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8 Reasons Place Should Matter to Humanitarians

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PPS: The majority of the world’s displaced (over 60% of refugees and 80% of internally displaced persons) now live in urban areas, while the humanitarian system has largely been designed to serve people in camp or rural settings. Nowhere is this dichotomy more apparent than in the Syria region, where humanitarians have been forced to adapt their programs since the start …

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Finding solace in Steinbeck during the time of Trump

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In a jittery, newly authoritarian land of hatred and hurt, chastened criminal and social justice reformers and human rights advocates can find solace and sustenance in the words and works of the incomparable John Steinbeck, one of America’s greatest writers and psychoanalysts.  In his opus and Pulitzer Prize winning The Grapes of Wrath, spotlighting exploitative and inhumane labor practices and living …

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Homelessness in the U.S. Was Down Slightly Over The Past Year

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Homelessness in the U.S. declined over the past year. Even so, there were large increases in several cities, including Los Angeles and Seattle.  Overall, almost 550,000 individuals were homeless on a single night earlier this year, according to a new report by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. That’s a 3 percent decline from 2015, and continues a downward …

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Activists push colleges to make their campuses sanctuary sites for the undocumented

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A movement has begun on college campuses across the nation to shield undocumented students, staff and their family members from deportation. Efforts have emerged at many schools to limit the ability of local law enforcement and campus police to cooperate with federal Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officers.   The idea builds on a policy many large urban areas have adopted that …

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Cities are enacting policies to criminalize homelessness

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A new report says cities nationwide are enacting more policies that criminalize homelessness. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty said Tuesday many cities have banned living in vehicles, camping in public areas and panhandling. The center says policies that criminalize homelessness harm communities because they create barriers to employment, housing and education. Honolulu is among a handful of …

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“Just Off Route 66” presentation focuses on WPA

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One of the good things that came out of a very hard time, the Great Depression, was art: the making of more than 80,000 paintings, photos, murals, posters, sculp­tures and crafts. Many of them were cre­ated because the artists and craftspeople were supported through the federal Works Progress Administration. Smaller than the WPA’s public works projects, the art project eventually …

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Working-class voyeur

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Photographer Walker Evans confessed to being a “penitent spy and an apologetic voyeur”. But he wasn’t a pervert or a paparazzo. His photographs appeared in the most glamorous magazines of the 20th century, including Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue. Yet he never shot a celebrity. Asked why, Evans replied: “It’s an impure thing to do – too easy … …

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Taschen’s New Deal Photography goes well beyond familiar Depression-era image

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If you purchase a copy of New Deal Photography: USA 1935-1943 by Peter Walther hoping to find iconic Farm Security Administration images, such as the migrant mother by Dorothea Lange or the father and his two sons running in a dust storm by Arthur Rothstein, you will not be disappointed. With almost 400 photographs filling its 608 pages, including numerous …

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James Franco, Lola Sultan talk Steinbeck’s ‘In Dubious Battle’

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The guy will just not stop. James Franco continues to defy any definition of rational workload. The actor-director-writer-artist-producer-teacher has an ambitious new project making the film festival rounds. In Dubious Battle, adapted from one of John Steinbeck’s earlier and lesser known novels (published in 1936), tells the story of a fruit-workers’ strike in California. “I always liked Steinbeck.”, says James …

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Walker Evan’s look at the Lehigh Valley in the Depression era

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A cross-shaped gravestone sits atop a hillside cemetery. At the bottom of the hill, rowhomes, telephone polls and smokestacks from a steel mill clutter the area. The gravestone is in St. Michael’s Cemetery. The homes are part of a neighborhood in South Bethlehem. Those smokestacks belong to Bethlehem Steel. The year is 1935. The photographer who captured the image is Walker …

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How the media covers the ‘deplorables’

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I remember when I saw my first “deplorable.” I was in my teens. He was the subject of a photograph by Berenice Abbott. The picture has haunted me as a person, and as a journalist, ever since. In 1935, Abbott traveled through Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Deep South, taking pictures of the people and places she encountered. Though not done …