Opinion: Empathy is Our Pathway to a More Equitable Society

By Robbie Robertson | November 13, 2019 Robbie Robertson, Board Member of EVA partner and organizational member Ubuntu Village, highlights the importance of empathy in our quest for a more equitable and democratic society. Daniel Goleman once told the annual meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the nation’s oldest K-12 education group, that studies have shown … Read More

A Ban on High-Cost Loans May Be Coming – NPR

EVA Issues in the News On November 12, 2019, Congressmen Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) and Glenn Grothman (WI-06) introduced the bipartisan Veterans and Consumers Fair Credit Act, which would cap the interest rate for all small dollar “payday” and car-title loans at 36%. To learn more about this effort to limit predatory lending nationwide, read the following overview from Chris Arnold … Read More

Domestic Workers Pave the Way for the Future of Work With Groundbreaking Bill of Rights in Philadelphia Win

By Nidya Sarria-King of National Domestic Workers Alliance | Originally Published November 1, 2019 The National Domestic Workers Alliance celebrates the unanimous passing of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights by the Philadelphia City Council. Philadelphia is currently the largest city in the country that has expanded domestic worker rights and is the first to mandate portable paid time off. Read on to … Read More

More Alabama Children Were Uninsured in 2018 Than in 2016, New Report Shows

By Chris Sanders of Alabama Arise | Originally Published October 30, 2019 Chris Sanders of Equal Voice ally Alabama Arise brings attention to a study showing an increase in Alabama’s rate of uninsured children that reflects a nationwide trend. Sanders points to the current administration’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as one factor in the decline in coverage and … Read More

October 2019 Newsletter

OCTOBER 2019 Public Charge Rule Blocked By Federal Courts In a victory for families and communities throughout the country, federal courts in multiple states blocked the Trump administration’s proposed public charge rule, which would restrict citizenship status based on past or potential use of public benefits. While the courts’ decisions can still be appealed, the initial rulings recognize the immense … Read More

Proposed Changes to SNAP Could Leave Nearly 1 Million Children Without Access to Free School Meals – FRAC

By Food Research & Action Center | Originally published on October 17, 2019 The Trump administration has reopened the public comment period regarding its proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Newly disclosed data that the USDA should have released earlier shows that, in addition to eliminating vital food assistance for 3.1 million people, the proposed changes could … Read More

The Deep Divide: State Borders Create Medicaid Haves And Have-Nots

By Laura Unger of Kaiser Health News | Originally published on October 2, 2019 In this cross-post from nonprofit news service Kaiser Health News, Laura Unger examines how the uneven expansion of Medicaid across the United States creates starkly different levels of access to affordable health care for low-income households. ST. LOUIS — Patricia Powers went a few years without … Read More