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Bernie Sanders Stays Motivated After Oregon Win, Appeals to California Voters

Although Hillary Clinton leads in delegates, Sanders says his latest primary victory “is the beginning of the final push to win California” on June 7.

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE


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How a Canadian City Eradicated Homelessness With One Revolutionary Idea

It’s really a wonder more cities haven’t tried “Housing First,” which evolved from a New York City program begun decades ago.

Posted on Apr 27, 2016 READ MORE



City of Los Angeles Continues to Invade Homeless Camps, Despite Federal Lawsuit

Los Angeles has faced years of chronic homelessness, and over the past year police have regularly raided encampments. Now a civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the city for exactly those actions—yet the razing of sites goes on.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



San Francisco ‘Tech Bro’ Complains to Mayor That He Has to See Poor People in Despair

Tech entrepreneur Justin Keller stoked the city’s growing reputation for insensitivity to the misery of the impoverished by telling Mayor Ed Lee in an open letter that he is “outraged” that wealthy workers, who he says “have earned their right to live in the city,” have to see people in pain and despair.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Salinas Leaders Decry the Decline of Another Company Town

In this episode of teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” Truthdig columnist and series host Chris Hedges talks with two figures from the American agribusiness center of Salinas, Calif., about the corporate takeover of the city’s political system, its impact on local workers and the similarities between Salinas and Detroit.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Best Columns of the Year

At the start of 2016, Truthdig takes a look at some of the columns we published last year that were our favorites.

Posted on Jan 2, 2016 READ MORE



2015 in Review: Truthdig’s Books of the Year

A look back at some of our favorites from the reading stack.

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Shocking, Unacceptable Levels of Hunger and Homelessness in American Cities

A new report looks at the issue in 22 cities across the country.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Higher Education: Capitalism at Its Most Despicable

Ranking capitalist ignominy is a daunting task with Big Pharma and high finance in the running, but higher education’s betrayal of a long-standing trust with young Americans puts it near the top of the list.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness

Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



Helping the Homeless in the Face of GOP’s Brutal Funding Cuts

The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Go Directly to Jail: Punishing the Homeless for Being Homeless

Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Why Ending Homelessness Is Political Poison

While the popular idea is that the homeless are addicted or mentally ill, experts say a more common story goes like this: A single parent loses a job and ends up on the streets with his or her children. Meanwhile, officials say there is no political upside to solving the problem.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



One in 30 American Children Are Homeless

A new state-by-state report finds racial disparities, increasing poverty and domestic violence responsible for the rise in child homelessness.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE


Miley Cyrus Injects MTV Award Show With Concern for the Homeless

The pop star regarded as controversial for her sexual antics had a 22-year-old homeless man accept her MTV Video Music Award in her place Sunday night at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Homeless Spikes’ Appear Outside London Apartments

The landlords of a luxury apartment building in London have installed metal spikes in a front door alcove, apparently to deter homeless people from sleeping there. The tactic calls to mind the way pigeons are dealt with.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE


Would You Notice Your Mother Dressed as a Homeless Person?

A video campaign by the New York City Rescue Mission shows how invisible the homeless are to pedestrians on American streets.

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



‘Somebody Called the Cops on Jesus’ (Audio)

Residents of “an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes” in Davidson, N.C., now share the block with a statue depicting the Son of God as a vagrant asleep on a park bench outside a local church.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE



Recalled to Life

Christine Pagano’s drug addictions took her from a middle-class home to prostitution and homelessness on the streets of Camden, N.J., one of our poorest cities. Her journey into hell showed her the other America.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Unspeakable: Washington Ignores Homeless Epidemic

The hardship of families and children is an overlooked national disgrace.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Holy Cooperation, Batman! Look What Happens When People Work Together!

Two heartwarming stories about positive gain: An ailing 5-year-old gets the city of San Francisco to play along with his Batman fantasy Friday, and people in Olympia, Wash., come together to create real shelter for the chronically homeless.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Spiraling Rents Squeeze the Nation’s Working Poor

Increasing rents and stagnating or decreasing household income have pushed more families into homelessness, even as overall homeless rates have declined. At the same time, the number of families paying more than half of their income for housing has increased 5.5 percent to 6.5 million.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Does Anything Change in Los Angeles With Election of New Mayor?

The Los Angeles election Tuesday again revealed a city unlike most of the country—more liberal, more deeply Democratic, yet also more interested in medical marijuana than the troubles of the poor.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE


Have You Met This Man?

Ronald Davis is a Chicago resident who has been homeless for about a year and a half. In a heartbreaking interview filmed on the street, he talks about what it’s like to be one of the millions of Americans in his situation.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Youth Homelessness Abounds in America

The recession has left tens of thousands of young people with inadequate or no jobs struggling to find a home, even if they possess college credits or work histories.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Food Terrorism’ Next Door to the Magic Kingdom

In the past few weeks, no fewer than 21 people have been arrested in Orlando, Fla., the home of Disney World, for handing out free food in a park.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE


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