Hotel Kicks Out Homeless Couple From Prepaid Room Over Lack Of IDs

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The low temperature for Columbus, OH on Saturday was 6 degrees. Blowing snow was creating whiteout conditions for drivers. George and Joyce Gruss were already delayed hours by winter weather when they stopped at a Wendy’s off of Interstate 71 to get some dinner.

While they ate, they noticed a woman at a nearby table crying. “We were thinking maybe it was a Valentine’s Day gone bad or something,” George told ThinkProgress. But when Joyce asked her and her male companion what was wrong, it turned out they were homeless and stuck in Columbus after someone they Read More

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Meet The Workers Caring For Our Elderly While Living In Poverty

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Home care worker Patricia Evans

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Kimberly Weems has been a home care worker in Atlanta for over 14 years. She first got interested in the field after caring for a blind uncle. “It’s my passion,” she said. “This is just something I’ve always wanted to do, to keep people’s loved ones in their homes.”

Kimberly Weems

Kimberly Weems

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But her passion doesn’t always pay the bills. She’s currently making $8.50 an hour and doesn’t get any extra pay for overtime hours or for the time she spends traveling between clients. It’s a challenge to live on that while caring for Read More

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Water Privatization: “Notoriously At Odds With Democracy”

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Private U.S. corporations, taking advantage of lucrative opportunities created by the intentionally crippled tax base of local governments, are grabbing public assets and resources, particularly water. But water is not a commodity; it is a human right. And in the U.S., as around the world, the onslaught of corporate privatization is being countered by a powerful backlash to reclaim that precious resource for the public sphere.

On Feb. 5, New Jersey became the latest state to subvert democracy by authorizing the fast-track sale or lease of water utilities without public notice, comment, or approval. The controversial decision Read More

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Detroit’s gentrification doesn’t address poverty

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The new Detroit renaissance does not address why the city declined in the first place. It does little to address poverty, unemployment and access to resources for the vast majority of the city’s residents. What’s worse, the gentrification of downtown Detroit contributes to greater inequality and polarisation, which are growing challenges for cities around the world.

For the past two years, I have taken postgraduate students in urban geography to Detroit, where a prosperous downtown is rising. The city’s transformation is being celebrated and seen as potential model for other places.

But George Galster, professor of Read More

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