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Weekly Reader May 24, 2019

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1. Dallas couldn't buy its way out of the food desert, so now it's hoping to plant a few small seeds

By: Dallas Morning News, Robert Wilonsky

"Dallas has a poverty problem that is exacerbated by segregation and inefficient public transportation to connect poor neighborhoods to the goods, services and jobs they need," Babcock said. "For this reason, I am glad to see this program from the city of Dallas. If we truly want to help the people that live in these communities, it runs deeper than just providing access to food."

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2. How this Dayton business is putting people in recovery back to work

By: Dayton Daily News, Katie Wedell

"A Dayton dog treat bakery staffed by young people who have faced addiction and mental health disorders shows how employment is crucial to recovery, health officials said Wednesday.

Lindy’s Bakery on South Patterson Boulevard in Dayton is run by Daybreak — a nonprofit that serves at-risk youth. It offers training and employment to those in recovery so they can increase their workplace skills and gain experience."

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3. Sex Trafficking Victims Are Stuck Behind Bars. This Texas Bill Could Help Free Them.

By: Huffington Post, Angelina Chapin

"The bill is the first of its kind for sex trafficking survivors, according to legal experts, and it’s a much-needed antidote to a legal system that often treats people who commit crimes against or at the behest of their abusers as cold-blooded offenders.

“When an individual has the power to sell your body in order to provide you with basic necessities, he is your trafficker,” said Elizabeth Henneke, the executive director at Lone Star Justice Alliance in Texas who advocated for the proposed legislation. “It doesn’t stop because in that moment he is not asking you to sell sex [but] asking you to rob someone.”

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston), who co-authored the bill, said it would give survivors who were coerced into committing crimes a second chance and the ability to clear their name.

“[This bill] could give them the opportunity to work,” she said. “It could give them an opportunity at life.”

4.Rainey Webb: The Journey Toward Restorative Justice

By: Dallas Doing Good, Hunter Lacey

"Though Rainey’s personal view of the system is almost always the rehabilitation stance, she can respect the view of any other judge or attorney as long as they have a “why.” “If you can answer the ‘why,’ and have a sound reason, I respect that,” Rainey shared. She feels strongly about this because she recognizes the gravity of working for the criminal justice system. It is not something to take lightly – each attorney can greatly affect someone’s life. “You can have a great impact on the person charged and the victim who has been damaged, so it is a lot of recognizing the power you have and the discretion that you have in that position,” Rainey said. To whom much is given, much is expected."

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5. Pearl #10: Relapse is a Part of Recovery

By: The Women's Bean Project

"As an organization we’ve recently had to challenge our drug and alcohol policy, and along with that, our organization’s attitude toward relapse. The experience has been humbling, scary, and illuminating in turns. The issue arose because more and more frequently we were hiring women whose sobriety was recent and tenuous, in some instances just a few weeks old. Often these same women would relapse, and, based on our old policy, would be immediately terminated from the program. Sometimes the drug use came to our attention during a routine, random drug test, and sometimes because a woman was absent for several days. Regardless of how we found out, women were released from the program without further discussion. Likewise, it had always been our policy that when a woman left the program, she was not invited to return. For years we had maintained the attitude that women received one chance to complete the Bean Project program and if the program didn’t work for her that one time, we would make room for someone else. "

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6. Barriers to Food Security and Community Stress in an Urban Food Desert

By: Urban Science, Jessica Crowe, Constance Lacey and Yolanda Columbus

"By analyzing data from focus groups in a poor, mostly African American neighborhood in a large U.S. city, we describe how residents in urban food deserts access food, the barriers they experience in accessing nutritious, affordable food, and how community food insecurity exacerbates prior social, built, and economic stressors. Provided the unwillingness of supermarkets and supercenters to locate to poor urban areas and the need for nutritious, affordable food, it may be more efficient and equitable for government programs to financially partner with ethnic markets and smaller locally-owned grocery stores to increase the distribution and marketing of healthy foods rather than to spend resources trying to entice a large supermarket to locate to the neighborhood. By focusing on improving the conditions of the neighborhood and making smaller grocery stores and markets more affordable and produce more attractive to residents, the social, built, and economic stressors experienced by residents will be reduced, thereby possibly improving overall mental and physical health."

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