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Paper argues for rights of black males in welfare system

A new Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) brief is taking a closer look at the disparate experiences of black males in the nation’s welfare system. The brief is designed to spur dialogue and action, and is part of the Obama administration’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. 

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8 Year-Old Follows Tenn. Lawmaker Around State Capitol; Shames Him Into Dropping Welfare Bill

8 year-old Aamira Fetuga followed Tennessee lawmaker Sen. Stacey Campfield (R) around the state capitol until he agreed to drop a bill linking welfare benefits to a student’s academic performance.

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Fox News Contributor: Welfare and Food Stamps Make Poverty Feel ‘A Little Comfortable’

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Cavuto on Business,” contributor Charles Payne asserted that programs like welfare and food stamps can make poverty feel “a little comfortable.”

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Tennessee Considers Bill Tying Welfare Benefits to Children’s Grades

The state of Tennessee is considering a bill that would tie welfare support to a child’s progress in school. The legislation would allow a family to lose up to 30% of its assistance if their child(ren) are not performing well in school.

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GOP State Rep. Introduces Bill That Denies Welfare To Parents of Children Underperforming in School

Tennessee state rep Stacey Campfield introduced a bill that would make welfare benefits contingent upon the grades of a recipient’s children, insisting it will hold parents accountable. But it sounds like another attack on poor people, and seems totally heartless and unfair. What do you think?

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Englewood Native Rhiana Gunn-Wright Wins Rhodes Scholarship!

Born and raised in the Englewood section of Chicago’s South Side, Rhiana Gunn-Wright is among only 32 Americans chosen to become Rhodes Scholars. Such an inspiring story. Congratulations, Rhiana! Best of luck at Oxford.

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Proposed PA Bill Requires Moms On Welfare To Prove They Were Raped

A newly-proposed PA house bill punishes women who give birth while on welfare by limiting their benefits. But if you can prove you were raped, you’ll be exempt…

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The Tea Party’s Uber-Racist ‘Obama Phone’ Ad, And The Black Man Behind It

A new political ad, brought to you by The Tea Party Victory Fund and currently running in white Ohio counties, definitely ranks up there amongst the most racist ads we’ve ever seen. What’s even more maddening, the creator of the ad is former Ohio secretary of state Ken Blackwell; a black man.

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New Michigan Policy Links Truancy to State Assistance

By Tiff J In what seems like yet another law aimed at the poor, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has helped usher in a strict new truancy policy that targets low-income families. Starting October 1st, parents whose children have accumulated a significant number of absences [10 or more unexcused absences per year] or who don’t attend […]

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Is It Okay to Drug Test Welfare Recipients?

On Monday Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that would require applicants for welfare to be tested for drugs. Are such laws providing real solutions to real problems, or is this the byproduct of a war on our nation’s poor, and a violation of the 4th amendment?

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