Yearly Archives: 2009

Public policy reformers vs. “speakers”

I believe that those of us who want to move policy reforms to help unpaid caregivers get both better service supports and income supports have a duty to be supportive of all the combined efforts. We have enough going against us at the policy/power levels and don’t need better known advocates trying to quash the [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:07+00:00 November 11th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What an eight year old thinks

By Bjorn Chen-Pagen (as told to an adult) Best cereal to eat: I don’t usually eat cereal. Best breakfast then : I actually eat different things each morning, like” Nyuyubing. “ It’s a Chinese thing with bread and meat inside of it. Favorite places outside of New York: Orlando, Florida ‘cause of Disneyworld and Montreal, [...]

By | 2016-04-06T04:04:02+00:00 November 3rd, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Homemaking for Dummies (?)

Some women persist in giving voice to the attitude that if we are at home taking care of our kids, that we are "not working." They say things like "as a career-driven woman, I have always worked," implying that when a mom doesn't have a paid job that she is a nonproductive burden. Or they'll [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:07+00:00 October 29th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Double Trouble

In this city there are 297,611 people crammed into apartments with too many others.* Policy researchers call this “severe overcrowding.” It is also known as “doubling up”—sharing an apartment meant for one family with other families who need their own apartment too, but can’t afford it. Sometimes these are relatives or friends. Often they are [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:07+00:00 October 5th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How many people is too many?

Michael Goodwin wrote a small piece in the New York Post today where he told readers that "population is a growing concern." He says that "explosive population growth." is more dangerous than terrorism or swine flu. The research he cited from Britain states that the global population is at 6.8 billion and that it is [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:07+00:00 September 23rd, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

This Baby Might Die Tonight

This is the story of what happened when I tried to help a New York City mother with no money to get a crib. On the afternoon of July 17th, this mother came to my office in a city hospital with her year old baby, Ursula. The baby has been sharing an adult bed with [...]

By | 2016-10-23T02:33:07+00:00 September 21st, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments