Remember when the Senate immigration bill was heralded as a huge victory a few months ago? While most progressive groups swallowed the bitter pill of one-sided compromise that drastically increased border militarization and ignored workers rights, few groups bravely spoke out against it, which we covered in a previous edition of the App.
With the US teetering on the edge of an “undeclared” war against Syria, the App did a little research this past week into how views and perspectives on the imminent war were playing out in Arab-American communities. We learned from a report in the Arab American News, a paper in Dearborn, Michigan, home to the largest Arab-American community in the country that some 200 demonstrators at a rally there last Thursday criticized President Barack Obama’s Administration for its involvement in the Syrian crisis.
It's no secret that there are long-term consequences of poverty. Health outcomes by income and race, much like education outcomes, show a clear correlation between being low-income and suffering health problems. Infant mortality is more than twice as high among African-Americans as among whites.
As the mark up of the 2012 Farm Bill is in its final stages this week (you read that right—the bill was supposed to be passed in 2012, and we’re nearing mid-year 2013!) poor people are in jeopardy of the cuts being made to the bill, and yet, there are other legal decisions and policies moving forward that mean big wins for Big Ag.