Kalena Thomhave


Kalena Thomhave is a writing fellow at The American Prospect.

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The school lunch program has gone a long way to reduce childhood hunger across the country. What happens during the summer? Read more

Education in America


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Ten of the best stories on inequality we’ve published over the past two years Read more

Economic Policy


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The new “public charge” rule could affect more than 20 million immigrants. Read more

Law and Justice


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America’s mega-state had the chance to mitigate the poverty of undocumented immigrants. It chose not to. Read more

Economic Policy


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Once more bypassing Congress to stick it to the safety net, and lying about its intentions to boot Read more

Economic Policy


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California has enacted a groundbreaking budget that makes nearly all low-income families eligible for a child tax credit. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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New Hampshire delayed its Medicaid work requirement deadline, as it seemed that more than two-thirds of recipients’ health coverage would be jeopardized. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The Trump administration may use inflation indexing measures to give tax cuts for the rich and reduce benefits for the poor. Read more

Economic Policy


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Medicare for All and income inequality are gaining traction among the party platform, but the candidates must frame all issues of poverty in terms of basic rights.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Elizabeth Warren’s newest plan goes beyond limiting the private role in mass incarceration, and seeks to prevent corporate abuse of vulnerable inmates. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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The Poor People’s Campaign gathered this week in Washington, demanding change from both presidential candidates and members of Congress. Read more

Economic Policy


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The Trump administration has proposed to adjust how we measure poverty, in an ill-disguised attempt to cut benefit levels. Read more

Economic Policy


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Maryland will enroll people in health coverage, which could be free for many, via state tax returns. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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While American call center jobs are offshored to the labor-hostile Philippines, some American call center workers are publicly supporting Filipino workers’ right to organize. Read more

America and the World


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Republican state governments have blocked cities from raising wages and helping workers. Now, an activist movement is rallying to win back local power. Read more

Economic Policy


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The overwhelming majority of House Democrats support a $15 federal minimum wage. But a centrist bill to institute regional minimum wages is standing in the way. Read more

Economic Policy


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Restorative justice may open a path to healing for the exonerated, the state, and even the victim of the original crime. Read more

Law and Justice


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A federal judge rejects Medicaid work requirement programs in Arkansas and Kentucky because kicking people off their health insurance won’t somehow improve their health. Read more

Economic Policy


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America’s most liberal state government has a far-reaching plan to do just that. But does it have the will to enact it?  Read more

Economic Policy