Abubakar menyampaikan Surat Pemberitahuan Tahunan (SPT) PPh melalui E-filling

NGAMPRAH – Sebagai bukti warga yang taat membayar pajak, Bupati Bandung Barat, Abubakar dan Wakilnya, Yayat T. Soemitra, menyampaikan Surat Pemberitahuan Tahunan (SPT) Pajak Penghasilan (PPh) pribadinya secara online melalui e-filing di laman djponline.pajak.go.id, pada Selasa (27/2).

Proses pelaporan pajak pribadi ini dilaksanakan di Ruang Rapat Bupati, Komplek Pemerintahan Kabupaten Bandung Barat, dibantu Kepala Kanwil DJP Jawa Barat I, Yoyok Satiotomo dan Kepala KPP Pratama Cimahi, Sugiri Tejanegara. Sugiri mengatakan, kegiatan ini bertujuan untuk memberikan contoh dan teladan dalam pemenuhan kewajiban perpajakan terutama bagi Masyarakat (Wajib Pajak) yang berdomisili di Kabupaten Bandung Barat (KBB).

”Penyampaian SPT tahunan ini bertujuan untuk menjadi teladan bagi masyarakat dalam pemenuhan kewajiban perpajakannya,” ujar Sugiri dalam rilisnya.

Dirinya menilai, banyak manfaat yang diperoleh wajib pajak yang menggunakan e-filing dalam pelaporan pajaknya. Di antaranya, Pelaporan dengan e-filing sangat memudahkan wajib pajak. Sebab, biasanya banyak wajib pajak melaporkan SPT-nya pada akhir-akhir batas pelaporan pada 31 Maret.

’’Nah kalau di akhir bulan biasanya kantor pajak penuh, karena ribuan orang datang ke kantor pajak. Saya berharap dimulai dari Bupati dan Wakil Bupati, kita akan mengajak masyarakat Bandung Barat untuk segera melaporkan SPT Tahunan melalui e-filing, agar lebih nyaman,” kata dia.

Sementara itu, Kepala Kanwil DJP Jawa Barat, I Yoyok Satiotomo menyampaikan apresiasi atas pemenuhan kewajiban perpajakan para Wajib Pajak di KBB, terutama kepada Bupati dan Wakil Bupati Bandung Barat.

’’APBD Kabupaten Bandung Barat tahun 2017 sekitar Rp 2,3 triliun, dengan dana transfer sekitar Rp 1,5 triliun. Hal ini berarti sekitar 68 persen APBD KBB bersumber dari APBN,’’ucap Yoyok.

Yoyok menambahkan, dari hasil pajak ini uang kemudian disalurkan ke APBD KBB. Sehingga, membiayai pembangunan infrastruktur, administrasi pemerintahan, kesehatan, keamanan, serta program pemerintah daerah lainnya.

’’Kemajuan Pembangunan dapat dicapai apabila ada sinergi antara Pemerintah Daerah dan Direktorat Jenderal Pajak,’’ tutup Yoyok.

(HUMAS KBB)

Things You Should Pack When Travel

Last Wednesday, several hundred people gathered on the third floor of Chicago’s Harold Washington Public Library for the opening of “Working in America,” a multimedia exhibition exploring how Americans find meaning in work and define themselves through their jobs. Twenty-four men and women were profiled for the exhibit, including a waitress, a police officer, a custodian, an escort, and a farmer.

“This is a tribute to the legacy of Studs”

A master of oral history, Terkel published a number of as-told-to books, including, in 1974, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” the book that inspired the new exhibit. “Working” featured interviews with more than a hundred workers from all walks of life. The book, Terkel writes in the introduction, is about the search “for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Welder binding metal

It became a best-seller—and, a few years later, a musical—thanks, in large part, to the intimacy and depth Terkel elicited from people who are not usually the subject of books.

One of those people, Gary Bryner, is in the new exhibit, too. “I picked Studs up at the Youngstown airport,” Bryner told me, recounting the time Terkel spent with him for the book. “He didn’t even have a hotel reservation. He said he just wanted to stay in a mom-and-pop place and all he needed was a phone.” This was 1972, and Bryner was president of U.A.W. Local 1112 at the Lordstown, Ohio, General Motors plant, where a twenty-two-day strike had captured national attention.

