On March 31, 2021, President Joe Biden declared April 2021 Second Chance Month, bringing attention to the unjust criminal justice system in the United States that unevenly enforces laws and creates conditions for recidivism rather than restoration.
On March 11th, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. One component of the package is a third round of stimulus payments. Here are ten things to know about the third round of payments.
A basic income pilot in Stockton, California provided $500 monthly payments to 125 residents with no strings attached. From improved family wellbeing and financial stability to an increase in full-time employment, these positive impacts hold hope for the refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC).
Policymakers' quick action cut enough red tape in the early days of the pandemic to ensure stable and increased coverage among Medicaid recipients, but a lag in SNAP enrollment despite flexibilities like emergency allotments (EAs) and other waivers reminds us that we must find ways to eliminate bureaucratic burden, not just marginally decrease their difficulty.
To respond to the COVID-19 crisis, which brought into focus the enormous depth of cracks in our public systems, CLASP shifted into high gear—recognizing that our mission to root out poverty and advance racial equity were well matched to this moment.
If signed into law, the American Dream and Promise Act, or H.R. 6., would provide a path to lawful permanent residency and citizenship for Dreamers and other immigrants who call this country home. Here we list provisions in the bill that would promote the safety of beneficiaries and their families.
In a recent New York Times magazine article, actor Steven Yeun said, “Sometimes I wonder if the Asian-American experience is what it’s like when you’re thinking about everyone else, but nobody else is thinking about you.” These words hit me harder than expected, particularly during a year where Asian Americans have been disparaged physically, emotionally, and economically while the “progressive” community remains silent.