“Dramatic, Painful” Government Shutdown Disproportionately Impacts Working Poor, People of Color

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by Democracy Now!

As a result of the government shutdown, More than 800,000 federal workers are furloughed, and numerous governmental programs have been forced to stop running. For example, the government shutdown has already caused as many as 19,000 children to lose access to Head Start. Many recipients of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, more commonly known as WIC, will lose assistance. As negotiations remain stalled, Imara Jones of Colorlines.com joined Amy Goodman & Juan González of Democracy Now! to look at who is being hardest hit by the shutdown.


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