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A Path Out of Poverty in New Mexico? Yes, Families Voice Ideas

A Path Out of Poverty in New Mexico? Yes, Families Voice Ideas

Budget-oriented legislative sessions don’t garner nearly the same kind of headlines compared to those considering hot-button issues. However, the 2016 session for the New Mexico state Legislature does provide an opportunity to take a step back and consider how our state uses its resources toward eradicating poverty among our state’s families and children. When one […]

Could Flint Water Crisis Lead to Manslaughter Charges?

Could Flint Water Crisis Lead to Manslaughter Charges?

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Flint’s water crisis, after a switch in the source allowed dangerous levels of lead and potentially caused deadly cases of Legionnaires’ disease, could result in criminal charges as serious as involuntary manslaughter, a top investigator said Tuesday. Todd Flood, who was appointed as special counsel by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette […]

Advocates: U.S. Homeless Count Needs to Be Done More Often

Advocates: U.S. Homeless Count Needs to Be Done More Often

NEW YORK (AP) — Over the past few weeks, thousands of clipboard-toting volunteers have fanned out across some of the nation’s largest cities, tasked with a deceptively complex job: counting the number of homeless people sleeping on the streets. And under federal rules, they’ve had to do it under difficult conditions that some social service […]

Flint Water Crisis: We Listen to People, Just Not the Poor

Flint Water Crisis: We Listen to People, Just Not the Poor

Imagine the harm that could have been avoided in Flint if only government officials believed the residents. As far back as May 2014, Flint residents complained about the water piped from the Flint River into their sinks and tubs. To save money, the city had switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River the […]

Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

It’s a quiet win for thousands of Alabamians seeking to rebuild their lives and provide for their families: Alabama is joining the majority of U.S. states by allowing people with a past felony drug conviction to receive SNAP food assistance and TANF financial assistance, as long as they are otherwise eligible. The effective starting date […]

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 […]

To Fight Child Hunger, Obama Is Asking Congress for $12B

To Fight Child Hunger, Obama Is Asking Congress for $12B

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $12 billion over a decade to help feed schoolchildren from low-income families during the summer, the White House said Wednesday. The request will be in the 2017 budget proposal Obama plans to send lawmakers on Feb. 9. Nearly 22 million low-income children receive free […]

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 […]

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