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Fixing the link: Local health clinics unite caregivers, community 6.7.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Neighborcare leader sees community clinics and Obamacare as remaking health care to benefit people, rather than systems.
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The Supreme Court's Challenge to Housing Segregation 6.7.2015 American Prospect
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) In this April 8, 2013 picture, a boy shoots a basketball into a makeshift basket made from a milk crate and attached to a vacant row house in Baltimore.  In June, the Supreme Court issued several decisions with big policy implications. Its rejection of a challenge to Obamacare and its endorsement of the right to same-sex marriage have received the attention they were due. A third decision, confirming that the Fair Housing Act prohibits not only policies that intend to perpetuate racial discrimination and segregation, but those that have the effect of doing so, was equally momentous. Yet because the ruling concerned an obscure (to the public) and technical phrase (“disparate impact”), it has been more difficult to understand. To comprehend its significance, a review of its background is in order. Roots of the Fair Housing Act In over 100 cities during the summer of 1967 African Americans rioted, in rebellion against segregated and inadequate ghetto conditions. President Lyndon ...
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State must fix hundreds of fish-blocking culverts 5.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is under a federal court order to fix hundreds of barriers built under state roads and highways that block access for migrating salmon and thus interfere with Washington tribes' treaty-backed right to catch ...
Delivering on Housing Vouchers' Potential to Give Families Real Choice 5.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The Supreme Court decision maintaining the Fair Housing Act's power to combat housing segregation and discrimination reinforces that public policy can give more families real choice over where they live. That's also a critical challenge for the Housing Choice Voucher program , the nation's largest rental assistance program for low-income families. Vouchers prevent homelessness, reduce housing instability and crowding, and lift more than a million people out of poverty . But they haven't realized their potential to give families access to higher-opportunity neighborhoods, as Alana Semuels noted in The Atlantic. A quarter of a million children in voucher households live in high-poverty neighborhoods despite the better options that a voucher should give them. Two recent, groundbreaking studies show that children whose families move to better neighborhoods have lower teenage birth rates, higher college attendance and marriage rates, and larger earnings gains as adults, relative to children who remain in less ...
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SCOTUS Steps in to Prevent Further Texas Abortion Clinic Closures 3.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The Supreme Court stepped in with a 5-4 vote to stay a June 9 Fifth Circuit Court ruling on the omnibus anti-abortion law HB2 just before the ruling shuttered all but nine Texas abortion clinics by requiring hospital-like facility upgrades, preventing further reductions in access for 27 million residents already facing significant hurtles to reproductive health care. A Baltimore abortion clinic. (Photo: Whole Woman's Health) On Monday, the Supreme Court stepped in with a 5-4 vote to stay a June 9 Fifth Circuit Court ruling that would have shuttered all but nine abortion clinics in Texas by requiring unnecessary, multimillion-dollar, hospital-like facility upgrades. The stay remains in place pending the court's decision on whether or not to take up the original case, at which point the stay would be extended until a ruling comes down. The omnibus anti-abortion law HB2 - made famous by the successful filibuster of its companion bill SB5 by pink shoe-clad Senator Wendy Davis and the " unruly mob " of ...
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Johnson Habitat Park officially opens, providing nature-play option 2.7.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Johnson Habitat in Denver's Athmar Park neighborhood was hardly a park a few years ago.
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Is Puerto Rico America's Greece? U.S. Commonwealth Seeks Bankruptcy Help in Face of Crushing Debt 1.7.2015 Democracy Now!
Puerto Rico could be on the verge of following Greece in defaulting on its debt. Puerto Rico's government and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority say they will miss today's deadline for more than $1 billion in payments on a debt of more than $73 billion. This comes as Puerto Rico's unemployment is more than twice the U.S. national rate, and its poverty level is nearly double that of the poorest U.S. state. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico’s healthcare system may also be on the verge of collapse. We are joined by Congressmember Nydia Velázquez, Democrat for New York and the first Puerto Rican woman to be elected to Congress.
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After Marriage Equality & Obamacare, Mixed Results from SCOTUS on Abortion, Pollution, Executions 1.7.2015 Democracy Now!
After historic rulings that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide and upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act, this week the Supreme Court handed down its final rulings for the current term, dealing with abortion access, air pollution, executions and elections. We examine the decisions and look at pending rulings on affirmative action and union dues with Ian Millhiser, editor of ThinkProgress Justice and author of "Injustices: The Supreme Court's History of Comforting the Comfortable and Afflicting the Afflicted."
