Activists Are Reclaiming Jails As Community-Operated Social Service Facilities

By James Kilgore and Ivie Osaghae, -

Jails have emerged as a key focal point of the struggle against mass incarceration. Several trends are in motion at the same time. In jurisdictions like New York and Los [...]

For Those Living In Public Housing, It’s A Long Way To Work

By Sarah Holder, -

Let’s say there are two people in Atlanta who need jobs. They poke around on Snagajob, a job-search site for hourly work that lists hundreds of thousands of jobs in 300,000 locations. They scroll [...]

‘Just Get On And Go!’ Olympia Transit System Goes Fareless

By Tom Banse, -

As of the New Year, no bus fare is needed to ride the Olympia area’s Intercity Transit. On Jan. 1, the transit agency became the largest in the Pacific Northwest to eliminate fare collection, [...]

Revealed: Americans Care More About Social Needs Than Deficits

By John Duda, -

A recent poll from the Democracy Collaborative and YouGov reveals that most Americans are ready to spend more for social needs, even if it raises the deficit. The debate around modern monetary [...]

In An Unequal America, Empathy, Not Just Housing, Has Become Too Pricey

By Sam Pizzigati, -

In our daily lives, as anyone who keeps a household budget can attest, the unexpected happens all the time. A refrigerator evaporator fan motor fails. Some part on your car you never realized [...]

“Pretty Much a Failure”: HUD Inspections Pass Dangerous Apartments Filled With Rats, Roaches And Toxic Mold

By Molly Parker, -

In the winter of 2017, a toddler was rushed to the emergency room after swallowing rodent poison inside her family’s unit at the federally subsidized Clay Arsenal Renaissance Apartments in [...]

Massive Protests In Iraq

By Staff, -

A week ago, demonstrators gathered in Basra at the entrances to three Iraqi oilfields: the West Qurna field run by Lukoil, the Rumaila field run by BP and the West Qurna field run by ExxonMobil. [...]

Soon You Cant’t Use Food Stamps At Farmers Markets — But That’s Not Half Of It

By Jill Richardson, -

This week, I thought I would write about food stamps and farmers markets. People on food stamps, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), receive their benefits [...]

Why People Love ‘Assistance to the Poor’ But Hate ‘Welfare’

By Ashley Jardina, -

Last Spring, in a highly publicized meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, President Donald Trump received some startling news. One of the members mentioned to Trump that pushing [...]

#TheseCutsHurt Day Of Action

By Staff, -

By Staff of Witnesses to Hunger - On October 30th, 2017, people from around the country will be speaking out to raise awareness about how proposed budget cuts will hurt their families, children, [...]

Reimagining Safety & Security In Our Communities

By Staff, -

By Staff of Law for Black Lives - Over the last 30 years, at both the national and local levels, governments have dramatically increased their spending on criminalization, policing, and mass [...]

Ontario Moving Forward With Basic Income Pilot

By Daniel Tencer, -

By Daniel Tencer for Huffington Post. Ontario, Canada - Former Sen. Hugh Segal has been a vocal proponent of basic income for decades, and now he will have the opportunity to help make the idea a [...]

Profiting From The Poor: Outsourcing Social Services

By Nick Surgey and Katie Lorenze, -

Mississippi protestors had good reason to be concerned. The privatization of social services has in the past resulted in some spectacular failures. The Denver Post found a shocking pattern of [...]