To Help the Homeless, Offer Shelter That Allows Deep Sleep

To Help the Homeless, Offer Shelter That Allows Deep Sleep

Lori Teresa Yearwood

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Co-published with San Francisco Chronicle. Sleep deprivation haunts unhoused people, worsening the trauma that sometimes caused their unsheltered situations in the first place.

Black Lung Disease is Still Killing Miners. The Coal Industry Doesn't Want to Hear It

Black Lung Disease is Still Killing Miners. The Coal Industry Doesn't Want to Hear It

Elyssa East

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Co-published with The Guardian. Today’s black lung rates are higher than 50 years ago, affecting men as young as their 30s, and in Kentucky their right to decent healthcare is being curtailed.

Who Can Afford to Get Pregnant? IVF 'Baby Scholarships' Raise a Class Issue

Who Can Afford to Get Pregnant? IVF 'Baby Scholarships' Raise a Class Issue

Anna Louie Sussman

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Co-published with The Guardian. Foundations are now helping couples and individuals seeking fertility treatments.

General Motors, Sears & Toys R Us: Layoffs Highlight our Shredding Financial Safety Net

General Motors, Sears & Toys R Us: Layoffs Highlight our Shredding Financial Safety Net

Ross Barkan

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Co-published with NBC. Millions of Americans are in danger of entering their final decades unable to afford ballooning medical bills and cost-of-living expenses.

Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Tom Lewandowski

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Co-published with In These Times. At this point, betting our future on the next brutal mating ritual of Republicans and Democrats is not a bet most workers are willing to take.

Not all senior citizens need discounts. But all low-income people do.

Not all senior citizens need discounts. But all low-income people do.

David Wallis

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Co-published with The Washington Post. If we really want to live in a world where such price cuts are useful, then we must reconsider whom they help.

Dollar General Throws a Lifeline to Hard-Pressed Communities. Not All Welcome It.

Dollar General Throws a Lifeline to Hard-Pressed Communities. Not All Welcome It.

Tom Zoellner

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Co-published with The LA Times. The dollar store has thrown a lifeline of food and capital to impoverished pockets, but how much quality is in that lifeline?

Los Angeles Artists Reinvent Their Roles in Gentrifying Communities

Los Angeles Artists Reinvent Their Roles in Gentrifying Communities

Carribean Fragoza

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Co-published with The American Prospect. Poor and working-class neighborhoods often view new art galleries as heralds of gentrification—but some artists have joined with residents to fight displacements and other disruptions.

‘It’s Worse than Murder’: How Rural America Became a Hospital Desert

‘It’s Worse than Murder’: How Rural America Became a Hospital Desert

Michael Graff

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Co-published with The Guardian. Since 2010, 83 rural US hospitals have closed – many in counties with poverty rates higher than average – leaving residents in need stranded.

Go Fund Yourself: Crowdfunding is Now an Essential Part of America's Safety Net

Go Fund Yourself: Crowdfunding is Now an Essential Part of America's Safety Net

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The Guardian. Local activists rely on crowdfunding sites to pay for basics – including school lunches.