Hundreds rally at the White House for an end to the government shutdown. Protest of United States federal government shutdown of 2018–2019. Hundreds rally at the White House for an end to the government shutdown. (Photo by: AFGE | Wiki Commons)

OP-ED: This Government Shutdown is Destroying America

HOUSTON FORWARD TIMES — As a result of this catastrophic and life-altering shutdown, so many people who have relied on the government for their livelihood have been severely impacted in a major way. […read more]


Republican Budget Would Shred Safety Net

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Republican House budget will shred the social safety net designed to protect the most vulnerable citizens, severely cutting programs ranging from student loans to food stamps, according to a nonpartisan think thank. “The budget would Read More


Child Watch: Preventable Hunger in Our Land of Plenty

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist While many American families gathered around the Thanksgiving table last week, some of us combined this year’s traditional dinners with Hanukkah feasts, a too quiet group was left out of the national celebration. The nearly 49 million Americans, including Read More

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Food Stamp Cuts: Children Will Go Hungry

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist “Are there no prisons? And the workhouses, are they still in operation?” Is that what the government and the people of the United States are about to say to Americans who have such low incomes they need the government Read More


Forcing Poor People to Go Hungry

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Just as the holiday season begins, when the thoughts and actions of some focus on compassion for others, we could be about to witness the government’s forcing the poor to go hungry – the product of political horse-trading Read More


Stop the Shutdown, Prevent Economic Meltdown

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Since the government was forced to shut down on October 1, one of the most common refrains has been that some members of Congress are acting like children—or, more accurately, worse than most children. Even 5-year-olds understand that Read More


Farm Bill Passes in House, Without Food Stamp Funding

[The Washington Post] House Republicans successfully passed a Farm Bill Thursday by splitting apart funding for food stamps from federal agricultural policy, a move that infuriated the White House and congressional Democrats who spent most of the day trying to delay a final vote. Lawmakers Read More


‘Food Stamps’ Cuts Will Hurt Poor Black Families

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Both the House and Senate have passed bills that would reduce funding of the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly called food stamps, but the extent of the cuts will not become known until negotiators from Read More