“I’d been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper. I was on ‘60 Minutes.’ But Studs was different”

Terkel followed Bryner, who’s now in his seventies, for two days. “He had a glint in his eye. He wanted to know how this worked, how that worked. He couldn’t stop.

Saks sought a wide variety of subjects—some of them she knew of personally, and others she found through research. Roque Sanchez, a twenty-one-year-old custodian featured in the new exhibit, said he had never heard of Terkel before Saks contacted him. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez works at a downtown Chicago office building.

Woman building a broomstick

“It’s definitely not the worst job,” he said. “But I like working. It’s essential to make something with my life.” Ava St. Claire, who is in her late twenties, didn’t know Terkel’s work before, either. St. Claire works as an escort in Orlando. “I love my job. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Saks is a lifelong Chicagoan and the president and artistic director of Project&, a Chicago-based arts organization. “I really wanted to do something on economic inequality,” she explained, as she introduced a panel discussion earlier that night, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. “It’s one of the greatest conflicts of our time.” Once she had decided to focus on the subject, she instinctively turned to Terkel. “My dad and Studs were friends,” she told me.

“As a kid, I’d sit in the back seat as they drove around the city. My dad smoking his pipe and Studs his cigar. They were like a pair from Jewish central casting”

Saks’s intention with “Working in America” is not to mimic Terkel’s masterpiece, she said, but to continue the conversations he started. “Everyone has a relationship with work,” she added. “Even those who don’t have a job.”

The exhibit, which will run until January 31st, is free and open to the public, and it includes two additional components: a weeklong radio series that kicks off on September 25th, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and a Web site where people can upload photos and share their own stories.

Chef preparing a dish
Chef preparing a dish

Saks hopes that by the end of January she’ll have raised enough money from private foundations and individual donors to take “Working in America” to libraries throughout the country. Bryner, meanwhile, told me that he was pleased by how things had turned out, and encouraged by the attention. “I thought it was interesting people still cared,” he said.

Merayakan Kebangkitan Ekonomi Desa

Ada hal yang sangat berbeda dari Penyelenggaraan Rembug Desa Nasional 2017 (#RDN2017) dibanding rembug-rembug desa sebelumnya. RDN2017 positif akan dilaksanakan di Desa Panggungharjo Sewon Bantul. Pemilihan Desa Panggungharjo, Desa Teladan Nasional 2014, tentu bukan hanya kebetulan. Diskusi tentang konsep maupun tempat sudah mulai dibicarakan sejak Kunjungan Pak Menteri Eko Putro Sandjojo ke Panggungharjo Februari 2017. Pembicaraan intensif pun dilakukan, sampai dengan audiensi Kepala Desa Panggungharjo Wahyudi Anggoro Hadi ke kantor Pak Menteri pada bulan September 2017. Alhamdulillah berkat arahan dan dukungan beliau, mimpi desa untuk menjadi tuan rumah Rembug Desa Nasional semakin mendekati kenyataan. Sebuah kepercayaan besar, yang perlu kita sambut bersama , untuk menunjukkan ke berbagai pihak bahwa DESA BISA !

Tema yang dipilih adalah Merayakan Kebangkitan Ekonomi Desa. Tema ini dipilih karena dalam sepuluh tahun kedepan ada 3 sumberdaya yang sangat mahal, yaitu udara bersih, air bersih dan pangan sehat. Ketiganya semua ada di desa. Peran strategis desa saat ini bukan hanya sebagai penyangga ekonomi Indonesia, tetapi juga sebagai kontributor penting bagi pembangunan berkelanjutan dunia.

Membangun kesadaran bahwa desa memiliki peran strategis mutlak untuk terus dilakukan. Nasib desa tidak akan pernah berubah, kecuali warga masyarakat desa tersebut yang merubahnya. Bantuan dan fasilitasi dari pihak luar lebih bersifat stimulan dan membantu pengembangan, bukan yang utama. Faktanya sudah ada desa-desa yang berhasil menemukenali potensi lokal dan mengembangkannya menjadi produk-produk dan layanan yang bisa bersaing dalam lingkup regional dan bahkan nasional. Cerita-cerita sukses tersebut perlu terus digali dan diangkat ke permukaan, sebagai upaya untuk melakukan counter terhadap berita-berita negatif tentang penggunaan Dana Desa, dan juga sebagai upaya membangun kesadaran kolektif bahwa desa bisa dan mampu memainkan peran-peran strategis dalam menyangga ekonomi Indonesia dan berperan penting dalam pembangunan berkelanjutan.

