Marisol Bello is the senior political writer for the Center for Community Change. Prior to her joining the Center, she was a journalist for 23 years, working in newsrooms from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh to Detroit and Washington, D.C. She was most recently a national reporter for USA TODAY, where she spent eight years covering high-profile events such as the recession of the late 2000s and its impact on American families; the death of Nelson Mandela and the future of South Africa without him and the deadly earthquake in Haiti that left an already poverty-stricken nation even further devastated. Her stories focused on the lives of Americans like her immigrant family, who worked hard and still struggled to make ends meet. Her passion to tell those stories continues at the Center.
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Childcare & Early Education Families & The Federal Budget Family Economic Security Politics & Policy
November 30, 2015
By Virjeana (Jeannie) Brown This week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton made specific proposals to help caregivers and expand certain aspects of Social Security. As a caregiver and recipient of Social Security, I believe that it is important for individuals and families to have access to tax credits, such as the $6,000 annual credit she proposes to offset the costs associated with caregiving. I also believe that it is admirable to put another $100 million over 10 years to provide much needed respite to individuals and families providing caregiving. The most important aspect of her...
August 12, 2015
By Wendi C. Thomas, Writing Fellow, Center for Community Change What bothers Brittany James most about the 15-hour days she worked for Chipotle Mexican Grill isn’t the overtime pay she says she was due but never received. What James will never get back is the time. The birthday celebrations she missed, vacations cancelled, plans hastily dropped, all because of what she called the unreasonable demands made on her time by the restaurant. James is one of more than 60 plaintiffs in a 2012 collective action lawsuit alleging that the fast-food restaurant chain misclassified apprentices, like her,...
August 4, 2015
By Wendi Thomas Center for Community Change Writing Fellow Ten Republican presidential candidates will take the stage in Cleveland Thursday for the GOP’s first televised primary debate. When they do, many voters in Memphis, the nation’s poorest large metro area, will be listening for solutions to the issues that matter most in their community. Tami Sawyer, a local organizer in the Black Lives Matter movement, wants to know the candidates’ plans for reinvestment in inner-city communities. Ella Collins, a home health care worker, is looking for a commitment to creating good jobs with decent...
July 17, 2015
By Michael Anderson The Housing Trust Fund Project team spent much of the last week of June in Los Angeles and stayed at a hotel directly adjacent to Skid Row. Each team member was profoundly impacted by the experience. If you have not been to Skid Row, it is hard to describe. There are so many people living on the street—by day, there are hundreds of people, and as night falls, it becomes clear that this 10-15 block stretch of the second largest city in the United States is home to thousands. Every trip to Skid Row has been heart breaking, but for many reasons this trip was the hardest to...