Do expanded mandatory reporting laws do more harm than good? Investigations of caregivers or parents by child protective services often hinge on race, class and geography, with marginalized groups already under surveillance most likely to be targeted. While a majority of complaints end up unsubstantiated, the investigations can be traumatic to children and seriously jeopardize the livelihoods of parents.
Welfare reform did great damage to the lives of poor people, especially women and children, who make up 75 percent of the US's impoverished. The RISE Out of Poverty Act attempts to correct some of welfare reform's worst consequences, such as forcing women into unpaid work, say Rev. Annie Chambers of Baltimore, Rachel West of US Prostitutes Collective and Pat Gowens of Welfare Warriors, Milwaukee.
Although US involvement in torture focused on the Iraq War in the last decade, the United States has had a long involvement by proxy with torture and the killing of peasants and Indigenous peoples in Latin America. In this excerpt from his book, The Violent American Century, John W. Dower describes the US role in facilitating death and destruction in Latin and South America over the past few decades.