Quality Of LIfe

Kept Out: Banks Across U.S. Caught Systematically Rejecting People of Color for Home Loans

(DEMOCRACYNOW) Interview, February 20, 2018 — A shocking new investigation by Reveal and the Center for Investigative Reporting has uncovered evidence that African Americans and Latinos are continuing to be routinely denied conventional mortgage loans at rates far higher than their white counterparts across the country. Reveal based its report on a review of 31 million mortgage […]

City awards $369M contract for homeless services in hotels

(CRAINS) Joe Anuta, February 16, 2018 — The de Blasio administration awarded a $369 million contract Friday to a Queens-based organization that will provide supplies and social services to homeless families living in hotels, according to a post in the City Record. The contract was awarded by the Department of Homeless Services to Childrens Community Services […]

Yes, Replacing Food Stamps With a Blue Apron-Style Delivery System Is As Bad As It Sounds

(COMMON DREAMS) Mara Pellittieri, February 15, 2018 — Yesterday, the Trump administration released its fiscal year 2019 budget. For the most part, it’s similar to last year’s proposal: massive cuts to safety net programs, a big boost in military spending, and very Trump-ed up estimates of economic growth. But this year, tucked into the Department of Agriculture […]

‘An Administration By and For the Powerful’: Merkley Nails Mulvaney Over Trump Budget

(COMMON DREAMS)  Jake Johnson, February 15, 2018 — “Everything we see in this budget is about help to the powerful and an assault on working Americans.” “Which is more important: educating our children or more money for the Koch brothers?” —Sen. Jeff Merkley That was how Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) characterized President Donald Trump’s newly-unveiled 2019 spending […]

L.A.’s homelessness surged 75% in six years. Here’s why the crisis has been decades in the making

(LOS ANGELES TIMES) Gale Holland, February 13, 2018 — Some of the poorest people in the city spend their days in the shadow of Los Angeles City Hall, napping on flattened cardboard boxes. On any given day, as many as 20 people take to the City Hall lawn, across the street from LAPD headquarters. They’re there to […]

DuPont vs. the World: Chemical Giant Covered Up Health Risks of Teflon Contamination Across Globe

(DEMOCRACYNOW) Interview, February 11, 2018 — Broadcasting from the Sundance Film Festival, we are joined by three guests who personally battled with DuPont and are featured in the new documentary called “The Devil We Know,” that looks at how former DuPont employees, residents and lawyers took on the chemical giant to expose the danger of the chemical […]

Trying to Deliver “Failing” Grade to Betsy Devos, Teachers Locked Out of Education Dept

(COMMON DREAMS)  Julia Conley, February 10, 2018 — Teachers’ groups, parents, and students were barred from entering the Department of Education on Thursday, the anniversary of Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as Education Secretary, to present her with a “Failing” report card alongside tens of thousands of comments from teachers who disapprove of her performance leading the nation’s public […]

Fueled by Broken Social Contract, Study Finds Inequality and Despair Driving US Life Expectancy Down

(COMMON DREAMS) Julia Conley, February 8, 2018 — A new report finds that a lack of social services including universal healthcare, public health crises, and declining social mobility have all contributed to growing despair and failing health in the United States, resulting in a decrease in life expectancy for the second year in a row. According to […]