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May 30, 2014 Is There Such a Thing as an Affordable Lawyer? For many Americans, legal services are out of reach. But that's beginning to change.

QUOTE: The implication that you might need multiple degrees to represent yourself in a basic civil dispute seems unfair in and of itself. But a lack of access to affordable legal representation—coupled with the obstacles facing anyone who wants to self-represent—imposes knock-on costs that ripple throughout society....Lack of access to legal help, in other words, serves as a shield for neglectful landlords and all sorts of other bad actors—abusive husbands, predatory lenders, corrupt employers. Because it took someone with Ned’s advantages to hold her accountable, his landlord was free to fleece tenants for years.

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
May 22, 2014 Outcry as businessman gets work-release after 7 DUIs, car crash

QUOTE: local uproar over how Goodman, 42, avoided hard jail time -- despite facing his seventh drunk-driving offense and with his blood alcohol measuring 0.16, twice Washington state's threshold for DUI..."It seems like Shaun Goodman and other people that are wealthy are playing by a different set of rules,"

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 27, 2013 Obama Says Income Gap Is Fraying U.S. Social Fabric

QUOTE: [Obama] was worried that years of widening income inequality and the lingering effects of the financial crisis had frayed the country’s social fabric and undermined Americans’ belief in opportunity. Upward mobility... “was part and parcel of who we were as Americans." “And that’s what’s been eroding over the last 20, 30 years, well before the financial crisis..."

New York Times
Aug 31, 2012 The Evolution of Fairness

QUOTE: A multimedia investigation asks: Can examining how inequality began in a hunter-gatherer society teach us how to fairly share the costs and consequences of how we use diminishing natural resources?

Pacific Standard
Mar 12, 2012 The Reproduction of Privilege

QUOTE: Instead of serving as a springboard to social mobility as it did for the first decades after World War II, college education today is reinforcing class stratification, with a huge majority of the 24 percent of Americans aged 25 to 29 currently holding a bachelor’s degree coming from families with earnings above the median income. Seventy-four percent of those now attending colleges that are classified as “most competitive,” a group that includes schools like Harvard, Emory, Stanford and Notre Dame, come from families with earnings in the top income quartile, while only three percent come from families in the bottom quartile.

New York Times
Feb 27, 2012 Are rich people more unethical?

QUOTE: A series of experiments conducted by psychologists at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that people who are socially and financially better-off are more likely to lie, cheat, and otherwise behave unethically compared to individuals who occupy lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 09, 2012 Education Gap Grows Between Rich and Poor, Studies Say

QUOTE: Education was historically considered a great equalizer in American society, capable of lifting less advantaged children and improving their chances for success as adults....while the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap between rich and poor students has grown substantially during the same period.

New York Times
Jan 30, 2012 Lower-Income Families May Pay More for Auto Insurance

QUOTE: Many low-income families cannot afford car insurance, at least in part because insurers price their policies in ways that cost them more...

New York Times
Dec 21, 2011 Scaling Caste Walls With Capitalism’s Ladders in India

QUOTE: The rapid growth that followed the opening of India’s economy in 1991 has widened the gulf between rich and poor, and some here have begun to blame liberalization for the rising tide of corruption. But the era of growth has also created something unthinkable a generation ago: a tiny but growing group of wealthy Dalit business people.

New York Times
Apr 17, 2011 The Middle-Class Tax Trap

QUOTE: Asking a population that’s increasingly brown and beige to accept punishing tax rates while white seniors receive roughly $3 in Medicare benefits for every dollar they paid in (the projected ratio in the 2030s) promises to polarize the country along racial as well as generational lines.

New York Times
Sep 20, 2009 Why Health Care Will Never Be Equal (Economic Views)

QUOTE: How should we, as a society, decide who gets the benefits of this medical breakthrough?

New York Times
Sep 19, 2009 Eager Students Fall Prey to Apartheid’s Legacy

QUOTE: Thousands of schools across South Africa are bursting with students who dream of being the accountants, engineers and doctors this country desperately needs, but the education system is often failing the very children depending on it most to escape poverty.

