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Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants And Refugees?

By Michael Grabell/ProPublica

One afternoon this fall, I knocked on the door of a red brick apartment building in Akron, Ohio, looking for a Bhutanese refugee who'd lost the tips of his fingers at a Case Farms chicken plant in a vacuum-pressure machine known as a "fat sucker."

In the apartment's tiny living room, a young man told his story in halting English. As he spoke, I realized that his name was different from the one I had, and, instead of losing his fingertips in a fat sucker at the company's Canton plant, he'd lost his pinkie to a saw at its plant in nearby Winesburg. I had the wrong guy, but I'd stumbled on yet another Bhutanese refugee who'd sacrificed part of his body for the company.

The Bhutanese ended up at Case Farms in 2011 by way of a refugee resettlement agency. It was a marriage of the desperate. The refugees needed work that didn't require speaking English or an American education. Case Farms needed workers who would accept the low pay and grueling, cold and monotonous conditions that U.S. safety inspectors have repeatedly deemed extremely dangerous.

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Posted on May 23, 2017
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Immigrants In Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds Of Miles From Legal Help

By Patrick G. Lee/ProPublica
Many detainees across three states must rely on a single legal aid center in Chicago.

Posted on May 18, 2017

Small Donor Matching System Bill Passes State Senate

By The Illinois Public Interest Research Group
A similar system has existed in New York City for decades and has been adopted by other jurisdictions in recent years.

Posted on May 17, 2017

Can Low-Wage Industries Survive Without Immigrants And Refugees?

By Michael Grabell/ProPublica
The Bhutanese ended up at Case Farms in 2011 by way of a refugee resettlement agency. It was a marriage of the desperate. The refugees needed work that didn't require speaking English or an American education. Case Farms needed workers who would accept the low pay and grueling, cold and monotonous conditions that U.S. safety inspectors have repeatedly deemed extremely dangerous.

Posted on May 23, 2017

Are We Monsters?

By Neal Gabler/BillMoyers.com
If we are now a failed country, as I believe we are, it is not because we have a failed presidency, although we do. It is because we are a failed people.

Posted on May 12, 2017

The Problem With Rahm's Predictive Policing

By William Isaac and Andi Dixon/The Conversation
Garbage in, garbage out.

Posted on May 11, 2017

Report: U.S. Anti-Muslim Bias Incidents Increased In 2016

By Scott Malone/Reuters
The acceleration in bias incidents was due in part to Donald Trump's focus on militant Islamist groups and anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Posted on May 9, 2017

Getting Rich Is Largely About Luck

By Danny Dorling/The Conversation
The richer a country is, the more delusional their rich are.

Posted on May 5, 2017

Inequality Is Getting Worse, But Fewer People Than Ever Are Aware Of It

By Jonathan J.B. Mijs/The Conversation
The data show a surprising pattern: The more unequal a society, the less likely its citizens are to notice. Paradoxically, citizens in some of the most unequal countries think theirs is the paragon of meritocracy. How can we explain this phenomenon?

Posted on May 10, 2017

Top Universities Could Take Thousands More Low-Income Students, Study Says

By Jon Marcus/The Hechinger Report
The study contradicts the idea that low-income students aren't qualified for top schools.

Posted on May 8, 2017

Federal Court Certifies Lawsuit Charging Unconstitutional Illinois Prison Healthcare

By The Uptown People's Law Center
Ruling offers opportunity to fix broken system through uniform change.

Posted on May 3, 2017

The Absurd Amount Of Entitlements That Go To Rich People

By Paul Buchheit/Common Dreams
Wealthy Americans complain about 'entitlements' for the poor, but they keep collecting their own entitlements to a degree that average Americans can only dream about.

Posted on May 2, 2017

Chicago Family Sues ICE & City Over Raid, Gang Database

By The MacArthur Justice Center
A nightmarish chain of events that left Wilmer Catalan-Ramirez imprisoned, in severe physical pain and mental anguish, and fighting deportation.

Posted on May 1, 2017

Filing: Walmart CEO Made $22.4 Million Last Year

By Nandita Bose/Reuters
A 13 percent increase over the previous year.

Posted on April 21, 2017

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