Part II: Former Inmates Need Comprehensive Financial Capability Supports for Life After Incarceration

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Marlysa Thomas is a program manager at the Corporation for Enterprise Development, where she builds capacity in non-profits that work directly with low-income communities. She specifically focuses on narrowing the racial wealth divide,… Continue reading

Part I: The Case for Helping Prisoners and Returning Citizens Build Good Credit

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Marlysa Thomas is a program manager at the Corporation for Enterprise Development, where she builds capacity in non-profits that work directly with low-income communities. She specifically focuses on narrowing the racial wealth divide,… Continue reading

Instead of Asking if Greece Will Stay, We Should Ask Who’s Next

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By Alex Gold Fingers are pointing and blame is flying — the Greek debt crisis is the fault of the Greek government, or the Greek people, or the banks, or the ECB, or… Continue reading

Media Accounts of Church Arson Don’t Match Reality

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By Alex Hyder After seeing reports on the spate of fires at black churches, I had to wonder: is this really atypical?  After all, this is a huge country with hundreds of thousands… Continue reading

Thomas and Alito’s Straw Man Arguments Against The Fair Housing Act

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While everyone is laughing at Justice Antonin Scalia’s “interpretive jiggery-pokery” and “pure apple sauce”, another very important SCOTUS case was decided yesterday. The Fair Housing Act was up for interpretation in Texas Department… Continue reading

White Flag

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“Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.” — Psalm 74:4 For months, the events have gathered, scattered ominously across the landscape like dark foreboding… Continue reading

Chat Corner: Thoughts on Netflix’s “Hot Girls Wanted” and Sex Work

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Sebastian, Angie, and Sarah discuss pornography, prostitution, and the new Netflix documentary Hot Girls Wanted, about the amateur porn industry. The conversation is edited and compiled. *** SEBASTIAN: Chris Hedges on prostitution: “If… Continue reading

Orange Is The New Black Sheds Light on the Drug War and Imprisoned Women

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A young girl  walks into the kitchen to see four women, one of whom is her mother, sitting around a kitchen table in their bras cutting, weighing and packaging cocaine and heroin. Looking… Continue reading

The Ethics of Public Shaming

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Consider this thought experiment. Melissa, a 43-year-old mother of two, lives in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Melissa works as an assistant manager at Hobby Lobby, and is both a competent employee and an enthusiastic… Continue reading