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Faith leaders urge minimum wage hike, expanded child tax credit as Congress nears recess

Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, speaks at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, Sept. 22. Ariana Figueroa/Georgia Recorder WASHINGTON — Faith leaders pressed Congress to pass voting rights legislation, a $15 minimum wage and a permanent expansion of the child tax credit during a Thursday briefing on Capitol Hill. “Poverty is a policy choice,” Rev. Dr. William Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, said to lawmakers. Barber, who is

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Nonprofits, governments team up to help people keep a roof overhead amid Georgia housing crisis

On Sept. 12, Atlanta city officials, nonprofit housing advocates and representatives with health care provider CareSource gathered on site of one of the homes that will provide more affordable rental housing through an Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership campaign. Stanley Dunlap/Georgia Recorder In Atlanta’s housing market where exorbitant home prices and high rents are excluding even many middle-class families, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and other local luminaries earlier this month stood outside a house built in

Sen. Ossoff says unreported deaths at U.S. jails are a human rights crisis

Georgia U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to accurately report deaths that occur in state jails and prisons. In a hearing of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which Ossoff chairs, week, witnesses testified this week that there were nearly 1,000 uncounted deaths in the last year alone. A Senate subcommittee found the failure to report deaths in correctional facilities was preventable, especially as states receiving certain federal funding

Biden vows US won’t walk away from storm-struck Puerto Rico

President Joe Biden said Thursday the full force of the federal government is ready to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona even as Bermuda and Canada’s Atlantic provinces were preparing for a major blast from the Category 4 storm. Speaking at a briefing with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials in New York, Biden said, “We’re all in this together.” Biden noted that hundreds of FEMA and other federal officials are already

A Parable of Decrepitude

I have begun to despair at how much my life has become a cliché of decrepitude. I just had surgery to remove a cataract. I’ve had three sets of MRIs to probe a mystery of my brain. My neurosurgeon fears that something really bad is going to happen. I assure him that it already has. I’m talking about my seemingly total loss of inhibition around other people.   There was, for one recent example, the

A First Day

It is a quirk of the calendar that autumn is a period of firsts in many respects. Traditionally, the season welcomes students to the first day of class, while for others it augers the beginning of a new job following the summer doldrums — or in one unique case, the passing of one’s royal mother.   But this isn’t about King Charles III or the end of the Elizabethan era. Rather, I want to give