Sebagai kritik yang konstruktif terhadap pelaksanaan rembug-rembug Desa sebelumnya, diperlukan suatu format rembug desa yang mampu menyerap dan menyaring aspirasi, mengidentifikasi masalah, membahas alternatif solusi, dan yang paling penting adalah berujung pada resolusi yang bisa disepakati dan ditindaklanjuti bersama. Besarnya dana desa dan terus meningkat jumlahnya dari tahun ke tahun perlu diarahkan pada suatu lompatan perbaikan, bukan hanya untuk desa, tetapi untuk kawasan dan secara kolektif mampu dirasakan oleh bangsa Indonesia.

Resolusi-resolusi yang digagas tersebut tidak lepas dari kerangka semangat dan filosofi UU Desa dan prioritas Kementrian Desa yang paling tidak bisa dikelompokkan kepada 4 Tema Strategis :

  1. Local Economic Development
  2. Program Inovasi Desa
  3. Pembangunan Kawasan Perdesaan
  4. Bumdesa

Pada masing-masing tema tersebut akan ditinjau dari 5 perpektif pembangunan berkelanjutan yaitu air bersih, udara bersih, energy bersih, pangan sehat dan kesehatan.

Target yang ingin dicapai adalah penandatanganan Resolusi Desa yaitu penguatan komitmen seluruh stakeholder untuk menyukseskan agenda Pemerintahan Jokowi untuk membangun Indonesia dari pinggiran, dan menyukseskan Prioritas Penggunaan Dana desa tahun 2017 yaitu untuk Bumdesa, Embung Desa, Sarana olah raga dan Produk unggulan desa, serta memantabkan komitmen menyukseskan agenda Kemendes di 2018.

#SiapHadir #RDN2017 #BumdesMaju #DesaSejahtera

Sumber: bmdes.id

Alun-alun Lembang Menjadi Tempat Selfie Warga dan Wisatawan

LEMBANG – Taman sebagai ruang publik menjadi etalase bahkan kebanggaan bersama milik warga setempat, tidak terkecuali Kecamatan Lembang Kabupaten Bandung Barat (KBB) yang tersohor sebagai kawasan destinasi wisata, kini setelah dilakukan penataan Taman Alun-alun Lembang menjadi kebanggaan warga dan Pemerintah Kabupaten Bandung Barat. Bahkan sekarang sudah menjadi tempat selfie warga dan wisatawan.

Sementara itu Kasi Pertamanan Dinas Perumahan dan Pemukiman Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Mahendro menyatakan Penataan Taman Alun-alun Lembang sampai hari ini masih sesuai dengan gambar, hanya ada beberapa perubahan dan sekarang sudah diselesaikan.

“Kedepannya Alun-alun Lembang akan menjadi kegiatan integrasi Satuan Kerja Perangkat Daerah (SKPD) maupun instansi lain, dan harus memiliki icon khas Lembang sebagai sentra pertanian bisa saja dijadikan tempat untuk pameran, festival komoditas pertanian juga akan dipasang wifi dan ruang perpustakaan terbuka” jelasnya.

(HUMAS KBB)

Definisi Desa Menurut Wikipedia

Desa, atau udik, menurut definisi “universal”, adalah sebuah aglomerasi permukiman di area perdesaan (rural). Di Indonesia, istilah desa adalah pembagian wilayah administratif di Indonesia di bawah kecamatan, yang dipimpin oleh Kepala Desa. Sebuah desa merupakan kumpulan dari beberapa unit permukiman kecil yang disebut kampung (Banten, Jawa Barat) atau dusun (Yogyakarta) atau banjar (Bali) atau jorong (Sumatera Barat). Kepala Desa dapat disebut dengan nama lain misalnya Kepala Kampung atau Petinggi di Kalimantan Timur, Klèbun di Madura, Pambakal di Kalimantan Selatan, dan Kuwu di Cirebon, Hukum Tua di Sulawesi Utara.

