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Joy Moses
Joy Moses is a blogger and consultant. She previously worked with the Center for American Progress, the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford University.

Entries by Joy Moses

Walter Scott and the Need for Child Support Reform

(7) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 10:12 AM

Walter Scott's death was striking because a police officer fired eight shots at him while his back was turned. When something so tragic occurs, observers tend to wonder why. The officer's actions and utter disrespect for human life can never be justified. But recently, the New York Times...

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Oscars' Near Misses: Poverty Documentaries

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:12 PM

In the lead up to the 87th Annual Oscars ceremony, 134 documentaries were submitted for consideration by the Academy. Only 5 were nominated. Amongst the 129 near misses, was a list of films illuminating interesting aspects of poverty in America. Here are seven of the better ones:


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Upgrading Black Children From the Projects to Homelessness?

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 10:47 AM

An episode of The PJs (1999-2001) is on my list of must-see Christmas specials. Eddie Murphy was a creator of this cartoon which is easily one of his most underappreciated works. The special is a hood version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and, like the other episodes in the...

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Good Times and the War on Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 6:34 PM

This week's commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, the first major piece of War on Poverty legislation, brings to mind the 1970s show Good Times. For the uninitiated, the general premise of the show was that a family of good people kept...

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Was Leslie Jones' Infamous Sketch All Bad?

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:04 PM

This week comedian Leslie Jones found herself in the middle of one of the latest social media debates about race. Her brief segment on Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update invoked images of slavery, sexual exploitation, and the complete dehumanization of black people. To many, few things about these themes are...

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Supreme Court Provides Additional Safeguards for Largely Poor and Black Youthful Offenders

(2) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 9:46 AM

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court took a new step in protecting juvenile offenders. In Miller v. Alabama it ruled that states could not mandate life without the possibility of parole sentences for youth involved in homicide cases, adding to old and recent precedents that say that children...

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The Help in Our Society Today

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 5:58 PM

The Help, this week's non-action movie release, tells the story of black household workers in the South in the early 1960s -- domestic helpers who take great risks by sharing stories about what it's like to walk a mile in their shoes. Their tales not only reveal the great sense...

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Fathering and Enforcement: It's Time for a 180-Degree Turn in Child Support Enforcement Policies

(39) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 7:07 PM

As our nation celebrated the importance of fathers this weekend, it's a good time to reflect on how we show them love in the policies we create. And there is no greater place to do that than in the federal government's Child Support Enforcement program, which needs to make a...

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Congress Should Pass Key Children's Legislation During the Lame Duck Session

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 10:22 AM

Congress is going to be busy with many items during its brief lame duck session. But while they decide whether to continue expensive tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans they must also determine the fate of some far less costly policies that are crucial for the well-being of our nation's...

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The Perfect Gift for Father's Day: Honoring Him in Federal Legislation

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2010 | 2:58 PM

Commercials released each year around Father's Day often show eager children rushing into their parents' room early in the morning with homemade gifts for dad's special day. Like many things on T.V., these notions often do not to meet reality as an increasing number of children wake up in homes...

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Today's Jobs Numbers Do Not Tell the Full Story of Men and Their Families

(40) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 4:01 PM

Even as the economy benefits from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, and continues to show some signs of being on the mend, today's unemployment numbers continue to demonstrate how badly workers are faring--especially if they are low-wage and/or low-skilled men. In February, those with the...

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