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Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

After Gabriel Cardenas graduated from high school, he seemed on track to join America’s middle class. He worked at Google in Silicon Valley, enrolled in classes at San Jose’s Evergreen Valley College and took a second job. But seven years after graduation, Cardenas is no closer to a middle class that has been shrinking for […]

Analysis: Policies – Such as Redlining – Hinder Communities

Analysis: Policies – Such as Redlining – Hinder Communities

Clarence Lang, professor and chairperson of African and African American studies at the University of Kansas, spoke to students and interested faculty late last year as part of the African and Black Diaspora Studies’ lecture series on Black Lives Matter movement. His talk, about the “long shadow of the ’60s” continued the conversations students had […]

Depression Along With HIV Can Kill Black Gay Men. Can We Stop It?

Depression Along With HIV Can Kill Black Gay Men. Can We Stop It?

Ari Hampton came out to his father when he was 18. It didn’t go well. Fearing for his life, the gay teen ran away, ending up on the streets of Detroit. To survive, he sold the only thing he had—his body. To deal with the harsh realities of his life and the humiliation of sex […]

Child Care’s Broken Promise: Parents Want Solutions

When Angelica Gonzalez left home at age 11, all she wanted was a safe place where she could go back to school. Abandoned by her mentally ill mother, she was raising herself on the streets of her Phoenix neighborhood, never in school, and narrowly avoiding the gangs and crime that seemed to be everywhere. “I […]

Florida Berry Pickers Are Left Out of Talks Affecting Their Lives

Florida Berry Pickers Are Left Out of Talks Affecting Their Lives

When black bears in Florida began foraging for food in people’s backyards, the state responded by banning the harvest of small orange, green and dark-blue saw palmetto berries the bears feed on in the wild. The reasoning? Preserving more of the bears’ food in their habitats would make them less likely to encroach on suburbia. […]

Medicaid Denied: The Cost May Be Measured in Lives

IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A few weeks before Christmas in 2010, Gloria Owens was shopping in the Dirt Cheap Store in Yazoo City, Mississippi, when she collapsed. That is when Owens, now 59, learned she was suffering from untreated diabetes. A social worker here, she’d lost her health insurance after switching to part-time work […]

A Latina Youth Encourages All to Vote

Violeta Sanchez, a first-generation Mexican-American, knows what it feels like to deal with discrimination. She comes from a family where half of its members are undocumented immigrants who have been unable to get jobs that match their skill levels. The reason: Their status. Dealing with this discrimination led her to fight for social justice – […]

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