Sejak diberlakukannya otonomi daerah Istilah desa dapat disebut dengan nama lain, misalnya di Sumatera Barat disebut dengan istilah nagari, di Aceh dengan istilah gampong, di Papua dan Kutai Barat, Kalimantan Timur disebut dengan istilah kampung. Begitu pula segala istilah dan institusi di desa dapat disebut dengan nama lain sesuai dengan karakteristik adat istiadat desa tersebut. Hal ini merupakan salah satu pengakuan dan penghormatan Pemerintah terhadap asal usul dan adat istiadat setempat.

Menurut Peraturan Pemerintah Nomor 72 Tahun 2005 tentang Desa, disebut bahwa Desa adalah kesatuan masyarakat hukum yang memiliki batas-batas wilayah yang berwenang untuk mengatur dan mengurus kepentingan masyarakat setempat, berdasarkan asal usul dan adat istiadat setempat yang diakui dan dihormati dalam sistem Pemerintahan Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia.

Sedangkan menurut Undang-Undang Nomor 6 Tahun 2014 tentang Desa, ditentukan bahwa Desa adalah desa dan desa adat atau yang disebut dengan nama lain, selanjutnya disebut Desa, adalah kesatuan masyarakat hukum yang memiliki batas wilayah yang berwenang untuk mengatur dan mengurus urusan pemerintahan, kepentingan masyarakat setempat berdasarkan prakarsa masyarakat, hak asal usul, dan/atau hak tradisional yang diakui dan dihormati dalam sistem pemerintahan Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia

Hidup jaya membangun desa

Last Wednesday, several hundred people gathered on the third floor of Chicago’s Harold Washington Public Library for the opening of “Working in America,” a multimedia exhibition exploring how Americans find meaning in work and define themselves through their jobs. Twenty-four men and women were profiled for the exhibit, including a waitress, a police officer, a custodian, an escort, and a farmer.

“This is a tribute to the legacy of Studs”

A master of oral history, Terkel published a number of as-told-to books, including, in 1974, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” the book that inspired the new exhibit. “Working” featured interviews with more than a hundred workers from all walks of life. The book, Terkel writes in the introduction, is about the search “for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Welder binding metal

It became a best-seller—and, a few years later, a musical—thanks, in large part, to the intimacy and depth Terkel elicited from people who are not usually the subject of books.

One of those people, Gary Bryner, is in the new exhibit, too. “I picked Studs up at the Youngstown airport,” Bryner told me, recounting the time Terkel spent with him for the book. “He didn’t even have a hotel reservation. He said he just wanted to stay in a mom-and-pop place and all he needed was a phone.” This was 1972, and Bryner was president of U.A.W. Local 1112 at the Lordstown, Ohio, General Motors plant, where a twenty-two-day strike had captured national attention.

“I’d been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper. I was on ‘60 Minutes.’ But Studs was different”

Terkel followed Bryner, who’s now in his seventies, for two days. “He had a glint in his eye. He wanted to know how this worked, how that worked. He couldn’t stop.

Saks sought a wide variety of subjects—some of them she knew of personally, and others she found through research. Roque Sanchez, a twenty-one-year-old custodian featured in the new exhibit, said he had never heard of Terkel before Saks contacted him. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez works at a downtown Chicago office building.

Woman building a broomstick

“It’s definitely not the worst job,” he said. “But I like working. It’s essential to make something with my life.” Ava St. Claire, who is in her late twenties, didn’t know Terkel’s work before, either. St. Claire works as an escort in Orlando. “I love my job. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Saks is a lifelong Chicagoan and the president and artistic director of Project&, a Chicago-based arts organization. “I really wanted to do something on economic inequality,” she explained, as she introduced a panel discussion earlier that night, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. “It’s one of the greatest conflicts of our time.” Once she had decided to focus on the subject, she instinctively turned to Terkel. “My dad and Studs were friends,” she told me.

“As a kid, I’d sit in the back seat as they drove around the city. My dad smoking his pipe and Studs his cigar. They were like a pair from Jewish central casting”

Saks’s intention with “Working in America” is not to mimic Terkel’s masterpiece, she said, but to continue the conversations he started. “Everyone has a relationship with work,” she added. “Even those who don’t have a job.”

The exhibit, which will run until January 31st, is free and open to the public, and it includes two additional components: a weeklong radio series that kicks off on September 25th, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and a Web site where people can upload photos and share their own stories.

