Weekly Wrap 1.11.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week | Sojourners

Weekly Wrap 1.11.19: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

1. Women and Children Feel the Most Impact of the Shutdown. Here’s Why

From VAWA expiring to threats to WIC, the government shutdown is hitting women and kids the hardest.

2. How Marginal Tax Rates Actually Work, Explained with a Cartoon

Another AOC comment, another round of pundits losing their minds. But what many of them seem to lack in their commentaries on Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal on a 70 percent marginal tax rate for top earners … is an understanding how marginal tax rates work. A primer.

3. Opus Dei Paid $977,000 to Settle Sexual Misconduct Claim Against Prominent Catholic Priest

After leaving Washington after the complaints, McCloskey was sent to England, and then Chicago and California for assignments with Opus Dei.

4. Stories Are the Connective Tissue of Justice Work

Stories can demonstrate suffering at scale.

5. Jason DaSilva Has Multiple Sclerosis. The App Maker Won’t Stop Until the Whole World Is Accessible to People with Disabilities

DaSilva’s app crowdsources accessibility information and overlays it onto a Google map.

“ … the longer I’m in this field, it’s got to be across disabilities. It has to include the hearing impaired, the blind, the immobile, people with cognitive issues. There’s a lot to think about.”

6. How Trump’s Shutdown Forks Over Everyone Who Eats Food

From families on food stamps, to farmers, to people who rely on the FDA to keep their food safe …

7. We Can Afford to Have Health Care for All in the U.S.

An argument that the U.S. can provide universal, comprehensive, no-copay, no-deductible coverage at a cost that is $5.1 trillion less than we pay now.

8. American Extremism Has Always Flowed from the Border

“Now, rather than the frontier opening up, the border is closing in. The nation’s archetype is no longer the pioneer. The icons now are the ICE raider and border agent. The log cabin has given way to detention centers where uniformed men and women—or private contractors—lock children in freezing rooms and force drugs on them so they will sleep, even as they deny them medicine.”

9. Cyntoia Brown Reminds Us That Children Exist in Every Intersection of Oppression

Advocates celebrated Brown’s clemency announcement this week, but her entire case is a reminder of how children are at risk in our unjust justice system.

10. Alfonso Cuarón Claps Back At ‘Unfair’ Criticism of ‘Roma’s Release

“‘My question to you is, how many theaters did you think that a Mexican film in black and white, in Spanish and Mixteco, that is a drama without stars — how big did you think it would be as a conventional theatrical release?’ Cuarón replied with his two freshly-earned Golden Globes in tow.”