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What Is the Real Cost of Mass Incarceration?

By Lornet Turnbull ~ Yes! ~ The documentary ‘Milwaukee 53206’ depicts the toll of the prison epidemic on families and entire communities. When documentary producers first approached Beverly Walker about featuring her family in a film, the Milwaukee mother and grandmother knew what that meant: cameras trailing them, her cherished privacy breached. But her husband, Baron Walker, by then having served nearly two decades of a 60-year sentence, saw an…

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How Climate Change Helped Create the Migrant Caravan

By Brian Moench ~ Truthout ~  The “caravan” of hopeful immigrants from Central America that was tear gassed by the US government on November 25 continues to be shamelessly exploited as political fodder. Trump depicts the immigrants as a security threat to the US, while Democrats like Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compare the Central American immigrants to Jews fleeing Germany because of the threat of physical violence and death in their…

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Free College Tuition Is Nice, But How About Food?

By Sydney Worth ~ Yes! ~  Some schools are looking to helping students meet much more basic needs. When Michelle Nielsen, 46, decided to return to school at Houston Community College to become a pastry chef, she quickly discovered that she had no room in her budget for food. Even with financial aid covering her tuition and a work-study program to help with rent, Nielsen knew she wouldn’t be able…

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Business Is One Reason For Economic Inequality – And Also For Equality

By Bill Conerly ~ Forbes ~ Is business a reason for economic inequality, or does business reduce economic inequality? I believe the answer is “Yes.” Private business both increases and decreases inequality, in conjunction with changes in the structure of the economy, technology, social attitudes and public policy. Private business does not definitively determine the distribution of income, but it influences it. (This article is based on my presentation in…

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FBI Reports Biggest Increase in Hate Crimes in Past Decade

By Jerica Deck ~ Global Citizen ~  And it shows no signs of slowing. Hate crimes in the United States have increased by 17%, the highest jump in more than a decade, according to a new report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The annual Hate Crimes Statistics report said that 7,175 hate crimes were reported to authorities last year, compared to 6,121 in 2016. This is the largest rise in…

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Heat waves: climate change and immigration

By Chris Fitch ~ Geographical ~ Those concerned with external asylum applications to the EU might want to focus on reducing the impacts of climate change The first 14 years of this century saw an average of 351,000 asylum applications to the EU annually, a challenge to which the bloc has struggled to produce a unified collective response. Instead, walls have risen around countries such as Hungary, democratic backlashes have…

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50 years in, why the fight for Mexican-American studies in schools is still in its early stages

By Francisco Vara-Orta ~ Chalkbeat ~ Thirteen-year-old Alejandra Del Bosque knows not everyone gets to take a class like hers. In it, she’s learned about Mexican-American students who staged walkouts in the late 1960s and early 1970s to protest the lack of resources available to their schools. She’s also learned how her state’s school funding system has still been deemed inadequate in recent court rulings. “There was so much to…

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The American middle class is stable in size, but losing ground financially to upper-income families

By Rakesh Kochhar ~ Pew Research Center ~ About half (52%) of American adults lived in middle-class households in 2016. This is virtually unchanged from the 51% who were middle class in 2011. But while the size of the nation’s middle class remained relatively stable, financial gains for middle-income Americans during this period were modest compared with those of higher-income households, causing the income disparity between the groups to grow.…

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Austin’s Fix for Homelessness: Tiny Houses, and Lots of Neighbors

By Megan Kimble ~ Citylab ~ Community First! Village’s model for ending homelessness emphasizes the stabilizing power of social connections. There are a lot of things that Richard Devore likes about the 250-square-foot tiny home he’s lived since early last year. He loves the wood cabinets in his house, the sprawling oak trees providing shade outside, the goats roaming in the pasture nearby. But most of all, he loves “the…

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Why Republicans and Democrats Can Meet in the Middle for Green Energy

By Prachi Patel ~ Anthropocene ~ The US is more politically divided than it ever has been. It is hard for Democrats and Republicans to find common ground, certainly not on environmental issues. But people across the political spectrum favor renewable energy, new research confirms. The study, published in Environmental Politics, found that the key word is self-sufficiency. Voters on both sides of the aisle agree that rooftop solar panels…

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