Without Tenure or a Home


Path to a Permanent Home

Mary-Faith Cerasoli is an adjunct professor of Romance languages.

Many people think that homelessness affects the poor and uneducated.  However, this article by Julie Glassberg, interviews a college professor who cannot attain a secure position at her job and a place to stay. The woman named Mary-Faith Cerasoli, 53, an adjunct professor of Romance languages teaches at Mercy College in Westchester and other colleges around New York City. Being an adjunct professor she says “is rewarding, she said, but not the pay: several thousand dollars per course, with no benefits”. With no benefits and a thyroid condition and equally low  pay, Unable to secure a teaching position. Ms.Cerasoli has often slept in her car and showered in the universities bathrooms just to stay sustain herself.

To read more about this story, please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/nyregion/without-tenure-or-a-home.html

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Foothill Family Shelter’s Electronic Recycling Drive, THIS SATURDAY!!


Foothill Family Shelter’s Electronic Recycling Drive, THIS SATURDAY!!

If you live in the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California (e.g. Claremont, Upland, Ontario, Pomona, Montclair, etc.), then come and support Foothill Family Shelter, a fantastic shelter that serves homeless families in Upland, CA.  On May 31, 2014 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Foothill Family Shelter will have an electronic recycling drive at their offices at 1501 W. Ninth St., Suite D, Upland, CA 91786.  Bring all of those old phone chargers, computers, printers, CD drives, ANYTHING WITH A CORD!!! (Just don’t bring any household batteries!).  All of the proceeds from this event will go towards helping homeless families in the Upland area.  For questions, call the Foothill Family Shelter at 909-920-0453 and check out their website:  https://www.foothillfamilyshelter.org

The blue link above will lead you to a flyer for the event!!

Campaign Aims To Open Doors For The Homeless

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Campaign Aims To Open Doors For The Homeless

Click on the link above to read the article “Campaign Aims To Open Doors for the Homeless”, by Pam Fessler of NPR.  The article explores a program serving people experiencing homelessness in San Diego, CA.  One of many poignant quotes from the article:

“The situation is dire. But those running the new campaign say it’ll cost more if they do nothing. They estimate that it costs about $25,000 a year to house a chronically homeless person, even with services like medical care. But it can be four or five times that amount if someone stays on the streets, repeatedly using things like the hospital emergency room.” (emphasis added)

Lack Of Affordable Housing Puts The Squeeze On Poor Families

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Lack Of Affordable Housing Puts The Squeeze On Poor Families

Click on the link to read the May 27, 2014 NPR story “Lack Of Affordable Housing Puts The Squeeze On Poor Families” by Pam Fessler.  This is one of many articles by NPR that explores the struggles faced by people experiencing homelessness and people who are challenged by the lack of affordable housing in urban areas.  This article does a particularly good job of highlighting how resources in large cities are often used for areas where residents are already economically prosperous, while those areas that need attention and resources are ignored.  Please try to circulate stories like these and spread the word about the problems caused by such drastic wealth and resource disparities in the United States.  Affordable housing is a rarity in this country–almost an extinct entity–but like any endangered species, it can be saved if we all press for action!

“Tell Me More” is Going Off the Air


“Tell Me More” is Going Off the Air

Yesterday, National Public Radio (NPR) announced that it will be canceling “Tell Me More” the fantastic show, hosted by Michel Martin, that explored race, ethnicity, gender, class, culture, and identity.  According to NPR, the show will stay on the air until August 1, 2014 and Michel Martin will stay at NPR.  However, 28 positions will be terminated.  I am personally very disappointed in NPR. This show provides a forum for discussing issues that are often downplayed or under-discussed on NPR’s other programs.  Kinsey Wilson*, is it too late to reconsider?  You are dismantling a unique program, please don’t do it!!!


*Kinsey Wilson is NPR’s Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer

*Information for this blog post was complied from the May 20 article in the Washington Post by Erin Wemple  (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/erik-wemple/wp/2014/05/20/npr-axes-tell-me-more-nixes-28-positions/) and David Folkenflick’s May 20 NPR article (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/20/314256024/npr-to-end-tell-me-more-lay-off-28-people?live=1)

How Bill Clinton’s Welfare “Reform” Created a System Rife With Racial Biases


How Bill Clinton’s Welfare “Reform” Created a System Rife With Racial Biases

Bill Moyers.com continues the conversation about race and politics that began with Moyers’ interview of legal scholar, Ian Haney Lopez, whose new book Dog Whistle Politics describes how racially coded language is used to manipulate voters.  This time, author Joshua Holland interviews sociologist Joe Soss about the relationship between “dog whistle politics” and Clinton welfare reform.

“University of Minnesota sociologist Joe Soss spent a decade studying how those [welfare] reforms shook out in the real world. With Richard C. Fording and Sanford F. Schram, he co-wrote the book, Disciplining the Poor: Neoliberal Paternalism and the Persistent Power of Race, explaining how race became a determining factor in how states created their own welfare programs — and how that ultimately led to a system that’s rife with racial bias.” 

Sinn Fein Leader’s Arrest Ignites Debate Over Academic Freedom by KRISHNADEV CALAMUR


Sinn Fein Leader’s Arrest Ignites Debate Over Academic Freedom by KRISHNADEV CALAMUR

This article questions the role of anonymity and confidentiality in academic work.  The article outlines the events leading up to Wednesday’s arrest of Sinn Fein party leader Gerry Adams after his comments from a Boston College oral history project prompted suspicion.  This event has been chilling for historians and ethnographers who are used to guaranteeing anonymity to research participants and interviewees.

Click on the Link above to read Calamur’s well-organized, well-researched piece.