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Is a Country Considered Rich if 20 Percent of its Children are Poor?

We have billionaires and millionaires in our country. Who cares that one-fifth of our children are floundering in poverty? Who needs to know that most cities in America have people living on their streets?

Found and Lost

Another honest homeless person’s story has caught the attention of the national media. How many times have we heard about someone living on the street who finds a lost wallet, or an engagement ring, and returns it to its rightful owner? Should we be surprised?

Media Misinformation Perpetuates the Mistruth that People can be Illegal

In June of this year, Pulitzer Prize winner Jose Antonio Vargas came out as an “undocumented” person in an article he wrote in the New York Times. While many advocates across the country celebrated his incredible strength for doing what he did, his colleagues did very little in their reporting, to prevent using the term that Mr. Vargas had specifically left out of his story, the word “illegal.”

As Colorlines, Monica Novoa wrote the next day, “Vargas’s story drew enormous media attention and drove ‘undocumented immigrant’ up to a top-trending term on Twitter…But it’s a shame that in the dissection and retelling of his story, a fine point has been lost on many of Vargas’s colleagues: He came out specifically as an undocumented immigrant and not as ‘illegal.’”