New York Times
Jul 02, 2009 Tourism tangles a fishing lifeline: Loss of sea access hits the Dominican Republic’s already pressed fishermen.

QUOTE: loss of access to the ocean is indeed a growing problem in the Dominican Republic, say experts. By law, beaches are public, but in reality, most beaches... are now off limits to ordinary Dominicans.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 20, 2009 Following the rockfall, Egyptian slum dwellers have little more than hope

QUOTE: in the months following the [rock slide] disaster, the family [Khalaf Hussein and Hanifa Abbas]... have been stymied by bureaucratic hurdles, corruption, and this country's [Egypt] changing attitudes toward the urban poor.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 22, 2008 Can Love Conquer Caste? Indian Government Supports Mixed Unions, But Couples Who Defy System Face Violence

QUOTE: Even though India legalized inter-caste marriage more than 50 years ago, newlyweds are still threatened by violence, most often from their families. As more young urban and small-town Indians start to rebel and choose mates outside of arranged marriages and caste commandments, killings of inter-caste couples have increased...

Washington Post
Jun 11, 2008 One man's mission to rid India of its dirtiest job

QUOTE: But Dr. Pathak asked her why she covered her face with her shawl and why she seemed ashamed to talk to him. At the time, Chaumar had no idea she was speaking to the man whose mission it was to end manual scavenging and who would eventually change her life. Pathak founded an organization called Sulabh in 1970 to eradicate the practice by replacing unplumbed toilets with affordable flush ones, and by giving scavengers training for other jobs.

Christian Science Monitor
May 28, 2008 Square Feet: Major San Francisco Development Faces a Ballot Test

QUOTE: Proposition F reflects worries that residents will be cut off from the jobs and wealth generated by the development, and that rising property values might force them out of their homes. The proposition expresses this fear most pointedly with a requirement that half of the housing built in the new Hunters Point-Bayview project be offered for sale to working families at below-market rates.

New York Times
Nov 13, 2007 Middle-Class Dream Eludes African American Families: Many Blacks Worse off Than Their Parents, Study Says

QUOTE: a society where the privileges of class and income most often perpetuate themselves from generation to generation, black Americans have had more difficulty than whites in transmitting those benefits to their children.

Washington Post
Nov 07, 2007 Rains Bring Mexico's Poverty to Surface: Residents Cling To Flooded Homes

QUOTE: In much the same way as the ruined Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans forced the United States to face its class divide after Hurricane Katrina, Gaviotas Sur is exposing uncomfortable truths in this boggy Gulf of Mexico state.

Washington Post
Sep 06, 2007 Age of Riches: Big Gifts, Tax Breaks and a Debate on Charity

QUOTE: Research shows that less than 10 percent of the money Americans give to charity addresses basic human needs, like sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry and caring for the indigent sick, and that the wealthiest typically devote an even smaller portion of their giving to such causes than everyone else.

New York Times
Sep 04, 2007 Appeals Court Finds Ugly Implications in City's Anti-Truck Law: Class, Not Aesthetics, May Be Real Issue, Judges Suggest in Overturning Code

QUOTE: The central question in the ticket case has become: Are the city ordinances targeting pickup trucks, or are they, more sinisterly, trying to exclude the people who drive them?

Washington Post
May 13, 2007 Overflowing Fairfax Homes Split Neighbors: Issue Stirs Debates Over Economics, Race

QUOTE: Long a source of tension in the suburbs, where high prices force many immigrants to pool financial resources and share housing, residential crowding has generated a surge of complaints in Fairfax, a county where one in four residents is foreign-born.

Washington Post
May 10, 2007 Katrina Hit Blacks Harder Than Whites, Study Finds

QUOTE: The proportion of black respondents who described their lives as "disrupted" more than a year after the storm (59 percent) was about double that of whites who said the same (29 percent). The racial disparities ran across job experiences, housing and health. Researchers said the differences persist even when comparing blacks and whites who have similar incomes.

