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CSUSB professor discusses furniture donations assisting those in need
This Old House

Rigaud Joseph, CSUSB associate professor of social work, was interviewed for an article about charities that accept furniture donations, providing assistance for those in need and keeping furniture out of landfills. Joseph was asked about the impact of furniture donations on low-income households and other ways to support people living in poverty.

“Furniture and household items constitute in-kind income,” he said. “Families receiving in-kind donations are financially better off because, counterfactually, these recipients would have either kept their homes furniture-less or freed up money from an already thin budget to buy beds, sofas, couches, tables, chairs, and other necessities. The in-kind income equivalence could be geared toward meeting other household needs or put aside in savings. This is where the connection with household stability and well-being becomes obvious.”

Maryland, West Virginia and Nebraska primaries 2024: Alsobrooks beats Trone, GOP incumbents survive
ABC News/538
May 14, 2024

Meredith Conroy, professor of political science and a 538 contributor, joined 538 staff writers and fellow contributors on a live blog following more than 10 competitive races in the Maryland primary election on May 13.

Included in her commentary: “Although the table here suggests a lot of Democratic women lost tonight, that's because a lot of Democratic women ran. But Democrats nominated women in a number of places that will be competitive or safe in November, like Maryland's Senate race, and in Maryland's 3rd and 6th Districts. As I mentioned earlier on the blog, as of May 8, 41 percent of Democratic nominees are women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. Tonight will likely boost that number.”

Man agrees to plead guilty to LA shootings of 2 Jewish men
CBS News
May 14, 2024

Brian Levin, civil rights attorney and founder of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University San Bernardino, was interviewed for an article about the case of a man pleading guilty to federal hate crime charges stemming from the shooting of two Jewish men in Los Angeles in 2023.

Levin said law enforcement agencies should have worked better at ensuring Jaime Tran, who was charged in the shooting, did not pose a threat to the public.

"Bottom line is this was a failure not only of system but also of discretion," Levin said. "We should all try to make sure that when someone fits the textbook example of a dangerous, violent antisemite that we don't say 'Hey, which firearms would you like.'"

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