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Voices Heard: Family Stories From 2013

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2013 in Review: Congress Bickers, People Take Action

Maureen O'Hagan | Equal Voice News

December 17, 2013

Legislative gridlock surfaced so often in Congress in 2013 that historians will have ample room to chronicle a “do-nothing” Congress. Lawmake
Politics, Policy, and Elections

From Fields to Table: Congress Threatens U.S. Food Basket

Michael Mello | Special to Equal Voice News

December 11, 2013

LOS BANOS, Calif. – In the heartland of California, tanker trucks filled with fresh milk still roll to processing plants; farmers have plowed under

Can a 1-Percenter Save Troubled Mortgages?

Maureen O'Hagan | Equal Voice News

November 5, 2013

RICHMOND, Calif. – In a run-down shopping center in the heart of this San Francisco Bay Area community, about a half dozen activists are plotting to tu

Texas State Trooper Checkpoints Meet Social Media

Maureen O'Hagan | Equal Voice News

October 8, 2013

When Texas state troopers announced last month they were setting up checkpoints on roads heading in and out of the poorest areas of the Rio Grande Valley
Health Care

Health Care Trapdoor: No Medicaid, No Tax Rebates (FAQ)

Keith Griffith | Special to Equal Voice News

October 1, 2013

Most days, Robin Evans starts her newspaper route in Grangeville, Idaho at 3:30 a.m. Sundays are the only exception -- then she gets to sleep in an extra

Strength, Families, Beauty: A Photo Essay

Equal Voice News

September 27, 2013

So what does it take to raise a family? Strength, for sure, given the inordinate amount of challenges that life can bring at any hour of the day. But fro

Families Tighten Belts: Food Stamps, Hunger and Facts

Maureen O'Hagan | Equal Voice News

September 24, 2013

Last Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released figures revealing 46.5 million people were living at or below the poverty line — a near-record in the las

More Than Housing: One Person's Voice

Equal Voice News

July 30, 2013

More Than Housing: Shon’s Equal Voice Story Shon Robertson is an activist, spoken word artist, and was once homeless. At the age of 8, Shon became a wa

The Price of Power to a Nation

Claudia Rowe | Special to Equal Voice News

June 5, 2013

KAYENTA, Ariz. — In a dimly-lit home off a tangle of dirt roads on the Navajo Nation, 80-year-old Simon Crank sits on his living room couch, recalling

Minimum Wage: Not Just for the Poor

Robin Templeton | Special to Equal Voice News

April 2, 2013

For Merleane S., a 19-year-old, single mom, her work shift on March 15 included taking and filling orders at a fast food restaurant in Palm Coast, Fla. S

The True Cost of Food: Immigration and Agriculture Workers

Brad Wong | Equal Voice News

March 12, 2013

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – When Modesto Hernandez, 35, walks these days, he grips the curved handle of a brown metal cane to steady himself. In 2008, Hernande

When Jobs are Needed, Grassroots Groups Spring to Action

Kathy Mulady | Equal Voice News

March 5, 2013

Last summer, just hours after the Oakland City Council approved an agreement to turn the former Army Base into a warehouse and shipping hub, promising th