Weekend Reading List

Friday, September 21st, 2012

For this weekend’s reading list, we have reports on conservative plans to bully voters on Election Day, the facts on who doesn’t pay federal income taxes and why, how state tax codes can be used to reduce poverty, the Obama Administration’s regulations aimed at greatly reducing sexual assaults in prisons, and increasing segregation in our schools.

 

Bullies at the Ballot Box - a report on the plans of True the Vote and other right-wing organization to hinder voting by people of color and other Democratic-leaning groups through overly aggressive and unfounded Election Day challenges to the eligibility of voters in Democratic precincts. For more on this voter suppression effort, see this New York Times article.  And to help defend the right to vote, sign up for the Democratic Party’s election protection efforts.

Misconceptions and Realities About Who Pays Taxes - in the aftermath of the revelation of Mitt Romney’s offensive comments about people who owe no federal income taxes, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has released a report explaining which groups of people don’t pay federal income taxes and how much in other types of taxes most of those folks do pay.

State Tax Codes as Poverty Fighting Tools - a report documenting how state tax policies, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and child care tax credits, can be used to help reduce poverty.

Prison Rape: Obama’s Program to Stop It – A review of how we can greatly reduce the 209,000 sexual assaults that occur in US prisons every year, and how the Obama Administration’s recently finalized standards for reducing sexual assaults in prison are expected to be successful.

E Pluribus . . . Segregation: Deepening Double Segregation for More Students – a report on how schools in the US are becoming more racially segregated and how government could take action to reduce such segregation.