“In early November 2017 the Republican-led House of Representatives released their version of what would become the Tax and Job Acts—an unprecedented give away to the wealthiest Americans. A provision in the bill would have included the ‘taxing’ of graduate student tuition waivers. As a result, graduate students could have owed the government thousands of dollars in ‘taxes,’ despite the majority of graduate students earning less than $20,000 a year. “
May Day represents a political tradition long forgotten to most Americans. For many, the celebration is marked by a dance around the Maypole, an old pagan tradition of white costumes and ribbons meant to mark the coming of warmer months and the beginning of the growing season.
Today, philanthropy and inequality exist in a feedback loop of sorts in the United States. Philanthropic organizations such as the United Way and the Red Cross transform donations, or labor, into research or humanitarian activities intended to benefit humankind in general, but not to alleviate individual hardships.