Category Archives: Family

News Coverage: The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America

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News Coverage: Quoctrung Bui & Claire Cain Miller, The Age That Women Have Babies: How a Gap Divides America,, August 4, 2018. “Researchers say the differences in when women start families are a symptom of the nation’s inequality — and as moving up the economic ladder has become harder, mothers’ circumstances could have a bigger effect on their children’s futures.”



New Op-Ed: What Is the ‘Success Sequence’ and Why Do So Many Conservatives Like It?

New Op-Ed: Brian Alexander, What Is the ‘Success Sequence’ and Why Do So Many Conservatives Like It?, July 31, 2018.

“The success sequence, trustworthy as it may sound, conveniently frames structural inequalities as matters of individual choice.”

New Op-Ed: The 2020 Census Is Already in Big Trouble

New Op-Ed: Vann R. Newkirk II, The 2020 Census Is Already in Big Trouble,, July 31, 2018.

“From cybersecurity issues to administrative problems to a legal drama over a possible citizenship question, there are plenty of reasons to worry about the decennial head count.”

News Coverage: Why so many poor kids who get into college don’t end up enrolling

News coverage: Alvin Chang, Why so many poor kids who get into college don’t end up enrolling,, August 3, 2018.

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): 7 posts you should have seen this week but probably didn’t

In a week dominated by tragedy in Greece, Michael Cohen, and the aversion of trade war with Europe, there’s a lot that got swept under the rug. ICYMI:

(1) Tamar Haspel, The true connection between poverty and obesity isn’t probably what you think, Wash. Post, July 20, 2018.

(2) Myrna Pérez, How the Midterm Elections May Be Compromised,, July  19, 2018.

(3) Charlotte Graham-McLay, New Zealand Grants Domestic Violence Victims Paid Leave,, July 26, 2018. In a shocking reminder of what is possible when individuals in crisis are treated humanely and afforded a small measure of decency…

(4) Dylan L. Scott, Why Trump’s attacks on preexisting conditions are an attack on women,, July 26, 2018. women_afford_care






(5) Dara Lind, Americans are stepping up to show reunited migrant families there’s more to their country than Trump,, July 26, 2018. An informal welcoming committee is offering support — with everything from plane tickets to birthday cupcakes.

(6) Julia Carrie Wong, A year after Charlottesville, why can’t big tech delete white supremacists,, July 25, 2018.

(7) Tal Kopan & Nick Valencia, Exclusive: Listen to separated moms beg for their kids in court,, July 24, 2018.

Newsflash: The War on Poverty is Not Won — Recent commentary on how far we still have to go in the fight against poverty


When hunger is increasing in many urban areas and when poverty is increasingly concentrated post Recession, is the War on Poverty won? When women and children, particularly people of color, endure poverty at disproportionate and growing rates, that statement is just a cruel assertion from the Trump administration, aimed at making it easier to slap work requirements on the poor.

News Coverage: Alfred Lubrano, Is the War on Poverty ‘a success’ as the Trump administration proclaims?, July 27, 2018.

News Coverage: Kriston Capps, The ‘War on Poverty’ Isn’t Over, and Kids are Losing,, July 18, 2018.

News Coverage: Robert L. Fischer, Why the War on Poverty Isn’t Over, in 4 Charts,, July 20, 2018.

Op-Ed: Renée Loth, Trump declares victory in the war on poverty to punish the poor,, July 20, 2018.

Op-Ed: Gregory Acs, Have we won the War on Poverty? Not yet, The Urban Institute, July 26, 2018.

Op-Ed: Will Bunch, No, Trump administration, we didn’t ‘win’ the War on Poverty,, July 19, 2018.


New Article: Establishing a More Effective SAFMR System: The Cost and Benefits of HUD’s 2016 Small Area Fair Market Rent Rule

New Article: John Treat, Establishing a More Effective SAFMR System: The Cost and Benefits of HUD’s 2016 Small Area Fair Market Rent Rule, 51 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 643 (2018). Abstract below:

This Note analyzes the new HUD rule finalized in November 2016, which dramatically changed the structure of the Housing Choice Voucher program in select metropolitan areas. In August 2017, HUD suspended automatic implementation of the rule until 2020 for twenty-three of the twenty-four selected metropolitan areas, but in December 2017, a preliminary injunction was granted requiring HUD to implement the rule as of January 1, 2018. The rule as written changes the method for calculating the vouchers from using a metropolitan area-wide average to calculating a separate level for each zip code. Such a change could greatly deconcentrate poverty and reduce economic and racial segregation; a result that the current status quo has failed to accomplish. The new rule, however, is not without its flaws. This Note offers a number of recommendations for changing the rule to address these flaws: (1) tweaking metro area selection criteria to include large, highly-segregated areas; (2) granting public housing agencies flexibility in implementing the rule; (3) including new protections for gentrifying neighborhoods and additional funding for landlord outreach and mobility counseling; and (4) revising methodology to increase accuracy. Despite the problems with the new rule, as long as HUD is truly committed to implementing it, its benefits are likely to outweigh its flaws.

New Report: Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing


New Report: National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing, 2018.

This is the newest annual edition of NLIHC’s report, a vital piece advancing understanding of the affordable housing crisis across the nation.


New Article: Now We Know Better: A New Legal Framework on Sex to Better Promote Autonomy, Equality, Diversity, and Care for the Poor

New Article: Helen M. Alvare, Now We Know Better: A New Legal Framework on Sex to Better Promote Autonomy, Equality, Diversity, and Care for the Poor, Buffalo Law Review Forthcoming; George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 18-05. Abstract below:

Over especially the last 50 to 60 years, US laws and policies concerning the sexual relationships between men and women have more consciously articulated a need to pursue social justice according to the categories of autonomy, equality, diversity and care for the poor. These categories are admirable on their face and responsive to the times in which they emerged. They are particularly well-suited to the history of discrimination against women and African Americans in the US. They were strongly influenced, inter alia, by the development of contraceptive technology and an array of social welfare initiatives, the rise of feminism and civil rights, and a growing belief in the importance of sexual happiness. The laws and policies designed to achieve these goals, however, are currently insufficient. They relied on various presumptions about human preferences and behaviors, children’s needs, and the relationship marketplace — especially among the poor — which proved inadequate or false. Consequently while these categories remain relevant and important, US law and policy concerning sexual relationships need to be updated and rebalanced in order to achieve progress toward equality, autonomy, diversity and care for the poor.

Supreme Court nominee news coverage compilation: What is at stake?

Dominating the headlines this week is the news of Justice Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court. This political bombshell comes amidst the turmoil of the separation of immigrant families. In an effort to digest some of the key facets of the situation, here is a compiled list of sources discussing various aspects of the political environment surrounding the soon-to-be nomination process and it’s impact on American jurisprudence (and more immediate aspects of American life, namely reproductive rights).

If you have things that would be good to add, please email me. Feel free to send information along via Twitter also (@EzraRosser).

A. Politics

B. Opinions on the current predicament