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Meeting Brenda Ortigoza


On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to shadow kids who were taking part in the “Keeping Families Together: Youth in Action” events on Capitol Hill as they made their way to various California and Washington state Congressional offices, speaking to staffers about how postponing comprehensive immigration reform tears apart families every day. As we finished Read More >>

The Luxury of Being Grateful


I spent the better part of one morning last week telling dozens of low-income people of color that they had to CHOOSE ONE: cranberry sauce, stuffing in a box, or corn muffin mix. Most were grateful. Some asked why they couldn’t have two boxes of stuffing. One woman looked at me incredulously and said pointedly, Read More >>

“We Can’t Cut Ourselves into Prosperity”


Last week, I attended a panel hosted by the Economic Policy Institute and Oxfam America, featuring US Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Jim Walsh (R-NY), economists and researchers, and two women who work low-wage jobs. Though informative and fascinating, the discussion left me with more questions than I started with. The moderator, Andrew Yarrow of Read More >>

How Much Must Someone Suffer before You Start to Care?


Recently I came across this op-ed in Forbes written by opinion columnist and perpetually miffed white man Tim Worstall. In what was supposed to be a half-quippy, half-snippy critique of a recent Zero Hedge op-ed, Worstall, under the guise of “fact checking,” effectively decries the prevalence of poverty in the United States. Worstall isn’t oblivious to Read More >>

Improving Social Security to Enhance Economic Security for Vulnerable Populations


With 82 percent of Americans in agreement that we must increase Social Security benefits even if it means raising taxes, why should we wait any longer to improve our Social Security system? The Center for Community Change in conjunction with the Older Women’s Economic Security Taskforce, a project of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, Read More >>

What’s the Matter with Food Stamp Recipients?


If you’re reading this article, you’re probably already aware that the House of Representatives voted to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $39 billion. The bill didn’t decrease funding for SNAP per se; rather, the bill raised the eligibility requirements for people already on the program, thus saving money in the federal budget. Read More >>