“[I]t is actually more expensive to be poor than not poor. If you can’t afford the first month’s rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel. If you don’t have a kitchen or even a refrigerator and microwave, you will find yourself falling back on convenience store food, which—in addition to its nutritional deficits—is also alarmingly overpriced. If you need a loan, as most poor people eventually do, you will end up paying an interest rate many times more than what a more affluent borrower would be charged. To be poor—especially with children to support and care for—is a perpetual high-wire act.”—It Is Expensive to Be Poor | The Atlantic (via thalamtnafsee)
Prof. Joma Sison’s 55 years dedicated to the struggle of Filipinos for national and social liberation and his 75th birthday will be celebrated with a cultural event to be hosted by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on Sunday, 9 February 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Luis G. Jalandoni, the NDFP Chief International Representative and Chairperson of the NDFP Negotiating Panel holding peace talks with the Manila government, will deliver the keynote speech for the event.
Included in the cultural presentation are poems of Prof. Sison among other numbers to be performed through the auspices of Linangan Art and Culture Network and the Doiruta Consort. A video showing Prof. Sison’s personal and revolutionary background will also be shown.