While writing for 50 States of Blue, I posted a piece about the Kansas sales tax on groceries. Here is an update on that piece via a recent press release: Senate Bill 444 passed unanimously out of the Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee last night. The bill would lower the state’s 6.5% sales tax… Continue reading Kansas Committee Has Voted to Lower Taxes on Groceries in 2020
If you’ve been paying attention to literacy activism for the past couple of years, then you’re probably already quite familiar with the notion of the Little Free Library. The idea there is that you post the little free library on your property, fill it with books, and others can take or leave materials as… Continue reading The Little Free Pantry Project
In the article, “The Diaper Divide” by Cecelia Muñoz, there is a serious discussion about the cost of diapers creating an interesting dilemma for parents. While many parents are enjoying the conveniences of having diapers delivered directly to their doorsteps, many more parents are unable to afford this basic necessity for young children. In fact, Muñoz… Continue reading The Exhorbitant Cost of Diapers #DiaperGap
What is the cycle of poverty? In general, it is the trend where a family becomes impoverished for at least three generations. There have been many different approaches to trying to break the cycle of poverty, and the efforts to free families from being trapped by poverty are noble. but it’s a hard cycle to… Continue reading The Cycle of Poverty
What happens when you have a vacant lot in a city? Rather than leave the space empty, North Chicago is turning vacant lots into pop-up gardens. According to a Nation Swell article by Kathleen O’Brian, “North Chicago Vacant Lots Turn Into Pop-Up Gardens,” a local resident, Lamonda Joy, has taken these lots and transformed them… Continue reading Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project
Getting involved with organizations that wish to strike out poverty is a noble mission. In order to understand why so many people are concerned with the plight of those living in poverty, it’s important to first answer the question, “What is poverty? The World Bank defines poverty this way: “Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack… Continue reading What Is Poverty?
*This is a reprint of the article I wrote for Equanimity Magazine, “From Start to Finish” profiling an organization I’m involved with, J.B. Dondolo. I wanted to take a moment and introduce you to a pet project of mine.* Whenever you start a project, you generally intend see it through to completion. This is the grounding… Continue reading J.B. Dondolo and Hospital Hope