Non Profit Community Can Stimulate Black’s Economy

Non Profit Community Can Stimulate Black’s Economy

 

We all know that working in the non profit sector is no get rich scheme. Often you work longer hours and earn less pay in the non profit sector.  Just like a for profit organization a non profit organization has to turn a buck to be economically feasible and sustainable.  The reward in the non profit sector is that often you can do something you enjoy doing that is fulfilling in your life.  It is a great opportunity to help people.

 

A lot of non profit organizations however are losing their 503 c 3 status, because they are not properly filling out their tax returns.  This is sad that it is happening at a time when more people than ever need the help of the non profit sector.

 

What is the real difference between the non profit organization and a for profit corporation?  The real difference between for profit and non profit is how the money earned from the corporations is paid out to the people. This is beyond the scope of this article.

 

Understanding that we live in a consumer driven economy and the black community is the underserved and underdogs of America.  An interdependent black community can be an essential part of the rebuilding of America’s economy.  We at the National Community Network and Coalition of Highlands, INC (NCNCHINC) believe that a dead economy is economics not in motion.  People are not working because consumer spending is down, because people are not working.  It is a catch 22!  If we as a community put people back in motion, people will be able to spend more and it would put people back to work. What is work?  It is the inclusion into the labor force for compensation.

 

The only way the black community is going to rebound from the economic crisis, which is a depression among blacks is to recycle.  When I say recycle I am talking about moving money within the community and keeping it in the community as long as necessary to produce more revenue.  How can this be done?

 

We have to have a community business plan incentive.  Everyone cannot be a beer jug joint or drug dealer.  We need essential business institutions to sustain our economic stability.  We need a grocery store with food in it. We need our own laundry mate.  We need within the community a hair solon and barbershop that also sells hair supplies.  We need entrepreneurs to step up and sell vegetables on stands daily in some of our vacant lots and compensate the land owners for the use of his property; they too have to pay taxes.  We need black media to define our black people.  We need restaurants so we can stop handing our money to McDonald’s and the Illuminati.  We need affordable housing and daycare. I can go on but the article will never end.  The Honorable Rev. Frank Paul Jones says we need us to take back our community and stop the oppression of our own people for crumbs. 

 

We need eat the meat, through non profit leadership!

 

 

 

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Labor Unions Creates Jobs & Better Economic Conditions

Labor Unions Creates Jobs & Better Economic Conditions

 

When most people thinks of Labor Unions they think of the AFL-CIO and the Change to Win Federation which is the two largest Unions in the United States.  When we think of Labor Unions, we think of organizations that advocate for living wages, good working conditions and good benefits for its members. 

 

The Unionize Labor Movement goes back to the Colonial days of the 1619-1776, but when most people think of the Labor Unions we think of the Industrial Movement in the late 1930’s thru the 1940s, 1950s and even the 1960s, that led to mass production and good manufacturing plant type employment.  We think about the days when America was a major producer of products.  These days may be gone for now but the survival of our nation may well depend on its return.

 

Right to work advocates in states like Florida and currently there are 22 of them, argue that the workers should be free both to join and to refrain from joining unions and refer to non-right-to-work-states as “force-union states.

 

However I believe that Labor unions are good for the common man and woman.  It creates an environment for collective bargaining.  Sure in Unionized state you usually and almost always pay for this, but often you get what you pay for.  And there is the argument that often Unions are corrupt.  But since when have big businesses become ethical without oversight?  Look at what big corporate America did to us in recent years.  They outsourced our jobs to third world counties for a quick profit.  Now we have an economic reality never worst since the great depression.

 

The bottom line is that Labor Unions create safer work places, better wages and better benefits for its members by giving the members a stronger voice, meaning leverage with the powerful few who head these big businesses.  Labor unions therefore attract more qualified professionals and create better jobs by attracting a stronger labor force to perform the necessary duties.

 

Union members in the United States earn significantly more than non-union workers.  Unionized workers earn over 26% more than non-union workers with similar jobs based on 2008 statistics.  Now you do the math!  Non-union workers get injured at work more often, get less benefits and are quicker to get fired and not even get unemployment which puts corporate management in a stronger and more oppressive status over their employees.  They can work you for little to nothing and fire you at will.

 

While it may be argued that many manufactures are moving to non union states, out of unionized states, they are also moving to Taiwan, Mexico and any other third world countries where cheaper labor is available.  This does not make prices lower to the consumers, or create better products.  It just creates more profits for the big corporations and actually hurts the American economy, by reducing the GDP and decreases consumer spending here in America.  This creates mortgage foreclosures and therefore failing banks.  This is not the formula for living wage jobs creation with or without tax breaks.  It is socialism in disguise.

 

 

Florida Right to work State without Jobs creates crimes

Florida Right to work State without Jobs creates crimes

 

Right to Work States: Florida

The right of persons to work shall not be denied or abridged on account of membership or non-membership in any labor union or labor organization. The right of employees, by and through a labor organization, to bargain collectively shall not be denied or abridged. Public employees shall not have the right to strike. (Constitution Amended by General Election, 1944; Revised by General Election November 5, 1968)

Florida is ranked 5th highest unemployment rate in the whole country and is at 11.7 in May 2010, which is well above the National average which is 9.7.  Meanwhile Florida has the second highest mortgage foreclosure rate in the country, which is three times the national average.  Yet we live in a right to work state which is defined as a right to live.  

 

However, in Highlands County, Florida the unemployment rate among blacks is above the national average, but this is not the case for white citizens which a far below the national average at about 4%.  So the right to work and right to live in Florida are not helping black people here in Florida or Highlands County.  Is this a form of racial discrimination first in the educational system, that is designed to warehouse black children and then in the workforce whereby they are not qualified for employment later or should it be said are not as competitive as their white counterparts?

 

In Florida nearly one in four high school student’s dropout of high school and in Highlands County the rate is a higher at about 33%.   This is higher than the national average of about 30%.  However for black children the high school dropout rate in Florida is about 35%.  These statistics are not accurate, because many black children in Florida and especially in Highlands County dropout prior to high school and are not even counted as high school dropouts.

 

Florida nearly doubled its prison population over the last 15 years.  Here in Florida the rate of crime is near 23% higher than the national average. It has about 90,000 inmates in about 121 facilities are about $20,000 per inmate.    Florida spends less on housing the inmates compared to the national average, simply by cutting costs on their correctional officers, which is another example of the right to live without a living wage in Florida.

 

So what is the correlation between the lack of work, the lack of living wages, the high mortgage foreclosure rates, the weak educational system and crime?  Can it be the right to work without a living wage in the state of Florida, which creates these oppressive situations?  What do you think?  Is this socialism in disguise?