In October, California will become the first state in the country to implement a publicly-funded pilot program that provides appointment of counsel to very low-income persons in certain civil proceedings where basic human needs are at stake. While the Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v.
Last month, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed a bill requiring Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients to undergo drug testing. If a recipient tests positive for drugs, she or he becomes ineligible for benefits. Critics' Fourth Amendment arguments against the legislation may ultimately lead
There is a lot of talk in American politics about how to protect the "middle class." What gets lost in all the rhetoric about the middle class is the need to protect a more vulnerable economic group, the poor. If all it takes is a
It's easy to lament the limited access to green space and fresh food that is found in most urban communities. In Boston, a new organization is thinking creatively about how to change both, by bringing socially-disparate (but geographically close) groups together to plant apple trees
Check out this interview with Keith Richards, in which he explains that the Rolling Stones made decisions based on the bottom line, not necessarily artistic preferences.
"The whole business thing is predicated a lot on the tax laws," says Keith, Marlboro in one hand, vodka and
No, this is not a sarcastic Onion headline. Democracy Now! reported yesterday that the top 74 earners in America make more than the lowest-paid 19 million workers. These stark numbers are just a foreboding indication of what is to come-- the income gap in this
Media coverage of the foreclosure crisis continues, with a New York Times piece on Bank of America’s resumption of foreclosures in judicial foreclosure states, as well as the related mass violations of homeowners' due process rights.
In Florida, one of the states hardest hit by the
“The interests of justice
As the Citizens United decision has opened the flood gates of organizational spending on public speech this election cycle, which organizations are allowed to participate and in what capacity has predictably been at issue.
The Washington Post reports that groups that are set-up under the tax
New research done by leading criminologists indicates that the growing inequality in this country continues to be highly exacerbated by the widespread and increasing use of prisons and jails. The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world, even including