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A Video Explaining the Safety Net

News & Civics | August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Video Explaining the Safety Net

  Presidential candidates argue back and forth about the value of the “safety net”, but what exactly is it? In general, the safety net refers to the various  government funded social welfare programs such as food stamps and subsidized health care that help lift lower income individuals and their families out of poverty. However, liberals […]

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An Illustrated Guide About Income Inequailty

News & Civics | July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Illustrated Guide About Income Inequailty

While the Occupy Wall Street protests have died down, income inequality, the issue that sparked the movement in the first place, still remains a problem. In 2012, more than half of the income in America went to the top 10% of wage earners.

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How Should We Address Poverty?

Do Now | June 20, 2014 | 240 Comments

How Should We Address Poverty?

Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said, “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” For weakest members, read poorest citizens. 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — are now counted as living in poverty. According to the US Census Bureau this poverty rate has remained roughly at this same level since 2011.

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An Interactive Explainer about the Minimum Wage

What's New in News & Civics! | April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

An Interactive Explainer about the Minimum Wage

Is it time for a raise in America? The hotly debated question of whether or not the federal government should raise the minimum wage has reached Congress once again. In the meantime, many states and cities have taken the issue into their own hands by setting their own minimum wage.

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We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Civics in the Community | April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

We Need A Higher Minumum Wage

Are American workers in need of a raise? Last week, students across the country debated about whether or not the minimum wage should be increased in our #DoNowWages post. We asked students What is an appropriate minimum wage for where you live? In other words, what is the basic amount of pay per hour that a worker in your city would need to earn in order to make ends meet?

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What Does it Mean to Be Poor in America?

News & Civics | March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

What Does it Mean to Be Poor in America?

While America is supposedly recovering from the Great Recession in 2008, the American household does not show the same type of growth. The U.S. Census Bureau released a series of 2012 income data that shows the average household income has not changed between 2011 and 2012.

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Is There a Connection Between Crime and Economics?

What's New in News & Civics! | March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Is There a Connection Between Crime and Economics?

Crime rate can be caused by a wide variety of factors, from a small police force to the quality of education in the city. As a result, criminologist warn people against creating overarching assumptions that one factor, such as unemployment, is directly related to the crime rate in cities.

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America: The Land of Opportunity for All?

What's New in News & Civics! | February 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

America: The Land of Opportunity for All?

America is described as “The Land of Opportunity,” a place where people are instilled with the idea of how hard work opens up countless educational and financial opportunities, no matter what social class you are born into. But, is social mobility really possible for everyone?

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What’s All The Fuss About Fracking in California?

News & Civics | September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

What’s All The Fuss About Fracking in California?

Governor Jerry Brown approved California’s first set of regulations on hydraulic fracturing. Also known as fracking, this particular technique creates ruptures that release oil or natural gas. KQED’s The Lowdown explores what this will mean for oil drillers, possible environmental concerns, and how it will impact not only California, but also the nation. Animated Explainer: What’s […]

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