FDL Book Salon Welcomes Virginia Brennan, Free Clinics: Local Responses to Health Care Needs

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 1:59 pm

The creation of “free clinics” to provide services to those without access to health care has a long and rich history, some of which has made it into the popular imagination.

 

Going, Going, Gone – How the Wisconsin Budget Shortchanges Low-Income Families

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 10:20 am

Several important aspects of the budget bill’s funding for public assistance programs have received little or no attention.

Wanted: Jobs for 25.5 Million Americans

By: Thursday February 11, 2010 1:31 pm

There’s a lot more that’s frozen in D.C. this week than the usual fallout from a blizzard. The brains of many Senate Republicans are on ice as well. The House passed a jobs bill in December, but the Senate is dawdling, and worse—threatening to pass bits and pieces, taking apart what should be a comprehensive approach to jobs and turning it into minced cabbage.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Wade Rathke, Citizen Wealth: Winning the Campaign to Save Working Families

By: Sunday August 23, 2009 2:00 pm

Many people first encountered ACORN when it became a piñata in the wingnuts’ last-ditch attempt to salvage something—anything—for their base during the 2008 elections. But since 1970, when the community organizing group was founded, the organization has accomplished a lengthy and impressive list of victories on behalf of low- and middle-income families. Among its achievements, ACORN has:

* Moved more than 2 million homes into ownership by low-income people in less than 20 years.
* Spearheaded the living wage movement that resulted in raising the hourly pay of some of the lowest-paid workers in more than 140 cities between 1996 and 2006 before going on to win statewide minimum wage increases in several states, such as Ohio, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona in the 2006 elections.
* Partnered with H&R Block to reduce predatory fees charged to low-income people who receive rapid anticipation loans, with one such fee reduction resulting in a savings of $200 million for tax filers.

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