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Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Trump’s food stamps cuts will aggravate inequality: Is this the America we want? | Opinion

“…In the context of rampant and growing income inequality, terminating categorical eligibility will yank food assistance from 3.1 million Americans with a demonstrated need — 16,000, for instance, in Allegheny County alone — cutting the number of vulnerable Americans currently receiving food stamps by 11 percent. The change would have a huge impact on “near-poor” […]

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OP-ED: Food stamp cuts amid escalating inequality: Is this the America we want?

“In late July, President Trump launched a frontal assault on the nation’s cornerstone food assistance program: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Trump’s Department of Agriculture announced its plan to terminate broad-based categorical eligibility, which would end states’ ability to let the food insecure who are just above the federal poverty line access food assistance, […]

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Pittsburgh City Paper

Stay woke: A round-up of educational and social justice events this week in Pittsburgh

“Join Pittsburgh nonprofit group Just Harvest for its monthly public-action series, which coordinates letter-writing to address public concerns to lawmakers. This month, the Power of the Pen meet-up is encouraging folks to write letters against a new Trump proposal which threatens to remove access to food stamps from thousands of people in Allegheny County….”

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Produce for all

“The red door beckons people to come inside Carl Lewis’ patch of a store along Fifth Avenue in Rankin, where he speaks the praises of grapes, apples, and avocados. Here in this small town along the Monongahela River, about eight miles east of Pittsburgh in the Mon Valley, the nearest full grocery store is more than […]

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Immigration rights are human rights, speakers at Downtown forum say

“A forum designed to address immigrant rights in Pittsburgh carried a simple message: Treat immigration rights as a human rights issue. The gathering on Monday night at the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Downtown, drew about 40 people. Organizers said they believe educating city and county officials on issues that affect immigrants is key […]

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90.5 WESA Pittsburgh's NPR News Station

Proposed cuts for SNAP would have vast impact

“…Ann Sanders, public policy advocate of the hunger advocacy group Just Harvest told The Confluence’s Megan Harris that the cut would result in 9 percent of recipients—about three million people—losing benefits. She says that the cuts could leave some families scrambling to supplement their food budget, and could also reduce the number of children eligible to get free […]

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