Opioids Decimated a Kentucky Town. Recovering Addicts Are Saving It.

The Free Press, Sam Quinones, February 6, 2024 After the collapse of coal mining and the rise of the opioid epidemic, Hazard, Kentucky, seemed finished. Then locals started to rescue it. In early 2020, Mandi Fugate Sheffel, 42, opened a tiny bookstore in her hometown of Hazard, in eastern Kentucky. Everyone thought she was crazy. […]

he National Fight for Rent Control

PROTEAN, Oksana Mironova, February 25, 2024 Rent control is back from the dead with a vengeance, with serious organizing campaigns underway in at least 15 states. In April 2015, the Pacific Standard (RIP to yet another quality outlet shuttered) published a defense of rent control—with an opening salvo declaring it dead. New York tenant organizers would go on […]

Saving Public Housing

NYCHA is again in the spotlight this week, as it was revealed that there are currently 5000 vacant units of public housing, a 50% increase compared to last year. Meanwhile, a staggering 240,000 applicants remain on the waiting list. Earlier this month, a massive investigation by the US Southern District of New York revealed a widespread web […]

A Life Without a Home

NY Times, February 24, 2024 Voices from the tents, shelters, cars, motels and couches of America. A record number of people across the country are experiencing homelessness: the federal government’s annual tally last year revealed the highest numbers of unsheltered people since the count began in 2007. Politicians and policymakers are grappling with what can […]