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Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

Why Good Jobs Are Needed in the Food Stamp Debate

It’s already begun happening. In 2016, 500,000 to 1 million recipients will be officially cut from the “food stamp” rolls. Some reports say it could be more than 1 million recipients. Before the end of the year, reports say, Tennessee will have eliminated 150,000; Florida will cut 300,000 recipients; North Carolina will chop 110,000 from […]

D.C. Joins the ‘Fight for $15’ by Increasing Minimum Wage

D.C. Joins the ‘Fight for $15’ by Increasing Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers in the nation’s capital approved a $15-an-hour minimum wage on Tuesday, joining numerous other cities and the states of California and New York in mandating pay raises for retail, restaurant and service-industry workers. The D.C. Council unanimously approved the wage increase, and Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser has pledged to sign it […]

Anti-Poverty ‘Promise Zones’ Now Include San Diego and Nashville

Anti-Poverty ‘Promise Zones’ Now Include San Diego and Nashville

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has added nine communities to its effort to ease access to federal aid and cut red tape for areas beset by joblessness, hunger, crime and poor housing.  The newly selected so-called Promise Zones include neighborhoods in Nashville, south Los Angeles, the west side of Atlanta, parts of Evansville, Indiana; […]

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

A Food Desert Win: L.A. Farmers Markets to Take Food Stamps

Los Angeles is working to replace food deserts with food oases, especially after hearing from residents and grassroots advocates. In cities across America, many low-income neighborhoods are also food deserts, areas that lack well-stocked and large grocery stores where people can find healthy food, and use food stamps, officially known as SNAP benefits, to purchase […]

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules to be issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. The policy changes are intended to counter erosion in overtime protections, which date from the 1930s and require employers to pay 1 ½ times a worker’s regular salary for […]

How Social Justice Movements Begin

SAN DIEGO – On Friday, Feb. 12, Marguerite Casey Foundation began its first-ever regional convening of California grantees with a performance by the Border Angels, a social justice and human rights organization that offers food, water and other humanitarian assistance to those attempting the harrowing trek across the U.S.-Mexico border. Performers read from “Letters from […]

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