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Fields of Dreams

Fields of Dreams

It’s early morning and still dark in the border town of Yuma, Arizona when Liliana Arroyo and Ana Torres head out to the bus stop, a Circle K store, and finally, the fields. Stopping to chat with farmworkers making their way to work, the pair provide information – in English and Spanish - about health screenings [...]
Creating ‘Space’ for Healthy Communities in East L.A.I was a student at Woodrow Wilson High School in Los Angeles from 2005 to 2009. The school sits on top of a hill, overlooking the city. We had a great view. But we – a predominantly Latino student body – did not have the resources to aspire. Books were dated, classes were crowded, there [...]
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Food Stamps Save Kids and Parents From HungerTwelve years ago, life was hard for Tyra Lynn.  Her husband had just lost his job, and the then 27-year-old mother of three had a hard time making ends meet. She was struggling to feed her family and relying on food stamps. She wasn’t alone. In 2000, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. [...]
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When you’re 6 years old, the world is a big place. Miriam Aguayo doesn’t remember much about her family’s move to the United States, but she does remember not wanting to leave her home of Monterrey in northeastern Mexico. In 1997, the family moved to California to be with family – about 1,500 miles from [...]
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Hunger Defies Policy in OregonMariann Duffy stands at her kitchen stove with an apron on, sautéing ground beef: “Everything I’m using today, I got from the food pantry.” Duffy’s family of three lives in a trailer in Jordan Valley, a remote, high desert community in Eastern Oregon. Her husband is disabled. So, the family gets by on disability assistance [...]
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On the surface, Crystal Sahler’s upbringing wasn’t extraordinary: She went to school. She played with friends at the park. She built snowmen. Then in 2008, when Crystal was only 17, her mother unexpectedly passed away from a brain aneurism, leaving her grieving, homeless and alone on the streets of Joliet, Illinois. A year later, through [...]
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U.S. Prepares to Limit Payday Loans (en Español)They’re marketed as a simple way to tide a borrower over to the next paycheck, but payday loans can have devastating effects. Millions of Americans get caught in what consumer rights advocates – and the U.S. Department of Defense – call the “payday loan debt trap,” which is when lenders make loans borrowers cannot afford [...]
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Oregon Families Fight Hunger, Finding Help With SNAPThere’s a good chance you know someone in Tiffany Warner’s position. Like one out of every five Oregonians, she receives SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps. Nearly 15 years ago, Oregon had the highest rate of hunger in the nation. The state changed a number of policies to try to help. But the percentage [...]
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In 2014, Grassroots Advocates United and Made ProgressFaced with a lame-duck president and a do-nothing Congress, social justice advocates took a DIY approach to making change in 2014. Congress failed to raise the federal minimum wage, but cities and states, bowing to pressure from workers’ rights groups, enacted their own minimum-wage hikes. And, while waiting for executive action from President Barack Obama [...]
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The ‘Punishment Economy’ Must EndDuring the past several weeks, protesters in Ferguson, New York City and across the country have shut down public transit, freeways, malls and many other institutions in response to the state-sanctioned violence that resulted in the deaths of Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and countless others. Much of the anger has been directed at [...]
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