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Low-income housing, press freedom and more...

Over the past two decades, the Internet has dramatically changed what it means and feels like to grow up LGBT. And just this week, Facebook announced that will adding a customizable option with about 50 different terms people can use to identify their gender. (NPR, The Guardian)

Months after the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, victims’ families have received little to no compensation, and improvements in labor and safety remain largely unrealized. (The Nation)

Through hands-on classroom projects, Detroit Future Schools is making education “more human.” The Atlantic highlights three other programs that are doing a good job of educating low-income students. (Michigan Radio, The Atlantic)

With millions of poor people spending more than half their income on rent, a coalition of nonprofit groups is working to preserve housing units that low- and moderate-income families can afford. Plus, how to help low-income people borrow money responsibly, build credit and enter the economic mainstream. (NPR, The New York Times)

An annual ranking of how well countries safeguard press freedom doesn’t look good for the U.S., which fell 13 places since last year. (Reporters Without Borders)

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How poverty impedes kids’ progress in school: 80 percent of fourth-graders from low-income families are not reading at grade level. (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

Striking images of just some of the hundreds of thousands of migrants who attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexican border every year. (Taxi)

 

Previously
  • Feb. 7: Busting myths about arts funding, LGBT people and food insecurity, banking in the post office.
  • Jan. 31: Opportunity vs. inequality, global attitudes about aging, coming out in Africa.
  • Jan. 24: Innovation meets inequality, smart cities, fighting climate change, building an economic justice movement.