An End to Homeless Debt: Pro Bono Ticket Clinics Challenge Quality-of-Life Penalties

With an increasing trend in criminalizing homelessness, many individuals are forced to hide from authorities to avoid misdemeanors. Most cities have laws that prohibit the possession of a shopping cart or sleeping on the sidewalk, as well as life-sustaining activities such as pitching a tent, sitting and eating…

What Is the Real Cost of a Strawberry?

We top our açaí bowls with strawberries and slather our corn cobs with butter, but rarely consider the real cost of getting those foods to our plates. Most Americans do not think twice about where their food comes from. As a nation, we are more disconnected from our…

A Conversation with Anita Tam: The PTA Mom Turned Wonder Woman

Anita Tam, 53, is an Asian-American mother of 2 who immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong as a young adult. Based in the San Gabriel Valley, Anita has spent over a decade participating in a multitude of community outreach and volunteer programs. She is currently a…

How the Housing First Model Offers an Unorthodox Solution to Homelessness

Up until recently, the most prominent approach to solving homelessness appealed to the “conventional” wisdom, suggesting that society should aim to alleviate common problems surrounding homelessness like trauma and addiction in hopes to facilitate a homeless individual's ability to to find a stable home. …

United to End Homelessness: An Interview with Sue Parks

United to End Homelessness is an initiative whose mission is to reduce homelessness in Orange County to functional zero by 2024. By collaborating with other organizations, government agencies, and public institutions like UC Irvine, United Way is dedicated to helping the community and its constituents. After speaking with…

Photo-essay: Women Marching Into a Promising New Year

Pictured are images of the 2019 Los Angeles Women's March from January 19th, a demonstration that attracted thousands of attendees with their signs and flags voicing concerns with issues against women. The march carried themes of empowerment and asserting the demands of women all over California and the…

Faces and Voices of the 2019 Women’s March

For many, attending the annual Women's March last January was the right way to set off the new year with hope and enthusiasm. Thousands of people from all backgrounds in LA County and across the state came together to demonstrate in Downtown LA on pressing women's issues at…

Opinion | How Hollywood Gets Poverty All Wrong

The issue of poverty existing as a major taboo in American society is neither a secret nor a surprise. Keen on preserving the illusion of the “American Dream,” American mainstream media strategically chooses to steer clear of the topic of poverty altogether. This national fear of undermining our…

MI CASA ES SU CASA: How Casa Youth Shelter is a Place of Home and New Beginnings

On a regular day, many pass the homeless on their way to the local coffee shop or night class and do little more than cast a sympathetic glance their way or, at times, even offer a few dollars as solace. This is the extent to which many interact…

Opinion | Universal Basic Income: Why the most popular solution to automation-driven problems fails in the long-run

There seems to be little doubt now; the forces of automation are presenting a catastrophe of major job losses for huge swathes of the working class within the near future. This could put untenable amounts of people on the streets looking for work, unless some sort of welfare…
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