resolutions and reviewing our progress. Some goals had to do with bettering our relationships with our loved ones, or losing those extra holiday pounds; regardless it’s time to ask yourself –  Have I made progress? Self-reflection is very crucial and necessary to grow and become a better version of yourself. It can be emotionally draining to  create a goal and then do little or nothing to pursue it. …
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Steps To Success Luncheon Reminder

Don’t miss out! If you don’t come on May 13, you’ll have to wait until next year! The Steps to Success Luncheon is on Wednesday! This year’s program is shaping up to be better than ever! Sign up now so you don’t miss out!  To sign up now – click here! This year’s event features: Minnesota Public Radio’s Chris Farrell. Chris is senior economics  contributor at Marketplace, an award-winning journalist, and author of four books, his latest is Unretirement: How Baby Boomers are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community and the Good Life. Two live testimonial speakers who will …
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Finding Strength and Support during the Job Search

Find Strength and Support at Daily Work Are you feeling down in the dumps about your job search? Do you feel stuck in a rut? I think everyone can empathize with this feeling sometimes. However, as I look around me I realize that there are people and organizations that want to help and support me. Daily Work is one of those agencies. We can provide both tactical help and support for you during your job search. One of the things we pride ourselves in at Daily Work is that fact that we meet people where they are at. You don’t have to …
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