Zombie Debts Are Hounding Struggling Americans. Will You Be Next?

Zombie Debts Are Hounding Struggling Americans. Will You Be Next?

Virginia Eubanks

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Co-published with The Guardian. Tens of thousands of people have received demands to repay alleged overpayments of government benefits – often decades old – plunging them into a Kafkaesque struggle against a faceless bureaucracy.

'Operation Clean Sweep' Arrest Reports Show Most Arrests Were For Drug Possession

'Operation Clean Sweep' Arrest Reports Show Most Arrests Were For Drug Possession

Jerome Campbell

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Co-published with WBUR. An extensive review of Boston police reports reveals the majority of those arrested in “Operation Clean Sweep” were not charged with crimes like drug dealing, contrary to claims by city leaders and law enforcement.

California's Forage Wars

California's Forage Wars

Debra Utacia Krol

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Co-published with High Country News and Roads & Kingdoms. In Mendocino County, California, these “guerilla gatherers” risk fines and jail time to keep food culture alive.

David Berman of Silver Jews Remembered

David Berman of Silver Jews Remembered

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The New York Review of Books. “Openly troubled, openly poetic, openly marginal, openly sloppy, and openly democratic.” Our executive director Alissa Quart reflects on the late David Berman, lead singer of the indie rock band Silver Jews.

Many Minorities Avoid Seeking Credit Due to Generations of Discrimination. Why That Keeps Them Back.

Many Minorities Avoid Seeking Credit Due to Generations of Discrimination. Why That Keeps Them Back.

Lori Teresa Yearwood

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Co-published with CNBC. Decades of discrimination by the government and America’s financial institutions has induced an almost trauma-like response in many people of color, making them less likely to seek credit.

An Accessible Neighborhood Needs Parks

An Accessible Neighborhood Needs Parks

Alysia Abbott

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Co-published with CurbedFor many families like mine—with members who are on the spectrum or have other sensory or mental disorders—parks and playgrounds are vitally important.

The Fight Against Trump’s Other Family Separation Policy

The Fight Against Trump’s Other Family Separation Policy

E. Tammy Kim

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Co-published with The New York Review of BooksThe Trump administration’s plan to terminate the Temporary Protected Status program, if successful, will separate more than a quarter million citizen children from their immigrant parents.

Can You Afford to Be Green When You're Not Rich? I Kept a Diary to Find Out

Can You Afford to Be Green When You're Not Rich? I Kept a Diary to Find Out

Alison Stine

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Co-published with The GuardianPoliticians and corporations have placed the burden of environmental responsibility on the consumer – but how easy is it to go green when you’re barely getting by?

Salt Lake City Offers Glimpse of Socialism, Mormon-Style

Salt Lake City Offers Glimpse of Socialism, Mormon-Style

Kathleen McLaughlin

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Co-published with The Guardian. Utah has one of the nation’s lowest rates of income inequality in part because of the Church of Latter-day Saints’ welfare system, but it also ranks dead last for economic equality for women.

America's Rural Radio Stations are Vanishing – And Taking the Country's Soul With Them

America's Rural Radio Stations are Vanishing – And Taking the Country's Soul With Them

Debbie Weingarten

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Co-published with The Guardian. At a time when local newspapers are disappearing, the loss of a radio station leaves a community with another cultural and informational gap.

Retirement Should Not Mean Hardship – But Many Older Americans Live in Poverty

Retirement Should Not Mean Hardship – But Many Older Americans Live in Poverty

Katherine Newman

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Co-published with The Guardian. As inequality has grown, American seniors have been exposed to financial distress in ways that often go unnoticed.

A Promise Unfulfilled: Water Pipeline Stops Short for Sioux Reservation

A Promise Unfulfilled: Water Pipeline Stops Short for Sioux Reservation

Seth Tupper

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Co-published with The Guardian. After 25 years and a half-billion dollars, only half of the project’s water delivered to Pine Ridge Reservation comes from the Missouri Riverunlike supplies for white ranchers.

The Real Queens of the Road: Truckers’ #MeToo Movement

The Real Queens of the Road: Truckers’ #MeToo Movement

Mary Pilon

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Co-published with The American Prospect. Female trucker activists are fighting back against pervasive sexual harassment at one firm by going after the Fortune 500 clients they ship packages for.

Our One Percent Obsession

Our One Percent Obsession

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with Brown Alumni Magazine. Growing wealth inequality is making a comfortable middle-class American life less possible by the minute. So why do so many of us spend our free time gaping at the super-rich on TV?

Humanities are Crucial for Technological Innovation

Humanities are Crucial for Technological Innovation

Alissa Quart

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Co-published with The San Francisco Chronicle. If tech leaders had any passionate knowledge of the humanities, they might have been less likely to treat our data as a commodity to be used for their own purposes.

Arsonists Torched Highlander’s Main Office. But You Can’t Burn Down an Idea.

Arsonists Torched Highlander’s Main Office. But You Can’t Burn Down an Idea.

Gary Stevenson

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Co-published with In These Times. Labor, civil rights and social justice activists have trained at the historic Highlander Research and Education Center for generations.

Hedge-Fund Ownership Cost Sears Workers Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back.

Hedge-Fund Ownership Cost Sears Workers Their Jobs. Now They’re Fighting Back.

Bryce Covert

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Co-published with The Nation. Laid-off retail workers are demanding severance, labor protections—and an end to the Wall Street playbook of owning a company while hollowing it out.