Chef preparing a dish
Chef preparing a dish

Saks hopes that by the end of January she’ll have raised enough money from private foundations and individual donors to take “Working in America” to libraries throughout the country. Bryner, meanwhile, told me that he was pleased by how things had turned out, and encouraged by the attention. “I thought it was interesting people still cared,” he said.

Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America

Last Wednesday, several hundred people gathered on the third floor of Chicago’s Harold Washington Public Library for the opening of “Working in America,” a multimedia exhibition exploring how Americans find meaning in work and define themselves through their jobs. Twenty-four men and women were profiled for the exhibit, including a waitress, a police officer, a custodian, an escort, and a farmer.

“This is a tribute to the legacy of Studs”

A master of oral history, Terkel published a number of as-told-to books, including, in 1974, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” the book that inspired the new exhibit. “Working” featured interviews with more than a hundred workers from all walks of life. The book, Terkel writes in the introduction, is about the search “for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Welder binding metal

It became a best-seller—and, a few years later, a musical—thanks, in large part, to the intimacy and depth Terkel elicited from people who are not usually the subject of books.

One of those people, Gary Bryner, is in the new exhibit, too. “I picked Studs up at the Youngstown airport,” Bryner told me, recounting the time Terkel spent with him for the book. “He didn’t even have a hotel reservation. He said he just wanted to stay in a mom-and-pop place and all he needed was a phone.” This was 1972, and Bryner was president of U.A.W. Local 1112 at the Lordstown, Ohio, General Motors plant, where a twenty-two-day strike had captured national attention.

“I’d been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper. I was on ‘60 Minutes.’ But Studs was different”

Terkel followed Bryner, who’s now in his seventies, for two days. “He had a glint in his eye. He wanted to know how this worked, how that worked. He couldn’t stop.

Saks sought a wide variety of subjects—some of them she knew of personally, and others she found through research. Roque Sanchez, a twenty-one-year-old custodian featured in the new exhibit, said he had never heard of Terkel before Saks contacted him. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez works at a downtown Chicago office building.

Woman building a broomstick

“It’s definitely not the worst job,” he said. “But I like working. It’s essential to make something with my life.” Ava St. Claire, who is in her late twenties, didn’t know Terkel’s work before, either. St. Claire works as an escort in Orlando. “I love my job. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Saks is a lifelong Chicagoan and the president and artistic director of Project&, a Chicago-based arts organization. “I really wanted to do something on economic inequality,” she explained, as she introduced a panel discussion earlier that night, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. “It’s one of the greatest conflicts of our time.” Once she had decided to focus on the subject, she instinctively turned to Terkel. “My dad and Studs were friends,” she told me.

“As a kid, I’d sit in the back seat as they drove around the city. My dad smoking his pipe and Studs his cigar. They were like a pair from Jewish central casting”

Saks’s intention with “Working in America” is not to mimic Terkel’s masterpiece, she said, but to continue the conversations he started. “Everyone has a relationship with work,” she added. “Even those who don’t have a job.”

The exhibit, which will run until January 31st, is free and open to the public, and it includes two additional components: a weeklong radio series that kicks off on September 25th, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and a Web site where people can upload photos and share their own stories.

Chef preparing a dish
Chef preparing a dish

Saks hopes that by the end of January she’ll have raised enough money from private foundations and individual donors to take “Working in America” to libraries throughout the country. Bryner, meanwhile, told me that he was pleased by how things had turned out, and encouraged by the attention. “I thought it was interesting people still cared,” he said.

Desa Wisata Kampung Pasir Angling

Desa Wisata Pasir Angling adalah sebuah Tempat Wisata yang beralamat di Desa Sunten Jaya, Kecamatan Cibodas, Kabupaten Bandung Barat, Provinsi Jawa Barat indonesia, sehingga populer juga dengan julukan Desa Wisata Sunten Jaya juga.

Lokasinya tepat berada di bawah kaki Gunung Bukit Tunggul Cibodas, dan pastinya sangat dekat dengan Tempat Wisata di Cibodas Bandung Barat yang sangat terkenal sebagai Tempat Outbound Bandung, yaitu D’CAMP Cibodas Alam Madani Park.

Tidak hanya itu, ketika berwisata ke Desa Wisata Kampung Pasir Angling Sunten Jaya Bandung Barat ini, anda juga berada sangat dekat dengan kawasan Tempat Wisata di Lembang Bandung yang terkenal, mulai dari Dusun Bambu LembangKampung GajahFarm HouseD’ RanchFloating MarketTaman Begonia dll.

