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Istituto nazionale della previdenza sociale (INPS) on Wikipedia
The Istituto nazionale della previdenza sociale ('National Institute for Social Security') is the main entity of the Italian public retirement system. All waged labourers and most of self-employed, without a proper autonomous social security fund, must be subscribed to INPS. The entity is under the supervision of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies.
Its main activity is to guarantee the public service related to social security benefits according to art. 38 of the Italian Constitution and the special laws about the mandatory social insurances.
Italy  Retirement  Social  Security  State 
2 days ago by dbourn
Social Progress Index, on Wikipedia
The Social Progress Index (SPI) measures the extent to which countries provide for the social and environmental needs of their citizens. Fifty-four indicators in the areas of basic human needs, foundations of well-being, and opportunity to progress show the relative performance of nations. The index is published by the nonprofit Social Progress Imperative, and is based on the writings of Amartya Sen, Douglass North, and Joseph Stiglitz.[1] The SPI measures the well-being of a society by observing social and environmental outcomes directly rather than the economic factors. The social and environmental factors include wellness (including health, shelter and sanitation), equality, inclusion, sustainability and personal freedom and safety.[2]

The index defines social progress as "the capacity of a society to meet the basic human needs of its citizens, establish the building blocks that allow citizens and communities to enhance and sustain the quality of their lives, and create the conditions for all individuals to reach their full potential".
Social  Progress  Index  Humanism 
march 2018 by dbourn
Rivesteweb
Rivisteweb is the most authoritative italian collection of journals in humanities and social sciences. Dedicated to universities and private or public institutions, currently it offers articles from over 80 journals from il Mulino publishing group (Il Mulino publishing house and Carocci publisher), searchable in the full text and metadata, indexed by the major search engines, disciplinar indexes and discovery services.

Most of the journals are at the top of the national ranking system.
Italy  Italian  Humanities  Social  Sciences 
february 2018 by dbourn
A Brief History of California Racism
The national Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was preceded by state legislation. The California Constitution of 1879 institutionalized racism against Chinese immigrants. In the 1920s California turned attention to Japanese exclusion. History credits the 1930s with the first major immigration crackdown on Mexican immigrants. In 1954 the United States witnessed the racist named Operation Wetback, an anti-immigration effort that was declared “the most massive and highly organized effort in U.S. history to deport illegal immigrants.” In more recent history, California voters in 1994 passed Proposition 187, a ballot measure to bar people in the country illegally from receiving public services.
CA  Racism  Structural  Racism  Latinos  Chinese  Chinese  Americans  Whites  State  Government  Social  Services  Immigration  Immigrants  Deportation 
march 2017 by dbourn
Prophetic Moral Challenge After the National Prayer Breakfast
The Social Gospel movement emerged in America to challenge corporate greed and, in some instances, systemic racism. Long before "What Would Jesus Do?" was a wrist bracelet, it was an evangelical challenge to child poverty, labor exploitation, and homelessness in early 20th century America. As Kevin Kruse has documented in his book, "One Nation Under God," the corporate leaders who were the heirs of plantation capitalism became frustrated by the Social Gospel's influence on the New Deal. They wanted a religion that would affirm private property, individual responsibility, and laissez-faire capitalism. So they invested millions of dollars in organizations that would give them just that.
Social  Gospel  New  Deal  Politics  Religion  Kevin  Kruse 
february 2017 by dbourn
Housing Crisis - What will Ben Carson’s HUD look like?
There is little doubt that if Ryan gets his way, further cuts to HUD can be expected. And the Republican Congress he leads will gladly finish the job Reagan started 30 years ago. Unlike food, heating, or medical assistance, federal housing aid is not automatically available to anyone whose income falls below the poverty line. America would still have a housing crisis if Reagan hadn’t been elected in 1980, but it probably wouldn’t have the vicious size of the one we face today. For all intents and purposes HUD is still living in the Reagan era. Although the first Bush, Clinton, and Obama administrations appointed legitimate stewards to helm the agency, the iron law of post-1970s American politics remained in place: once a social program is cut it doesn’t come back. Funding for integral programs HUD oversees, like the public housing capital fund and Community Development Block Grants, which respectively maintain mid-century projects and provide local governments with flexible funds for h
HUD  Housing  Ronald  Reagan  George  Romney  Ben  Carson  Paul  Ryan  Government  State  Social  Programs 
january 2017 by dbourn
Unauthorized Immigrants Paid $100 Billion Into Social Security Over Last Decade
Stephen Goss, the chief actuary of the Social Security Administration (SSA), told VICE News that an estimated 7 million people are currently working in the US illegally. Of those, he estimates that about 3.1 million are using fake or expired social security numbers, yet also paying automatic payroll taxes. Goss believes that these workers pay an annual net contribution of $12 billion to the Social Security Trust Fund.

The SSA estimates that unauthorized workers have paid a whopping $100 billion into the fund over the past decade. Yet as these people are in the US illegally, it is unlikely that they will be able to benefit from their contributions later in life.
Undocumented  Labor  Social  Security  Immigration 
august 2016 by dbourn
Humanities Committee Sounds an Alarm
2013 NYTimes article on Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences report
Academia  Commission  on  the  Humanities  and  Social  Sciences  Humanities 
june 2013 by dbourn

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