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How well did your #BlogActionDay2104 post do?  


I had world wide web saturation with my #BAD2014 blogger posts which proves to me that this years #Inequality topic is a Worldwide Issue.

The Google Analytics photos below are the perfect example of how even my little blog contributes to the #Inequality topic and how Social Media is a catalyst for positive change for everyone regardless of class or creed.


 Inequality is not just a #FergusonOctober Issue.




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      signed up and listing on the Blog Action Directory

         
       see the lack of internet traffic








      On the 18th of October 2014 I went to Google Analytics and viewed how well the #BlogActionDay2014 posts was performing on the Web.

      • I took the photos on the left directly off the Google Analytics website for my #BAD2014.

      • The First Photo is where I signed up and listing on the Blog Action Directory

      • Second Photo-highlights world wide coverage Map-Does anyone else see the lack of internet traffic from the center of Asian Continent
      About News 

      Hi Scotty

      Unbelievable — 116 countries, over 1700 bloggers. That's quite a day.

      Thanks for being a part of it.

      It's worth reflecting on what that meant: for one day, we generated an unprecedented conversation on how we can address inequality. An audience of millions saw that message — which will continue to ripple forth for some time.

      “Malala knew the power she had to speak up for herself, and those who couldn't, by sharing her story. Authentic voices are always the best way to convey struggles of inequality and tell stories of our shared humanity.” — Malala Fund post 

      Extreme inequality should not be ignored—or worse, celebrated as a sign that we have a high-performing economy and healthy society.” — Bill Gates' post 

      Being a female and from a country where gender discrimination continues to be an enormous problem, I didn’t have to think twice about the topic to write on. The fight starts off from my mother’s womb.” — Blogger Rekha Dhyani's post

      These are just a few tastes of the conversation that started yesterday.

      If you'd like to see some other highlights, the best place to do so is Orbit http://launch.orbit.do/. Orbit is Blog Action Day's sister platform, where you can feature your own blog's content as part of a conversation, like we saw around #inequality yesterday. You could also search for #BAD14, #BAD2014 and "Blog Action Day" on your social media networks or visit our participants list

      Thanks to our key partners Corelab  for curating Orbit and helping make Blog Action Day a possibility, alongside Oxfam and Engaging Networks and our other supporting partners.

      But thanks mostly to you — the blogging community that is showing the power of sharing your ideas, stories, opinions and dreams. Together, as we showed yesterday, we can lift our voices up to connect with each other and be heard.

      Karina & Jason
      On behalf of the Blog Action Day team
      www.blogactionday.org
       
      Our key partner Oxfam International wanted to thank you for taking part in Blog Action Day and focusing the world's attention on Inequality on October 16th.  Below is a message from the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima.

      Dear friends,
      On behalf of Oxfam International I’d like to say thank you for taking part in Blog Action Day 2014.

      By sharing your stories and experiences, you joined an important global discussion about why and how to tackle the inequality that is doing so much damage to our societies.

      I was amazed by the range of different entries from all over the world. From school classes, to women’s networks, to international financial institutions, a huge diversity of participants took part in the global #inequality discussion on an equal footing.

      A few of my highlights were:

      * English language blog on gender inequality in the workplace,
      https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141016032403-2893498-gender-inequality-at-work
      * French blog on the causes of and solutions to inequality
      http://genmorency.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/les-inegalites/
      *Spanish blog on inequality and employment.
      http://alvillamo.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/desigualdad-y-empleo/

       And we’ve posted many more highlights on our Storify.
      http://www.oxfam.org/en/action/lets-talk-about-inequality-join-blog-action-day-2014

      As of 12GMT on October 17, we know that 1760 bloggers took part in the day from over 116 countries, showing that tackling extreme inequality is an issue that unites us all.

      The winner of our competition will be announced next week on our Blog Action Day page. It’s going to be a very difficult decision as there were so many inspiring blogs posted!
      http://www.oxfam.org/en/action/lets-talk-about-inequality-join-blog-action-day-2014

      The issue of inequality is very close to my heart.  I have seen with my own eyes the enormous progress that many of the poorest countries have made in the struggle against poverty. But this progress is being threatened by rising inequality, which allows the wealthiest to bend the rules in their favour – rules that are keeping people in poverty.

      Oxfam knows that extreme inequality isn’t inevitable – it’s the result of political and economic choices. We also know the policy solutions and actions that can reverse it, from free public health and education services that help everyone, to progressive taxation so that the rich pay their fair share.

      Later this month, we will launch a world-wide campaign to expose the impact of rising and extreme inequality, and demand action from governments, companies and the public to reverse it. You can help us get the campaign off to a flying start by joining our Thunderclap that will go live on the day of our launch.

      As we begin this journey, please stay in touch with us and continue helping to spread the message about this vitally important issue.

      Oxfam was proud to act as a key partner for Blog Action Day 2014 and to have shared this day with you. Thanks again for being part of it and for joining the growing global movement to end extreme inequality.

      Winnie Byanyima
      Let's talk about Inequality for Blog Action Day 2014 on October 16

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      Blog-inequality blog-999 hunger - homelessness - helping others

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      #inequality blog #999 #hunger & #homelessness & #helping others


      #Inequality ...  An interesting topic that brings out uncomfortable feelings.  A topic I would never had chosen to delve in to had a friend not suggested to join this #Blogaction14.  Tough subject, it’s everywhere!  Rarely in the ebb and flow of the earth, animals, people, or anything is there equality.
      #Ferguson (MO) #inequality is a hot topic, and for good reason, obviously.  What is going on in #Ferguson has to do with the #inequality topic that has haunted me in this lifetime and it’s regarding people and especially little children, who have not enough food or basic shelter while others have too much money to even spend in this lifetime.  That’s about as #BAD2014 as it gets.  How can we, as a people, indulge while others starve or are homeless?
      Take for example, Viola Davis, an actress, who stands out socially thanks to her profession and who just spoke at a Power of Women gathering.  She confesses that as a child she never knew where her next meal was coming from.  How can this be in a country where millionaires live?  Does #inequality get any more obvious that a starving children?  I applaud and admire that Ms. Davis is using her position to work with the “Hunger Is” campaign to help others less fortunate.


