5 Ways It’s Becoming a Crime To Be Poor in America, Punishable By Further Impoverishment

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New report details perverse policies that are driving more people into hopeless, inescapable poverty.

The criminalization of America’s poor has been quietly gaining steam for years, but a recent study, “The Poor Get Prison,” co-authored by Karen Dolan and Jodi L. Carr, reveals the startling extent to which American municipalities are fining and jailing the country’s most vulnerable people, not just punishing them for being poor, but driving them deeper into poverty.

“In the last ten years,” Barbara Ehrenreich writes in the introduction, “it has become apparent that being poor is in itself a crime Read More

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Food Stamps Are Worth Double at These Michigan Farmers Markets – Helping Families and Local Businesses

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(Photo: Dave Brenner/U-M SNRE)The USDA is putting $31 million behind a program that helps low-income families take home twice the veggies, and local farmers make twice the money.

Vicki Zilke is a farmer in Ypsilanti, Mich., population 20,000, where more than a quarter of residents live below the poverty line. Every week, she sells her vegetables at Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, one of two in the city. Nearly 40 percent of the shoppers at both hubs are on some form of food assistance funding from the government.

The two farmers markets first started accepting payment through food assistance Read More

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Earlier this year, Los Angeles Black Worker Center was interviewed to discuss our experiences and reflections on the importance of organizing black workers here and across America. More than thirty leaders from community organizations, national groups and foundations were also interviewed, and their insights have been released in the new report: #BlackWorkersMatter. Asserting that black lives matter also means that the quality of those lives matters.

The report shows that organizing to build the power of black workers is the ONLY way to challenge the structural racism that perpetuates black social, political and economic inequity. From Read More

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