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Kids should be able to play in a nice playground. -Annette S., 11

Sherita Mouzon has penned an open letter discussing her experiences of discrimination growing up in North Philadelphia.

Jazmine Headley at a press conference.

The violent treatment of Jazmine Headley and her 18-month-old son in a county assistance office in New York City exemplifies everything that is wrong with the way public-assistance programs work in the United States. It is emblematic of how our government treats low-income women and children of color—as if their every move must be controlled, surveilled, and penalized.

Sherita Mouzon at the Center for Hunger Free Communities

The Philadelphia Inquirer's new article, featuring quotes from Center Director Mariana Chilton and Community Engagement Specialist Sherita Mouzon, writes how census data suggests that populations from different zip codes radically differ in terms of life expectancy. 

Children's HealthWatch Opposes Proposed Changes to Public Charge

Decades of research from Children's HealthWatch and others show participation in public programs improves the health and development of young children in families with low incomes, including children with immigrant parents. Below we document the child and family health benefits of public assistance programs and highlight the ways in which forcing families to choose between providing basic necessities for their family or risk their future immigration status jeopardizes the public health and economic prosperity of our nation.



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