Demographics of the long-term unemployed: “Four years after the official end of the Great Recession, millions of America’s workers continue to struggle to survive without a paycheck. This persistently high level of unemployment is the real cliff that threatens our economy. Lost wages, a smaller tax base, less consumer spending, and disproportionate growth in lower-wage sectors pose fiscal challenges for decades to come.
“This report—the first of two being released by the National Employment Law Project this spring—explores who the long-term unemployed are and how their ongoing estrangement from the labor force hurts the entire economy.” — National Employment Law Project Briefing Paper April 2013
SEN. WENDY DAVIS
Spotlight on Wendy Davis – The Democrats’ Big Hope: “Wendy Davis burst into the national political consciousness this summer as a feminist folk hero. She was a titan in pink tennis shoes, a single mother who became a lawyer, stood up to the Republican boys club and, against all odds, temporarily halted enactment of a restrictive abortion bill.
“Last week, a different side of the Democratic state senator emerged … “
“As it turns out, Davis’ story is more complicated and nuanced than legend would have it.” — Texas Tribune 9/1/13
AMERICAN SWING DANCING IN NAZI GERMANY
“The Swing Boys” of Nazi Germany (Video): “In the 1930s, Hamburg was a bastion of swing. Like many young people at the time. Heinrich Dringelburg was crazy about this US import, and became what was known as a “Swing Boy”. But when the Nazis came to power in 1933, swing was banned and many of its devotees arrested, including Heinrich Dringelburg.” — Deutsche Welle 9/1/13
SEPTEMBER 11 MUSEUM
National September 11 Memorial and Museum gets finishing touches (Photos and Video): “The memory of those lost on 9/11 will soon have a new home — in the sacred ground beneath the place where the twin towers once stood.
“Finishing touches are just now being put on the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, officials said Friday.
“Outfitting the museum has taken three years of painstaking work, but as New Yorkers and the rest of the world prepare for the 12th anniversary of the tragic day, solid progress has been made.” — New York Daily News 9/6/13