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This Shelter Gives Homeless People What They Really Need—Long-Term Jobs

By Sydney Worth ~ yes! A Fort Worth, Texas, program sees steady employment as an important step in helping guests rebuild their lives. When Kristy Yates’ daughter passed away in 2010, Yates sank into a deep depression and alcoholism that led to a drunken driving arrest. After a slew of health issues and losing all three of her jobs, the Fort Worth, Texas, resident became homeless and ended up checking…

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A warming world is unhealthy for everyone

By Marco Magrini ~ Geographical ~  Marco Magrini finds that a warming world also means a more unhealthy one, not just for the planet itself, but for those of us living on it What’s bad for the planet is usually bad for human health. In other words, the current warming trends don’t spell good news for the well-being of our species… or for many others. There are exceptions. Insects will thrive…

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Poor Marks for Teachers in Midterms

By Lauren Camera ~ US News ~  Unrest among teachers may have spurred more to run, but it didn’t lead to widespread victories. The 2018 midterm election came on the heels of widespread teacher unrest that, in part, prompted thousands of educators to run for office. But as results rolled in Tuesday night, spilling into Wednesday and Thursday, it was clear voters ultimately didn’t propel a wave of teachers into…

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The benefits gap between high and low earners is widening

By The Economist I see patients every day who are going to have babies because they work at Facebook,” says Peter Klatsky of Spring Fertility clinic in Silicon Valley. Tech giants now include egg-freezing and in vitro fertilisation in their employees’ health coverage. But even as high-earning Americans have the cost of making a baby covered by their companies, many low earners cannot get paid leave to look after theirs.…

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4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings

By Melinda Wenner Moyer ~ Scientific American ~ The right gun laws do prevent shootings, research strongly indicates. And these laws do not mean confiscating everybody’s guns. Scientific American spoke with Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center, and Daniel Webster, director of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Gun Policy and Research, about four feasible legal…

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Central American Women Are Fighting Extractive Industries on their Land—and Winning

By Laura Carlsen ~ Common Dreams ~ The battle to stop the spread of extractive industries pits indigenous and peasant communities against powerful business interests, backed up by politicians who encourage the foreign investments that convert millennial ways of life into cash—for them “They’re diverting the rivers that water our food crops into mining, hydroelectric plants and mono-cropping. They break up our communities, and stealing our happiness, because when we…

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Voters in Missouri and Arkansas just lifted pay for 1 million workers

By David Cooper ~ Economic Policy Institute ~ In yesterday’s election, voters in Missouri and Arkansas gave overwhelming approval to ballot measures that will raise their state’s minimum wage over the next several years, lifting pay for a combined 1 million workers. In Missouri, 62 percent of voters elected to raise the state minimum wage from its current $7.85 to $12 an hour in 2023. In Arkansas, 68 percent of…

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Across the World, Where Kids Go to School Matters

By Lauren Camera ~ US News Policymakers and politicians spend a lot of time wagging fingers over stubborn education achievement gaps in the U.S., lamenting especially the educational level of poor kids, who often go to school with lots of other poor kids in resource-starved communities with less access to good teachers and rigorous classes. But the U.S. is actually doing better than most when it comes to leveling the…

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5 Ways New Movement Leaders Are Effecting Change

By Michael Silberman ~ yes! ~ Seasoned campaigners have long understood that the most effective messengers and organizers are those with the most at stake, or—like the Parkland students—little to lose. Those most directly affected by an issue can speak from the heart, while many campaigners and advocates sound scripted when they cite statistics or the latest study to make their points. Soon after taking the stage at the March…

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2 towns, 2 storms and America’s imperiled poor

By Zack Coleman & Daniel Cusick ~ E&E News ~ Sheril Pritchett can’t get out of her room. It’s not because of damage from Hurricane Florence. Her apartment in Fayetteville, N.C., was spared, somehow, from the historic storm that dumped 30 inches of rain in some parts of the state. She’s not stranded by her earlier hip replacements, either. Pritchett is bed-ridden by stress. She, like many in the path…

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