The Mall of America will close on Thanksgiving. With 15,000 workers, that’s huge.

As the largest shopping center in the U.S., the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, certainly lives up to its name. Boasting more than 520 stores not to mention actual roller coasters! the mall supports roughly 15,000 jobs. This year, many of those 15,000 workers Read More …

5 arguments people use against raising the minimum wage, and one mom’s beautiful reasons for it.

Life at minimum wage is something that I don’t think folks really understand especially in big cities. It’s hell. If you have children to support, it’s even worse. So when Chrisanna Capshaw stepped up to the mic at a North Carolina hearing where people wanted Read More …

If you think $15 is too much, this parody of McD’s advertising might make you finally understand.

With the Fight for 15 rallies happening nationwide on April 15, the Center for Story-Based Strategy released a new video parodying a typical McDonald’s commercial to show what work days are really like for McDonald’s employees around the country. Here are the first few panels Read More …

This kid came up to ask how much the food cost. I told him it was free.

On the Greek island of Lesbos, thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other war-torn countries are coming to shore each week. When I was there in mid-August, Lesbos was getting 2,000 refugees every single day. After walking up to 30 miles to the Read More …

Americans just scored a big win against CEOs who don’t like sharing their salary info.

Corporations, in general, don’t enjoy sharing how much their CEOs make. Probably because the numbers are borderline embarrassing, to be honest. As Upworthy reported, a study from the Economic Policy Institute found American CEOs have benefitted from staggering pay raises over the past few decades. Read More …

If you’re homeless and in college, what do you do when the dorms close? She faced it.

This is an original piece by Jessica Sutherland, first featured on Bright and reprinted here with permission. To read more pieces like this, go to Bright and hit the follow button. The Secret Lives of Homeless Students After years of homelessness, I graduated college and Read More …

Researchers studied the ways spending affects our happiness. The results are eye-opening.

It can be hard to resist a good sale. Especially when they’re so hard to avoid. The U.S., for example, has more mall space than any other country in the world. No matter which way you turn, bargains will tempt. Retail therapy. It might fill Read More …

7 secrets to getting more money back on your tax returns.

There are plenty of ways the average American can claim major tax benefits. As we trudge forward into tax season, here are seven secrets to pulling in more money in tax deductions each year secrets taken straight from the knowledge bank of those who know Read More …