Sahabat traveler’s, Desa Wisata Kampung Pasir Angling Sunten Jaya ini adalah merupakan sebuah Tempat Wisata di Bandung yang Baru dan menawarkan banyak tarik wisata yang luar biasa sebagai destinasi Pariwisata Bandung Barat.

Tidak heran jika sahabat berkunjung ke sini, maka meski baru tempat wisata di desa Sunten Jaya Kabupaten Bandung ini sudah banyak dikunjungi juga oleh wisatawan luar kota Bandung.

Nah untuk itu, berikut kang dian akan berikan saja  informasi seputar daya tarik wisata apa saja sih yang ditawarkan oleh Desa Wisata Kampung Pasir Angling di Cibodas ini ?

Things I Like – My Favourites

Last Wednesday, several hundred people gathered on the third floor of Chicago’s Harold Washington Public Library for the opening of “Working in America,” a multimedia exhibition exploring how Americans find meaning in work and define themselves through their jobs. Twenty-four men and women were profiled for the exhibit, including a waitress, a police officer, a custodian, an escort, and a farmer.

“This is a tribute to the legacy of Studs”

A master of oral history, Terkel published a number of as-told-to books, including, in 1974, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” the book that inspired the new exhibit. “Working” featured interviews with more than a hundred workers from all walks of life. The book, Terkel writes in the introduction, is about the search “for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life, rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

Welder binding metal

It became a best-seller—and, a few years later, a musical—thanks, in large part, to the intimacy and depth Terkel elicited from people who are not usually the subject of books.

One of those people, Gary Bryner, is in the new exhibit, too. “I picked Studs up at the Youngstown airport,” Bryner told me, recounting the time Terkel spent with him for the book. “He didn’t even have a hotel reservation. He said he just wanted to stay in a mom-and-pop place and all he needed was a phone.” This was 1972, and Bryner was president of U.A.W. Local 1112 at the Lordstown, Ohio, General Motors plant, where a twenty-two-day strike had captured national attention.

“I’d been interviewed by every major magazine and newspaper. I was on ‘60 Minutes.’ But Studs was different”

Terkel followed Bryner, who’s now in his seventies, for two days. “He had a glint in his eye. He wanted to know how this worked, how that worked. He couldn’t stop.

Saks sought a wide variety of subjects—some of them she knew of personally, and others she found through research. Roque Sanchez, a twenty-one-year-old custodian featured in the new exhibit, said he had never heard of Terkel before Saks contacted him. A formerly undocumented immigrant from Mexico, Sanchez works at a downtown Chicago office building.

Woman building a broomstick

“It’s definitely not the worst job,” he said. “But I like working. It’s essential to make something with my life.” Ava St. Claire, who is in her late twenties, didn’t know Terkel’s work before, either. St. Claire works as an escort in Orlando. “I love my job. It’s the best I’ve ever had,” she said. “I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

Saks is a lifelong Chicagoan and the president and artistic director of Project&, a Chicago-based arts organization. “I really wanted to do something on economic inequality,” she explained, as she introduced a panel discussion earlier that night, in the library’s Cindy Pritzker Auditorium. “It’s one of the greatest conflicts of our time.” Once she had decided to focus on the subject, she instinctively turned to Terkel. “My dad and Studs were friends,” she told me.

“As a kid, I’d sit in the back seat as they drove around the city. My dad smoking his pipe and Studs his cigar. They were like a pair from Jewish central casting”

Saks’s intention with “Working in America” is not to mimic Terkel’s masterpiece, she said, but to continue the conversations he started. “Everyone has a relationship with work,” she added. “Even those who don’t have a job.”

The exhibit, which will run until January 31st, is free and open to the public, and it includes two additional components: a weeklong radio series that kicks off on September 25th, on NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and a Web site where people can upload photos and share their own stories.

Chef preparing a dish
Chef preparing a dish

Saks hopes that by the end of January she’ll have raised enough money from private foundations and individual donors to take “Working in America” to libraries throughout the country. Bryner, meanwhile, told me that he was pleased by how things had turned out, and encouraged by the attention. “I thought it was interesting people still cared,” he said.