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Report: Minimum Wage Hike Would Save Federal Government $7.6 Billion Annually

A new Economic Policy Institute report and "Fight for 15" protests have a common theme: Because employers pay their workers too little to live on, workers have to rely on government assistance to get by and taxpayers foot the bill.

A new Economic Policy Institute report and “Fight for 15″ protests have a common theme: Because employers pay their workers too little to live on, workers have to rely on government assistance to get by and taxpayers foot the bill.

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Vulnerable Populations Still Struggling in Improving Economy

The unemployment rate in September was the lowest it has been in six years, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but wages still aren’t going up and some vulnerable populations still have high unemployment rates.

The unemployment rate in September was the lowest it has been in six years, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but wages still aren’t going up and some vulnerable populations still have high unemployment rates.

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Report: Racial Discrimination Severely Undermines Black Women’s Health

The stories of women who participated in focus groups led by SisterSong, included in the report, convey the gross under-education and discriminatory treatment of Black women living in the South, in particular, where sexual and reproductive health education is nonexistent and stigma is rampant.

The stories of women who participated in focus groups led by SisterSong, included in a new report, convey the gross under-education and discriminatory treatment of Black women living in the South, in particular, where sexual and reproductive health education is nonexistent and stigma is rampant.

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child—Especially for the Working Poor

Debra Harrell was jailed for "abandoning" her 9-year-old daughter while the young girl played at a park.

Many discussions of Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for “abandoning” her 9-year-old daughter at a park, fail to mention how limited child-care options are for low-income parents, especially those who are single.

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‘Water, Water Everywhere': Racial Inequality and Reproductive Justice in Detroit

The withdrawal of public services in Detroit is typically framed as an unavoidable response to the city's declining tax base. Alternatively, we frame these violations as an active assault against communities of color and low-income families in the interest of white-controlled financial institutions.

The withdrawal of public services in Detroit is typically framed as an unavoidable response to the city’s declining tax base. Alternatively, we frame these violations as an active assault against communities of color and low-income families in the interest of white-controlled financial institutions.

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‘Water Is a Human Right': Advocates Call for End to Detroit Water Shutoffs

Despite being surrounded by the largest collection of freshwater lakes in the world, thousands of Detroit residents—most of them low-income people of color—are finding themselves without access to fresh water because of actions by the city's water department that advocates say are in violation of Detroiters' human rights.

Despite being surrounded by the largest collection of freshwater lakes in the world, thousands of Detroit residents—most of them low-income people of color—are finding themselves without access to fresh water because of actions by the city’s water department that advocates say are in violation of Detroiters’ human rights.

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Report: Tipped Workers, Disproportionately Women, Experience Higher Poverty Rates

The report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers is the highest it's ever been.

The report from the Economic Policy Institute finds that the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers is the highest it’s ever been.

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Senators Introduce Significant Boost to Child Care Tax Credit

The Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act would increase the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit by nearly three times the current maximum benefit, and would close a loophole that leaves many low-income families ineligible.

The Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act, introduced by Sens. Patty Murray, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeanne Shaheen, and Barbara Boxer, would increase the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit by nearly three times the current maximum benefit, and would close a loophole that leaves many low-income families ineligible.

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Colorado Program Increases Access to Affordable Contraception, Teen Birth Rates Plummet

In 2009, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment began providing long-acting reversible contraceptives such as IUDs through family planning clinics in the state.

According to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, around 70 percent of pregnancies in the state are unintended.

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‘Hobby Lobby’ Is Part of a Greater War on Contraception

The Hobby Lobby case is not some odd outlier regarding "religious freedom." It's just one of the many ways the anti-choice movement is trying to chip away at women's access to contraception and instill the idea in the public's mind that contraception is controversial.

The Hobby Lobby case is not some odd outlier regarding “religious freedom.” It’s just one of the many ways the anti-choice movement is trying to chip away at women’s access to contraception and instill the idea in the public’s mind that contraception is controversial.

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