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Why Dumpster Diving Is a Thing (And 3 Ways We Can Stop Shaming Those Who Do It)

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You may gag at the thought of dumpster diving, and it’s true that it’s not pretty. But it’s also true that there are too many people in the US who are too hungry to care. Dumpster diving can feed hungry people and reduce the massive food waste problem in this country, but it can also be dangerous and dehumanizing. Here’s how and why we should change that.

5 Ways to Take Care of Yourself While Working in the Service Industry (And 5 Ways to Be a Better Consumer)

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There’s something about working in the service industry that makes people think it’s okay to treat you poorly. And since racial and gender minorities make up most of this workforce, that mistreatment makes for even more opposition to deal with every day. So here are some tips for when work gets hard – and some ways we consumers can do our part to make it easier.

What It’s Like for Gentrification to Kick You Out of Your Neighborhood

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Gentrification is the process by which urban renewal displaces a poorer demographic of people with a richer one. That is, what looks at first glance to be great – hip restaurants! luxury apartments! new parks! – is hell for those living in that neighborhood. Watch this video to learn more about what the gentrification of San Francisco’s Mission District has done to those who called it home.

The Agonizing Barriers to Eating ‘Responsibly’

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You’ve heard about organic food – eating it is good for you and the planet. But what about when you just need to eat because you’re hungry? This spoken word piece tells the story of one of the millions of American children living with the risk of not having food each day. Step into his shoes to understand the bigger picture about economic and food justice.

There’s More Than One Face of Homelessness

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Do you know how homelessness looks? It’s often represented in the media with one stereotypical image. But here’s another face of homelessness. Young poet Joshua Merchant brilliantly conveys a moment in the life of one of the estimated 1.6 million youth who face homelessness in the US each year. Get his perspective and challenge your perception of youth homelessness.

They Call It ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ — I Call It Oppressive

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“Compassionate conservatism” is the idea that one can simultaneously push marginalization, but doing it in a way that shows care. But usually, this “care” is focused all wrong — like, say, toward fetuses, but not toward accessible childcare. And there’s nothing compassionate about that. It’s harmful, it’s hurtful, and it’s oppressive.

4 Ways to Navigate Educational Privilege as a First-Generation College Student

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Being a first-generation college student is hard. You don’t have the same access or resources as your peers, AND you might find yourself feeling disconnected from your family or place of origin. This article provides some great ideas that will not only help make the process feel easier and more safe, they will also help hold you accountable to your new privilege.