Author: WV Staff

November 25, 2019 WV Staff

As Thanksgiving approaches, we may consider what we are thankful for. One thing many families will thank this year is the food on their table. But we can’t forget about the other sources of food that nourish our families. For our children, one of the most notable sources is the breakfast and lunch they are…

October 25, 2019 WV Staff

In 2018, West Virginia spent $15,395 in taxpayer dollars drug testing applicants for TANF, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families block grant. Of the 3,799 individuals who applied for these benefits, just 69 tested positive, 1.8% of those who applied. Now, some states are pushing for legislation that will require drug testing for recipients of…

October 11, 2019 WV Staff

“For the large part of my life, the Census played like background music. I knew it was there, but I didn’t pay much attention to the lyrics… But everything really clicked a couple of months ago, when I saw the Census walk by me…

September 20, 2019 WV Staff

“Do you want to be able to save a life in the event of an opioid overdose?” This is one of the questions that Joe Solomon, a volunteer with SOAR WV (Solutions Oriented Addictions Response) and a social worker with Cabin Creek Health, asks business owners across Charleston when trying to teach people about the life-saving effects of Naloxone. 

September 13, 2019 WV Staff

“I lost twenty-five pounds in a few months. I would go to class and lack focus, falling asleep sometimes because of the fatigue. At work, they would ask me if I needed a break because of the tiredness they saw in my eyes, my body, and my performance. But I couldn’t turn down a shift…

August 30, 2019 WV Staff

“What would your child’s school do if ICE agents showed up at the door? Or stopped your kid when he got off the bus? Or tried to question your child during practice?  I’ve spent some time this week gathering information and talking to local school administrators about how they would handle an event such as…

August 15, 2019 WV Staff

Introduction This State and our people know struggle well. We know economic and labor exploitation. We know water that is toxic and undrinkable. We know addiction. Tressie Jean’s story is one of struggle, hardship, and fierce survival. It’s a story that demonstrates what struggle looks like in West Virginia. It describes hardship and resilience in…

August 1, 2019 WV Staff

Since getting back from the Center for Popular Democracy’s People’s Convention in Detroit this past weekend we’ve been thinking through the deepest values and biggest visions that guide our work. We want to take a minute to share and define these values and visions so that, as we continue our work, we do it more…

July 22, 2019 WV Staff

Food insecurity is all around us; more than likely most of us know someone who doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. In fact, 1 in 7 people in West Virginia struggle with hunger, and 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger (Feeding America, 2018). Federal food security programs such as the Supplemental…

July 15, 2019 WV Staff

Alright, so our lawmakers have failed to hear our voice and have passed and signed the Omnibus Education bill into law. But now is not the time to dwell on this bill’s passage, it is the time to look forward and find our path to save, restore, and improve our public education system. As we…