In response to austerity measures and the government's failure to maintain basic supports for families in need, public schools have been forced to raise private money to help homeless students complete their education. School administrators have established shelters, installed washers and dryers, and opened food pantries and no-cost clothing shops in efforts to help homeless students stay enrolled and graduate.
The Senate Republicans' "Better Care Reconciliation Act," which would repeal the Affordable Care Act, would slash Medicaid in order to give tax breaks to the wealthy. The home care workforce, one of the country's fastest-growing, would be hard hit by the plan. The passage of this bill would not only kill home care jobs but would also make home care workers sicker, while permanently destabilizing the industry.
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.