      This picture represents #inequality and some of the hardships that #children endure everyday.  This is true grit.  How does it make YOU feel?


      Do you feel it’s Time to Share?


      If we want to help solve one of the most pressing issues of our time regarding #inequality we may, as single people or a community, need to stand up, get busy, and help our neighbors as Viola is.  Even if you can’t donate cash, more importantly you CAN do as the Gateway Garlic Urban Farm fella in St. Louis, MO, did and start a community vegetable garden as many in the inner cities are doing, share seeds, or donate time and ingredients to provide a cooking class at your local community center.  #Support #Education.  If you don’t want to give the guy on the corner cash “arm yourself” with bags of healthy snacks.  Make a difference.  Peace.










      We Are to Blame and Responsible Pt2 BAD2014

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      In Part1-Inequality Alive and Well circa 2014 I touched on how I feel the St.Louis and Missouri Education System has failed to fulfill its duties in preparing the younger generation to meet the challenges needed to live a harmonious life.





      Tags: #BAD2014, #blogactionday, #Education, #Ferguson, #Inequality 

      While I was tweeting with  I realized that there was more to the story inside me that needed to come out especially when she pointed out:


       Your article keeps going thru my mind esp the part about the kids not able to read a tape measure and their hopeless looks 
      This comment was in response to this part of the BAD2014 post:
      "...from my experience-performing construction work in the hood.  I've noticed that many times the people that will stop by a construction job site and inquire about "Work"-are unable to read a tape measure..."If the St.Louis regional area cannot even teach the next generation these basic education principles-then we are to blame and utterly responsible for failing to provide and give the youth a fighting chance to make it in the World.""

      The hopeless looks 

                               I got when I asked the jobsite walkons about their skills and abilities still haunt me today.   I'm not a mind reader but I can read people and the downtrodden feeling these job applicants had when I told them that. "I only hired skilled helpers with a background in construction."
                  They didn't understand that for my small business to keep its doors open I had to turn a profit and complete peoples projects in the designated time period.  
                   If I brought unskilled helpers into the project it would require me to do more on the job training that would make the project take longer, which would cut into my earnings and possibly bankrupt me.


      Early in my construction career 


                              It was normal to walk onto a construction site- inquire about a job, have an impromptu job interview with the Job Superintendent running the show and more times than not I was hired on the spot-I then grabbed my tool bag and went to work, grateful for the opportunity to earn a paycheck and building America.


      I am forever grateful for the opportunities and journeyman level hands on training that my past construction employers have given me  (little did they know they helped to shape my career in the Construction Industry which in turn has jump-started my desire to build Sustainable Buildings).


      Progressive thinking Construction Companies

               
                who both live and work in the St.Louis region were present at the Construction Forum St.Louis event held in the St.Louis Moto Museum.  The event Boots on Ground was started by Tom Finan-Executive Director at Construction Forum STL-


      ConstructForSTL
      Construction Forum STL is a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the “big issues” facing the St. Louis construction industry. We believe that when the construction community comes together to network, discuss ideas, and share information we are all better for it. This website is a dynamic, collective repository for knowledge, information, news, research, and ideas that can make our industry stronger.


      Mr Finan and other progressive leaders understand that for our city to operate as a fully functioning town- changes are needed and have stepped up to the Plate to meet the challenge.

      They are single handedly and jointly working to include more minority hiring of both St.Louis Local Contractors and Workers into the workforce of St.Louis.


      I originally attended the event

      Scouting for employment opportunities to do my part in Building a Green St.Louis and came away with a better understanding that I needed to do more.


      I pride myself and run my little construction company with the basic ingrained mindset of:          Leading by Example.

      And I came away from the Boots on the Ground program with the understanding that-
       I needed to do more.  I cannot rely on others to lead in this.
      I have to do more 
      and I must do a better job of hiring both minorities and giving other small businesses a fighting chance.

      I mentioned above leading by example and I'm putting these actions into words on an upcoming project where I will be building a functional and energy efficient rooms in a basement remodel for the Client.

      I will be utilizing and hiring Minority Owned: Electrician Contractor as well as a Plumbing Contractor for the project in South City, St.Louis.

      I also plan to stop by the neighborhood SLATE Office to inquire about possibly hiring a minority helper and laborer for my project.  I've heard and followed the twitter links about how they are assisting and training young adults the skills needed to gain entry into the Construction Field.


      St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment

      SLATE is City of St. Louis' workforce department offering businesses and job seekers of all ages and socioeconomic background no-cost employment and job training services

      Just like my early employers did with me when they gave me a chance and helped my construction career.  I will give others a chance- to help me: Build A Green St.Louis!

      Long ago- when I owned and operated 2 Apartment Buildings with 21 individual apartments; I realized that having a Minority on my staff helped my business.  

      What it did was to show my future tenants that I was not prejudicial and gave everyone an opportunity.  I may have lost a few future caucasian tenants who were haters.  But the feeling I had inside of: Doing the Right Thing- was immeasurable in Dollars and Cents.

      My Goal is to prevent the Minority Fault Line from further damage.


      I challenge all American Businesses to give people a chance.



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