Washington Post
Sep 28, 2006 Panel urges higher-ed overhaul

QUOTE: Given the public's consternation over tuition spikes, there's widespread agreement on the need for talk. But agreement breaks down when it comes to defining and solving the problems. Some critics are suspicious that the drumbeat for "accountability" - from the administration that created the testing regimen of No Child Left Behind - will lead to government intrusion and a narrowing of higher education to what can be quantified and compared.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 13, 2006 Harvard's fairness lesson

QUOTE: Harvard has come to believe that the practice unfairly favors students from sophisticated high schools and families -- and that binding programs favor those who have little concern about financial aid.

Boston Globe
Sep 08, 2006 Crowd Pleasers: An Age of Tainted Admissions and Too Much Homework

QUOTE: the privacy strictures that once protected even the most knuckleheaded students can now be breached via the Internet. As colleges deal with overwhelming numbers of applications by making their calculations more blatantly quantifiable, embarrassing facts and figures have begun finding their way into the public discourse. Students’ test scores, colleges’ rankings in surveys and parents’ bribes all figure in institutions’ decisions.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2006 Opposite ends of the labor market face opposite problems: Rising efficiency and technology are adding work for highly paid professionals while taking it away from low-skill employees.

QUOTE: "What jumps out at you is the gaping hole between productivity growth and earnings," says Jared Bernstein, an economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington. People are "working harder and smarter but not really seeing remuneration that they ought to be seeing."

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 27, 2006 Strange Priorities

QUOTE: A perception of unfairness is bad for the tax system, and this pair of policies virtually screams “only little people pay taxes”...Private collection also raises serious concerns about fraud and privacy.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2006 Voter Suppression in Missouri

QUOTE: Missouri’s new ID rules — and similar ones adopted last year in Indiana and Georgia — are intended to deter voting by blacks, poor people and other groups that are less likely to have driver’s licenses.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2006 Income inequality shrinks Japan's middle class

QUOTE: Income inequality rose twice as fast in Japan as in other rich countries between the mid '80s and 2000, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reported last week.

May 23, 2006 Dropout Data Raise Questions on 2 Fronts: One Side Says Problem Isn't as Dire as Thought, but Others Doubt Research

QUOTE: ...many school systems were claiming low dropout rates, even though their ninth grades were bulging with restless students eager to be elsewhere and many had disappeared by graduation time.

Washington Post
May 10, 2006 Crime Brings Venezuelans Into Streets: Large Protests Over Soaring Homicide Rate Create Political Challenge for Chavez

QUOTE: Venezuela a solid claim to the dubious title of the world's capital of violent crime....Many of the protesters have suggested that Chavez has divided Venezuelan society with his frequent criticism of the country's upper class, rhetoric they say has incited lower classes to violence against the wealthy.

Washington Post
May 07, 2006 Rape Case Is Seen as a Symbol in N.C. College Town: Charges Against Duke Lacrosse Players Underline Racial and Economic Divide on Two Campuses

QUOTE: many on the NCCU campus, it seems straight from the mouths of grandparents and parents who passed along cautionary tales about how justice worked: A black woman's cry of rape was seldom believed, and whites always walked.

Washington Post
May 03, 2006 Did Rush Limbaugh Get Off Easy in OxyContin Case?

QUOTE: ...some legal experts say the settlement was a fair one for a first-time drug offender. But other experts say Limbaugh, 55, avoided prosecution as a result of an aggressive, high-priced legal fight by his attorney.
Apr 23, 2006 Jury Dodger

QUOTE: When I asked to be excused from jury duty, the judge berated me for leaving my civic duty to the "poor." I did not oppose her diatribe, but I make good money and feel it's more efficient for society if I work, pay taxes, support charities and leave jury duty to others. Isn't this like leaving other essential functions — trash pickup, policing, dentistry — to others?

New York Times
Mar 21, 2006 Geico's Risk Criteria Challenged: Insurer Denies That Education and Occupation Are Used to Discriminate

QUOTE: According to an internal Geico document, the auto insurer uses drivers' levels of education and occupations in setting insurance rates. As a result, Consumer Federation of America argued, blue-collar workers with relatively low levels of education sometimes are charged almost twice as much as better-educated professionals, based on those criteria.

