Category Archives: Inequality

News Coverage: ‘Privatizing the coast’: are wealthy Californians seizing public beaches?

News Coverage of Poverty: Gabrielle Canon, ‘Privatizing the coast’: are wealthy Californians seizing public beaches?, TheGuardian.com, Sept. 21, 2018.

As some try to seal off stretches of coastline for private use, the state wants to tackle a growing divide between rich and poor.

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New Blog Post: How I survive: American teachers and their second jobs – a photo essay

New Blog Post: Peter Rad & Erum Salam, How I survive: American teachers and their second jobs – a photo essay, TheGuardian.com. Sept. 5, 2018.

New Book: The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation

sawmillNew Book: Isabel Sawhill, The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation (2018). Overview below:

A sobering account of a disenfranchised American working class and important policy solutions to the nation’s economic inequalities

One of the country’s leading scholars on economics and social policy, Isabel Sawhill addresses the enormous divisions in American society—economic, cultural, and political—and what might be done to bridge them. Widening inequality and the loss of jobs to trade and technology has left a significant portion of the American workforce disenfranchised and skeptical of governments and corporations alike. And yet both have a role to play in improving the country for all.

Sawhill argues for a policy agenda based on mainstream values, such as family, education, and work. While many have lost faith in government programs designed to help them, there are still trusted institutions on both the local and federal level that can deliver better job opportunities and higher wages to those who have been left behind. At the same time, the private sector needs to reexamine how it trains and rewards employees. This book provides a clear-headed and middle-way path to a better-functioning society in which personal responsibility is honored and inclusive capitalism and more broadly shared growth are once more the norm.

New Blog Post: The emerging plan to save the American labor movement

sally field union image

New blog post: Dylan Matthews, The emerging plan to save the American labor movement, Vox.com, Sept. 3, 2018.

New Op-Ed: How weak schools serve Trump’s agenda

New Op-Ed: Arne Duncan, How weak schools serve Trump’s agenda, TheGuardian.com, Sept. 5, 2018.

News Coverage of Poverty: Teacher pay drops 5% in last decade – despite better qualified staff

News Coverage: Erin Durkin, Teacher pay drops 5% in last decade – despite better qualified staff, TheGuardian.com, Sept. 5, 2018.

News Coverage: What city is hit hardest by extreme poverty in your state?

News Coverage of Poverty: Evan Comin & Samuel Stebbins, What city is hit hardest by extreme poverty in your state? USAToday.com, July 13, 2018.

Sharing another (great) blog post: National links: Homeowners of all political persuasions are NIMBY

Blog Post: Jeff Wood, National links: Homeowners of all political persuasions are NIMBY, GG Wash, Aug. 24, 2018.

 

New Op-Ed: A Symbol for ‘Nobody’ That’s Really for Everybody

New Op-Ed: Elizabeth Guffey, A Symbol for ‘Nobody’ That’s Really for Everybody, NYTimes.com, Aug. 25, 2018.

The blue and white wheelchair icon is more than a guide to parking spots and ramps. It allows millions to fully participate in society.

News Coverage: A mass incarceration expert says the 2018 prison strike could be “one of the largest the country has ever seen”

News Coverage of Poverty: Jennie Neufeld, A mass incarceration expert says the 2018 prison strike could be “one of the largest the country has ever seen”, Vox.com, Aug. 21, 2018.