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Two Muslims at Poor People’s Campaign Rally, Where Were the Rest?

Date: June 20, 2018 | Categories: Opinion, Opinion All,

By Syeda R. Noshin & Farhana Begum ICNA CSJ Interns Picture this. Two hijabis covered from head to toe strolling through DC during a code orange weather warning (one of them dumb enough to wear heels). Why, might you ask? For a cause that represents a foundational (yet often overlooked) pillar of our faith. In Islam, zakat–or alms–giving to the poor–is …

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Addressing the Elephant in the Room: The Role of Racism in Poverty

Date: June 4, 2018 | Categories: Featured, Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, Opinion, Opinion All,

By Syeda R. Noshin ICNA CSJ Intern Science has long since identified melanin as the source of differences in skin, hair, and eye color between people, confirming that it has no relation to intellect, capability, or anything inherent about a person’s personality (1). And yet, society still refuses to relinquish its white-knuckled grip on the idea that assumptions can be …

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Poverty in America: Why Can’t We End It?

Date: May 24, 2018 | Categories: Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, Opinion, Opinion All,

Source: NY Times By Peter Edelman RONALD REAGAN famously said, “We fought a war on poverty and poverty won.” With 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — now counted as poor, it’s tempting to think he may have been right. Look a little deeper and the temptation grows. The lowest percentage in poverty since we started counting …

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How it Became a Crime to Be Poor in America

Date: May 24, 2018 | Categories: Opinion, Opinion All,

Source: The Guardian By Peter Edelman In the United States, a system of modern peonage – essentially, a government-run loan shark operation – has been going on for years. Beginning in the 1990s, the country adopted a set of criminal justice strategies that punish poor people for their poverty. Right now in America, 10 million people, representing two-thirds of all …

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Minimum Wage Mythbusters

Date: September 18, 2016 | Categories: Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, Opinion, Opinion All,

Source: U.S. Department of Labor Myth: Raising the minimum wage will only benefit teens. Not true: The typical minimum wage worker is not a high school student earning weekend pocket money. In fact, 89 percent of those who would benefit from a federal minimum wage increase to $12 per hour are age 20 or older, and 56 percent are women. …

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Bail: The High Price of Freedom

Date: January 20, 2016 | Categories: Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, Opinion, Opinion All, Video All, Videos,

Source: AJ+ AJ+ has done an excellent job in this short video showing how our criminal “justice” system favors the rich over the poor. We must continue our fight to demand rights and fair treatment for all people in our criminal justice system. Here are some facts about the U.S. prison system: U.S. jails more people than any other country in the …

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The Right’s Anti-Minimum-Wage Arguments Have Pretty Much Stayed the Same for 80 Years

Date: November 23, 2015 | Categories: Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, Opinion, Opinion All,

Source: In These Times By Branko Marcetic Over the past year, the campaign to raise the minimum wage has been steadily accumulating prominence, political allies and, most importantly, successes. Not surprisingly, it has also occasioned a pushback from conservative politicians and columnists who view its increase as a misguided, self-defeating folly. The main points of the conservative argument against raising …

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How Section 8 became a ‘racial slur’

Date: June 15, 2015 | Categories: Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, Opinion, Opinion All,

Source: Washington Post By Emily Badger Coded language, by definition, conveys much saying very little. And so those words allegedly uttered in McKinney, Tex., before a confrontation between police and black teens — “Go back to your Section 8 home” — evoked a particular and vivid set of assumptions. The words were offensive because of what we think they meant in …

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One Fair Wage for Restaurant Workers in D.C.

Date: June 10, 2015 | Categories: Hunger / Poverty / Inequality, Opinion, Opinion All,

By ROC United DC We believe it’s time for One Fair Wage in Washington, D.C. The two-tiered wage system, which permits employers to pay tipped workers a subminimum wage, is broken and it’s time to fix it. Right now, tipped employees earn as little as $2.77. Nationally, that figure is just $2.13 per hour. After taxes, that means many tipped …