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How Affordable Housing and TOD Are Coming Together in Brazil 1.7.2015 THE CITY FIX
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
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Why Should Climate Philanthropy Care About Energy Access? 1.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Investing in clean energy access provides a disruptive opportunity to revolutionize electricity systems and get on the right side of the politics of development -- philanthropy just hasn't realized it yet. To be fair, philanthropy needs to step up it's game on climate across the board. Our investment is woeful -- only 2 percent of all philanthropic funds are devoted to transitioning to a clean energy economy and staving off the worst impacts of climate. That's why some big name foundations are calling on their colleagues to step up giving, and act on climate . But it's not just the sheer dollars that matter - it's also how we spend them. While we have a lot of work to do to be more strategic one of our most glaring blindspots is energy access. To turn that around someone needs to take the time to make the case that spending scarce climate dollars on energy access will drive transformational change. So let me give it a try. Clean Energy Access Gets the Politics Right For the more politically oriented ...
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Some States Using Federal Grant Money To Help People With Addictions Find A Path To Sobriety 1.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. JAMAICA PLAIN, Massachusetts – At 52, Dajaun Alexander says he’s looking for a fresh start. He graduated from a cooking course here last week and has been chosen for a paid apprenticeship. His prospects for a full-time job after that are very good, his chef instructor said. For Alexander, completing Community Servings’ 12-week course represents a rare achievement in a life punctuated by what he calls “bad decisions.” He is a recovering alcoholic with a history of incarcerations, broken relationships and spotty employment. Cooking, he said, “is my passion.” It may also be his path to sobriety. The local food preparation facility where Alexander trained is part of a national program known as Access to Recovery (ATR). The voucher program, launched in 2003 and currently funded at $100 million per year, aims to help ...
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A Memorable Month of Pride in America 1.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
For too long, same-sex couples have fought tirelessly for their basic civil rights. Loving, committed partners, along with millions of families and supporters, have challenged the status quo, and demanded that all Americans receive equal treatment under the law, and the opportunity for them and their families to live anywhere in this great country, with the dignity, respect, and rights that all Americans deserve. On Friday, June 26th, the Supreme Court honored their fight and handed down one of the most historic rulings of our generation. The highest court in the land ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage equality. Friday's decision was momentous -- and as President Obama said in his remarks following the decision, the Supreme Court has "reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law. That all people should be treated equally, regardless of who they are or who they love." After years of waiting, marriage equality is a reality. The ruling ...
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Why Not? 1.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Our job is not to think small. It is to think big. The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. Why are we so far behind so many other countries when it comes to meeting the needs of working families and the American middle class? Why doesn't every American have access to healthcare as a basic right? Why can't every American who is qualified get a higher education, regardless of family income? Why can't we have full employment at a decent living wage? Why must many older Americans be forced to choose between paying for food, shelter, or medical care? Why can't working parents have access to affordable, high-quality childcare? We should be asking questions like these every day. We have more billionaires in this country than any other nation on earth. We also have more child poverty than any other major industrialized nation. We have the highest rate of student debt. We have more prisoners, more homeless people and more economic inequality. It doesn't have to be this way. These ...
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Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year 1.7.2015 NPR News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says local food is growing quickly from a niche market into something that's generating significant income for communities across the country.
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One-third of world's people still have no proper toilets 30.6.2015 World
NEW DELHI (AP) — Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no access to them, according to a report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF released Tuesday.
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To Subsidize or Not to Subsidize Public Transport: That Is the Question 29.6.2015 THE CITY FIX
Subsidizing users’ fares for public transport may sound like a great idea, and often there are good economic reasons for doing so. In all industrialized and many developing countries, urban transport systems are subsidized with public funds in order to ...
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No, Coal is NOT the Fix-All Solution to Energy Poverty 27.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Pope Francis' papal encyclical on climate change and the environment, titled " On the Care of Our Common Home ", was released last Thursday, recognizing climate change as a moral issue (the poor will suffer the most from a changing climate), while also calling on political leaders to replace fossil fuels with less-polluting sources of energy. The encyclical endorses the science that says climate change is human-caused, resulting from coal, oil, and natural gas use, and also states that humanity is failing in "its God-given role to be a responsible steward of Earth," while time is running out to fix the problem. Papal encyclicals are one of the highest forms of papal teaching, expected to be taken very seriously by Catholics. In what is a victory for climate hawks (the encyclical is basically a call to action targeted at the Vatican's bishops around the world), the encyclical provided a new target for conservatives in the U.S. and elsewhere; conservative media in the U.S. came up with all types of ...
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'Nothing Less Than a Systemic Transformation of Our World' 26.6.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Missouri Food Pantries Help Clients Grow Their Own Produce 26.6.2015 NPR News
Fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to come by for low-income people who rely on food pantries. So some aid programs are now handing out seeds and plants and teaching clients to grow their own.
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Think California’s Drought Is Bad? Try Palestine’s. 26.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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