Posted in Environmental Justice Investigations Toxic Chemicals

Pollution, poverty and pandemic collide

In a segregated community outside of an Alabama oil refinery, chronic illness tells a story of racial inequality, poverty and disease as U.S. deaths from COVID-19 surpass 300,000. by Sean Reilly, E&E News Wednesday, December 16,…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

The Elders call for surge in global cooperation to combat ‘current disarray’ set off by Covid-19, climate crisis

“Covid-19 has placed unprecedented strain on the multilateral system and cruelly exposed its failings. A fresh approach is urgently needed in 2021 with an unrelenting focus on justice and equality.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday,…

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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 Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

As Pelosi battles White House, Ro Khanna says Democrats can win morally—and politically

‘Millions of Real People’s Lives Are at Stake’ “It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act.” by…

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Posted in Common Dreams Op/Ed Safety Net Social Security

Social Security’s Cost of Living Adjustment is inadequate.

Democrats Have a Plan to Fix That. After lifetimes of work, Americans have earned their Social Security. It is well past time they get a raise. by Nancy J. Altman Social Security is the primary income…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net Wealth

In address on inequality amid pandemic, Pope calls on global community to confront ‘destructive effects of empire of money’

“Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday,…

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Posted in Analysis Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus Restart 2020 Safety Net

Rich mostly fine but poorest ‘completely crushed’ after Covid-19 triggered ‘most unequal’ recession in modern US history

A new analysis by the Washington Post found that the coronavirus recession has eliminated low-wage jobs at around eight times the rate of high-wage jobs. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, October 1 While the ongoing…

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Overcrowding, poor sanitary conditions, and chronic health problems have helped exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 in U.S. prisons and jails. (Screen capture from photo: Spencer Weiner/Getty Images)
Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails Prisons

108,000 US inmates infected with Covid-19

Among prisoners, the death rate from the potentially fatal virus is three times higher than average. Report: Only 7% of Inmates’ Loved Ones Say Prisoners Have Soap and Other Basic Necessities to Stop the Spread of…

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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 Common Dreams Coronavirus Navajo News Rez Life

As Covid-19 Devastates Navajo Nation, Doctors Without Borders Dispatches Team to Battle Outbreak

“You’re telling people, ‘Wash your hands for 20 seconds multiple times a day,’ and they don’t have running water.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, May 12 As the virus continues to lay bare systemic inequities…

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Posted in Columns Mississippi Poverty USStates Wade Rathke

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 Columns Coronavirus Wade Rathke world

Food crisis growing in Honduras cities

A Sunday call with ACORN Honduras organizers brought the harrowing issue of food insecurity home to me with a vengeance. New Orleans    Central America doesn’t get the press on the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s as…

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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 Children Homelessness News Privacy Safety Net The Conversation While we were looking elsewhere

America’s poorest children won’t get nutritious meals with school cafeterias closed due to the coronavirus

Thurston Domina, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Schools aren’t only places where kids learn. They are also places where kids eat. Thanks to the National School Lunch Program, 30 million U.S. children – some…

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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 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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