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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.
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.
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.
As a dark-skinned black woman born into poverty, I know all too well the insidious ways that discrimination plays out in life. I was that child disciplined by white teachers more than other students; I was that kid ostracized for smelling like kerosene due to our house having no standard heater, I was that child going to school hungry. To experience hunger and discrimination as a child is very traumatic, especially when no one wants to talk about it. This is why I teamed up with Mariana Chilton at Drexel University's Center for Hunger-Free Communities to talk about racism and hunger.
A new report from Children's HealthWatch, Punishing Hard Work: The Unintended Consequences of Cutting SNAP Benefits, shows that increases in inc