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Patching holes in the social safety net

Wealth has accumulated to the top 1% of the population at a rate never witnessed in American history, and the beneficiaries have used this wealth to accrue more influence. They have shaped our democratic institutions as their protectors by resisting taxation in all its forms, arguing against “handouts” to the undeserving masses.

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“Nothing About Us Without Us” … including the use of this slogan

In the span of a few weeks in two unrelated settings, I heard it: “Nothing about us without us.” The first time was in a meeting about peer-assisted recovery for survivors of substance use disorder. The second time was in a community forum about empowerment training for marginalized Black youth. The separate speakers who said these words imbued them with the same meaning: they were an incantation of self-determination. The speakers didn’t attribute them to any person or source, but they clearly made an impression on the audiences.

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