We’re taking off this week for a much-needed recharge, but please enjoy this batch of pieces that are worth another look.

With the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding some draconian new voter suppression laws, the voting rights pieces are as timely as ever. And if you missed the first-person accounts of poverty from Adriana Cadena or T.J. Thompson, or Ellen Glover’s sober accounting of the drug war at 50, I hope you can give them a good look now.

Hope to have some new stuff to share next week. Thanks, as always, for reading and publishing.

In Case You Missed It…

Historic Relief for American Families Is on Its Way to Your Bank Account | Karen Dolan
If you’re a parent, odds are you’ll be getting a direct deposit very soon.

Getting Out of Poverty Shouldn’t Be About Luck | Adriana Cadena
I grew up poor and undocumented. Here’s what I’ve learned.

A Dangerous Moment for Academic Freedom | Jill Richardson
Florida officials say they want to promote “intellectual freedom” — by using political surveys to target university funding.

We Can Have the Filibuster or Democracy, But Not Both | Peter Certo
The warning from democracy advocates is clear: Kill the filibuster and pass the For the People Act, or our democracy won’t survive.

The Military Wasn’t a Way Out of Poverty for Me | T.J. Thompson
Instead, militarism is why so many of us are poor in the first place.

50 Years Later, End the War on Drugs | Ellen Grover
Nixon’s War on Drugs turned out to be a war on people. President Biden should end it once and for all.

Black Churches Can Lead the Way on Voting Rights | Rev. Susan K. Smith and Rev. Levon C. Manzie
This is the civil rights issue of our time, and it’s a fight we can and must win.

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Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the editorial manager of the Institute for Policy Studies and editor of OtherWords.org.