Washington Post
Mar 12, 2006 Bachelet Sworn In As Chile's President: Economic Development And Equality Top Goals

QUOTE: Vowing to capitalize on the surging spirit of equal opportunity that helped vault her into Chile's presidency, Michelle Bachelet on Saturday took control of a country eager to shed its dictatorial past and bolster its economic development. Bachelet, 54, inherits a comfortable budget surplus and extensive international trade relations, but also persistent inequalities that she attributes to discrimination on the basis of class, sex and geography.

Washington Post
Jun 07, 2005 In County Made Rich by Golf, Some Enclaves Are Left Behind

QUOTE: Golf has made Moore County [North Carolina--Ed.] rich....But as developers rush to provide "resort quality" amenities in the newest subdivisions, some neighborhoods have been left behind - without sewers, police service, garbage pickup or even, in some cases, piped water.

New York Times
Jun 03, 2005 Mother Fights to Keep Voucher Enrollment

QUOTE: ... [a child-Ed.] could not return in part because he needed individual tutoring and the school did not have enough staff for it.... [the mother-Ed.] said she reminded Rock Creek staff of earlier promises to help Cornell.

Washington Post
Apr 19, 2005 Wealthy Often Win in Merit-Aid Race

QUOTE: ...rising tide of "merit" or "non-need-based" scholarships -- a zero-sum game, Massa said, that is hurting the quality of undergraduate education.

Washington Post
Feb 23, 2005 The myths and realities of rising college costs

QUOTE: Some might find such advice to the wealthy, who could easily afford to pay college bills, offensive. But the authors do a great job of explaining in simple, easy-to-understand, terms how to best work the system using lots of different strategies.
Jun 27, 2004 United We Stood, But Divisions Now Show: Cosby Ignited a Debate About Class. We Need to Keep Talking

QUOTE: ...the media are so isolated from poor and working-class Americans....particularly relevant in light of the media's handling last month of Bill Cosby's frontal assault on "lower income" African Americans for "not holding up their end" in the push for black progress.

Washington Post
Nov 06, 2003 Why The Butler Did It

QUOTE: ... after [Queen Elizabeth's--Ed.] stepped in last fall to stymie the trial, the palace still didn't ensure his discretion. Class reflexes presumed he would be grateful, and silent...

Washington Post
Sep 02, 2003 Genes' Sway Over IQ May Vary With Class: Study: Poor More Affected by Environment

QUOTE: a groundbreaking study of the interaction among genes, environment and IQ finds that the influence of genes on intelligence is dependent on class....results suggest that early childhood assistance programs such as Head Start can help the poor and are worthy of public support.

Washington Post
Jun 26, 2003 Poverty Wages Are Toxic

QUOTE: Since [1973], workers have put in their fair day's work without getting their fair day's pay.

Apr 20, 2003 A Special Kind of Poverty: The poor get used to going without. But going without a baby is hard to get used to

QUOTE: Patients at a high-end fertility center are offered long, sit-down consultations and painstakingly designed, obsessively monitored medical regimens that often cost around $1,000 a month; patients on Medicaid, the federal insurance program for the very poor, are offered a spectacular variety of contraceptive devices, but no fertility treatment.

Washington Post
Feb 20, 2003 Colleges Bend Rules to Admit Rich Applicants

QUOTE: The formal practice of giving preference to students whose parents are wealthy -- sometimes called "development admits" -- has implications for the legal challenge to affirmative action...

Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ)
Feb 13, 2003 College-Entrance Preferences for the Well-Connected Draw Ire

QUOTE: The favoritism that admissions offices show to legacies, as the children of alumni are called, and those with deep pockets is coming under fire.

New York Times
Feb 07, 2003 Libertarians' Toy-Gun Joke Is a Flop in East Harlem

QUOTE: The Manhattan Libertarian Party...distributing hundreds of free plastic water pistols yesterday...were branded racists and accused of exploiting an issue and a neighborhood where the toll of gun violence is far from child's play.

New York Times
Feb 04, 2003 Draft Bill Stirs Debate Over The Military, Race and Equity

QUOTE: As troops deploy to the Persian Gulf region for possible war with Iraq, a debate is raging on television, over the Internet and in news conferences over whether the demographics of the military represent a fair distribution of the burdens of military service.

Washington Post

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