Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Poverty

8 Million forced into poverty since Covid relief expired in July

As Trump and GOP refuse aid package “It’s really important that we reinstate some of the lost benefits” that were extended as part of the CARES Act, one researcher said. by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday,…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Common Dreams News Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Racism

Tens of thousands attend march in Washington on 57th anniversary of historic Civil Rights rally, today

‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ “We’ve been here before, but this time we know that it is necessary to redefine public safety in order to save black lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, August…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SNAP benefits Unemployment insurance

Super-sized unemployment benefits are essential in a Depression

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  Congress is going back to work. High on the agenda with the clock ticking is the next stimulus bill. Some things are clear. Mainly that the US economy is on its…

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About six million people signed up for the SNAP program in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented expansion of the program. (Photo: Andrew Burton)
Posted in Common Dreams News Safety Net SNAP benefits

Despite surging need amid pandemic, GOP moves to rollback SNAP when food assistance ‘Matters now more than ever’

“SNAP delivered. Like it always does.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Monday, July 20 Pointing to the success of the SNAP food assistance program during the coronavirus pandemic, economists on Monday said Republicans’ plan to end…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Poverty Public Policy

Studies detail how poorest saved by Covid-19 Stimulus—and why more Is needed

‘Poverty Is a Policy Choice’    “When you look at the size of the government response, it makes sense.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Monday, June 22 Two separate studies released Sunday show that U.S. government…

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Posted in Analysis Coronavirus Homelessness Jails Poverty Safety Net The Conversation

What the coronavirus crisis reveals about vulnerable populations behind bars and on the streets

  by  Stephanie Hartwell, Wayne State University; Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, Wayne State University, and Sheryl Kubiak, Wayne State University The notion that COVID-19 is an equal opportunity killer has crumbled. The health and economic fallout from…

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Posted in Columns Mississippi Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report USStates

Mississippi’s Politicians and Powerful are the Real Welfare Queens

by Wade Rathke Greenville, Mississippi   In the ongoing conservative war against the poor, welfare or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) spending was converted to a block grant program, allowing states, purportedly, to design their own…

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Posted in Banks Coronavirus Debt News Poverty Pro Publica Safety Net Wages

Coronavirus put her out of work, then debt collectors Froze her savings account

Kim Boatswain’s tax refund could have helped her get through the coronavirus slowdown. But debt collectors seized it. There are few options for Texans like Boatswain whose money was taken just before the state temporarily banned…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Evictions Health Insurance Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net SNAP benefits

The poor and workers are being hammered

Pearl River   As the economic numbers become more stark, and the economy teeters towards something closer to a depression than a recession, the impact on workers and the poor that has been hidden in plain…

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Posted in Coronavirus Health News Poverty Pro Publica Public Health Safety Net

Early data shows African Americans Have contracted and died of coronavirus at an alarming rate

No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.” Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates. Here’s what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race…

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Posted in Economy News Safety Net SNAP benefits The Conversation

How SNAP can help people during hard economic times

by Tracy Roof, University of Richmond A record number of Americans are seeing their hours cut or losing their jobs due to the initial economic repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. How will millions of newly jobless…

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Posted in Climate change Environmental Justice First Nations First Peoples News Health Care News Poverty Race for the White House 2020

Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders for President

‘Our Needs Are Not Moderate’ “The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path.” “With the exception of Native Americans, African…

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Posted in Analysis Children Education funding Politics Poverty Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

Democratic candidates seek a big and unprecedented K-12 funding boost

David S. Knight, University of Washington Democratic presidential candidates are proposing new approaches to the federal government’s role in public education. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders want to triple the US$15 billion…

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Posted in Analysis News Poverty Public Policy SNAP benefits The Conversation

Scaling back SNAP for self-reliance clashes with the original goals of food stamps

The Trump administration is also seeking to take more executive actions that would cut back the eligibility of some elderly, disabled and working poor households. All told, these measures could affect up to 10 million people….

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing economic justice Housing displacement Labor Off the wire OtherWords People Politics Poor Peoples Campaign Poverty Social Justice

Learning from King’s last campaign

Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working people of all races. Today, nothing could be more powerful. Before he died, Martin Luther King, Jr. joined a campaign to unify working…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Analysis Housing displacement Housing Policy Neighborhoods Off the wire Poverty Public Policy Race for the White House 2020 Social Justice

3 ways HUD is using regulatory attacks to dismantle fair housing protections

More than 50 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the ultimate goal of the law—to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination and end residential segregation—is still far from reach. By Areeba Haider…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing economic justice Economy Income Equality Labor Off the wire Politics Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Wages Working Class

Fight for $15 is fight for 14 euros in Europe

Amsterdam      In the second meeting of what we are now calling the “The Organizing Forum” or TOF, which I choose to pronounce as TOUGH, more than forty organizers from the Netherlands, France, Brussels, the United Kingdom,…

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Posted in economic justice Economy News Off the wire Poverty Senior Citizens Social Justice

Turning gray and into the red: The true cost of growing old in America

Are you economically ready for old age? Shutterstock Jan Mutchler, University of Massachusetts Boston The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s children for…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy economic justice Labor Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice Working Class

“Power and Respect for the Working Class”

New Orleans   I’m sorry, but whenever there’s a subhead in the Wall Street Journal in bold, italics heralding “Power and Respect for the Working Class,” it’s a signal that we have to pay special attention to…

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Prisoners at Parchment Prison
Posted in Columns Community organizing Courts/justice Poverty Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Social Justice

The issue at Parchman Prison is bad conditions not cellphones

Amsterdam      If Parchman Prison in the fertile Mississippi River delta of Sunflower County is in the news, it means there’s bad news, never good news.  Parchman is the only men’s state prison in Mississippi.  Parchman is…

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