This week in OtherWords, Paul Armentano explains why drug testing for marijuana use is invasive and unhelpful, particularly in states where cannabis is now legal for adult use.

Meanwhile, Deb Sitarski boils down some important lessons about poverty from her decades as a social worker. Farrah Hassen calls on the U.S. to recognize the human right to housing. And Jim Hightower scoffs at the Orwellian new language some anti-abortion politicians are insisting on.

New This Week…

Cannabis Laws Are Changing. Drug Testing Must Change Too. | Paul Armentano
Adults who consume alcohol legally and responsibly outside of work aren’t penalized by employers. It should be no different for marijuana. 

What Decades of Social Work Taught Me About Poverty | Deb Sitarski
Not one person I’ve ever met wants to be poor, sick, disabled, struggling, or on the receiving end of public assistance programs.

Housing Is a Human Right — We Need to Recognize It | Farrah Hassen
Housing is fundamental to every person’s life, health, and security. Our government should start treating it that way.

Extremists Want to Ban Discussing Their Abortion Bans | Jim Hightower
Sensing just how unpopular their agenda is, anti-choice extremists are attacking reporters for calling their abortion bans “bans.”

Cartoon: Men of the Cloth | Khalil Bendib
The Supreme Court supports freedom of religion… if your religion is discrimination.

In Case You Missed It…

End Legacy Admissions | Sonali Kolhatkar
Giving priority admissions to well-connected families has long been a form of “affirmative action” for the rich.

Young People Can’t Sit on the Sidelines on Social Security | Bella DeVaan
Young workers struggling to save amid high rents and student debt will pay the biggest price for cuts. Here’s how to prevent them.

Cultivating the Next Crop of America’s Farmers | Danielle Browne
America’s farmers are aging. To avoid a crisis, we need to lower the economic barriers of entry for young farmers.

The Supreme Court’s Gone Rogue and Americans Are Suffering for It | Mitchell Zimmerman
Three illicitly appointed GOP judges sit at the heart of the court’s legitimacy crisis.

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