Category Archives: Economic Justice

Evidence Mounts that Drug Testing for Public Assistance is Costly and Ineffective

From CLASP ( NOTE: This has been discussed for Pennsylvania, though it does not appear to be in play at the moment. Last year, CLASP exposed state policies requiring drug screening or testing for public assistance as ineffective, illegal, and … Continue reading

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Finish This Sentence: Inequality Is…Add Your Two Cents

Posted at By Lecia Imbery February 3, 2016 Income. Housing. Education. Racial justice. These are just a few of the areas where inequality is evident in our society. But what does inequality mean to you? That’s the question the Ford … Continue reading

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Our Economy for the 1% Is Bad News for Most Americans, but Particularly Americans of Color

Posted at By Andrew Yarrow January 29, 2016 This post was originally published on Oxfam America’s blog, The Politics of Poverty, on January 28. Inequality is on the rise worldwide, but even the effects of inequality are unequal. Wealth inequality in … Continue reading

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Our Fading Understanding of the Common Good

Posted at At the top of this blog is a quote from the late Senator Paul Wellstone, who describes our “nation of citizens called to a common purpose… tied to one another by a common bond.”  Wellstone is defining … Continue reading

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Despite Recovery, Prosperity Remains Out of Reach for Millions of American Families

2016 Scorecard shows steep uphill climb, especially for households of color This morning, CFED kicked off its first-ever National Week of Action with the release of the 2016 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard. Released annually, this year’s Scorecard examines 130 policy … Continue reading

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Sign Petition for Expanded WIC and Summer Meals

From US Action ( Sign the petition to Congress at Stand up for kids. Fight for an expanded WIC program and increased access to summer meals through the Child Nutrition authorization process. Working families and the middle class are … Continue reading

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Bipartisan Idea to Lift Millions out of Poverty

Posted at By Deborah Weinstein January 22, 2016  [Editor’s Note: This piece was co-written by Deborah Weinstein, CHN’s executive director, and Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life. With many thanks to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the National Women’s Law … Continue reading

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Roughly 25 Percent of Demand for Emergency Food Assistance and Shelter Went Unmet in U.S. Cities

Posted at By Lecia Imbery January 21, 2016 A survey of select cities across the U.S. showed that roughly a quarter of individuals and families who needed emergency food and shelter were turned away because of a lack of available resources. The … Continue reading

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City & State Minimum Wage Campaigns 101 – Opposition Tactics and Fighting Back—February 10, Webinar

From the National Employment Law Project ( Date:   Wed, Feb 10, 2016, 1:00 p.m. Meeting Description: With income inequality front-and-center on the national agenda, more campaigns are fighting in more places for significant minimum wage boosts than ever before.  To … Continue reading

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New Extreme in Inequality Crisis as 62 People Own as Much as Poorest Half

Posted at Published on Monday, January 18, 2016 by Common Dreams Oxfam report finds that global one percent of wealth holders now own more than the rest of the world combined By Lauren McCauley, staff writer A teenager wears … Continue reading

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