Trump's New SNAP Plan Would Penalize the Poor ; See Which ICE Vendors Are in Your State ; and More Picks 7/31

Trump’s Newest Plan for SNAP Would Trap Workers in Poverty (Celia)

The same week the president distracted the media with his tweets against Baltimore, the administration released a plan that would penalize the working poor and their children.

Wealthy Parents Giving Up Guardianship of Their Kids to Qualify for Financial Aid (Russ)

The author writes, “In a report released Tuesday, ProPublica said it found dozens of parents, many of whom are doctors and lawyers, exploiting a legal loophole to save money at the expense of low-income students.”

ICE Contracts Are Booming. See Which Vendors Are in Your State. (Chris)

From Sludge: “From 2010 to July 29, 2019, more than 3,200 contractors received over $12.7 billion worth of ICE contracts. Some ICE vendors help transport and jail undocumented immigrants, while others provide products, technical assistance, consulting, cleaning, utilities, and other services.”

Media Downplay Climate Disruption’s Ever-Growing Role in Driving Migration (Gerry)

The author writes, “While poverty is often featured along with ‘violence’ among the list of things Central American refugees are fleeing, corporate media rarely discuss why so many people there are impoverished, and the connection to the ongoing climate catastrophe.”

Public Art Lost and Found: 9 WPA Murals to Rediscover (Renee)

From Art & Object: “An estimated 225,000 works were commissioned during the depression era under president Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal and the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project (WPA), a program designed to put artists to work in paying jobs and to bring art to public places like schools, libraries and post offices where people congregate. Comprehensive records were never kept but artwork done under the program keeps popping up occasionally during building construction.” 

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