National Politics

A mother nurses her baby while talking about welfare reform on local public radio, 2014, Selma, Alabama. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Veit)

Shaming Welfare Recipients

Posted August 23, 2016 by Nancy Scheper-Hughes

After returning from the South, I was determined to complete my interrupted studies, and I moved to California to work as a research assistant for Hortense Powdermaker, my undergraduate mentor at Queens College who had just retired and moved to
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Portland – Whitest American City

Posted August 8, 2016 by Scot Nakagawa

I highly recommend this feature in the Atlantic – The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America. We can learn a lot about racism by looking at those places that are the whitest. In Portland, the belief that
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Disability Rights Activist Anastasia Somoza

Conventions Strike Out on Housing Crisis

Posted August 1, 2016 by

Can Disability Rights Movement Offer Model for Housing Activists? The Republican and Democratic National Conventions are over, and the nation’s affordable housing crisis has struck out. Not a single prime time speaker even uttered the words “housing crisis” or relayed
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Sanders and Clinton Show Democratic Unity

Media Exaggerates Democratic Disunity

Posted July 26, 2016 by

Bernie Sanders gave a rousing endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday night, but it won’t stop reporters from clinging to a false narrative of Democratic disunity.  The media’s pre-convention stories were dominated by the disunity story line,  and there are
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The Impact of U.S. v. Texas on the Latino Electorate

Posted July 12, 2016 by David F. Damore

On July 11, America’s Voice and Latino Decisions released poll results assessing Latino voters’ knowledge of and reaction to the Supreme Court’s U.S. v. Texas decision blocking President Obama’s authority to implement DAPA and to expand DACA.  The poll surveyed
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