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Oakland bets on basic income

Compassion | The money-for-nothing approach to fighting poverty is gaining popularity in the United States
by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/14/21, 03:09 pm

On March 23, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced a program to give $500 per month to racial minority families who fall below certain income measures. A city news release said the program was designed to lift residents out of poverty and help undo the legacy of systemic racism in the community. But it has goals beyond Oakland.

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NYC ends qualified immunity for police

Compassion | Officers can face personal liability in civil suits
by Charissa Koh
Posted 4/07/21, 05:23 pm

In 2013, Fresno, Calif., police conducted a raid on two men they suspected were operating illegal gambling machines. Neither was charged, but afterwards the men sued the officers, accusing them of stealing $226,380 in cash and rare coins during the raid. A panel of judges for the 9th U.S.

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Atlanta shooting highlights sex industry abuse

Compassion | Traffickers use businesses like those Robert Aaron Long targeted to hide illegal activity
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/31/21, 05:52 pm

Less than 24 hours after Robert Aaron Long’s arrest, sheriff’s deputies noted the connection between the Atlanta-area massage parlors he targeted and commercial sex, though not international trafficking. Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds said Long told them he “has some issues, potentially sexual addiction” and he might have frequented some of the businesses in the past.

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