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Jeffrey Buchanan currently serves as Senior Domestic Policy Advisor at Oxfam America. He leads the agency's policy work and engagement with Congress and the Administration on issues of domestic poverty and inequality and is the author of numerous recent reports on low wage work, disaster recovery, ecosystem restoration and workforce development. He is a co-founder of the Gulf Coast Civic Works Campaign and serves on the Board of Advisers to the Institute for Southern Studies' Gulf Reconstruction Watch. Formerly he served as an information officer of the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights.

Entries by Jeffrey Buchanan

Football. Wings. And Those Who Sweat to Bring Them to Us.

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2016 | 10:14 AM

Poultry workers rallied outside the annual meeting of the National Chicken Council in Washington, DC last November. Photo: Coco McCabe / Oxfam America

Despite everything, I still love football. I played in my youth, and watch every week, and certainly will be cooking my famous...

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On the Minimum Wage, Santorum Has It Right

(5) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 7:51 PM

Photo: Daniel Raustadt/<br /> Infographic: Oxfam America Photo: Daniel Raustadt/ Infographic: Oxfam America

Wednesday night at the CNN Republican Presidential Debate, former Senator Rick Santorum delivered an impassioned plea for an increase in the federal minimum wage, calling it good policy...

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A Way of Life at Risk on the Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:01 PM

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig kicked off the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, as nearly five million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf Coast over the next several months. Most of that oil is still there, and will be for...

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Will Congress Act on the Working Poor Crisis in 2014?

(13) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 1:51 PM

Much ink is spilt in end-of-year recaps this time of year, but the most compelling national analysis so far came from Joan Walsh of She proclaimed 2013 as the year "Americans discovered the crisis of the working poor." But unfortunately Congress still hasn't discovered it.

All at once...

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Dear Congress, Want to Know About the New Poverty Rate? Ask a Working Mom

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 5:58 PM

To a packed room at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, a low-wage worker from Philadelphia threw down a challenge to Congress:

"Want to know what my life is like? Then ask me," said Tianna Gaines-Turner, a childcare provider and mother of three from Philadelphia.

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As BP Trial Begins, Gulf Businesses and Communities Call for Ecosystem Restoration and Economic Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Monday marked the beginning of arguably the biggest trial of this young century, as the U.S. Department of Justice went to court with global oil giant, BP. After spilling 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, BP could be on the hook for a...

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As Not Seen on TV: BP Fails to "Measure Up" on Promises to Gulf Coast

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 5:11 PM

Every Sunday, my wife and I make a pot of coffee and settle in to watch our favorite political shows--"Sunday Morning" on CBS and "Meet the Press" on NBC. Every week, we cringe when it goes to commercial and we hear the Zydeco music kick in: here...

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Poll: Voters Want Leader to Prioritize Working Poor Families and #talkpoverty

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2012 | 10:20 AM

Americans recognize a problem when we see it. But what happens when that problem continues to worsen year after year, and leaders are reluctant to speak its name?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of workers under the federal poverty line rose to a 20...

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Who Will Speak to the Working Poor, the Unsung Swing Vote?

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 5:24 PM

The campaign rhetoric and the media coverage of an election focused on our economy have largely overlooked a major national economic shift: the number of working families living under the poverty line grew by over 25% since 2007. A recent study found national media has devoted a mere...

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Bless These Shrimp: Faith, Fishing and Gulf Coast Restoration

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Faith and fishing: two central parts of Louisiana's vibrant coastal culture. Every April, going back generations, you can see them intersect in a celebration of bayou life at the annual Blessing of the Fleet in Chauvin, La. Families welcome the opening of the year's first shrimp season by coming...

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Four Years Later, Let's End the Human Rights Crisis in KatrinaRitaVille

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2009 | 5:53 PM

This will be the first year that Congressional Leadership and the President of the United States do not travel to the Gulf Coast to honor the anniversary of our nation’s largest disaster. Hurricane Katrina caused over 1,800 deaths, more than $150 billion in damages and displaced over one million...

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Biloxi Removing FEMA Trailers, Undermining Obama and Victimizing Katrina Survivors

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2009 | 12:32 PM

Despite President Barack Obama's decision to allow residents living in FEMA Trailers to remain in their trailers while the federal government partners with residents to find permanent housing, the Biloxi City Council is preparing to take action to kick these hurricane survivors out of their city. The Biloxi...

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Celebrities Hit Auction Block for Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2009 | 11:37 AM

Ever want to meet Oprah Winfrey? Hop in the pool for a swimming lesson from Michael Phelps? Get fashion advice from Project Runway's Tim Gunn over lunch at Bryant Park? Learn the arts of comedy and paper sales from Steve Carell on the set of The Office? Hone your blogging...

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Three Years after Katrina: Building on Community Successes in the Gulf Coast

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2008 | 3:53 PM

Almost three years after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the breakdown of Louisiana's federally constructed levee system, the media, Congress, the White House, our Presidential candidates and even, surprisingly, the progressive community have for the most part moved on.

Fewer and fewer national media organizations regularly cover...

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Bush Heads to Gulf Coast, Still Misleading on How Little He Sent to Rebuild

(85) Comments | Posted August 28, 2007 | 11:01 PM

AP reported on Friday that President Bush intended to head back to the Gulf Coast this week and visit with survivors on the second anniversary Hurricane Katrina and the man-made disaster that followed. He will see what little progress has been made in some areas two years after his...

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Join the Human Levee for Human Rights in New Orleans

(1) Comments | Posted July 27, 2007 | 12:48 PM

Louisiana ACORN is organizing a protest creating a "Human Levee" of New Orleans residents, to be joined by supporter from the RFK Center for Human Rights, including noted human rights advocate and daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, members of the United Teachers of New Orleans...

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Conquering Poverty with Politicos or Pop Stars?

(9) Comments | Posted April 27, 2007 | 5:06 PM

This week, America's most watched pop culture phenomenon tried to make confronting poverty sexy.

American Idol made a valiant effort to use the influence of America's highest rated program and a cast of entertainment stars to turn water cooler discussions from Sanjaya's hairdo to poverty in America and "giving...

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Agreeing with Bill Kristol on RFK's Legacy?

(9) Comments | Posted April 5, 2007 | 6:31 PM

When I opened Time Magazine last week I was preparing myself for another hit job from neoconservative in chief, Bill Kristol. The way his column unremorsefully wipes the face of anyone who commits the sin of disagreeing with the conservative agenda or worst, the president, in the mud can be...

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Finally Solutions for Returning Home: Rep. Waters and Katrina Housing

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2007 | 3:25 PM

The video above is testimony by Stephen Bradberry, 2005 winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, as part of a U.S. House of Representatives Housing Subcommittee field hearing in New Orleans chaired by...

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Black History in Action: Students' Campaign to Revive New Orleans

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2007 | 12:00 AM

Each February children of all backgrounds across the United States study some of our most powerful human rights movements and the role of student activism. During Black History Month, students read about young people of all races marching for voting right with Dr. King in Selma. They see photos of...

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