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Amnesty International Annual Report 2014-2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. By Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International

“Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world’s politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change. International humanitarian law – the law that governs the conduct of armed conflict – could not be clearer. Attacks must never be directed against civilians. The principle of distinguishing between civilians and combatants is a fundamental safeguard for people caught up in the horrors of war. And yet, time and again, civilians bore the brunt in conflict. In the year marking the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, politicians repeatedly trampled on the rules protecting civilians – or looked away from the deadly violations of these rules committed by others.

The Geography of Economic Segregation in America’s Metros

“The MPI aims to deepen our understanding of economic prosperity. Housed at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, MPI’s mission is to develop a new understanding of, and inform, the broader public conversation about shared and sustainable prosperity that should be an essential part of democratic capitalism.” “Americans have become increasingly sorted overContinue Reading

The Deserving Poor, the Family, and the U.S. Welfare System

“The Eleventh Annual W. J. Usery Distinguished Lecture on the American Workplace, was held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Robert Moffitt, the Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University [presented] “The Deserving Poor, the Family, and the U.S. Welfare System.” Professor Moffitt’s research focuses on applied microeconometricsContinue Reading

Data-driven journalism project revealed racial disparities in U.S. nursing homes

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein via Storybench – part of the Media Innovation track at Northeastern University’s School of Journalism:  “In 2009, while at The Chicago Reporter, I took a deep look at racial disparities in the quality of care in nursing homes in Chicago, Illinois and nationally. For a project that the Center for Public Integrity published inContinue Reading

Helping Families Involved in the Child Welfare System Achieve Housing Stability

Urban Institute Report – Mary K. Cunningham, Mike Pergamit, Abigail Baum, Jessica Luna. February 11, 2015. “The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)‘s Family Unification Program (FUP) provides low-income families involved in the child welfare system with housing vouchers. FUP is an important vehicle for understanding three issues: (1) the overlap between the child welfare system,Continue Reading

Poverty in the United States: 2013

CRS Report – Poverty in the United States: 2013. Thomas Gabe, Specialist in Social Policy, January 29, 2015. “In 2013, 45.3 million people were counted as poor in the United States under the official poverty measure—a number statistically unchanged from the 46.5 million people estimated as poor in 2012. The poverty rate, or percent ofContinue Reading

Child Poverty Pervasive in Large American Cities, New Census Data Show

Commentary and statistics from National Center for Children in Poverty: “Years after the end of the Great Recession, child poverty remains widespread in America’s largest cities. Nearly three children in five living in Detroit are poor, according to the most recent Census figures, a rate that has grown by 10 percentage points since the onsetContinue Reading

CDC Vital Signs: Secondhand Smoke

Vital Signs: Disparities in Nonsmokers’ Exposure to Secondhand Smoke — United States, 1999–2012. February 3, 2015 / 64 (Early Release);1-7 “No level of secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure is safe. SHS exposure occurs when nonsmokers breathe in smoke exhaled by smokers or from burning tobacco products. It kills more than 400 infants and 41,000 adult nonsmokersContinue Reading

One in Five Children Receive Food Stamps

“The number of children receiving food stamps remains higher than it was before the start of the Great Recession in 2007, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual Families and Living Arrangements table package released today. The rate of children living with married parents who receive food stamps has doubled since 2007. In 2014, anContinue Reading

HHS 2015 Poverty Guidelines

 2015 Poverty Guidelines – U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines Used to Determine Financial Eligibility for Certain Federal Programs [ Prior Poverty Guidelines and Federal Register References Since 1982 ] [ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ] [ Further Resources on Poverty Measurement, Poverty Lines, and Their History ]

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Spending and Policy Options

CBO Report – “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a federal program that provides cash assistance, work support, and other services to some low-income families. The cash assistance is generally limited to families with income well below the poverty threshold and few assets; it goes to roughly 2 million families per month, most ofContinue Reading

Does income inequality hurt economic growth?

Focus on Inequality and Growth – OECD – December 2014. Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. “Widespread increases in income inequality have raised concerns about their potential impact on our societies and economies. New OECD research shows that when income inequality rises, economic growth falls. One reason is that poorer members of society areContinue Reading